Friday, December 26, 2014

Collage... I actually dream of doing it in my sleep!
I was collaging before Venice this year but now it has really entered my bloodstream. 
I cut and paste this priceless advice on collage process from painter and collagist 
Harry Stooshinoff 
"How to make a collage....
-dig around for a piece of painted paper, but don't dig too long or you'll drive yourself crazy
-cut or tear the paper.....put big pieces down first....the first 2 pieces cover the whole image size
-paint on the glue, apply immediately to the surface, place typing paper on top and rub, quickly turn typing paper over and rub again, so that you rub out any glue that squeezed out....don't let your hand touch the collage....much
-put your hand in the water bucket every so often, and dry off with gnarly old towel (old is good!), so that you don't stick to your coffee cup
-proceed until you are happy with your collage.....and always be happy.
-stare at your finished collage until you suck the life out of this point you have to make something else....and repeat, forever.
-save the bigger pieces of cut up leftover collage paper, but the smaller pieces have to go in the garbage.....or you will surely drive yourself crazy! (but those smaller leftover pieces also look soooo nice....)
-always clean up after every session (things can get very STRANGE very quickly)."

Above are four of my own collages created pre Venice. 
The last two titled 'Starling City 1 and 2 ' were done in New York city in 2012

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Advice for the artist regarding awkward remarks and questions directed at her and/or her work

"Here’s a little exercise for one of those rainy days, or nights when you're not painting.
  • Think about all the questions you have been asked about your work and write them down somewhere safe where you can come back to them.
  • Under each question write down your normal answer.
  • Then think about it for a while and see if you can create a better response that will have a more positive impact on the person asking the question.
  • Once you have developed your answers, learn them, store them in your head and use them.
  • Revisit the list when you need to add more questions and answers and to revise the ones you already have."
This is copied and pasted from Art House Reproductions web page. Good Advice and timely!

This is a piece (one of 20) I created last week using an oil stick plate, 
a pencil, a live model (Fara) and rice paper

Studio sale and other sales

I have had a wonderful success with my end of year studio sale...have sold 20 pieces of work! There is nothing quite like the feeling of exchanging my work for dollars! People can say how much they love it etc..but when they actually give me the heads up by buying it that's when I know for sure that it is indeed loved...
Even though I am overjoyed at the success (as i had previously to this only sold a handful of drawings this year)  I still take casual flippant remarks about the work or the price to heart. Does any one else suffer from this affliction?

Anyway...on a more interesting note I am suddenly selling items on Red, prints,
travel mugs, cushions and iphone cases
This exact item has sold 7 times across the globe
I have 1,902 images on RB (I know...way too many) so I am thinking maybe this is on another blog or somewhere. I find it quite remarkable.
BTW The image above is made by painting gold acrylic paint on a paint swatch from Bunnings.

This is the latest work bought. It is going to Katoomba. It is called 'Two Horses in a DreamScape' it is made of glue stick glue and pigment on tea stained Arches paper 300gsm A4 size.
Thanks for reading and

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

drawing from life

I would like to put up some drawings that have been...drawn from life. I really enjoy getting out with my kit and having a go at capturing something of nature onto paper using what i have at hand.
Last night i went and saw the biopic 'Mr Turner'...turns out he was rather keen on capturing the elements by drawing out of doors himself, indeed he seemed compelled! Very inspiring!
These were done today after walking up Mt Coot-tha at around 6 was already becoming a scorcher. I happened to come across some charcoal from a controlled burn off and i used a twig and ink for the others.

Monday, October 27, 2014

My interview post Global Art Project Venice workshops July 2014

Donna Malone was a keen participant in the GAP workshops and attended several. She quickly became a regular at Ca'Zanardi and an honorary GAP member. To get a workshoppers’ perspective Donna was asked similar questions to those put to the artists. Donna is a full time artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Her main medium is Drawing with mixed media and found papers. In her words, “I am an instinctual artist and rely on improvisation and spontaneity to make marks and images. I need to be inspired and my work is usually done quickly on the spot using what I have at hand.” From the other side of the bench: reflections on GAP by Donna Malone • Did the GAP experience meet your expectations & how or how not? “I heard about the Global Art Project through participating artist, Lorna Crane, only very shortly before booking my ticket to Europe. I didn’t have very many expectations. I just trusted that if Lorna was involved it was bound to be great and it was!” • What was your experience with workshops, facilitators & students? Which workshops did you attend? “I attended as many workshops as I could. I did several with Lorna, two with Akiko and one with Vered. I hung around the Ca’Zanardi foyer/workshop a fair bit. It was such a great atmosphere in the gallery. I felt at home there and there was always someone interesting to talk to, like Carl or Chaewon. The participants were amazing as well and I feel I now have a few more kindred spirits in the world.” • Has GAP affected your arts practice since returning home? If so how? “I have become totally addicted to collage! I am presently involved in several collaborations, all coming after the GAP event and not initiated by me, which I think is very interesting. I have “friended” many more global abstract and collage artists on Facebook with encouragement from Lorna. Through seeing others of a higher caliber I feel I have gone up a notch in my arts practice which is what I was really hoping for.” • What did it feel like to meet the artists and walk into Ca’Zanardi for the first time? “I was a bit nervous to meet such excellent artists. I was early to the event (the GAP Exhibition opening) and was very excited to see their fantastic art on the walls, which I had only seen on the computer screen before. The venue was amazing. All the artists were very approachable and Vered even shared her “process” and ideas with me, which I thought was very generous. I soon relaxed and felt a part of it all.” • What were your impressions of Venice & the Venice art scene? “Venice is one of the most awesome places I have visited! I felt completely safe and the lack of cars gives the city an amazing calmness. The light is exquisite and the art and the old buildings housing it are sublime. I couldn’t get over the vast array of art everywhere. The atmosphere was literally saturated with it.” • Any other personal insights: “I would definitely go to Venice for an art reason again. I am so pleased I went.”

Monday, October 13, 2014

the time may be right!

After years of fiddling around and randomly entertaining myself with my creative urges - producing, deconstructing, creating, travelling, connecting to like minded arty souls and making quite a mess...i have now decided to get serious and 'start a blog'! I think the time may be right... that I may now be grown up enough to have what it takes...i will do my best anyway and start from here!