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A little insight into the life of an artist

Many of you may not be aware of the life of an artist. Here is a quick insight of the logistics of selling at shows.

Firstly, an artist enters a show to have their work shown to a wider audience and hopefully make a sale. Their first hurdle is framing. Framing is expensive and there is a very high chance the frame will get damaged during the setting up of a show. You watch organisers holding your work in an unsafe way and your filled with dread and nerves!

Secondly, there are the fees to enter a show – per painting! Sometimes your work gets rejected and so you lose you entry money (its a gamble I tell you!)

Okay – so your work gets in. PHEW! Your work is on the walls and someone buys it. WOOHOO! What a great feeling! (It no doubt is). So the cost of hours of work on the piece, the materials, frames, fees, delivering and picking up adds up right? Yes! But a percentage 20-35% of that sale goes straight back to the show.

But what about the paintings that did not sell? Lucky artist! You’re not allowed to enter them in the same show again! Nor will they except a work painted over a year ago (or a year and a half). They didn’t sell because they were bad works, maybe it was because there wasn’t enough people who attended the show or the right person didn’t cross its path (among other factors).

So, what do you do? You have to enter them somewhere else (which means more fees and more travel). So the artwork literally plays a ring-a-ring-a-rosey game (and expensive one), until it finds its owner or its time of being “shown” (the 1 year- 1.5years) is up.

The great painting gets taken out of its frame, for another. And the circle of artwork begins.

Space…

I have had a very stressful year. And this subsequent to this, it also effected my art.

Watercolour is a medium, in which you have to be on the ball during the painting process. I do not have a “layer-by-layer” technique, but what should be a fast pace, to correspond with the movements of the water.

Adding to the above,  I got a little bored as well…and started going back to my roots of drawing.

Although a lead pencil used to be my paintbrush, I instead picked up sticks (i.e pastel and charcoal). I didn’t draw with any expectations, however, some how or another, they have ended up in my forthcoming exhibitions.

And they are more on the easel as we speak!

This has also made me miss my watercolour and also that break improved my work. I guess, like in any relationship, a little space helps the relationship become stronger…

“My Usual Please…”, (charcoal on paper)

The Jamison Valley, (pastel on paper)

Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, (although watercolour, it was a feather by feather approach, so more relaxing)

Did I mention my art is being used for the next Drummoyne Art show…?

 

Recent Watercolour Demonstration

I recently conducted a watercolour demonstration at the Bankstown Art Society.

I took a regular every day suburban street with shops and tried to show how that you can take anything for inspiration and transform it into a painting.

It does take practice! I too, sometimes believe there is a painting there, but, I can’t get it to work. I leave it and come back to it (after a long period of time – not the next day)

Using your imagination and artistic license – you create a story in the scene, keeping true to the identity of the location.

Thanks to all who came out!

Half complete work

Finished street scene

 

Southern Cross Art Society Demonstration

Last week I had the pleasure of demonstrating my watercolour technique to the Southern Cross Art Society. What a friendly group of people! 

For the demo I painted a rainy day street scene of Sydney. I was very pleased with the results! I hope that everyone who attended learnt a thing or two. 

I am busy getting ready for my upcoming shows which include the Royal Easter Show and the Drummoyne Art Awards. Please also check my website for new paintings I have available for sale, which I am updated now more frequently.

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Joseph Zbukvic Watercolour workshop

I was fortunate enough to participate in a Master Z (aka Joseph Zbukvic) workshop last month, my second workshop with him.

Doing the workshop second time around was beneficial, as I had forgotten a couple of things and it also allowed me to experience the painting process at a developed level.

To all budding watercolourists, a class with Z is recommended – but make sure that you:

  1. Find his works inspirational (you would be surprised!)
  2. Have painted with watercolour for a couple of years, with a firm grasp of the techniques of  the medium.

We went out plein air painting this time around. It was good to observe him in the element that he loves most (and recommends most to paint in – the outdoors). His work sold….my work was in the bin! But all good for the experience!

Here are some photos…. Thank you Z, I learned so much from you and your hard work is so admirable!

Joseph Zbukvic Plein Air Lesson

Thanks Joseph!

 

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A busy month of May…

May was a busy (and pleasing) month!

Back in January, I received a phone call from 2 women wanting to use my artwork as a wallpaper feature wall. They were part of a TV show and it was not hard to guess they were contestants on HOUSE RULES on Channel 7.

They initially has asked if I could go and paint one of my paintings on a feature wall. I advised them, that unfortunately this can not be done with watercolour (as they wanted a watercolour work). So instead, I provided them with an image that they could use to blow up and make into a wallpaper.

This episode was aired on the 21st-22nd May, revealing to the NSW contestants my Harbour Bridge Sunset painting, which featured in their new Lounge Room.

On another note, I was accepted as one of the 350 finalists at this months Hunters Hill Art Exhibition. 1000 artworks are submitted, so I was very pleased I made the shortlist.

I later found out that I also received a ‘Highly Commended’ award for one of my pieces and also sold two of my works during the show 🙂

And finally, I had success at the Oyster Bay Art & Craft Festival, selling one of my cafe street scenes.

I had a busy month and now can collect myself (and paint a lot more!) in the 2 month break until my next exhibition.

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