Exhibition preparation – a big fortnight for an artist

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Exhibition preparation has taken me over lately.

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So much has been happening.

The last time I posted was 16th August, over a week ago. That is a long gap in the life of a blogger but a very short time in the life of this artist at the moment.

Exhibition staging

Seascapes at Cafe Lune opened on Wednesday this week.

Sounds simple doesn’t it!

Well…..if you are an artist, and have exhibited, don’t read on. You know all this.

When we returned from a long trip earlier in August, I was immediately on a mission. Thank goodness for jet lag! I don’t think I have ever said that before. But what a burst of energy it provided early in the morning. Here is the result of some of that energy. I wrote about that in more detail last time.

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Breaking point, acrylic on canvas, 100x100cm

The first task was to complete three paintings and abandon a fourth because of time pressure. That had to be done early on so I could bring my photographic records up to date before the paintings were glazed and too shiny to photograph well.

Next on the list was ordering and preparing greeting cards using the photographic images. With them “on the boil” it was time to prepare leaflets for the exhibition. They included the all important price list with thumbnail images of the works, a leaflet about my classes on offer and finally a brief biography.

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Reading between the lines? I took a trip to the cartridge refill shop for Magenta one afternoon. And another trip to the same shop on the following afternoon for Black. That will teach me to believe the “Toner Low” messages in future. Something in me wants to stretch toner as far as possible. I think the “something” is the bit connected to the budget.

Installation

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The hanging went without a hitch on the Tuesday thanks to a handy relative of the cafe owners. Subsequently I changed my mind about positioning two works which meant they were not hung in the same order as the catalogue suggested but their numbering stayed with them. No one has actually noticed or been bothered by 11 coming before 9.

As you can see from the installation shots, I have my own dedicated table for books, cards, signing up and sales. And the cafe has created a gallery area just for this show.

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Here is the feature painting “Breaking point” sitting pretty.

I have spent two afternoons on site since it began and it is fun meeting visitors and friends. Today we shared some delicious snacks with the wine and water. Just the thing.

Worth all the preparation!

I will be back in on the afternoons of Saturday 26th and Sunday 28th as well as Monday and Wednesday next week. Do drop in to Cafe Lune, 8 Jetty Road, Brighton South Australia.

 

 

Breaking point

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Does everything have a breaking point?

I think materials do – think plastic fatigue or snapping brush handles.

And people…but that’s way off today’s topic. Or is it?

In business there is a “tipping point” at which things are about to go gang-busters. And that’s a positive.

Breaking waves

With waves there is a point of tipping and breaking. The hydro-dynamics of it is outside my realm but it seems that the wall of water crashes when it reaches a critical point. The profile of the seabed has something to do with the shape of the waves near the shore too and that alters when and how they break. (I have been up close and personal with a surfer in times gone by).

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“Winter wave” 25x30cm, acrylic on linen panel

Looking at my paintings I can see that this breaking point has fascinated me for a while.

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“Building swell” 45x60cm, acrylic on canvas

In its evolution, this next painting almost broke me! For a start it is unusually large for me – 100x100cm – and was difficult to carry up or down stairs and all but impossible to fit in the car.

Secondly, “Breaking point” has been on and off the easel for about 5 years. It has had at least two titles. And lots of unofficial unprintable ones.

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“April Surge” in 2016

This painting has had many hours of work poured into it and it has almost been finished a few times. Between those intervals this painting has literally hung around the house and reminded me of my struggle.

It began as a brutish storm painting. Its subject matter was stirred and sandy water with ochres and early on, some seaweed purples.

Those colours changed and then returned again. They were heightened or muted, but somehow I just didn’t like it! Simple as that.

Benefits of travel

After our return this week from a long trip I had a clear vision for this painting. The adrenaline of returning home triumphed over the fatigue and bingo! Off the wall, onto the easel…

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…and 5 years’ work was over in a day (and 5 years). “April surge” became “Breaking point”.

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“Breaking point” 100x100cm, acrylic on canvas

Beauty overtook brutalism much to my relief and I emerged Unbroken!

“Breaking point” will be hanging at Cafe Lune as part of my show of wave paintings for SALA 2017.

We open on August 23rd at 81 Jetty Road Brighton, South Australia. Come along and celebrate with me.

PS: I will be “In session” on 23rd, 24th, 26th and 30th August from 2-4pm.

Shoreline stretch – September’s wave painting

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“Shoreline stretch” features as the image for September in my 2017 calendar.

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Shoreline stretch

Inspiration for this painting came from walks on the Brighton jetty. It captures the outlook to the north, with its expanse of sea, breaking towards the shore.

The image below shows the original painting. It is one of my larger works, with dimensions of 60x90cm .

This painting seems to celebrate the diagonals that often appear in my paintings. I relish the visual energy they bring. In this work they also give structure to the mass of sea and draw the eye towards the distance. This is balanced by the mystery of the water close to the jetty where there are shadows and currents to ponder.

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Shoreline stretch; acrylic on canvas; 60x90cm; $1620 unframed

The range of blues and greens is infinite and in this work there are many. Blues dominate the distance while greens work strongest in the foreground.

This painting will be exhibited during SALA in August in Adelaide, unless sold beforehand.
The mini-exhibition will be held at Cafe Lune, 81 Jetty Road, Brighton South Australia. I will provide more details later.

 

Another wave painting from the calendar

Here is another wave painting to dream on. It has been a while since we looked back at the calendar.
August offers us “Stormy swell”.

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This is a large painting, created with a limited palette of ultramarine, yellow ochre and white, plus a touch of magenta.
The limitation did not feel limiting! It was a major tonal exercise but I remember the process of its creation as quite meditative.

Here is an image of the original. It measures 60x90cm and hangs in a private collection in Melbourne. I have visiting rights, which is fun.

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It is almost time to put together the calendar for 2018. I wonder what the theme will be this time?

Any suggestions?