Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sneek Peak

Madonna's Floating head.
My progression in my painting series. I'm really happy with how my experiments and research are turning out. I really hope it all joins together to create a strong body of work.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Flesh, movement and water

My newest developments on wood.
I think there is something vulnerable and raw about the skin and water.
Not sure how I feel about the outcome?
I think that I shall explore this concept. It almost presents a underlying theme of fear. Of being exposed and stripped down to our bareness.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Keeping Face

So I have this love (obesession rather) with faces. I can stop painting them. There is just something about the face that gets me excited with the paintbrush. Essentially that is all. When i approach the artwork, i just can't wait to get in there and map out the face. I leave the eyes last, for they are my favourite. I work from life, I get my friends ( lovely creatures that they are) to sit for me. I usually let them sit for 20 min intervals, lasting between an hour and 40 minutes. I go in strong, blocking out shadow, then work up the tones to capture the depth. I work alla prima ( which is wet oil paint on wet.) in other words i don't wait for layers to dry. I'm just too impatient that way. So really I capture a brief snippet or glimpse of the moment of the person in front, I try to capture their essence... knowing all the while the connection we both share. The gaze, of me objectively looking and them holding my gaze or knowing it's there.
I just thought I'd share that with you. Now to figure out a series that will be ok for my endof semester showing... (wish me luck)

Monday, October 11, 2010


My lino print in Print media.
My concept was the battle within.
The inner conscious, or voice that we keep hidden or silent,
The thoughts that shape our foundations and yeild our strength.
I'm so messy, I was amazed I managed to keep the border clear and white in class.
lino prints (through presses) come out clear and sharp. I am really enjoying my printmedia classes, I'm often the last to leave and stay behind to clean up.

Weekends that last 5 seconds

Eggs Florentine,
Thick, soft sunshine.
French Fairs,
Fruit salad,
Words written in the sky,
Paintings by the seaside,
Dinner with friends,
nightmares, ghost stories.
Driving home,
Sleeping till midday,
Lunch breakfeasts
Beach travels,
curved bays, coloured sea shacks,
the ends :(

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Paint

Nearing the end of semester, I have realized that I must get my paintbrush moving as much as possible. I evolve my ideas/technique/style by painting and creating as much as possible. I find it progresses by itself. I painted this portrait of my lovely friend yesterday. It took about 40min. Sometimes I wish I had enough friends down here (melbourne) to paint one after the other... as they lined up outside my little door. Stay tuned for more hopefully.