Monochrome Series :: in progress

If you haven’t already figured, 2018 is an experimental and exploratory year. Creating in new ways with new media and tools has been exciting and has produced some crackers!

Some years ago I saw a demo using a black watercolour pencil and only white and clear gesso to produce a fabulous monochromatic piece with so many interesting values.

A couple of opportunities this year will allow me to see how well I can perfect this process. The first is at Aspire Gallery’s “Black & White” group exhibition in May. I’ve dug out some old long skinny canvases to work on a series of 3 rural women portraits.

The first from today is nearly complete and here are a few progress pictures

Clearly more work to be done on the background and other areas, but so far pretty chuffed.

This is the last week to view Aspire Gallery’s “Scapes” exhibition and RQAS’ “Brisbane” exhibition where my 2 Kurilpa Bridge pastel paintings are hanging.

Happy week!!

100 Days of Something

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.

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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!IMG_1404

Pastel un-Princess

As it happens, I’m sitting here with my new spectacles, brand new rolls of blue painter’s masking tape, new pastel paper (Italian, of course) and asking “How the hell did I get here?”
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One day I was elbow deep into acrylics and all the delicious mediums, the next I’m SITTING down and working on paper, getting smudgy and finding little nuances in each shape and mapping out colour and light in a really loose loose LOOSE way

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loving
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Sometimes it drives me nuts but I put it down to having always worked with acrylics and being used to how they work. I recall feeling the same way when I did a bit with watercolour and gouache a couple of years ago. The difference is how comfortable I feel with the layering and blending, something I didn’t feel with the watery media. Maybe I’m just in a smudgy mood, I dunno. I’m just embracing it and seeing where I can take it.

IMG_1322I felt great putting this one in the Royal Queensland Art Society’s “Brisbane: Landmarks, Landscapes and Personalities” exhibition (3-20 April), especially learning how to frame a pastel, which is SOOOO different to framing anything else. I’ve now created a monster who is looking at every old framed piece in the house and feeling an unnatural desire to re-frame EVERYTHING!

truly
unnatural

And the pastel path has been my little saviour this month. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster and the distraction of figuring out all this pastel bizzo has afforded me some quiet head-time and a little “ah-me” time. I don’t mind that much being interrupted with pastels, they don’t dry out, and in Brisbane, that’s a real selling point!

I’ve had some disasters that have gone in the bin and I think the big lesson I’ve learned is ABSTRACTION. The need to do plenty of prelim sketches and doing the whole reductive thing with each sketch, works for me. Painting one right off the cuff, not so much.

20180120_083946I’m sure the whole Pastel Art community would just die laughing if they saw my process, but for me it’s a little more than the finished product at this moment. If I want to start with the foreground, I’ll damn well start there! (My training buddy Kim – who is also a kickarse pastel artist, laughed so damn hard when I told her that! She was polite enough not to laugh too loudly, but I know deep down, she was, and that’s okay, I laugh and me too)

Takeaway from this month: do what pleases, don’t follow ALL the rules, seek advice where you can, dispel negative thoughts by immersing yourself in your art practice (sounds weird, right), reach out and spend time with people who make you happy about yourself, and for the love of God – BACK YOURSELF!

Remember, all the daily stuff happens on Instagram which then feeds all that goodness to my Facebook Business Page (Giovanna Scott Artist) and Twitter (@gidget_scott).

For those who have asked, I will definitely spend some time in April putting up a GALLERY page and a COMMISSION/WORK-WITH-ME page, but in the meantime, you can always contact me at hello@giovannascott.com to ask any questions about any creative-related matter.

Go kindly….

February Reflections

When I thought of the February Quickie Project toward the end of January, it was really a way to kick-start my creative process, experiment with combining supplies, and get some work out there. Never, did I imagine it would go as well as it did – kicked a few creative goals there!

So, in keeping with the “experimentation” theme, I put the camera on ME today! Honestly, I have no problem getting up and addressing people but I tells ya, started this vid about 6 times before I was happy.

 

The available Quickies are located in my SHOP and as always, if you have questions, please contact me either in the comments section below or via email hello@giovannascott.com.

Happy weekend!

Giovanna

 

Feb Fast – Yes/No

Are you doing something for Feb Fast? I’m not one for denying myself much at all so I end up having a constant battle between both the pleasure-seeking and focused- discipline sides of my personality.

This year, however, I thought February would be my month of ACTION and DOING, hence the February Quickie Project: a month long project of quick, consistent, exploratory, smaller, art works. I decided to FAST ON READING, yep, reading. I think Julia Cameron has a chapter on that in her book “The Artist’s Way” and I’m sure people who have read it will understand its theory.

So I stopped reading

ART BOOKS, and

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So many good ART/IST BOOKS

ART MAGAZINES,

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unopened copy of Australian Artist magazine

but stopped short at newsletters and blog posts and video tutorials (maybe I’ll add these next year, pfft, we’ll see)

Funnily enough, it seems to be working. My output is better, clearer, and more “me”. I’ve been thinking more about my own work, reflecting on how the pieces are an expression of my history and connection with time and place. The articulation of processes and motivation, that I think most Artist struggle with, comes more easily with each piece. I’ve become more open and confident in the presentation of my art, with pleasing results in the #febquickieproject and at the Petite Pieces Exhibition.

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Aspire Gallery Petite Pieces Exhibition Opening Night – LOVE THAT RED DOT!

I’ve stepped into myself as an Artist. To be honest, I thought it would take longer than 3 months. From that defining moment in November at the end of my teaching contract, to now, with the madness of school holidays (and no Vacation Care) amongst it, with the NDIS beginning to be rolled out in the Brisbane area, and yet, it’s all been calm monkeys in my head. Alcohol consumption has gone down (coffee consumption remains steady) and I have really carved out a good physical, mental and emotional space for creating.

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Hand-carved stamps on tags to post artwork to customers

I even bought myself a new tripod (with my Christmas/Birthday money from the in-laws)! So no more dodgy pics of artwork and more process vids, perhaps.IMG_1031

So does DENYING yourself something actually work?

Yes and No.

I believe you can read and watch to the point of saturation, where you’re drowning so much in other people’s stuff that you lose sight of your own. I’m pretty sure that’s been well documented. However, there’s a place for “the others”: growing and stretching and learning new ways of doing and thinking.

Just from now on, I’ll be exercising more discernment.

Happy weekend!

xx Giovanna

Progress Shots – “All Things are Possible”

I thought I’d share some progress shots of my latest piece in the February Quickie Project “All Things are Possible”.

 

I post these to Instagram every day (or so, sometimes I just can’t due to family commitments) and a few are snapped up almost instantly. I love when something I do makes a connection that quickly.

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All Quickies at 15x20cm and are not matted or framed so you can hang as you wish. They do get a nice spray of clear varnish and are signed front and back with the title and year.

If a Quickie hasn’t sold, they come to the Shop page HERE. Just a reminder, they are $24 which includes postage & handling within Australia only. If you’d like it shipped overseas (and let’s face it, everywhere is “overseas” from here haha), please message me at hello@giovannascott.com.

xx Giovanna