Have I told you I love my job?

One of the nicest things that has happened to me this year is getting a part-time job in the local art shop. (Check it out here http://www.arttime.com.au/).  When I say part-time, I mean one day a week, with an extra shift thrown in every now and then.

I haven’t worked in a full-time job since before my babies were born, so that’s about 8 years ago now.  I always said that if I went back to work it had to be something I enjoyed and the hours had to work in with my kids.  So the Saturday morning thing totally works for me and my family.

And I work in an ART SHOP! 

I am surrounded by inspiration and fabulous art materials. 

At the back of the art shop is a gallery and working studio.  Local artists are able to hold solo or group exhibitions (of which I have attended many), and several different art classes are also held there. 

Coming in and seeing the latest exhibition hanging or walking past a watercolour student working away on a new piece always fills me with a joy that is difficult to describe.

The readily available art supplies can be a little dangerous though, especially when one needs to “focus” on one’s upcoming exhibition and not get distracted by interesting side projects.  Like wanting to try printmaking because of beauty in the pieces of the current exhibition.  Or seeing the potential in a new design because of a book in the corner library.

I love that I am always learning new tricks, and new ways of using different materials. 

But one of my favourite things about my job is the wonderful people I get to meet.

I get to talk to some of the most interesting and creative people every week.

I am constantly being surprised by how many talented people are out there.  And most of them are only too happy to talk about their creative processes, to pass on a gem of an idea, or proudly show a picture of what they are working on.

It’s encouraging to see that creativity is alive and well. 

The artists who come into the shop vary in age and skill level, there is a huge variety of disciplines and paraphenalia, but the underlying common thread is that we all love art.

When I get home in the afternoon I nearly always head for my studio to sketch out an idea or try out a new method.  After a day of breathing in the dust of inspiration it is hard not to scratch that itch.

The muse constantly whispers sweet nothings.

Sometimes feel bad that I am paid to come to work – to me it is not work…

I love my job!

 

 

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.