I can almost say this has become a habit, my day does not feel complete if I haven't done a drawing of one of the girls. I enjoy the process, am bemused and amused by what gets the most likes on my daily facebook post, intrigued by what happens on the page on any given day.
Sooooo, here we are at 100 (+) drawings in 100 days. Feeling rather pleased with self. Still struggle occasionally to get to it, but it does get done. I even did a couple of days ahead as I was going to Perth for the weekend and only access to one dog for one day. (Now that was interesting, Millie is a blondie, and mine are both black. Colour brings new challenges!) My self imposed rules are that these are life drawings as opposed to from a photo - hence very few are complete, those girls fidget!! I note that it is beginning to feel quite a precious thing to draw my old cocker - she's just turned 14, so, you know.
As you may or may not know, I have recently had a show of my body of work "Love Letter" at Latrobe Regional Gallery in Morwell. I was utterly delighted with the exhibition which was extended out to three months instead of the original six weeks. AND, I was hanging alongside an amazing collection of prints from the Print Council of Australia, the completely wonderful "Familiar/Unfamiliar" touring exhibition, followed by a retrospective of Ray Arnolds' work. Pretty thrilled all round really. What I was most chuffed about was the speech Julia Adams, the Director gave about my work. Which sums it all up perfectly for me.
"As you can see Sharron’s subject matter is sourced from her partner’s employment as a linesman – a dangerous, but essential pursuit for all of us who wish to turn on our computers and TV’s, charge our mobile phones and literally turn on the lights.
These works are driven by a sense of admiration and gratitude for the work these men do, but also a certain fear of the risk involved toward the man she loves.
Printmaking of any kind requires adherence to a process -and a respect and valuing of that process – there is no room for sloppiness in technique, just as there is no room for lack of attention within a relationship. These prints are lovingly crafted and presented.
The lines that Sharron’s partner works on, are literally connecting one to another but they are also metaphorically connecting husband to wife, parent to child, friend to friend, town to town, country to country. Being connected and belonging - that most important of things – that human beings need." Julie Adams, Director
Not quite ready to move on from drawing my girls. Available "life models" part of the fun is capturing them for as long as they stay still - no timing here!! So far I find I enjoy fineliners or biro as my favorite mediums. Love the immediacy of it, sometimes it is only a few seconds and always different. Wonder how far I can continue, its almost becoming a habit! Shape, line, form, training my eyes.
With a normal life as well as being an artist, I find it difficult to maintain drawing practice, which really is a base essential, and ideally, they say, should be practised every spare second. So in amongst all the other life essential maintenance, I made a small commitment to do a quick drawing every day for 30 days. Success. I did it! and along the way decided that I would continue, each 30 days with a different theme. Also a great opportunity to give different mediums a bit of a go. I usually fit it in after dinner. Here are the first 30 days - random, whatever is in front of me. Some days there is even more than 1 drawing. Oh, and loving my Moleskine sketchbooks - if its good enough for Vincent........
It's a wonderful thing for an artist to see their work hanging in an exhibition. :-)
So, here are all the prints ready for the Christmas Exhibition. I am turning some into "bunting" to be hung in the "Blue Room" as well as framing them in the more traditional way. We just had a progress meeting and I am blown away by the incredible talent of the other groups that are participating - the beaders, the weavers, the quilt makers, embroiderers, painters, carvers, stitchers, ceramicists, the list goes on, I think it will be an amazing show.
Am quite in love with the idea of Print Exchanges. You get the opportunity to create a new piece of work and perhaps test a new idea, it's in a small format which makes it very easy to pack and cheap to post, and best of all, you receive a variety of prints from the other participants - what a brilliant way to get your work out there in the world for others to see (there is usually an exhibition held of the works) AND build your own collection!
So far I have been involved in the following Print Exchanges.
It all started last year with Wingtip Leftovers III - so of course I couldn't resist again this year with Leftovers IV, in Boise USA, then Green Door Printmaking Studio in the UK, an exchange portfolio curated by Rona Green, Cascade International in Oregon, Animalia in NSW and looking forward to La Calaca Day of the Dead, another Green Door and who knows what else might pop up! You know, I think receiving that lovely little package of prints from somewhere else in the mail is almost as exciting as revealing a print, not to mention my mini print collection sitting at around 100 prints just for me!
Here are the links to a couple of the Catalogues
Visual Artist - printmaker, painter, inspired by the Impressionists, Expressionists, Fauvists, Henri Matisse, Burlesque, Vintage 50's & 60's, black doggies, exploring the unseen familiar, propoganda art, my domestic surrounds......