This year has been a very creative one for me. When I made my resolution at the start of the year to start creating again, I didn't realise what an impact it would have on me. I realise how vital it is for me to have art in my life for my wellbeing, and vow to never stop. Trying to ignore that pesky voice in your head telling you your art isn't good enough can be difficult, but sometimes you just have to jump in and give it a go!
The thing about continually creating artwork, is that it takes up space. You come to a point where you decide how far you want to take it. Do you want to sell your art? Do you want people to see your art or are they just for your home and families enjoyment? With this renewed passion comes an ambition to show my art and create a regular income from it. This seems like an uphill battle at times. There are so many wonderfully talented artists out there trying to do the same. How do you stand out, how do you get people to notice your art?
One of the ways to get your art noticed, is to enter art shows. By the end of this year I will have entered 3 art shows. The first being the RESIN AND ART FLOW SHOW in Officer in September. I entered 4 pieces, 2 in the Alcohol ink category and 2 in Alternative abstract category. It was a great first show to dip my feet back into the exhibiting.
The next two exhibitions coming up are the "Manifest" art show in Mont Albert (10-25 Nov 2019) and the Linden Art Show in St Kilda (23 Nov 2019 - 9 Feb 2020) . "Manifest" is run by MAVA (Victorian Art Group) that is run by artist Pete Tranquille. She organises shows and outings for the group to get together and support one another. Check out the facebook group to join us.
Let me ask you this. What is the one thing you would do, even if it didn't create an income? A hobby or interest that you just really enjoy doing, that feeds your soul.
Being an artist, you'd have to say, involves a lot of self reflection. To really create meaningful pieces you are spending a lot of time with your thoughts, many times bringing up current and past emotions and events.
A part of being an artist is the constant self criticism and critiquing of what you are creating, including mediums, and what you are creating on.
For me, I feel a thirst for more knowledge and trying new things, some may be a little step, others bigger. They can take me a while, but I am always happy to have given something new a try. Being back into painting regularly and with a vengance, has had me try abstracts, landscapes, portraits, still life, acrylics, watercolour, pencils, drawing, oils, alcohol inks, drip painting, acrylic pouring, painting on canvas, and canvas paper. And, I have just painted for the first time onto a canvas roll, without the frame. I have been thinking of this for a while, but was actually given a piece by my niece, and that was all the push I needed. I love the possibilities it creates. Apart from making it much more economical to post overseas, you can create a large piece and it takes up less space to store. You could also decide to get it stretched onto a frame as 1 piece, or cut it u into several matching pieces.
How do you push yourself as an artist?
Love Sandra x
This latest artwork “Reflections” 33cm x 33cm Acrylic on canvas, was an unexpected surprise. Being school holidays, I’ve been doing some experimenting with acrylic pouring, with my 12 yo daughter, and this was one of my results.
I’ve long admired the videos on Instagram of people doing acrylic pouring but hadn’t given it a go until last week. This painting emerged when using up some of the leftover paint and using a blowing technique.
Acrylic pouring has so many variables in the result, that no two will ever be the same. Consistency of paint, how much you use, method of applying paint, amount of heat/silicone. I put my own spin on the technique and love the result. I also love the polished effect that a box frame brings the artwork. Unexpectedly one of my favourite artworks at the moment, so different to my previous work, but I enjoyed the new process and results.
2019 is the year, the year that I get back to doing what I love, and that is painting. I’ve painted on and off in my life since the age of 11. If I’m not painting, I’m being creative in different ways, like designing, sewing, baking, creating and screen printing logos for T-shirt’s, designing greeting cards and invitations. But what it comes down to, is that it is painting that fuels me, and I’m never my whole fulfilled self when I’m not creating art. After having quite a break from working as a Graphic Designer, and currently working in retail part time, I’ve really been looking into my future career. I’m in a reassessing phase of my life, as my youngest daughter starts school next year. It makes you look at what YOU actually want to do, what makes you happy. This has led me back to my first love, my calling, my passion. It makes me shake my head that I have put the paint brushes away for so long, but better late than never as they say.
"I am always inspired by the sea, it is the place that makes me feel reflective and at peace. There are so many moods and emotions created by the weather at the beach, which makes it a fascinating subject to use as inspiration. Calm, energy, fierceness, busy, quiet, relaxing, activity, conversations, playing, laughing, happiness, sadness, bright colours, dark colours, these are just some of the emotions from a visit to the beach and give me so much to work with." - Sandra Vincent