Thoughts on Exhibiting

The second cARTwheel Collaborative exhibition has wrapped up. The walls at Percolator Gallery are once again bare and wait quietly and expectantly for the next group of hopeful artists to mark their presence on Brisbane’s art scene.
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Being part of this creative community is wonderful! I think every artist can benefit from surrounding yourself with like-minded artsy peeps. My little group began quite by chance after a callout on Facebook. From there we held our first show in 2013 and EIGHT of us exhibited at Percolator for 2 weeks. This 2015 show we had 4 artists and we had the space for 5 days. Boy, it seemed to fly by. I felt that just as we finished hanging….it was all over!
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Every time we’ve exhibited I’ve learned so much about what is required to manage your own exhibition. Choosing the date, flyers, photographs, pricing, entertaining on Opening Nights, rostering, selling, schmoozing, payment facilities and so much more.

This time I felt like I really “owned” it – what I produced came from years of experimenting and learning and moving into my own style and headspace.
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I’m incredibly proud of my current work. For some, being proud of what you’ve achieved and saying it out loud, it is unnatural. It was for me for a long time, but I love this series and I have more canvases ready to go in different sizes and slightly different compositions. I can’t wait to begin.

Thank you again to those that came out in support. Thank you to my fellow collaborators Carol Lee Beckx, Janine Whitling and Vicki Donaldson. It’s been a wonderful experience.

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cARTwheel collaborative | at Percolator Gallery

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OPENING NIGHT PARTY

6pm 13 November 2015

Percolator Gallery
134 Latrobe Terrace Paddington 4064

RSVP:

EXHIBITION DATES:
11 – 15 November 2015
Wednesday to Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am – 4pm

Once again the lovely art collective I belong to are coming together to exhibit new works. It’s been 2 years and we’ve expanded and stretched our artistic muscles during that time to bring you our best works. Everyone is invited to the opening and our opening times give everyone enough time to drop in after working in the city. We’ll provide some light refreshments for the Opening Night celebrations and all artwork is available for you to purchase.

What’s unique about exhibiting at Percolator is that no matter what time you drop in, one of the Artists will be there to talk to you either about their artwork, or another’s. We’ve known each other for a long time now, and we support each other unconditionally. I really love these ladies!

Here’s a sneak of 2 of the types of artwork I’ll be offering. I’m still exploring this highly textured path which is giving me so many squeal-worthy moments.
I hope you can join us.
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The Apron Project…and other beautiful things….

It seems a lifetime ago that I had something worthy of a showing. The never-ending balance between nurturing others and nurturing myself requires a 30hour day; there’s always something leftover that needs accomplishing.
Not to beat myself up over it though.
Those cloudy days are over!
I have some fabulous news.

We have re-jigged the living areas to suit our growing boys and their changing needs, so I am out of the Sunroom and have transplanted myself (not so successfully LOL) into the former formal dining room.
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I was entirely tired of that blank white wall and so did that ^^^ – just to see if I could actually do it! Looks like I did. And now I get to look at something truly unique and mine and it inspires me to get creative. To look at its beauty each day is a privilege.

So, I get an email from my Art Is You superwoman, Sallianne McClelland who has put together a fundraiser for the Kuring-gai Women’s Shelter in Sydney. Very happy to be donating this art for The Apron Project.
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Aprons from Australia and the USA are currently on display at St Ives Shopping Village in Sydney and they look fabulous all lined up.
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For more information on the Gala Dinner and how to bid on some truly exceptional aprons, go to their website. If you’re in SYDNEY, please pitch in and support this amazing centre for women in crisis by attending the Gala, share on your wall and within your networks. Bids from outside Australia are welcome! All information on the website.

http://hornsbykuringgaiwomensshelter.com.au/the-apron-project/

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In other news…..

I’m working a term contract at my son’s school while someone takes some well-deserved Long Service Leave. 4 weeks down, 6 to go! It’s been great to talk proper academic smarty stuff with other teachers, and the kids aren’t too bad either. They’ve taken well to the interruption so I’ll share some of their sweetness in another post.

Enjoy your weekend. I’ll be marking drafts and getting prepped for talking smarts with the Year 12s on Monday.

Be good, be creative, be accepting.

xx Giovanna

Growing a Painting

A while back I decided to delete the Facebook app from my phone.
Best decision I’ve ever made!
I found myself with way more time to sit in a quiet headspace; less time getting caught up in other stuff; more time on Instagram hastagging my way around a truly inspiring art community; more time backing my own process

From working on my latest Inspiration Wednesday art journal page;
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to building up layers and texture; and
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getting to the point where I bring order to the chaos!
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I didn’t think I was the person who played The Comparison Game too much, but when I was looking at artists way beyond where I was, well I guess it got me questioning a lot of things about what I was doing that really weren’t real!

Facebook gets a look in every couple of days, mostly to do friends things, events and private group stuff. The benefits are obvious to me. I have a new groove and I love it!

xx Giovanna

Art Play

I notice that when the boys are on holiday, I try to limit the amount of supplies to finish a project.

So I whipped up some quick pencil sketches

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and a very unfinished art journal page (but I kinda like her expression)
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As you can see I’m still just playing around and loosening up. So much activity with the boys over the holidays and I think I need some quiet space in my head to recharge. I really don’t care at this point that I’m simply copying a method. My head is chokkas and I’m pleased to just put paint to paper.

I sincerely hope everyone’s year has begun brilliantly.

xx Giovanna

Art Journal Warm Ups

With limited time while the boys are on holidays, I made myself work through some more exercises from Dina Wakley’s book “Art Journal Courage”.
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Then extending a little further and using up all the backgrounds I made with the GelliPlate.
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I’ve enjoyed the restricted process and am finding new ways to use different media. Oh, and I simply adore writing in Dina’s loopy/messy/scribbly fashion. You should try it, it’s very liberating!!

I’m looking forward to tomorrow when my oldest starts back at school and I can have control of my floors again (heehee). Thank God we don’t have carpet!

xx Giovanna