Beginning on Tuesday, I have some work in a printmakers’ group exhibition. The opening is on Tuesday night. All welcome. It’s on till 21st May and I will be there on Friday afternoon minding the exhibition so do come along.
On Tuesday 22 May at Balmain Library and again on 22nd June at Leichhardt Library, I will be teaching a free two-hour workshop in decorating papers with inks. We will be making itajime paper and bubble paper. Here is where you book a place. There will be a demonstration coming up in June also at The Art Scene.
With all these workshops and my acrylics classes starting again, EDiM chugs along. Not far to go till we’re half-way (I’m lagging with the blogging). I had fun drawing this egg carton. Weird perspective, but I had to place that way to fit on the page, because my book is a little narrower than usual. Most of it is drawn in watercolour pencils, then I’ve used the dip pen again but with burnt sienna ink this time. I’m back using the watercolour pencils more and more, and just loving the dip pen. I plan to try a quite a few different colours of ink before the end of May.
I’ve got more into the swing of the ‘materiality’ thing & hope to use some pastels soon too, though I’ll need to prep the paper with transparent gesso. I love to use this stuff when I am drawing in pastels or charcoal. It gives me something to dig into, and I draw better.
I always have a big pile of books (or two) beside my bed. Inspired by this drawing, and again, in search of inspiration for the ‘journal challenge’ I drew some of my books. I was on a ‘B’ page of my altered book of dreams, so I left the original text about the meaning of a dream about books.
See the third book down – the biography of Patrick White written by David Marr? Two nights ago I went to a this talk at COFA, and heard that David Marr keeps his piles of books in his lounge rather than his bedroom. It was a very interesting talk for many reasons. There was one philanthropist, one writer (David Marr) and one collector, speaking on the subject of ‘Why Art Matters’. I went along because David Marr was going to be there. Last year I heard him speak about the Henson case about which he has written a book. He is so intelligent, knowledgeable and witty.
Question time was particularly illuminating. A question was asked whether art for an upcoming art festival should be written about in ‘academic language’ or whether it should be in ‘plain language’ so that the punters could read it. It’s good to know that such esteemed and highly educated people as the speakers share my loathing of artspeak.
I’m not sure, but it’s possible that this talk may later be found on COFA Online
My drawing was done in a big rush with an Artline pen over Gesso, with Tombow pens for the colour, and watercolour crayons for the background.
On 2nd July (which is not far away at all) I will be demonstrating a semi-abstract landscape done with the new Matisse Dry Mediums at The Art Scene at Ryde (on Victoria Road and not far from the Homebush Bay turnoff (Concord Road)). I will be putting the dry mediums onto a canvas and explaining them as I go. Then I will magically whip out another canvas where the texture has already dried, and I will proceed to paint it to completion. Full step-by-step project sheets will be available. The painting I will be doing will be very similar to the one shown in the background of this advertisement.
There are some great demos coming up at the Art Scene in July …. read about more of them here.