almost time to get back to creating these precious beauties (copyright Kellie Jagoe 2009)
I love how even though I can’t see around the proverbial corner of life I have been pleasantly surprised by the steady flow of creative work. Today I received a communicae requesting new little birds and possibly a painting on an inside wall. Happy HAPPY Joy JOY!!!
My menial work seems far less menial when I have fun and creative jobs to counter balance that feeling I get sometimes with work schmerk…
I’m also trying to organise a painting session with a friend of mine on the Gold Coast. I’m really looking forward to learning some new skills from her. She is well wicked
Flexing fingers for there is fun to be had and things to make and do.
part of installation for Mullumbimby Music Festival 2012
The House of Love installation at the Court House hotel is looking great. My arms still ache from all the high reaching and wiring. Hanging up in the rafters on ladders making it all beautiful. It took three of us about five hours to install. After two weeks of building and painting it’s finally on show. And it does look beautiful. Thank you Sailor Jerry for your inspiration!
I’ve gone to a few awesome gigs throughout the festival and have met several of the performers in person too. There’s such a great crowd of people here and the town is alive with the good times vibe. Tonight it’s my partner’s turn to rock out, his band is playing there.
I’ll blog more when I have the time, the photos so far speak for themselves, looks good even though I just shot them on my phone. We’ve had good feedback. The art was to be tasteful and not too crowded. I think we achieved good balance. It’s sassy, sparkly and a little bit luscious. Carla and I are pretty chuffed with our creation! Please check out her work and other musings at her wordpress site > www.bubblesatthehead.com . (She’s very cool! ) :)
Anyway, I have to go chill with small one for the evening, maybe an early night tonight, or at least some planking on the lounge room floor watching a movie. Happy. Satisfied. Looking forward to checking out some more awesome live acts tomorrow.
Playing with play dough is a very popular activity in our house. It’s squishiness encourages expulsion of nervous, restless energy. Lovely to touch. Palpable and yielding, folding into an illusionary sound structure. Unsustainable in the long term however aesthetically pleasing. Shaping a little bird (here only approx. 8cm high) breathed into my rainy day. Against a heavily coated canvas of similar colour it took an idea to a new dimension. A basic prototype for something new. It returned to moosh as my daily endeavour is to impress this again and again until it evolves into the next stage of exploration of a long standing theme.
Posted on February 11, 2012 11:49 am by melankooli
Two Notes, 2011
This morning I received an email from a friend wanting to purchase this painting. It was in a local gallery which is having an exhibition opening tonight, so I picked it up, wished the curator a happy birthday and said “See you tonight”. She may have been annoyed at this private sale but she didn’t show it. Personally I think it is up to the artist’s discretion how they price and sell their work, unless of course there is an exclusive contract agreement in place, which in this case there was not.
This painting is a mixed media piece in which I have sketched the two wrens onto tracing paper and adhere them to the painted surface. An invisible music staff hides behind the textured background and even though it cannot be seen the two birds are alighted as “f” and “a” notes on a treble clef. (If you prescribe to australian colloquialisms then you may find the joke here: f ‘n a ) All of my bird paintings are sketched from actual photos I take on my bird watching escapades. (I’m a nature geek). Sometimes I will return to the same spot several days in order to capture the little residents close up. I love to see them in their natural surroundings and witness their behavior. I am not and never have been a fan of caged birds. It is a complete mockery of their state of being. So through my art I try to express my love for their freedom, their fragility and their beauty. I have been painting these tiny birds since 2005 and they have been my best selling work to date, having sold over 100 paintings privately, in galleries and boutiques. The paintings have become my own language by which my deepest loves and idiosyncracies can be subtly interpreted. I absolutely adore them and knowing that they have flown all over the world brings me a deep sense of joy and satisfaction.
I am thrilled for my dear friend to have this piece. I am also looking forward to tonight’s exhibition opening. It’s been perhaps 3 years since I’ve been a part of an opening night. Can’t wait. Time to frock up and toast the local art scene! Cheers!!