5 months have passed since I blogged properly. In that time I started up a tumblr blog to keep track of the images of cute puppies and kittens that I find myself obsessing over. I have also visited Great Barrier Island, made a short trip to Melbourne and turned 24. There is something I haven’t done, however, and that is paint. I haven’t made any art in the last 3 or 4 months. I haven’t picked up a brush, I haven’t even been into my studio in the last 3 months. I’ve lost my inspiration, lost my ideas, lost the motivation and desire to paint I used to feel so strongly.
I know this post is a little bit personal, but given the fact I don’t think I have all that many followers, its a good way to vent a little bit about the fear I am now feeling regarding my lack of artistic endeavours. It scares me. I want to paint. I even sort of know what kind of things I want to be painting, I just don’t know how to go about translating them into paintings. I think I’m just facing some fear of failure and it doesn’t help that I haven’t seen much success so far. I know no one is to blame for this but myself, and I know the longer I stay out of the studio and inactive in being creative, the worse it will get.
If anyone is reading this, what do you do when you’ve lost motivation and inspiration? How do you get back into being creative without feeling like you’re forcing it?
And because I hate a text only post, here is a sample of the types of pictures I’ve been posting on my tumblr (puppytime.tumblr.com)
Filed under Life, My art, Random
The following little 4inch x 4inch cuties have been taking up some of my time in the past couple of weeks as I’m making them to show and sell alongside my new creatures at The Front Room. People who’ve read previous posts may notice the similarity between these and the Peeper Trio I gifted to my boyfriend last year. I love making these little paintings, and I find them so adorable that I can’t help but squee at them when I add the final touches to each.
I’m trying to think of different animals I can reconfigure to my quirky style of drawing and painting, and will also be doing these in different colour combinations and sizes for a few other upcoming projects, including the DNA Market which will be on the 3rd of July – more details on that to come!
Since the final year of my Bachelor’s degree (in Visual Arts) I’ve been incorporating cute (and sometimes slightly odd) creatures into my landscape paintings. Recently I was offered the opportunity to have some creatures on display and for sale at The Front Room – away from their landscape habitats!
While I’ve made small creatures before as gifts for people, it has been a challenge getting them to a standard I’m happy with for public display and sale. I’ve spent the best part of the last two weeks learning new stitches, drawing up little sketches, and bringing some wee fellows to life. This week I took them out for a little photo shoot, as I’ll be delivering them to the gallery next week and felt they needed some fresh air (and photo opportunities) before I part with them!
Cute! I will be endeavouring to create more of these fun little fellows as I have another project coming up in July at which I’d like to have a whole bunch to sell! In the meantime, hopefully people are interested in them at the gallery. If anyone reading this would like one, I can do custom colours/faces/bodies perhaps!
I’m not going to bother addressing my slackness, I’m just going to segue straight into this:
If you love cats as much as I do, this is the exhibition for you! If you live in Auckland, please try to come along! Adopt an Artwork is an art exhibition and silent auction to raise funds for local charity The Lonely Miaow. It features the art of some of Auckland’s established and emergent artists, including myself!
If you want to get your hands on some lovely original artwork while also supporting a worthy cause, make your way to the Outerspace Gallery at The Depot Artspace in Devonport. It’s an easy walk from the ferry terminal, so I intend on making a lovely afternoon of the opening, but the exhibition is on til 29th April, so if you can’t make it on Saturday, there is still time after that!
If you can’t make it to the exhibition but still want to help out the lovely people at The Lonely Miaow with their selfless cause, check out their website here for info on how you can help.
Japanese artist Fuco Ueda was born in 1979. She lives in Japan and exhibits there regularly, as far as I can tell from her website. I emailed Fuco to ask her permission to feature her on my blog and got this response:
Thank you for an email.
Unfortunately I cannot speak English.
Please forgive the thing answered in faltering English.
Thank you for your having been interested in my artwork.
I feel an email from you very glad.
I was interested.
And so I present to you some images of the whimsical surreal work of Fuco Ueda. My favourite one is last. Mmm funghi.
Please visit Fuco Ueda’s site here or to view available works and prints, go here.
Day Of The Dead - Ronald Kurniawan
Ronald Kurniawan makes surreal brightly coloured magical works that feature invented creatures and landscape elements along with references to technology and the civilised world. His work includes paintings and sculptures, though he is definitely more prolific at the first.
Queen B - Ronald Kurniawan
He lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He has exhibited in many shows and has also created work for companies such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Disney Consumer Products, General Mills and Honda, to name a few.
Ronald Kurniawan - Work for Honda Insight Campaign
Ronald Kurniawan paints imagery that makes you think. And he also has a pet pug, so he must be awesome.
Top Dog - Ronald Kurniawan
Please visit the website of Ronald Kurniawan to see more of his work.
While I may not quite be happy with the levels of productivity I’m reaching, I am at least happy with the work I’m producing – and it’s been a little while since that was the case.
Yesterday I finished this painting, and while I’m the first to admit that it’s not perfect, there is a lot I like about it. The polar bear isn’t quite right, but the castle is pretty – and it looks more impressive in person.
There is an award show/competition that I’m planning on entering; the deadline is the beginning of October. So far I’m considering putting in this work and the previous one with the pandas. This may change, dependent on this:
Blank canvas of doom! It’s so hard looking at a huge blank canvas and deciding where to begin. The prospect of the first brushstroke ruining it is daunting. But paint I must.
Any critique and/or feedback on this painting is most welcome!