This past Sunday was a wonderful day at Sails at Clayton Bay. The weather was perfect, the food lovely and the music from a wonderful line-up of local talent (including hubby Jamie) was fantastic.
Sails, open mic. hosted by Greg Coombs.
Top left Greg Coombs and Trevor Spriggs. Bottom left: Jamie McPherson. Bottom right: Tin Cat Alley.
I did manage to finish Fragaria vesca in time. The background gave me all kinds of issues, until I threw away my reference photo and just did my own thing.
10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)
Left to right: Dianthus Barbatus, Native Mystery, Ornamental, Fragaria vesca, Snap Dragon.
These flowers joined four others to make nine flower portraits for display and I also brought along some larger artwork to fill the second panel. It all worked out perfectly in the end. My artwork was also joined by the artwork of open mic. host Greg Coombs.
Display booth at Sails April 24th. Top left photo. Artwork of Greg Coombs.
Me, doing my thing. 🙂 Sails April 24th.
photos © Su Hall 2016. used with permission.
The flower portraits are now on display at Sails and are availble to purchase.
Many thanks to the lovely Nikki and Phil who run Sails and Greg Coombs for kicking off the idea.
Art diary, Tuesday 26th April 2016. Stepping Outside the studio
I have never held a demonstration before, so I had no idea what to expect, especially in such a non-traditional environment. I did have some anxiety as I had no idea who would be interested in my artwork or my painting, or what questions they would ask.
I had given myself a pop quiz the night before on everything I have learnt about painting with acrylics in the last 12 years as well as some names of local artists for people if they wanted more ideas of different styles of painting.
I have to say preparing doesn’t really help with nerves. At least not for me. Until I’m there I’m a sea of anxiety. Nonetheless giving new things a go is part of life (or it should be!) so I ignore all nerves and negative mindsets and just do it anyway.
That said, it is good to have some preparation about the types of knowledge you can pass onto others and hints and tricks etc. I knew there was no way I would be able to finish a flower in a day. They normally take 2-3 days. If I do something like this again, I will make sure I have a painting more completed to work on so it can be finished in the day.
It was a positive experiance for me. All anxieties were dissolved within the first hour. It was somewhat surreal painting in room packed with people. Normally it’s just me and my music. Once that surrealness passed I just got stuck into the painting.
Quite a few people came up to have a look or ask questions and few people wanted tips on how they could improve their paintings. Of course in that setting you can’t give practical advice in the same way you can with a formal tutorial. There are though some basics such as the benefits of adding shadows or highlights, working out where your light is coming from, that you can give despite only having a photo from a smart phone to look at.
In this type of venue setting being flexible is definitely a must!
A handful of children were interested too, which was great. It’s always encouraging to see young kids enthused by art.
During lunch I was left to my own devices. People are interested in their food not art. That was an ideal time for me to get absorbed in what I doing. I normally work to music so having the open mic. in full session was perfect.
I personally think combined events like these are a good thing. They create a vibrant community atmosphere that is invigorating and engaging.
It’s not something for everyone though. It was packed to the rafters, so the volume level was quite high. If you don’t work well with random interruptions, thinking on the spot and lots of noise, it probably won’t work for you.
I wasn’t sure if I could do this, so I’m very glad to discover it is something that I can work with. Obviously I’m not as productive as when I’m in my studio but that’s not really the point. It’s a chance to engage and fuel an interest in art with others, and yes to a certain degree you’re an attraction. As side shows go, I could think of worse acts to do.
So overall I had a great day, an exhausting day, but very worthwhile.
I hope I’ll be able to do more of this in the future, now I know I can work in these settings.
This week I am back in my studio to finish off the poppy I started. I also have several more flowers lined up to complete so it’s back to work as usual for me.
Until next week I wish you all a very creative and inspiring week ahead.