I was lucky enough to stop by Ben Quilty‘s exhibition at the National Art School. Ben was the offical war artist in Afghanistan, commissioned by the Australian War Memorial. His works are staggering in scale and paintwork. It looks like he’s taken great slabs of paint and smeared them across the canvas. It makes the paint very meaty, very chunky and made me want to … Continue reading Why you want to bite into Ben Quilty’s work, just mind the nipples
Today was the last day at the Mixed Media course at the National Arts School. Officially we weren’t supposed to take our works down till 4.30pm but I had to do a runner and when Kerrie Lester left the studio, I pulled my work down and snuck out the back door at 2.30pm. I had finished the final chicken and had a four hour drive … Continue reading Final Day; Mixed Media course. Final chicken.
I like the sense of accomplishment you get from learning new skills, even though it can be extraordinarily frustrating until you find some comfort and confidence in your new found skills. After four days under the direction of Kerrie Lester I’m finding that I am trying new stuff and enjoying it. Although I will certainly be glad to see the back of the chickens! Continue reading Day 4: Mixed media at National Arts School
The things I love about going to refresher courses is it challenges you. It makes you rethink what you’ve been doing and it calls upon you to push yourself in areas that you’re not comfortable with. Kerrie Lester has been a good tutor, pushing us and giving hands on advice and tuition – and calls everyone “Doll” which is very endearing, even though she pulls … Continue reading Day 3 Mixed Media Art Class: Evil black chicken
Today was criminal and frustrating. Trying and learning new techniques made me feel like I was in kindergarten again but the results turned out okay, despite lots of swearing under my breath. Number 2 in the giant chickens. I kept going back to what I’m comfortable with – detailed collage, but it was important to try other things. You can judge for yourself. Continue reading Day 2: Mixed Media course at National Arts School
After initial nerves, I decided I just needed to start something and then I’d get advice from the lecturer as I progressed. Here’s the results of Day 1 and I think this week I’ll have a chicken focus. Over-sized chickens. For a few months, these chickens have been my day-time friends, and I like that I’m immortalising them on a grand scale. Continue reading End of Day 1; Mixed Media Course
Taking a break from the Dingo Ate My Baby collage series to brush up on some techniques and learn new ones at the National Arts School for a week. Feels strangely like a first day of school, everyone standing around with blank canvases. Huge diversity in crowd Continue reading Day 1 Mixed Media course