Which hat?

It has been a very busy few months in my house.

I have been working in a day job for what feels like, forever, a very long time, but in actual fact has only been about 3 months.

I have found the transition from stay-at-home-mum to working-mum to be an interesting exercise for me personally.  In between getting normal houseworky stuff done (which, let’s face it, has never been a huge priority) and looking after and feeding kids, and doing artwork I find that there is little time in the day to do much else.  I am constantly juggling which hat I need to wear, and when – it can mean that I am four different people all in the space of a few hours.

And that is why this blog has just sat for a while.

However, the end of the year always brings a touch of urgency to me – a list of accomplishments tallied against the list of goals, each marked off and either postponed to next year or counted as a win.

Last year I gave myself  the words “Change” and “Purpose” for my focus.

I also had a major goal of my first solo exhibition.   (Which was awesome and I felt like a freaking superstar for the night!)

This coming year, 2016, is still a bit of a mystery to me in what I want from it – I am not sure what to ask the universe for …

In the mean time, I will begin with a small list of goals.

I am already planning some new fabulous work, and I would love to have another solo exhibition.

If all goes to plan, at this stage I will have artwork in exhibitions each month right up to April.

The first of which is a group exhibition curated by the Ipswich Art Gallery team.  I am among 18 artists whose work was selected for the “People-Place” exhibition in January.  It’s pretty exciting to be selected again to exhibit amongst some amazing talent.

I have created 2 new works based on my interpretation of the theme “People-place”.

Limestone Street

This is a large Pointillism piece – in colour!! Titled “Limestone Street” after the street in which this gorgeous old building stands.

The second one is about the same size as the door – but a stained glass window design based on the native Australian bluebell Whalenbergia stricta which featured in my solo exhibition.

As it is still a work in progress I have just included a sneak peek of the detail here:

Bluebell - Work in Progress- Detail

Remember how I said change was one of my words – I think I kind of like the colours….

Anyway – I have better go put my maid’s hat on and fold some laundry so that I can actually get to the couch and put on my artist’s hat 🙂

 

So … I’ve begun art journalling …

This past year has been unkind to me.

I would love to say that the universe sent me challenges that I was able to conquer.

I am not sure that would be true.

My words for 2014 were “change” and “purpose”.  How accurate that turned out to be.  Instead of writing about the fulfilled aspirations for 2014 I find myself rewriting the same list.

This time it is a different person writing that list.

I have a different outlook on life because the universe sent me those challenges.  I understand things from a different perspective.

I have the same aspirations as I had for the beginning of 2014.

Some were achieved, for example we are in our gorgeous new house with amazing studio space, some got started, and some were just left by the wayside.

This year I have added an extra one.

I intend to focus my creative energy towards a solo exhibition.

It is an idea that has been hanging around for a little while and now I think I have enough in me to produce a large body of work.  The inspiration behind the work is something that has been wiggling around my brain for over 8 years now and the original seed came from my childhood.

So, in line with the whole “change” and “purpose” idea, (change a bad habit and be a tiny bit more organised, and create work for the purpose of an exhibition),  I have started an art journal of sorts.  I am documenting all the little ideas to do with my exhibition theme and finding other scribbled notes from over the years and collating it all into one place.  It may sound silly but this is actually amazingly cathartic for me – it sends me another message that I am truly doing what I love because I have been doing it subconsciously for years already anyway.

I hope 2015 is the energetic, uplifting and positive year I need.

May the universe smile kindly on all of us.

Ready – Set – Go!

As we so very often do at the ending of a year, we review, and take stock and make plans for the coming months.

We say goodbye to old habits, close doors that no longer lead anywhere and find new paths to follow.

One of the things we have had to say goodbye to is the Swich Contemporary Art Space at the Top of Town in Ipswich.  Their final exhibition “The End is Nigh” was a fabulous showcase of local artists and a fitting way to say farewell.  LeAnne and Gil’s presence will be sorely missed but I wish them both the very best as they begin their next journey.

I am proud to say that my work has hung with some of the talented artists in Ipswich.  On this blog I showed you some ‘in-progress’ work for that exhibition … here are the finished pieces!

“Parade of the Planets”

Parade Of The Planets

Worlds End

“Worlds End”

Ouroboros

“Ouroboros”

One of my resolutions this year is to be more regular with my blog posts.   Life sort of got in the way the last few months and I lapsed.   I am now fully recovered but we are still in between moving and selling our current house so my studio space has been semi-packed for a few weeks which hasn’t helped.  My sketch book has seen more of me than my drawing desk.

So I haven’t got anything new to show you … yet!

I am thrilled to be able to announce that I have been invited to take part in a group exhibition in November this year!

Together with three artists, whose work I greatly admire, Tom Mason, Lyn Mason, and Glen Smith, we will be “The Image Makers” at the Petrie Terrace Gallery of The Royal Queensland Art Society.

Our work differs greatly in style and subject matter and I am really looking forward to sharing some sneak peeks with you.

I have a long list of other things I want to achieve this year.

My first challenge will be to complete something for the QT Art Awards.  I have had several ideas already and this year I will be trying to buckle down so that I am not rushing at the last minute again.

So – last year ended with a whimper – let’s start the new one with a bang.