Last time I posted on this blog it was just before the QT Ipswich Art Awards and I talked about the pieces I was entering for this local competition, that was way back in April…
Well – I am very pleased to be able to say that I won an award in that competition – 2nd prize in fact! 2nd Prize in the Drawing Category for my piece “Simple Joys” – the pointillism piece I agonized over!
And – I sold the other piece! My mixed media “Tree of Life”.
I am not sure which one shocked me more to be honest! Winning my second ever art prize – or selling a piece which I was fully intending to hang in my own home, because I believed that no one else in the world would be able to “see” my vision for the piece.
Since then I have started and scrapped a couple of other pieces for the “Tree of Life” Series (yes, I work in series’ now!) I can’t seem to get that image right – but creating the original piece was a bit of an angst inducing experience – so I am guessing the next piece will also come from this sort of angst.
I am also working on a series in an “animation cel” style. This is proving to be enormously fun and naturally more learning is happening. My whimsical cartoony characters are coming to life in new ways..
And, of course, there are more exhibitions to prepare for – “Stimulate the Senses” in August and “The Image Makers” in November.
So the work/play continues…
Even more exciting news comes in the form of an amazing opportunity through my daughters kindergarten.
I have been asked – and graciously accepted – the chance to act as “Artist In Residence” and teach young children the joys of colour, texture, and pattern through art…
There are no words to describe the honour I feel at being allowed this important task.
It will only be for the last semester of the school year and I am a bit daunted by the idea, but I strongly believe that if I can impart just the tiniest bit of my love of creating onto these precious young minds then I have done a good thing.
Who knows, I might inspire the next young Margaret Olley!