Market Days

Hi Everyone,
This Sunday just past I spent the day with my market stall (Re-Creations) at the Strathalbyn Sunday Market.
It’s held every 3rd Sunday of the month.
I was joined this Sunday by my husband Jamie.

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Strathalbyn Sunday Market 21 Jan 2018

Some of the stalls and attractions from the Strathalbyn Sunday Market. (Jan 21st)

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Strathalbyn Sunday Market 21 Jan. 2018

Some of the art and craft I sell at my Re-Creations stall

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Some markets it’s just me and sometimes I will share with a friend. Some of the craft I sell on commission for a friend.
I attend this market as well as the Milang Lakeside Market, which is every second Saturday of the month at the Milang Institute.
Milang is short drive from Strathalbyn. It lies on Lake Alexandrina and is popular for people who enjoy the lake and some holidays homes there too.
It’s part of what I have been doing over the last year.
Last year proved it could be done. This year is a year to see if it is a financial viable option to continue with. It can be surprising, the cost involved in running a market stall. As much as I’d love to do this as a hobby or something, I’m not in that privileged position in life. I feel a bit of pressure to make this work, but ultimately, I can only try my best and keep my fingers crossed.
So what is my stall about?
Well it is an eclectic mix of artwork and craft made primarily from re-claimed and re-purposed materials. What is for sale varies as it depends on the season (I’m not going to sell sweaters in the heat of summer) and the materials I have been able to procure. Some materials are donated, but most materials sourced are ex-stock/discontinued or damaged stock from art and craft stores and thrift shops. Sometimes I have to use new materials, but I try to limit that as much as possible.
I will be blogging more about my craft in addition to my painting this year. I hope some of you will enjoy seeing the items I make.

Wishing you all a creative and inspiring week ahead
Tikarma. Xxx

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www.recreationsartcraft.com © Tikarma Vodicka 2018

 

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Three Signs of Spring followed by Sunset

Hi Everyone,
The two flower portraits below are the last two that I had been working on before I went AWOL from my blog.

Flower Portrait 'Three Signs of Spring' ©Tikarma Vodicka

Three Signs of Spring
Acrylics
10 cm x 10 cm (4″ x 4″)

Flower Portrait 'Sunset' ©Tikarma Vodicka

Sunset
Acrylics
10 cm x 10 cm ( 4″ x 4″ )

I hope you enjoyed seeing these flower portraits.

Wishing you all a creative and inspired week ahead
Tikarma. Xxx

 

 

 

 

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www.recreationsartcraft.com © Tikarma Vodicka 2018

 

Eclectic Flower Garden

Hi Everyone,
I hope your New Year is beginning well?
As some of you may or may not have noticed I disappeared from blogging last year. I guess you could say I became lost in my list of things to do. To say “I’ll get to a blog, next week.” was a dangerous thing to say. It never happened.
I am though recommitting myself to blogging weekly this year.
I have quiet a few new changes that I’ll talk about over the next few weeks.
Until then I will continue where I left off.
Below are three flower portraits I finished last year. I hope some of you enjoy looking at them.
Wishing you all a very inspired, creative and successful 2018
Tikarma.
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Flower Portrait Azzurro © Tikarma Vodicka 2018

Azzurro 
10 cm x 10 cm ( 4″ x 4″ )

Flower Portrait LEO © Tikarma Vodicka 2018

Leo (SOLD)
10 cm x 10 cm ( 4″ x 4″ )

Flower Portrait Strawberry Delight © Tikarma Vodicka 2018

Strawberry Delight (SOLD)

10 cm x 10 cm ( 4″ x 4″ )

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www.recreationsartcraft.com © Tikarma Vodicka 2018

 

Ornamental and Lilium

Hi everyone,

Below are two new flower portraits Ornamental and Lilium

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Flower Portrait Ornamental © Tikarma Vodicka

Ornamental
Acrylics
10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″ )

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This flower portrait is of the blossoms from an ornamental plum tree sapling.
One house I lived in many years ago had a beautiful ornamental plum tree in the front garden. At some point it decided to sprout a sapling from one of it roots which was lying close to the surface.
When it was time to move I dug it out and took that sapling with me to my new home. It grew into a beautiful tree just like its parent tree. Pruning branches one year I dried out some of the thinner branches to use as garden stakes. One “stake” was not as dried out as I had thought and it sprouted leaves! Not long after I had to move again. I took this new sapling with me to plant in my new home. This painting is taken from it’s second year as a sapling when it grew a few small branches and had it’s first blossoms. It’s very slow growing as a consequence and it has had to move again since this painting but I’m happy to say it now has a forever home and is still growing, thriving and producing beautiful blossoms each spring.

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Flower Portrait. Lilium © Tikarma Vodicka

Lilium
Acrylics
10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)

 

This flower portrait is of a yellow Asiatic Lily. It’s name comes from the genus Lilium that these lilies belong to.
There are many associations attributed to the lily. The ancient Greeks and Romans for instance believed the lily represented fertility, virtue, innocence and purity. There are also many other meanings across many cultures.

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Ornamental and Lilium are available to purchase through my Etsy store which you can visit by clicking on the link below

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Click to visit TikarmaVodicka Art online Store

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In other news…

I fell off the blogging wagon a bit as I was caught up helping convenor Su Hall with stewarding the photography competition and exhibition for the Strathalbyn Agricultural Show which was this Monday past. We had 116 entries and a lot of interest in the exhibit on the day. It was a very fun and interesting experience in learning the set up for these events and also seeing the how the judging process works and what helps decide a winning photo.

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Strathalbyn Agricultural Show Photography exhibit 2016. photographs © Tikarma Vodicka

The Strathalbyn Agricultural Show 2016 Photography Exhibit

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This week in my studio I am finishing off a new flower portrait of a single gazania.

Orange Gazenia in Progress. © Tikarma Vodicka

Orange gazania in progress

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Wishing you all many an inspiring moment throughout the rest of your week.
Tikarma.

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www.tikarmavodickaart.com

Native Mystery

Hi Everyone,

This week is my latest flower portrait Native Mystery.
These flowers are from a native Australian tree. In my last home I had a very large vegetable garden at the very back of my yard. This tree was actually in my neighbours yard, but many of the branches hung over into my vegetable garden. Every Spring tight bunches of these flowers would burst forth. It was very pretty. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to identify the tree and hence, it remains a mystery.
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Native Mystery © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Native Mystery
Acrylics
10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)

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Native Mystery © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Native Mystery
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Native Mystery © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Native Mystery

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Native Mystery is available through my Etsy store which you visit by clicking on the link below

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Click to visit TikarmaVodicka Art Online Store

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This week I am back in my studio finishing off the gazenias ‘Three Signs of Spring’ that I had started last week, and beginning a new flower portrait.
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Terrible weather interrupted my moving into my summer studio, so I will also be continuing to dust off workspaces and hopefully (weather permitting) move back into my studio.

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Wishing you all a very creative and inspired week ahead.

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www.tikarmavodickaart.com

Fragaria Vesca

Hi Everyone,

My newest flower portrait to go on-line this week is ‘Fragaria Vesca’. The flowers are blossoms which will become strawberries. The title comes from the plants botanical name.

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Fragaria Vesca ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Fragaria Vesca
acrylics
10 cm x 10 cm (4″ x 4″)

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Fragaria Vesca ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Fragaria Vesca

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Fragaria Vesca ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Fragaria Vesca

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This flower portrait is available for sale through my Etsy store which you can visit by clicking on the link below

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Click to visit TikarmaVodicka Art online Store

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I have been working my latest flower portrait which I have decided to call ‘Three signs of Spring’
They are gazenia flowers.

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Three Signs of Spring ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Three Signs of Spring in Progress

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I just have to finish off the background and add the last highlights to the leaves, which will have to wait until next week.

This week I am in Spring cleaning mode. I have moved my indoor/winter studio to a more suitable space in my home

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Winter/Indoor Studio ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Winter/Indoor Studio

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I will also be dusting off my summer studio (Ravenwood studios) ready for another Spring/Summer of painting.
Until next week, I hope you all have a productive and creative week ahead.

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Dianthus Barbartus

Hi Everyone,

I know it’s a little while since I’ve written a blog. I’ve been really struggling with fitting it in of late, but I will be blogging regularly from here on in.

I have still been painting flower portraits and they are in various processes of being painted photographed and uploaded to my Etsy store. I will be sharing them all over the next few weeks.
The newest flower portrait to go on-line is Dianthus Barbatus.

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Dianthus Barbartus © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Dianthus Barbartus
Acrylics
10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)

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Dianthus Barbartus on display easel ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

 

Dianthus Barbartus

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Dianthus Barbartus hanging on wall ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Dianthus Barbartus

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If you’d like to visit my store, just click on the Etsy link at the end of this post or click on the link below.

https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TikarmaVodickaArt

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This week I am back in my studio painting more flowers.

Gazenias in progress ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

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In Progress… These will be gazenias eventually, for now it’s untitled.

Wishing you all a very inspiring and creative week ahead.

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Mandala

Hi Everyone,

Below is a mandala I drew up. Something very different, but it’s nice to shake things up from time to time.

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Mandala (original design) © Tikarma Vodicka

Mandala (original design)

31cm x 29cm (11.8″ x 11.2″)

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Mandala in progress © Tikarma Vodicka

Mandala in progress

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I apologise the photos aren’t the greatest. My workspace still isn’t set up for on-line sharing. My lighting is great for working, but terrible for photos. It is a dilemma I have to resolve but the rebel in me is procrastinating.

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Art Diary, Monday 6th June 2016

I unfortunately came down with a very bad cold virus so regrettably I had to pull out of the Sails 1st birthday celebrations.

Not all my time was spent sniffling and sneezing.

I had recently purchased a pack of glitter gel pens. I have a weakness for glitter so I couldn’t resist them, even though I had no real idea what I would do with them. The mandala proved the perfect opportunity to try them out.

I wasn’t in the head space to do one of my usual designs, so I decided to see what would happen if I drew a mandala instead.
The gen pens worked a treat and I really like how the colours came up. The glitter effect doesn’t really show in photos, which is a bit of bummer.
The mandala draws on design elements that are very common in a lot these types of mandalas. I really love the traditional mandalas. I suppose I have retained more about their design than I thought!
It was very fun to do but with a total of seven hours from start to finish it is not something I think I will do very often.

It was still a good experiment and I’m very happy with the results. I’ve been trying to think of ways to speed up my process for demonstrations. Even though the mandalas are not in the style of my designs, they operate on the same principles. This mandala I’d say is rather easy in it’s design. There are no overlapping or interlocking aspects. There is no way any of what I do can be done quickly. I suspect many artists have this issue, and use work that is nearly completed. I know I’ll need to do that to a certain extant, but if I can show more than the finishing touches that would be ideal. Paper does speed the process up immensely and that gives me hope that if the design is pre-drawn than I will more easily be able to show my process and someone can see a design or flower emerge.

Painting with paper is very different to canvas I also did two proof of concept flowers. They took about 45 minutes each, just to see if I can still do what I do translated onto paper.

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proof of concept. Painting flowers on paper © Tikarma Vodicka

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I can indeed paint on paper! It was a big moment for me.

They are still far from what I would say is finished, but it’s enough for me to proceed knowing that even though the medium I’m painting on is different I can produce the same style of painting using the same painting techniques. The only difference is a lot less layers and I have little room for error because the drying time is extremely quick
I have some black paper I want to experiment with and I now need to paint a design and a flower to see how they actually unfold. That though will have to wait. I am back in my studio this week and I have a lovely stack of flowers waiting for me to paint. 🙂

Until next time, wishing you all many moments of creativity and inspiration.
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New Website!

Hi Everyone,

I am very happy to announce that my new website and on-line store is finally finished!!

If you would like to take a peek at my galleries, learn a bit about me, or check out what’s in my on-line store you can do so by clicking on the link below.

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http://www.tikarmavodickaart.com

 

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If you would like to check out my Etsy store directly you can do so by clicking on the link below

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https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/TikarmaVodickaArt

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It’s a little bare, but that will change over the next month or two as I slowly add new flower portraits and hopefully some designs and craft too.

If you have any questions you are welcome to leave a comment here or contact me through the contact form on my website.

I’m very happy to finally have everything set up again. If you do stop by to visit I hope you enjoy your look around.

This week I am in domestic mode cleaning and gardening. I am also preparing for this Saturday.
Sails @ Clayton Bay is celebrating their 1st birthday and artist Dell Bartlett and myself will be there with our art as part of the festivities.
If you are going to be in the area or looking for a lively way to spend your Saturday come along and join in with the fun, music and art. 🙂

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Sails At Clayton Bay 1st Birthday Advert © Greg Coombs

Advert © Greg Coombs

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Thank you for visiting! 🙂

Wishing you all a very creative and beautiful week ahead.

Sunday at Sails

Hi everyone,

This Sunday just passed I had the opportunity to attend the Open Mic at Sails again. This time I was joined by the lovely and very talented Del Bartlett.
It was a blustery and cold day,nonetheless we still had lots of people enjoying good food, great music by a wide variety of local talent and enjoying art by Del and myself.

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Open Mic and art demonstration/exhibition at Sails 22nd May © Tikarma Vodicka and Jamie McPherson 2016

Del Barlett (Left panel) and myself (middle panel) enjoying an afternoon of creative art. Thanks to Jamie McPherson for the photo of me (used with permission)

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Sounds Groovy Open Mic ay Sails. 22nd May 2016. © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Some of the Sounds Groovy open Mic performers. Left to right. Dean Bird,  David Rogers and friend on flute, Tim Fatchen (as Flying Tadpole), Lynda and Dean Bird, Gerry Holt, Lynda Bird and Shay Hamilton,Tim Fatchen and Jamie McPherson (CBG duelling), Jamie McPherson, Greg Coombs (Sounds Groovy Open Mic host)

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Thanks to Nikki and Phil and the staff at Sails and Greg Coombs for their hard work and organisation.
If you’re interested in finding more about Sails you can visit their Facebook page by clicking on the link below.

Sails @ Clayton Bay

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Art Diary, Monday 23rd May 2016

It looks like including art along with music will be become a regular event. I will dispense with the collage re-caps in the future and do a proper photo blog now I know that this will be something more regular. It’s wonderful to be able to combine two of my favourite things together.
It does create a lovely family friendly atmosphere and my hat off to Nikki and Phil for all their efforts in creating a vibrant place for local music and hosting regular events.
Rural areas can suffer a bit from “Same old same old” or “Nothing never happens here” syndrome, or worse very little for locals to enjoy on a regular basis. It is hard work organising these types of events, generating interest and keeping the momentum going. People prepared to put the work in are invaluable in a community and their efforts are important in retaining a sense of activity and thriving community.

Sunday was an experiment in indoor entertainment. With the weather now turning cold the outdoor deck is no longer a very inviting place to sit and listen to music and for the musicians rain and wind is not a good combination with electricity!
We all managed to squeeze inside though and even make space towards the end of the afternoon for a little dance floor.
Over time we’ll be able to refine how we set up so that we’re not all in one corner.

Working with Del was lovely. It’s always interesting to see how other people approach their art and the intuitiveness and freedom of Del’s art, warms the heart and fills you with a sense of joy.

It was good too to have a contrast between Del and myself. What we both do is so very different. I’m slow turtle to her sweeping brush strokes and freedom of play with her art.
The difference was pointed out. I cannot produce much work in a short space of time. It wasn’t meant as criticism but I have taken it board.
Part of doing these art exhibitions/demonstrations is also to give visitors something to see and experience. With that in mind and knowing these demonstrations will be more regular I am going to be looking into artwork I can do that is more engaging and “quicker”. While the flowers and designs have become what I paint predominately in the last few years they aren’t all there is to me. This will be a good opportunity to flex my creativity in different directions and have some fun. That’s a good thing. I’m very excited about where it will all lead.
On that note, It’s time to bury myself back into web site building. Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong de-railing and delaying me, but now I can only go upwards and hopefully by the end of this week online!

Whatever you may be doing or wherever your life may take you I hope you are able to find beauty and inspiration in your week ahead.