Things are constant, as usual. June is well underway even though I still feel as if the year has just started. So far this year, I have completed a couple of commissions for people. One a family portrait, a football painting and a cricket painting; commemorating significant life/club/personal milestones.
I also participated in the Glen Eira Artists Society's (GEAS) annual exhibition at the Glen Eira Town Hall, with two of my recent urban portraits. It was the society's second major exhibition, with works from many local artists hanging together in a manner that, I thought, showed a growing sense of development and confidence. Less work on display, some larger pieces as well as a variety of contemporary styles made the show a bright and inviting exhibition. I look forward to next years show and hope that we, as a group, can continue to learn and grow.
For the last few months I have been helping out on a local community art project with a small group from the GEAS. It has been alot of fun as we have been given our own space to create a work of our own in conjunction with the community groups. More to come when the project is finished.
I had a devine week away in Bali....no cooking and no housework, good company, good food as well as the odd cocktail at 5. Very little sketching was done. I hadn't been to Bali for years, so I was busy just enjoying and absorbing the atmosphere, the culture and the people. If I had had more time I would have done more in the way of sketches and watercolours. When in a new environment, I find I need time to just look and see; for some reason the compulsion to draw or create art is something that only comes after some experience or familiarity.
You have to live it before you can recreate it. It's a bit like the way we observe others endlessly taking photographs of things; sometimes you just want to say to them "put your camera down" and just take in the experience, live and savour it.; taste the experience before you record it, otherwise you don't really know what it is you are recording.
Whilst I was away a new TV was bought for the bedroom. I am not much of a TV watcher and generally have no idea what's going on in the world of television. However, this larger screen TV has replaced a tinny sounding, and tiny one that was painful to watch. The new one is fantastic and compensates for the fact that I don't like the look of it.
I've tuned in to two shows in the last week. The first being The Killing Season and the second, The Secret River. The Secret River is superb! The imagery of the Australian bush, the characters, the backing music and narrative is wonderful. I am really surprised though, that only two episodes have been made; it could easily have taken in a couple more.
This week, I am back in the studio and have cleaned it up....again. I have filled it with vases and flowers. I have moved my easel to the front of the shop. The space is filled with the perfume of jonquils.
On that note I'll end this post here and continue on in a week or two.