I am loving this group of students. They are so creative and the artworks they have produced for this course so far have been fantastic!
I don't want it to end and I know most of them feel the same!
I am looking forward to putting together a little slideshow at the end for everyone to see the amazing works created by this talented bunch of artists. Not one artwork is a like or similar and not only have the students learned a few things, but I have learned a lot from them as well. What I especially like about this group is that there is no pressure to be the best or to create the most works, everyone has been so forthcoming and they have been willing to share their creative ideas with each other. As a result the amount of artworks produced and the quality and diversity of the work has been wonderful.
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Sales this Month on Etsy
It has been a great month of sales on etsy with these 4 works finding new homes. I have to say these are some of my best and newest works to date and I am extremely grateful that what I am creating seems to be sellable. I always have to pinch myself with every sale because it seems hard to believe i get paid for doing something I love. Great feeling and I am always humbled by the generosity and support of 'Gary Reef' collectors/patrons!
180 degree turn
My latest artwork is definitely a new direction for me and I have to say I surprised myself. Being an artist who loves to create lots of layers and textures this minimal approach is a 180 degree turn for me. But I have to say I like it.
They say an artist's career goes through many stages, you start out putting everything into your work and as you mature you begin to take away and simplify everything down...ok i know this is a bit of an overkill and its too early in my career to do minimal but hey what fun.
The story behind the image - One trip to Australia I was at the cemetery and I came across this grave stone with a black and white faded portrait of an old Italian woman. Anyway the grave looked unkept and forgotten and so I decided to photograph the woman and use her image in my own art, as I wanted to give her recognition, a new life and hopefully a place in someone's home to be remembered. And so I called this work 'I matter' because to me she did.
My life upside down up
Just when you think you have everything worked out and planned life kicks you in the guts to remind you of how fragile, harsh and unforgiving she can be.
As cher says
Well, love don't need a reason
She can pick you up
Or leave you bleeding
We all get thrown a curl ball in our life from time to time and non of us are immune to chance, fate and destiny. We can make plans but really most of us don't know the outcome.
Change is scary especially when you have been stuck in a routine for a long time, but change is also freeing, exciting and good for spiritual growth.
One thing i have realised about myself over this past month is that I am a lot stronger emotionally and spiritually than i thought. Things are not easy and i kinda feel a little lost in darkness at the moment but i can see where the light is, and so I am going to take one step at a time until i can see again. I owe it to myself to be happy!