Sunday, 28 August 2011

The studio becomes a studio again.

Today was the last day for SALA.  I spent the day out there and there were just a couple of people who visited... not surprising as it's the day when there is an "Artist's Market" in Adelaide.  It's always disappointing when the city monopolises so much of the festival, however it has been a good month.  This afternoon I began to turn the space back in to a more functional studio, with the easel in the best light rather than allowing the best access to the paintings.  It's been hard to do any painting for the past month, and so I hve a few ideas for pieces that I want to do.  
Today though, I did some drawing at last.  It felt good.
These are the bottles that are lined up on the window sill in the studio.....
 .... and I started to plan a painting of one of hte hillsides nearby.....
 This is a drawing that I made a few weeks (or is it months?) ago.....
 .... and I want to make a painting of this part of St Matthew's Church which is not far from the stuido church.  This is a photograph of the building that I took today.
I have a busy week coming up.... hanging an exhibition at the Barossa Regional Gallery (not my work, but a travelling exhibition from Country Arts SA) and it looks interesting.   I also need to work some day to pay the bills, but next weekend I should be ready to paint.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Swallows

Today I spent most of the day at the studio, waiting for SALA visitors.  There were quite a few.  The most unusual however was the pair of swallows that spent much of the day inside.
First one came in and I was worried, as it didn't seem to know where to go towards the door.  Then came a second one.  Together they were so loud that it was hard to let yourself think!
Eventually one left and the noise died down significantly.  The last one eventually left, though I had been worried as I wondered what would happen if I locked the door and left in the afternoon... with a swallow still inside!
I was so glad to leave the studio bird free, mouse free and, from what I could see, spider free!

Monday, 8 August 2011

South Australian Living Artists

 I have just spent my first weekend in the studio, for SALA.  I didn't get any painting done but I did have some visitors, sold some work, was given a gift of olive oil and found the quiet time out there to be really enjoyable.
I'll be back to work (for money) for the next couple of days and then, next weekend, I'll be spending my time in the studio again.   I will try to do some painting while I'm there....  I love my studio.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Guatemalan weavings?

This post seems completely out of character.   Perhaps it should be on the other blog (kapundagarden) except that the discovery has more to do with "art" than anything else.  

I went to the local second hand shop while I waited for the butcher to bone and roll a forequarter of lamb for me... I often go there (the second hand shop)  to find lace curtain for the garden in summer or handkerchiefs that are already hemmed (to save me the trouble)..... anyway,  I was looking amongst the odds and ends (where one finds the handkerchiefs) when I found these....
handwoven pieces that look like they are from Guatemala...  or at least the northern part of South America... see what you think....

... having seen other embroideries, molas from Costa Rica and Guatemalan weavings, these caught my eye....
         ........ a bird.....

      ..... a butterfly.......
      .....  a chicken....... (my favourite)
 ...... not sure (any suggestions?)  but a beautiful design neverthless....
 ..... another bird......
         .... and another of these designs that are so beautiful....
 These pieces were very dirty, so I have washed tehm  They are definitely made of cotton with old fashioned dyes (including indigo.)  I washed them in soap and rinsed them carefully.  each piece measures almost exactly 35cm x 35 cm.   They are old, and beautiful and I want more information.