I was lucky to be invited twice to teach in Australia and I have fond memories of Sydney. The first time I went to Sydney we were able to get some tickets to a Herbie Hancock concert in the opera – the very last seats in the back …the sound was good..Herbie was a tiny ant- but it was pretty cool :) Australia is fascinating and a real Artful Adventure – for this painting I used an Australian Dictionary for the background, made a stamp with gum tree nuts and also used actual gum tree nuts. The painting is part of the travel chapter in my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media. Maybe some day I will be back but until then this painting is my little Australia at home :)
Acrylic paint, ink, marker, charcoal, paper ephemera, gum tree nuts on canvas 9×12 -Available for Purchase – email me if interested .
A couple of months ago, I was in Australia and visited a couple museums but I wanted to spread out the posts for you a bit- so finally I would like to take you on an art stroll through the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia.
Isn’t this an amazing piece? It was quite big – Noah Eshkol, Window to the Sea, 1975, Cotton, pique, satin
Noa Eshkol, Window to the Night, 1981 – cotton, cotton lawn, flannelette, twill, cretonne, jersey, percale, pique, poplin, satin, taffeta, repp with lurex threads, crepe fabric.
The material list reads like a “Who is Who of Fabric”, don’t you think? These pieces made me wish I was a sewer …I am not, but I would like to include more fabric and sewing into my work.
Daniel Boyd, Untitled, 2016 – oil, charcoal and archival glue on linen.
The details are just so amazing and I love the combination of classic charcoal drawing on top of aboriginal art.
Daniel Boyd, Untitled, 2016, oil, digital print and archival glue on canvas
Daniel Boyd, Untitled, 2016, oil, charcoal and archival glue on linen
Boyd translates and re-contextualizes historical images and explores ideas of strength, spirit and aboriginal resistance while at the same time commenting on science, evolution and Darwinism.
“He uses dots as a veil to create scenes that appear incomplete, leaving space for the viewer to complete the story, and mirroring how history is partial and completed through memory and myth.” – Signage at MCAA
Nina Beier, Allegory of Charity, 2015 – ceramic cups, coffee beens, resin, wood, metal
Look at the crackle texture!!!
Gordon Bennett, Abstraction (City dweller), 2013, acrylic on linen
Gordon Bennett, Abstraction (Ntive), 2013, acrylic on linen
“These two paintings are part of a larger series that superimpose the faces of contemporary Australians over earth-toned figures bearing similarities to representations of primitivist figures in the paintings of late American Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat”. What a wonderful example on how an artist got inspired by a different artist, and translated the inspiration into his own cultural background and style – into something entirely new that only a little hint off the inspiration is left. I love this!!!!
Gordon Bennett, Untitled (dismay, displace, disperse, dispirit, display, dismiss), 1989, oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas
Bennett is interested in the power of language and the way it shapes culture and identity.
Newell Harry, As Veneral Theists Rest/The Natives Are Restless, 2008, letraset, black and white gesso and ink on craft paper backed with interfacing, lights, beads, rubber, wool, wood, ceramic, plant fibres, metal, string, cotton, shell, transformer
This was such an amazing piece to explore visually – I did restrain from touching it- but it was very very tempting. BTW- this was the first museum where I actually saw two different people touching paintings and being told off by the guard. I had never seen this before but heard that this happens quite often from one of the Conservators at MoMA and I am just astonished. Tempting – yes – but big no no!
Tim Johnson Four elders, 1986, oil on canvas.
again so amazing to see the painting from further away and from a very close distance.
Wait…who is this goof ball in my pic? Awe- my sweet friend Julie- LOL. We had such a good time :)
These pieces on bark were just so amazing- I would love to have some of those hanging in my living room!
I hope you enjoyed the stroll and those images and materials inspired you :) have a wonderful creative day!
After the workshop in Melbourne, Julie and I taught in Berkeley Vale at Darkroom Door, about 1 1/2 hours North of Sydney. My wonderful friend and awesome manufacturer Rachel Greig hosted us in her warehouse and classroom and it a great group rocking out the paint, art supplies and art journals!
Everyone was working for three day, creating covers, painting, stamping, stenciling, book binding – getting messy fingers and tables:) It was so much fun! I loved the class room with high tables and high top chairs, making it possible for everyone to choose to work standing up or sitting. Since I work standing up- this was a dream :)
So much creative energy and colors in the classroom
And here is Julie explaining something – it was really fun teaching together again :)
And here are some photos of me teaching …which usually- you know…there aren’t any :)
Thank you so much Rachel for having us- you are the best!!!!
And here we are :) Bound and colorful finished art journals!!!
And thank you Amanda and Amanda, Belinda, Rachel, Robyn and Robyn, Paula, Kristy Lee (mmmmhhh did I butcher your name again???? please forgive me with your super cute smile, ok?), Lorraine, Genevieve, Vesna and Vesna! We will always have “I pet a kangaroo”, the dog on the tucker box, create you own at mäccas, don’t hesitate to mess up the table, fire alarms, Lemingtons, Anzac Biscuits and lot’s of laughter together. It was wonderful to spend those three days with you!!!
I will post some photos from Melbourne and Sydney, street art and kangaroos in the next weeks – it was such a fun trip :)
My friend Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and I will be teaching the Mixed Media Circus: Art Journal Adventure workshop 1 hour North of Sydney in Berkley Vale – at the Darkroom Door Art Studio , Australia April 15 -17, 2016.
You can sign up for this 3-Day-Workshop here: Mixed Media Circus: Art Journaling Adventure. We would really love to see you there*-and we are super excited to come Down Under and it will loads of fun and a real art journaling adventure!
*if you are in the Melbourne area and would love to join us there- we are teaching at Artified April 8-10,2016 – sign up and more info here