There are a few things that keep me motivated and inspire new artwork. One of them is dipping occasionally into LONG TERM PROJECTS. The latest is the hashtag movement 100 DAY PROJECT spearheaded by Elle Luna and Co (read about its origins HERE).
While I began with collage in mind, it
slowly very quickly morphed into just doing what needed to be done each and every day. Because every day should be creative (not necessarily “arty”) from keeping your kids amused on holidays, to preparing a meal, to getting clothes on your bod without looking like a bag lady…. our language, our outward expression and our compassion – all takes creativity.
I’ve taken my own advice and just posted STUFF every day almost since the start of the month. And there are a few things I’ve noticed about my own practice : I work in small, stolen chunks of time (especially now during school holidays) and don’t particularly enjoy sitting for too long on one thing; I love the structure of projects, like Randel Plowman’s “The Collage Workbook” which has 50 projects so stretching them over the 100 days won’t be difficult; and that I love the outdoors, so am putting together my en plein air kit to get me out more often to create.
Two big exhibitions this month:
Framed and delivered one of my pastel paintings “Quay to Kurilpa” to the Royal Queensland Art Society’s exhibition, “Brisbane: Landmarks, Landscapes and Personalities”. It runs from 3-20 April so if you’re nearby, make sure you drop in to their gallery on Petrie Terrace ..
and yes, it’s for sale.
My other homage to Kurilpa Bridge “Kurilpa by Night” is hanging at Aspire Gallery’s “Landscapes, Seascapes, Streetscapes” exhibition from 11-21 April. They’re on Kennedy Terrace in Paddington.
The Opening Night at Aspire is this Saturday afternoon but I have another function and won’t be there this time. Aspire’s Openings are always buzzing with excitement, so make sure you get along. Things sell quickly.
100 Days is 10 days in already.
This lino cut is part of my #100dayproject and deserves its own blog post, so keep your eyes peeled for that one!