100 Faces Challenge

I am really excited about this latest FaceBook-based challenge group called studio7ARTacademy. We are completing 100 Faces/Portraits with no deadlines, no restrictions, no other criteria. We are all inspired by Dina Wakley’s loose, painterly portraits she creates in her art journals. I’m pretty sure most of us has at least ONE of her books and watched her very excellent videos promoting her latest book ART JOURNALING COURAGE.

The moment I watched the videos, I started painting A FACE A DAY and sharing them on FaceBook. Then my friend Debbie told me about the FaceBook group and it’s been wonderful!!

Here is my portfolio for Week 1:

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day 2

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day 3

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day 4

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day 5

day 5

day 6

day 6

day 7

day 7

I’m sharing this for a number of reasons:
1. To show you that ANYONE can paint a face,
2. To kickstart the next chapter of my art journey, and
3. To encourage some of you to put pen, pencil, paint to paper.

I don’t like ALL of them.
Some are unfinished, raw, crude, weird and wonky.
But I have 93 faces to go, and that’s the best and most exciting part!
I have no idea what number 100 will look like, but I’m certain she won’t look like this week’s lot.
If you’re interested and would like to have a go, here are the important links:
Best price for Dina’s latest book – www.artified.com.au

You can find Dina drawing and painting a face on YouTube via artistsnetwork page:

xx Giovanna


The Secret Life of Palettes

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Yesterday I painted for 2 whole, glorious hours!


Uninterrupted, uninhibited and unphased.

I didn’t worry about my “ideal customer” or sharing online for a group or being watched.





What I will share is what was left behind.


The palette leaves the story of the Artist

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How each colour is used (or not used).

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The techniques and tools employed.

The bravery in colour mixing.

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The perfection in the imperfection

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Maybe I’ll share the finished piece with you.

Maybe I won’t.

It won’t matter.

Because at least I did it.

xx Giovanna

Ordering the Grandkids

There’s nothing more gratifying than fulfilling a request from a family member.

My Father-in-Law wanted something very special for the Mother-in-Law and so requested “that art that you do” (so cute) but incorporating the 4 grandkids. It needed to be special and unique but not too avante garde as they are both quite conservative and the finished piece needed to suit their decor but I wanted it to stand out as a feature.

Armed with only recent photos of my 2 boys plus my delightful nephew and niece, I spent a good part of 2012 searching for that one concept that would once and for all, cement my place as Favourite Daughter-in-Law (haha).

I came by chance upon the art of Danielle O’Brien (www.kiln.com.au) and saw a commission she’d completed where the brief was similar. The client wanted a canvas of each grandchild, but when put together, created one cohesive scene.

And so I had my concept.

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The separate canvases are 15x30cm each and work well together as one piece, or separately hanging in different parts of the house.

This concept would make a terrific gift to cement YOUR place as Favourite with the In-Laws. I can customise to your specifications, any number, any size, any colour, anywhere in the world.

Contact me via email gistcreative@optusnet.com.au or if you are in Australia you can call me on 0414 619 992 to chat around your ideas.

Anything is possible!

Giovanna xx