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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Painting with Spirit and Freedom

Painting with spirit and with freedom is the only way to paint, when you structure paintings and you plan your work to the last detail, or when you copy something from a photo to the last line it wont work.

The magic in painting comes from within, It comes from a sense of knowing that this is what you are meant to be doing. When you work with Spirit and freedom your energy flows in every sense. Sometimes that energy that you harbour inside may not be good energy, it doesnt matter, each stroke and paint drip correlates to emotions that will eventually shape themselves in to the whole painting.
Think of it as a piece of a puzzle, none of the pieces make sense until you finish the whole puzzle step back and see the picture.
That is how each of my works form, each time I pick a brush or a colour I am allowing my "gut' to guide me allowing my spirit to be free. I dont know what I am doing, I have a picture in my head, but I spend so long working with my painting that it moves with me and then I see something else in it, my new picture forms in my head and work towards that. Its not until the end that i step back and see the journey that I have taken.

People often ask me, "how long does it take to do your paintings?" I cant honestly answer that, why? because I take a never ending journey with each one. Each painting is not really finished to me, each painting is that "puzzle piece" that fits into my next painting, Painting a picture of my Journey through life.
I am incredibly blessed. It wasnt until I sat back and started to trust, to love life the way I should that I started to live life. I am forever guided the right way, and it wasnt until I started listening that I started living.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Selwyn Gallery Website now finished

The selwyn Gallery website I have designed is now up and running, no doubt I will have mistakes to fix over time but at least its up and running!

I have been slack today as its very cold, but still thinking about my next step. I sold a painting for $800 yesterday which is great! I was told I am selling myself too short but how can you sell yourself short if you think you are doing you art to inspire people. Who says the price of reward for me has to be in a dollar value? seeing people enjoy my work is the real reward... brrr its freezing I must go and finish my rose work for the Selwyn Gallery Auction:)
thanks for keeping up with me guys:P

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nz art guild membership paying off- interest from overseas!

Well I am very chuffed at the email I recieved this morning from a man living in America wanting a large painting of a nelson coastline:) I am yet to confirm finer details!
Also Selwyn Gallery is holding an Art auction and I am lucky enough to have a piece in thre... great local exposure and My works will be in with the best of the best!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

A New Idea formed through a dream

Last night I had the most amazing dream of colour, It was a combination of a certain four colours that just looked stunning, So when I got up I knew I had to paint (at 5 am!!) I started to work immediately and the form is shaping, using the design I have used before with a different colour spin! I am so excited and cant wait to finish it!
My fingers are almost too cold to type so I must go warm them before I can tell you more keep your eyes peeled!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Painting this weekend!

I have spent some time this weekend on my painting making great progress with my works, in particular one piece. I finally spend time updating my Nz Art Guild pages and my Website is still a work in progress. I am very excited about how one painting in particular is forming So I have decided to take step by step shots for people and add it to my website(fingers crossed!) I am yet to work out why the lightbox does not work on my site ... but thats too tech for most people including me at times!
Plans for the Christchurch exhibition are shaping up very nicely and I am very excited about the participation from artists! Not, however without all the hard work! Trying to get people to exhibit with us, at times, has been a nightmare!!!!
Well enough blogging onwards to my painting for the day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I am so busy at the moment! I am Exhibiting In the Original Art sale in Auckland, and In the Bruce mason center in Auckland at the same time fot the Annual Guild Members Exhibition. So just four short weeks to complete 6 paintings! eeekkk!!!

I just completed my wee square for the group project(similar to last years) So hopefully I will be able to get all that loaded on my website... What a nightmare my site has been!

I have nearly completed the Selwyn Gallery Website which is exciting,
Its a large website, with lots of pages but its design is targeted around the old ppl that cant use computers LOL.

I also got to redesign the whole Artweek Logo which is really cool that they loved my design. Man things are moving up I tell you! I am so incredibly blessed and greatful that I have been supported by so many people over these years.
Art is more than a passion for me now its a damned obsession!!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Chariy Auction Started!!!!

I just started a charity Auction to raise funds for our exhibition check it out!

Name of the NZAG annual exhibition is decided!

I have decided to call our chch exhibition "Perception" An artists view of their world.

I love it! leaves it open for everyone to create freely! and we have new people coming on board to exhibit with us which is exciting!!! Although I feel the pressure a little with the need to fund all the costs and find sponsors, otherwise the artists will bear the brunt of the costs!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

An Interesting Painting forming now...

Well things are on the way nicely, yesterday I managed to have an afternnon off work and I managed two straight hours in my studio painting! yey! I have the most amazing piece forming that has sat unfinished for some time as I knew what I wanted to achieve but wasnt sure how to achieve it!!!!

I have many ideas floating around my head that should help me finish what I need to for all the exhibitions, the problem will be time!

I was very aware last year that I was so involved in the "planning" of the Exhibition that I lost my free spirit in my paintings and tended to rush them. This year there will only be top quality works from me!

Man I love Art!

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Welcome to my Blog

Well, welcome to my first blog to keep people up to date with what I am currently working on!
This year is already jam packed with Art events and activities for me, so keeping up with it all will be a challenge!

At the moment, the time is fast approaching to have my works done for the Original Art sale in Auckland and I only have 2 half done!!! eeek!

NZAG annual exhibition in July and much to prep for that as well as in September I have to organise the South Island exhibition.

The Selwyn Gallery website is nearly up and running( I have been creating this for them) and then its to work on my own website and profile books.

Sales of my book went well and I am gearing up for my next one (art related) so Watch this space!!!!