Stepping Outside the Studio

Hi Everyone,

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.

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Open Mic. Sails at Clayton Bay 24th April © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Sails, open mic. hosted by Greg Coombs.
Top left  Greg Coombs and Trevor Spriggs. Bottom left: Jamie McPherson. Bottom right: Tin Cat Alley.

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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.

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Fragaria vesca © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Fragaria vesca

Acrylics.

10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)

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Left to right: Dianthus Barbatus, Native Mystery, Ornamental, Fragaria vesca, Snap Dragon. © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

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.

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Top Left: Artwork by Greg Coombs. All other artwork Tikarma Vodicka. Display booth at Sails April 24th. © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Display booth at Sails April 24th. Top left photo. Artwork of Greg Coombs.

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Tikarma Vodicka. Art demonstration. Sails, April 24th. © Su Hall 2016

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.

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Art diary, Tuesday 26th April 2016. Stepping Outside the studio

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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.
Tikarma.Xx

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Snap Dragon and Ornamental

Hi Everyone,

This weeks blog is two new flower portraits, ‘Snap Dragon’ and ‘Ornamental’.

Snap Dragon preview © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

‘Snap Dragon’ 

Acrylics 10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)

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As some of you may remember I found ‘Snap Dragon’ quite challenging to paint. I think I’ve done okay and I certainly enjoyed to challenge of the jigsaw puzzle of petals.

'Ornamental' preview © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

‘Ornamental’

Acrylics

10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)

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Ornamental is a flower portrait of two plum blossoms.

These two flower portraits will be included in the exhibition I am participating in at Sails @ Clayton Bay this coming Sunday the 24th of April.

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Snap Dragon (left) Ornamental (right) preview © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

‘Snap Dragon’ (left) Ornamental (Right)

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In between preparing for the exhibition I am also currently working on some strawberry flowers

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Fragaria vesca in progress © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

‘Fragaria vesca’ in progress

It’s still very much in the first stages. Tomorrow I hope to be able to finish it.

I’m looking forward to the exhibition on Sunday and to a very busy and creative week.
I wish you all an inspiring week ahead.
Tikarma.Xx

Dianthus Barbatus and A Mystery

Hi Everyone,

last week I left you with a flower portrait very much at the beginning of being painted. Since then I completed it along with another flower portrait.

Dianthus barbartus and Native Mystery © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Dianthus barbatus (left) and Native Mystery (right)

Acyrlics

10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)

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Native Mystery is indeed a mystery. I haven’t been able to discover it’s identity but I presume it is a native tree owing to it’s rather unique succulent like leaves. I wasn’t able to paint them as are. My skills are not quite able to resolve that kind of darkness well enough on canvas just yet. It is a portrait, not a botanical study, so I’m happy enough with it.

These two paintings will be part of my exhibition which I am looking forward to participating in on the 24th of April at Sails @ Clayton Bay with fellow artist Dell Bartlett. We will be showing some of our artwork as well as holding a demonstration and explaining our techniques to those who are interested in learning how we paint. There will also be an open Mic. featuring various local musicians along with wine tastings and gorgeous food available. All in all a very interesting and fun afternoon!

Sails@Clayton Bay Advert for 24th April exhibition © Greg Coombs 2016 used with permission

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I am currently working on Snap Dragon

Snap Dragon in progress © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

As you can see it is very much a beginning. It’s proving quite the challenge for me. This was a days work trying to get the leaf buds right. I’m almost there. Hopefully after the leaf buds it will be smooth painting!

Until next time wishing you all a creative and inspiring week ahead.
Tikarma. Xx

 

 

Sails @ Clayton Bay advert © Greg Coombs 2016. Used with permission.

 

 

Dianthus in Progress

Hi Everyone,

As some of you may notice my blog has had a bit of a makeover. After 5 years of the same theme I felt it was more than time for a shake up. Feel free to look around. I hope some of you will like the change in style.

In more “New” news I have begun a new flower portrait.

Dainthus in progress © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Dianthus in progress

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I haven’t settled on a title for this painting just yet.

It will be one of many.On the 24th of April I will be participating along with artist Dell Bartlett in a exhibition and demonstration of our painting techniques at Sails at Clayton Bay, a lovely casual dining cafe /restaurant, along the
foreshore of Lake Alexandrina.

It will be a very busy few weeks for me painting more flowers. I hope to also have some designs finished as well.

I will have more details to share in my next blog until then I wish you all a very creative, inspiring and productive week.

Tikarma
Xxx

Sunday’s Serenity

I’m finally back on the blogging and painting wagon.
To start blogging again I have a new painting to share ‘Sunday’s Serenity’. It’s on hold for a customer, which was a very surprising start back into painting for me.
I hope some of you enjoy viewing my new painting.

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Sunday's Serenity © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Sunday’s Serenity
Acrylics
10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)

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Sunday's Serenity with display easel © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

A display view of Sunday’s Serenity. Easel for display only.

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left to right: Marguerite, Sunday's Serenity, Serenity White, Personal Passion © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

A long shot of Sunday’s Serenity on a wall (middle)
Marguerite (left) and Serenity White (right) are still for sale. The design ‘Personal Passion’ is not for sale.

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Art Diary, Getting Back on the Wagon. Tuesday 22nd March 2016

I believe at this point every good intention I had for this year can be thrown out the window! I am now just taking each day as it arrives and doing the best I can with what I have to do.

As some of you may remember I was coordinating at the gallery and it was pretty much taking over my life. Some may remember that I also said that if that happened I would have to step down as coordinator.
As much as I’d have liked to continue as coordinator, as a volunteer it wasn’t something I could realistically continue to do full time. It wasn’t an easy decision to make. There are so many talented artists not to mention fantastic volunteers. I did have to do what was right for me in the end.

It was a very valuable experience for me. I’ve learnt how much I’m capable of achieving. I’ve also learnt my limits. I’ve learnt a lot which I’m sure will serve me well into the future.

The big sticking point for me was not being able to paint. Unless an artist is looking to take a sabbatical, I don’t think it’s right to presume an artist is happy to give up their artwork for at least a year to voluntarily coordinate. Despite saying I could only volunteer part-time, I wasn’t told it was actually a full-time job. It was just assumed that I would accept the fact that, if you coordinate, then you can’t paint. I couldn’t accept that, not as a volunteer position.

I missed painting dearly and I really felt the loss of it in my life. I’ve learnt I have to trust less and ask more questions before making these kinds of life changing decisions.
I guess in the end I looked like a bit of a dramatic harpy about it. So be it. I stand by my feelings. You need to be able to make informed decisions and I wasn’t given all the information I needed to make a truly informed decision.

For myself being able to paint is more than just a possible way to maybe make a financial contribution to my household or the opportunity to share what inspires me with others, or even therapy to contain my mania and hold depression at bay. It is who I am and it’s who I want to be, someone who paints, an artist.

To that end, I have taken a deep breath, shaken off the negativity and had a serious re-think about what the heck I’m doing with myself. I have been spending my time bringing order to the disorder that my house and garden became, dusting off my studio, painting and re-designing a new website.

I hope to be able to share many new changes over the next few weeks and I hope, now having ascertained what is truly important to me to share many more paintings and my journey with painting and art with you all.

Wishing you all a creative and inspired week ahead.

Tikarma
Xx

 

Dreams and Stargazing

Hi Everyone,

Below are my submissions for the Stationmaster’s Art  Gallery themed exhibition Dreams and Resolutions.

Stargazing and DReam at the Stationmaster's Art Gallery © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

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Stargazing (left) and Dreams (right) Hanging at the Stationmaster’s Art Gallery

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My apologies it isn’t the greatest photo. It was late and I was very tired and just glad to be packing up and going home.

An unframed view below.

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Dreams (Mixed Digital Image) © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Dreams

Mixed digital image

21cm x 26cm  (8″ x 10″ unframed)

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Stargazing (Mixed digital image) © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Stargazing

Mixed digital image

31cm x 31cm (12″ x 12″ unframed)

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Art Diary, Monday 18th January 2016

Well…I am genuinely shocked I managed to produce any art of any kind. I’ve been quite snowed under with the coordinator role at the gallery that I have barely had time for anything else.

This is an issue I am working on.

My issues aside, these images were made by merging photos with digital paint options.

Dreams is three layers. Photos I’ve taken of the moon. The second layer is lines curve and bent up in paint that I made in paint  and the third is a dream catcher I drew rather hastily in paint while brain storming for flyers and various textures and tints in my paint options.

Stargazing’s base is a photo I took of my water pot that I use for painting. I use an old glass percolator pot to rise my brushes. Over the course of the days painting, gold, silver, red and green paint had built up on the bottom. When I emptied it at days end and lifted it up to the light it looked so pretty I had to take a photo (well several actually 🙂 ) .

I took the photo that caught my eye the most and then applied various textures and effects to create a nebulous, starry like image.

That’s the basic summation of how they were made. Ideas come and I just run with them until they reveal themselves.

In other creative news, below are three flyers I created for our three exhibitions which begin this Wednesday.

I’m quite sure someone with a lot more graphic design and gallery coordinating experience than myself will be able to pick many flaws in all three, but for my first time giving it a go, I think I did alright. Our fourth exhibition Drawing On Country started today. The curator of that exhibition supplied the advertising, so I won’t show it in here. Although I will say I think we do have four really great exhibitions!

Flyer for Dreams and Resolution Exhibition at the Stationmaster's Art Gallery

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Flyer for exhibiton of Kathy Smith for Stationmaster's Art Gallery

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flyer for Richard Rogers exhibition at the Stationmaster's Art Gallery

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If you’ve made it this far, thankyou and for indulging my show and tell. It might not mean a lot to most people but these little accomplishments mean a lot to me.

Until next week I hope you all have a very creative and inspired week ahead.

Tikarma. Xx

Dreams

Hi Everyone,

I hope the new year has started well for everybody?

I have had quite the busy start trying to get the gallery ready for our new exhibiting year. The “Things to do” list has been long. Amongst the tasks to do has been several flyers.
In amongst all the designing I managed some digital art.
To be honest I haven’t done anything in this vein on the computer in years. In some respects I prefer digital art as I have more freedom to experiment and different textures and templates to spark the imagination. What I create digitally tends to be very different to what I can actually accomplish with a brush. I hope one day to be skilled enough to paint as well as I can create on the computer. For all the freedom digital can bring I still prefer to paint. 🙂
Unfortualtely I’ve not gone near a paint brush since offically taking on the coordinator role at the gallery. I’m greatful at least in some way I’ve still been able to be creative and this image below in turn has become the artwork for the flyer of our Gallery led, themed exhibition Dreams and Resolutions.

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Dreams Mixed Digital Image © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

‘Dreams’
Mixed Digital Image
Framed dimensions 21cm x 26 cm (8″ x 10″)

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I hope wherever you find yourself this week, you still find a space to be inspired or creative in some way.
Wishing you all a very creative, productive and successful year ahead.
Tikarma
Xx

Serenity…in Progress…

Hi Everyone,

I hadn’t forgot about last weeks blog. I was somewhat derailed in being able to get it up.

My three flower portraits are now hanging in the Mini Thingies exhibition at the gallery. Below is photo of them at home. In my recent chaos I totally forgot to take a photo at the gallery.

The point is, this is what they look like hanging on a wall.

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Flower Portraits on wall. © 2015 Tikarma Vodicka

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Unfortunately I didn’t quite get to finishing the fourth flower portrait Sunday’s Serenity. I didn’t think I would, I just try to be optimistic.

Here is where I left off 2 weeks ago…

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Sunday's Serenity in Progress. © 2015 Tikarma Vodicka

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This week is my painting week and I am determined to get some painting in. Whether it does get finished is another matter. I will certainly be trying my hardest!

In my painting week (previous blog) I found myself taking on the dutuies of the gallery coordinator and last week I was voted in as coorditor of the Stationmaster’s Art Gallery.

It’s a huge step for me! I certainly didn’t think when I put my name down to exhibit in the Mini Thingies exhibition that I’d end up hanging the whole exhibtion!
I have helped coordinators in other fields of community work in the past, but I’ve never actually coordinated before let alone a gallery! So this will be quite the learning curve I’m sure and no doubt a lot of valuable experiance.

This means ineviatably that it will impact on my time to paint. I can’t put the gallery on hold for a week. It doesn’t quite work like that unfortuately. For myself as long as I find time to paint regualry I’ll be okay. If it does impact too heavily on my time to paint then I will have to step down but for now I feel optimistic that I will find a compromise.
I can’t let it dominate for two reasons. Painting is the way I earn money. I don’t earn a lot but everything helps! Also for myself my painitng is very much my medication as far as managing my bi-polar disorder. If I don’t get that space to shut down into a painting I break down, so I haven’t taken on the role light heartedly.

With that said I should say a little about the gallery. For those of you who may not be aware, the Stationmaster’s Art Gallery is a non-profit gallery run entirely by volunteers. We provide affordable hanging spaces for artists and groups to exhibit their work. We also provide space for artists or groups to conduct classes and run workshops. All the money raised through membership and room hire goes back into keeping the doors of the gallery open.

This is why I’m happy to be associated with the gallery and take on this role. Having been blessed in being surround by art all my life I appreciate it’s value in life and also in the community. For me to be involved in an organisation that benenfits the community and artists is a good thing.
I hope I will do good job by the gallery and expand upon the collective experiance of past coordinators and make the right deicsions that will see us grow and continue to provide what I feel in any case is an important resource in my community.

My blogs may contain elements of what I’m doing at the gallery from time to time in the future. I hope those of you who are regular readers will still enjoy my blogs as I take on this new challenge and share my new adventures.

If you’ve made it this far thank you!
My fingers are crossed for a finished painting for next weeks blog.

Until then I wish you all a inspiring and creative week ahead.

Tikarma. Xx

Serenity White

Hi Everyone,

I am very happy to say that I have finished my third flower portrait,’Serenity White’.
If you would like a better view of the painting you can click on the photo for a larger view.

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Serenity White © 2015 Tikarma Vodicka

Serenity White
Acrylics
10cm x 10cm ( 4″ x 4″)

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'Margeruite' 'Serenity White' 'Sunday Margueritas' © 2015 Tikarma Vodicka

Left to Right: ‘Marguerite’, ‘Serenity White’, ‘Sunday Margueritas’

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I was worried that the time I had to paint wouldn’t be enough, but it was! So I’m very happy that I will have three paintings for the upcoming Mini Things exhibition.

I am aiming for a fourth now. It doesn’t happen very often that I’ll have flowers which group together so well. I normally paint in a random way.
Seeing as continuity is with me this time, it would be nice to have all four flowers together.

I have though, taken on extra responsibilites at the gallery (more on that soon) and I’m not sure how much that is going to affect my time to paint. I will though be working to ensure it doesn’t create too big an impact.
To that end I have begun the fourth flower portrait ‘Sunday’s Serenity’

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'Sunday's Serenity' in progress © 2015 Tikarma Vodicka

‘Sunday’s Serenity’ in progress

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I will have to spend some time getting the backings on the flowers, and hangers and fixing my signature. I only realised as I was taking photos that ‘Margeruite’ has my signature on the side so it doesn’t interfer with the main image and the other two have my signature front facing. Tsk Tsk on me! I’m so used to painting these flowers on canvasboard that I haven’t fully adjusted to having edges again. So I must fix that as consistancy is very important in these things.
I am very optimistic. This week is my painting week and if I managed to finish a painting with just a few hours each night, with a few days as well I should be just fine!
It’s just an ideal. It’s very nice though, when occassionally your ideals do become realities.
Until next week I wish you all a week full of beauty, hope and many an inspired moment.
Tikarma. Xx