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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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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

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Collage Play Workshop

It’s been a while in the making, so I’m very pleased to launch my new workshop experience….
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Collage Play is a mixed media workshop for absolute beginners.

On the surface? It’s about creating a pretty piece of art for your wall.
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But really? It’s about expressing yourself, playing with lots of different media and learning some cool techniques.
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It’s designed for people who have limited or no knowledge of mixed media, art, being creative and drawing a face – people who struggle with confidence in drawing, who say, “I’m not arty! Stick figures are my limit.”
By the end of the workshop, you will understand how to make interesting backgrounds, combine colours and textures, DRAW A SIMPLE FACE and use art mediums with confidence.
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And best of all, you’ll have the benefit of a small, intimate group of like-minded souls. You’ll arrive with basic tools and leave with a generous kit and enough knowledge to complete more at home. Because the group is small, I can give you lots of guidance and attention and encouragement along the way.

So grab your apron and paintbrushes and get ready to Collage Play!

The workshop opens for registration today and numbers are limited.
Investment: $90
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There are 2 sessions to choose from: Wednesday 22nd October or Saturday 25th October.
Workshop time: 10am – 1pm (plus cleaning up time).

Our venue is the lovely yarn shop Knitch, in Paddington.
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We have a gorgeous space downstairs to spread out and be messy-creatives without interruption.

I hope you can join me. It’s going to be loads of fun!
But why believe me? (I’m a wee bit biased)
Here’s what past workshop attendees had to say….

Fantastic class. Very relaxed atmosphere, excellent and very patient teacher. Even my daughter was proud of my art work and that takes a lot!!!
I look at it now and proudly think “I did that.” I left the class with the confidence that I could do this myself at home. 10/10.
(Donna)

Thank you so much – really enjoyed the afternoon. Can’t wait to get all the stuff to create another one (or two) :-).
(Kerry)

For only $90 you get a generous kit of mixed media goodies, detailed notes to take home, 3+ hours of me tenderly and expertly guiding you through the process and use of lots of extras from my stash.
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But it’s not just the WHAT, but the HOW AND WHY I use what I use and the know-how that comes from years of making some huuuuge mistakes along the way.

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Many have said that mixed media confuses them and it’s not for them. Let me show you how achievable it REALLY IS; de-mystify a few art mediums and teach you how to use what you already have at home.

I would love to see you sitting at my table and looking totally satisfied with what you’ve created.
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Time to take a chance and show us your Amazingness!

Hope to hear from you soon!!
xx Gi

Full payment is required and will run on a first-come-first-served basis.
A refund will only be given if your spot can be filled.
You will need to bring some basic items from home – a full list of supplies will be provided on registration and payment.