Last month was busy, with so many events, including Art in Public Places, and a few other exhibitions, where I entered work. I was asked to do an Acrylics workshop, which was fun, but also a lot of work.
There have been many family dinners and art openings galore. Also, I've been busy working in the studio and running my art classes. There has been something on and some kind of deadline every week. It was thrilling, but glad that things have slowed down a bit.
One other highlight was seeing the Bryan Adams concert here in Melbourne, thanks to one of our relatives , who is the sound man for Bryan Adams, providing free tickets for us. So, needless to say, that was really special.
So now it is May, and things are winding down a bit. Art in Public Places is officially over, which means, bringing my paintings home. One of my venues would like to keep the work up for a few more weeks, which is good. Haven't sold many, but at least they were out there , and they can still sell later. I have a few projects, so not bored, ever. Winter is coming. It is already cold in Melbourne. Time to rug up, and turn the heat on.
PS. I was thrilled to see my painting make it into a news article in the local paper.
I don't think too many people bother to read my journals, but for the few who do, I'll keep it short and sweet.
I am breathing a big sigh of relief, as my art is now installed in two local venues, and another project has also been completed.
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I am really thrilled that 4 more of my designs have been chosen to be made into journals once again. It may take a while before they appear in shops, but I'm really looking forward to this, and they will be in shops world wide . I'm especially tickled about my most popular tiger(see below) being chosen, which meant painting it all over again, in order to get a High resolution image.
My friend , Anandita, whom I met when we both participated in Open Studios, has done a write - up about me, after visiting my studio. She also took some great photos, and I thought her photos and her write - up were well done.
Just follow the link below, if you have time and if you are interested in having a peek into my studio, and into my personal life.
Goodness me , life is so busy at the moment, so just a quick one. Many projects on the go, and classes, of course. Some exciting news also . More of my art will grace the covers of notebooks and journals . One of the designs chosen is my Tiger abstract. I'm currently painting it again for this purpose, as the original is lost somewhere in Guiana . Hope to catch up with everyone soon!
It was an interesting day , which started with a long distance phone call to Canada. It was lovely to have a nice long chat with our good friends. Hi Darrel and Ingrid !
Afterwards, I decided to stop in at the Louis Joel Gallery, where the Hobsons Bay Arts Society has their Tutors & Students exhibition and Little Gems . There was only Derek sitting the gallery, so I decided to stick around. so glad I did because I really enjoyed my time there and met many nice people, and friends dropped by to look at the exhibition. I enjoyed having a good look again, since there are usually too many people at the opening to have a good look. There was also so much art there, many of the paintings were cheap as chips. I have 7 paintings in the exhibition - 5 are little gems. We had a few sales, but mostly from the little Gems and bargain box. I had put in a portrait I did in Gwen's watercolour class. Gwen wanted me to put it in, it was a portrait of Lawrence, a friend of Gwen's . He came into the gallery today and bought my portrait of him, and that of another student in Gwen's class. So, of course I was very happy.
Besides that the weather was perfect. I will post the portrait later, but I'm so tired now - Good night !
Just another quick reminder, that I will be opening my studio to the public this upcoming weekend, Saturday 24 th, Sunday, 25 th November, from 10 am to 4 pm. I'll be in the studio all day, and hope to have many visitors this year. Weather is supposed to be good this year. Previous years it always rained on at least one of the days. If you live in Melbourne's , come and visit all the open studios this weekend. Here is the link for more information: [link]
My studio - then and now
Hope to see you in the studio, where I will be working on a painting, and there will be paintings for sale at studio prices ( Bargains !) . I also have heaps of greeting cards, a few calendars, and just lots of stuff to look at.
Since I teach classes and workshops in my studio, this is also a good opportunity for people to come along and try out some watercolour exercises, or just come for a cup of coffee and a chat.
Contact me if you need to know more: firstname.lastname@example.org
It's a crazy kind of day. First it rained like mad, and now the sun is shining and it's very gusty out there. Still, we are on our last month of spring, and soon it will be summer. We had a taste of summer yesterday, when temps went above 30 Celsius. I love summer !
November is a busy month. Melbourne cup next week, and Open Studios is also coming up on the weekend of 24 th & 25th November.[link] I will be opening my studio to the public along with other local artists. It is always fun, except for the fact that I am stuck at home all weekend (daytime only) , so I will unfortunately miss out on the chance of visiting other studios. Oh well. Previous 3 years that I participated it rained, so this year I am hoping and praying for sunshine. Every year it has been good, except it would have been nice to have more people visit. Then again, it's a chance for me to do some work in the studio, as I usually work on some project. My studio is a pleasant place to be , with music , coffee and plenty of snacks to offer my guests.
Also have another art society exhibition coming up, which gives me some motivation to do some new paintings, particularly some small paintings for the little gems exhibition.
We are midway through October. Just another quick update. Painting classes started last week. I have a Tuesday evening class, which is fun and relaxing. They are all students who have returned for another term, and who mostly like to work with acrylics. I often paint along, as most of them are fairly independent, and like to just have fun. My new Thursday evening class, on the other hand has all new students. Also a small class, which suits me well, as I love to do the exercises with them. They are all ladies, who want to learn watercolour, and drawing. So last week we did some fun drawing exercises. They all had fun doing some fast drawings, with the timer set, using my favourite Kooh-I-Noor Magic pencils. We did 1 minute drawings, 2 minute, 5 minute and 10 minute drawings. Drawing with a timer ticking soon breaks the ice, and has everyone's pencils moving. Regretfully, I didn't take any photos. They were such interesting and lovely drawings. I hope that I still get a few more inquiries as I had hoped to start a daytime class. Meanwhile, will be busy working towards next exhibition. All the best ! Karin
Just wanted to say a short hello, and a Happy Thanksgiving to all my family and friends in Canada. ( actually it is nearly over, so I'm a bit belated)
Here in Melbourne we no longer uphold the Thanksgiving tradition, ( no turkey, no pumpkin pie for me... : ( ...) . It is not really an Australian tradition. Nobody here is into turkey dinners that much, and without family, it's not really worth doing. Thanks to facebook, I always know what they are celebrating over there, in my former home. They are also celebrating Octoberfest. That is something they have here, if you are in the German club.
Not much new and exciting, except we just finished two weeks of school holidays, during which time I spent more time painting in the studio. Tomorrow I start sharing my studio with my students again. So I better get in there , clean up and clear some space, and set up the tables. I should take a before and after picture of my studio...
Hope you've had a good week, month or year so far.
Even though it's still cold and damp much of the time, I am starting to feel more optimistic. Shaking off the winter blues, and looking forward to warm sunny days. This will be short and sweet, as I've been on this blasted computer all morning. Uploading, updating answering emails, facebook, etc. Sun is out, I'm outa here. Will pop in soon as I have heaps of new art work to upload.
Hope you are all doing well, and than you for all the kind words of encouragement, the friendship, the faves and lovely comments, and of course thanks for inspiring me with your beautiful artwork.
Just thought you might be interested that one of my paintings is featured in an online magazine. This month's issue is about sunflowers, so I was asked if they could feature my painting of sunflowers. If you are interested, there is plenty to read here. I'm on page 13. [link] This is the painting featured in the magazine.
Well, it is August now, which means that we only have one more month of winter to endure. Time does fly by fast when you keep as busy as I do, and I suppose it's not so bad here. There is no snow to shovel and very rarely do we need to scrape ice off the windshield of the car. We don't need winter boots. We just need to rug up. I have been wearing an angora vest nearly every day to keep warm, and when I go out, a scarf and hood.
Art classes are if full swing again. I am only teaching 2 classes this term, but hopefully next term will have a couple more. I've brought home some of my paintings from Provisions, and have sold one painting at another art society exhibition. This is the one that sold. I have paintings everywhere...some of the acrylic paintings I plan to rework, because I'm not happy with them and can always improve on them. All the best!
PS. I've been very inspired by Australian artist, Margaret Olley this month. If you can have a look at the two documentaries about here, I promise you won't regret it. [link]
Well, it's been a while, so thought I would just say a short hello. It's been a very exciting year so far, and now it is half over. Whoopee!!!! Not that I'm glad it's half over, as I am just enjoying every moment. Well...not every moment, but let's say, enjoying the journey.
Just had a three week break from teaching classes since it was school holidays. School starts back next week. I am looking forward to seeing my students as well as going back to Gwen's class on Wednesday mornings.
This term I hope to continue with my Tuesday and Thursday evening classes, as well as my Tuesday afternoons. I am also planning to start up a morning class or two once I get enough students.
Winter can be a bit slow as far as people attending classes, as there are a lot of people who go on holidays or are sick with flu, but I take advantage of the slower times and get creative in my studio.
I have my work in an exhibition at the moment, and there are always more shows , competitions to work towards.
I also try to get to Newport Life drawing whenever I can. Check out Newport Life drawing blog,[link] if you live in Melbourne's west and are looking for a great place to do life drawing on a Saturday afternoon.
Hello! Sorry, haven't been updating that much. Life gets so busy , sometimes. I've been sick with a cold and flu, and been busy getting ready for another exhibition. Hubby has been home sick , too, for a week.
Anyway, have been meaning to do a feature here, but it all takes time. As I get older I find it harder. These days I'm juggling so many different things. I've got my redbubble webpage where I also upload all my art. I've got my student's art , which I will post when I have a bit more time.
Life is busy, but in a good way. I'm doing something arty nearly every day. By the way, it's winter here down unda, and the weather has been cold , wet and miserable. As usual, I am wishing I was somewhere tropical this time of year.
Can't complain, however....life's been good to me lately, in spite of being sick and the bad weather, I feel very lucky to have the life I have.
Anyway, hope to post something more interesting next time. Just wanted to say hello !
Time to move on, but first a few words about it. Just want to say thanks to everyone for your kind support. This is our fourth exhibition together. There are always moments that are stressful, and certainly a lot of hard work and planning went into it, but in the end it was worth it.
The opening was fantastic ! The gallery was packed. Lots of people came, and there were many sales throughout the 10 days that the exhibition was on.
I am very grateful, not only for the many sales, but also for the shared experience with these 4 other amazing and talented artists. What an honour to call them friends.
I sold 7 paintings, and as a group we had a lot of sales . There was a lot of really positive feedback. Many people who know us have told us this is the best one yet.
Now that I have time will post the paintings here which I had in the exhibition. Wishing you all the best, and thanks for all the wishes and congratulations, each and everyone of you. Love and hugs Karin xox
Been working in the studio, preparing for the upcoming exhibition. Here's a sneak peek.
Last time I was rambling on about April fools, and for those four people who actually read my journal, just want to let you know, that it wasn't an April fools joke - the gentleman who called to say he wanted to buy my painting, has come around and picked it up. I was so happy to make a sale. This painting had been in a few exhibitions, and then I put it in a different frame, which I already had anyway, and entered it in "Paint the Gardens" . As luck would have it, someone saw it and loved it. I think in this case the frame really made the difference.
Also wanted to mention, that I will be starting classes again after Easter break.
Other than that, I've been busy painting up a storm, since I want as many new works for our exhibition as I can manage to produce. It is always good to have that deadline. It's good to spend the whole day in the studio, just playing with paints, and getting my hands dirty.
Looks like the folks who run DA are up to their old tricks. Happy April Fools day, everyone !!!
This is going to be a very quickie... actually it is 2nd April here, today. Yesterday was April fools day in Melbourne, and I am thinking that maybe the man who rang me yesterday was playing a trick on me when he said he wanted to buy my painting he saw at the Paint the Gardens art show. I never thought that it might be an April fools joke....
Well, I will find out for sure on Wednesday. Will let you know.