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!
First Thursdays! Last Thursday, after a week of excessively manic studio time, I put up 7 paintings in St Kevin’s Arcade along with 7 other artists. There were also a number of crafty types and a musical backdrop provided by George FM. Multitudes of well-dressed and generally lovely people passed through the arcade between 6 and 9pm, taking in the art and the atmosphere.
It was great to take part in such a well-organised and awesome event, and having my work in such a public arena made for pretty amazing exposure. I loved gauging peoples reactions to my paintings from a distance, and also standing by and pretending to be a viewer myself. Quite a few of my business cards disappeared from their little holder, and while I didn’t sell anything, I’m happy with what I presented and the overall response was rather heartening. I met some awesome people and made some great new contacts and it seems that I’m not the only person that likes my work. I can’t wait for the next opportunity!
Thanks to Amber for taking this photo!
If you want to check out the official First Thursdays website, you can do so here. Hopefully there should be photos up from the event this week!
Before my 3 day working weekend, I completed two paintings. The first, I started some weeks ago – it features sewn creatures attached to the canvas. The second: started and finished in the same week.
My panda painting is also currently featured in an exhibition hosted by the Waitakere Trusts. It stands out as being completely unique in the exhibition – but I’m still unsure of whether or not that’s a good thing.
The bunny painting has gone through another reincarnation and is now a continuing work in progress. It currently looks like this:
The inspiration isn’t exactly flowing at the moment. In a few weeks time I’ll be heading to Melbourne for a 2 week pre-Christmas jaunt with Leon. Hopefully I’ll come back with some fresh ideas.
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!