Search

earthlyink

Land. Spirit. Culture

Category

Uncategorized

‘Of Places’ is Officially Opened!

Four Point Gallery collage

The exhaustion has set in. I am now ready to slow down for the next few weeks and enjoy seeing my artworks installed in the gallery on those lovely, white and crisp walls, and to sit and ponder the next part of my artistic journey.

It was such a humbling feeling, and I must admit an anxious one as well to share these completed artworks with those who have encouraged and supported me. I have never been one to enjoy the ‘spotlight’, but to have the opportunity to showcase this years completed artworks was exciting.

Four Point Gallery Collage II

Something I have begun to question is the skill to assess complimentary art spaces and galleries which have a strong alliance with the its arts community and the ability to build its patrons.

After having years off from exhibiting due to family responsibilities, and to look at my practice as a life long profession, I have realised to create economic rewards and public recognition for your practice, you really need to canvas through and identify those spaces. My new friend for the next phase will be ‘No Fear’ – to research and approach those spaces and galleries which fit the criteria listed above.

Four Point Gallery Collage I

It has been an amazing experience to reignite that creative drive, and have a space such as Four Point Gallery to re-establish this paused journey. As Emma Cother, from Backyard Bus noted during her opening speech, spaces such as Four Point Gallery and Renew Newcastle are providing ‘gatherings’ on both a physical and emotional level, where community, artists and space interact.

As stated in my interview with Newcastle Mirage, I see myself as a visual storyteller, and these spaces are providing artists with the opportunity to share, connect and build a sense of community.

Advertisements

Postcards from the Northern Rivers

 

 

It has been four weeks since we made our descent from our one and half year Mullumbimby adventure, relocating to our Newcastle home. 

Life has been good to our little family and we are looking ahead to our next journey. 

The images below are the beautiful reminders of what we experienced on a daily basis. 

ImageImageImageImage

A Diverse World of Opportunities

Collage Sunshine Alley Artworks

As an artist I have begun to look at alternative ways to showcase, sell and promote my work.  In the past I was constantly  assessing new ways to make my work more commercially accessible. This process became tiresome and took me away from my core visual arts studio practice. Based on this experience I have now adopted a strategy of consciously asking myself two questions,  ‘what am I wanting to achieve?’ and ‘Am I enjoying the process?’. This assessment allows me to stop, reassess and change direction (if needed).

sunshine alley illustrations

Through this reassessment process I have started to redirect and immerse my energy back into my arts practice – this has also come with an array of mixed emotions from  excitement to fear of failure. To challenge myself further I have approached three retail outlets, with one rejection.  

I currently have  original illustrations on consignment at Sunshine Alley, Mullumbimby, https://www.facebook.com/sunshinealleymullumbimby and have recently completed a commissioned mural for retail outlet White Buffalo, https://www.facebook.com/www.whitebuffalo.com.au.

As an artist what successful strategies have you implemented to commercially market your practices?

PicMonkey Collage

Marinated Memories

Image

I find it amazing how food can trigger memories. For me food has been a huge part of my cultural life and upbringing, especially during celebratory events. Coming form a Greek family food was always accessible, even to a stranger, it often seemed my mother and grandmothers were feeding an army. Our dinner table always had an array of canapés, side dishes and a huge main meal; from home marinated olives, artichokes, asparagus, pickled gherkins, feta, eggplant, Greek salad, bread, tzatziki, cooked vegetables drowned in olive oil, lemon juice and salt and if that wasn’t enough there was a fridge or two containing a range of leftovers.

No surprise here, but olives were always available in our household. I have a very funny memory of a friend going to our fridge and helping herself to what she throughout were red grapes to realising it was an olive.

Our kitchen bench was the initial preparation space for mum and grandmothers marinated olives. A large ceramic bowl was used to soak over a kilo of kalamata olives for a 2-3 day period. From this stage the olives were transferred into a jar of olive oil, vinegar, lemon and salt. There was no measuring just everything thrown in.

Image

My marinated journey has always been an exciting and nostalgic experience adapting what I have learnt to suit my own palette, as well as utilising ready available herbs from my garden. My recent journey included fresh bay leaves, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, lemon and vinegar. Looking forward to sharing this batch with my family and friends.

 

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑