01 October 2008
A long and overdue update.
Well, this is severely overdue! I have been so busy. I had my first exhibition - almost a solo, but I'll aim for that next year - TRIO, with artists Tanya Cook and Narelle Manser-Smith. The exhibition went well with close to 200 people attending on the opening night. I sold 4 out of 10 paintings which is great because all costs involved have been covered and after the 30% gallery commission I still made a profit.
It's been busy times, I am nearing the end of my Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy and the next big focus is my 50 hour practicum at Nulsen Haven. Also, I am happy to say that Steve and I have bought a house and it's nice and big with a powered workshop that we are going to convert into an art studio. Talk about exciting times... I can start branching out into sculpure, installations and bigger paintings. Space has been my biggest obstacle in my newfound journey as an artist.
I think the time has come to delete some of my older works that are listed here on my blog. Most of the items that have been sold will be deleted to make space for new works.
Of late I am really inspired by the work of Brett Whitely and Joan Miro. I'm thinking Miro's work is closely aligned to the naieve style I am exploring. Don't be fooled, naive doesn't mean easy - infact, to keep a painting looking fresh, raw and naive is really hard because I have a tendancy to overwork things and add in too much detail at times, which is fine, but not if I want to advance myself into this new style.
This blog site isn't going to remain the stale biscuit it has been over the past few months, so please keep an eye out for updates and please, please leave your comments because they are so motivating!
Take care all,
Carmen : )