Picture-plane massacre – a painting demonstration

A picture-plane massacre? How could that happen? This post from the past tells the tale of a painting to forget!

Things have been quiet around the seascapes laboratory lately, but I feel compelled to post the evidence of the recent massacre of the picture plane. Perhaps it was more of a mess-acre. Anyway, just for fun here are some happy snaps.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

As you can see, especially if you click to zoom in, I was at a local kindergarten. Just a few days before an overseas trip and suffering from vertigo I followed through on my commitment to demonstrate what an artist “does”. It was also a good chance for me to try out my new travel kit.

Bending down to set it up made me giddy but that settled enough to allow me to work.

The picture-plane

The picture-plane is actually the painter’s coal-face. It is a word which refers to the painting surface but in its abstract sense. It is on this plane that the magic happens. Or not. In this case it is a handy title, because my work that day wasn’t much of a painting.

In this photo you can get a glimpse of the playground equipment in the background. It fascinated me but also led me on a merry chase as you can see.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

The kindergarten staff said they would like to keep the painting, much to my horror. It was one for the bin. But, they were kind people who appreciated my visit and I think they wanted to give me a boost!

The new outdoor kit

So moving right along, how did the “new” kit work?

As well as the wobbles I had that morning, the paintbox wobbled even more. Desperate to make it stable before our trip, I tried ropes between box and tripod. It was good enough to work with although not really stable. Unfortunately the box weighed a ton and for travel it needed a very big suitcase. A few issues for improvement took my mind off the picture-plane massacre!

That box is still in use in 2017. Still heavy, but now fitting on a stronger easel it is much more stable. I dream of a light, inexpensive paintbox. Dreams are a good start I find. And you?

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SALA – South Australian Living Artists’ Festival

South Australian Living Artists' Festival-SALA logo 2016

South Australian Living Artists’ (SALA) Festival. Strange, isn’t it, that title?

After a bit more pondering the title seems to be a nice tribute. So many artists who are celebrated are not living. I suppose that’s what is strange about the title, its opposite.

August in Adelaide

That aside, August in Adelaide and in other areas around the state, is the month of SALA!

That means there are more than five hundred exhibitions on in unusual venues around the state. There is a specified Open Studio Day and even a local Maker’s Market.

Featured Artist

The featured artist for SALA 2016 is Catherine Truman. A monograph about her and her work has been printed and her ” Red Laboratory Shells” are on the cover of this year’s Guide.

SALA program-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia
ALA Guide 2016

Open Studio

For SALA this year I have chosen to open the studio door every Saturday and Sunday in August. That will be 8 sessions of 3 hours each!

That sounds like a lot of time, but within those hours I plan to do some outdoor painting demonstrations in the front driveway if weather permits. Or set up a small still life in the studio if weather doesn’t!

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This is me, a few years ago at my SALA Open Studio.

It is always interesting to talk with the visitors. Some will be accidental visitors – locals walking past and seeing the signs or the activity. Other people will come deliberately as part of their own tour. Either way, I am looking forward to meeting them.

The kettle will be on. If you can drop in, please do. Check the SALA Guide, entry 432.