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

 

 

 

 

click banner below to learn more about my art and craft.

www.recreationsartcraft.com © Tikarma Vodicka 2018

 

Advertisements

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.
xxxx

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″ )

.

.

.

.

.

www.recreationsartcraft.com © Tikarma Vodicka 2018

 

Ornamental and Lilium

Hi everyone,

Below are two new flower portraits Ornamental and Lilium

.

.

Flower Portrait Ornamental © Tikarma Vodicka

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

.

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.

.

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.

.

.

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

.

Click to visit TikarmaVodicka Art online Store

.

.

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.

.

Strathalbyn Agricultural Show Photography exhibit 2016. photographs © Tikarma Vodicka

The Strathalbyn Agricultural Show 2016 Photography Exhibit

.

.

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

.

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

.

.

Tikarma Vodicka Art.com

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.
.
.

Native Mystery © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

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

.
.

Native Mystery © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Native Mystery
.
.

Native Mystery © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Native Mystery

.
.

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

.
Click to visit TikarmaVodicka Art Online Store

.
.
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.
.

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.

.

Wishing you all a very creative and inspired week ahead.

.
.
.

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.

.

.

Fragaria Vesca ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

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

.

.

Fragaria Vesca ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Fragaria Vesca

.

.

Fragaria Vesca ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Fragaria Vesca

.

.

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

.

Click to visit TikarmaVodicka Art online Store

.

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

.

Three Signs of Spring ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Three Signs of Spring in Progress

.

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

.

Winter/Indoor Studio ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Winter/Indoor Studio

.

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.

.
.
.
.

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.

.

.

Dianthus Barbartus © 2016 Tikarma Vodicka

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

.

.

Dianthus Barbartus on display easel ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

 

Dianthus Barbartus

.

.

Dianthus Barbartus hanging on wall ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

Dianthus Barbartus

.

.

.

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

.

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

Gazenias in progress ©2016 Tikarma Vodicka

.

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

Wishing you all a very inspiring and creative week ahead.

.

.

.

 

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.

.

Mandala (original design) © Tikarma Vodicka

Mandala (original design)

31cm x 29cm (11.8″ x 11.2″)

.

Mandala in progress © Tikarma Vodicka

Mandala in progress

.

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.

.
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.

.

proof of concept. Painting flowers on paper © Tikarma Vodicka

.

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.
🙂

…In Progress…

Hi everyone,

This past week has been a much quieter week in my studio.

I did finish off the poppy I started.

.

Poppy © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Poppy

Acrylics

10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)

.

I now have the fun of trying to take a photo of the poppy in my light box. The red is so intense my camera freaks out. Getting the light balance just right is going to be a challenge.

I have also begun work on the next flower.

.

Untitled flower portrait in progress. © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Untitled flower portrait in progress

.

It is for now untitled. I hope to be able to discover what type of flower it is before I finish.

Last week was also quiet as I re-charged my creative batteries and began a lot of admin I had to do. Even with painting there is paperwork.
I am also building my new website. It’s taken me a lot longer than I planned, but I want to get it right and that takes time. I am on the homestretch though, so I do hope to be able to have it up and running in the next couple of weeks.

This week is more craft oriented and domestic for me. Keeping it varied though keeps me interested and ensures the laundry gets done!

Whether you’re taking office calls, washing dishes or writing the next chapter of your novel, I hope your week will be full of creative and inspiring moments.

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.

.

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.

.

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.

.

Fragaria vesca © Tikarma Vodicka 2016

Fragaria vesca

Acrylics.

10cm x 10cm (4″ x 4″)

.

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.

.
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.

.

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.

.
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.
Tikarma.Xx

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″)

.

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″)

.

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.

.

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

‘Snap Dragon’ (left) Ornamental (Right)

.

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

.

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