Exhibition coming....!

So I was in the local library and for the first time noticed that there were paintings for sale on the walls!

I’ve been excited making my various paintings and have been thinking that the next big step would be to have an exhibition. Assuming that the paintings at the library had something to do with an art group or school and that it wouldn’t be possible for individuals (i.e. me) to put work up, I bravely rang to find out what the story is.

It’s called “Art on the Walls” and is just a group of 6 artists who asked if they could have an exhibition there, and the library would be delighted for me to exhibit! But wait, I say, you haven’t seen my paintings. They could be dreadful and then you’ll have to figure out how to tell me politely that you’ve changed your mind...

Well, I suppose that seeing as I illustrate books and am a cartoonist they figured my stuff would be OK, but just to be on the safe side I took my laptop in and showed them photos of a few. PHEW!!!! They loved them!!!!

So now I have an excuse to paint flat out for the next month and a half, because the exhibition will be hung (i.e.I’ll be up a ladder hanging it) on August 1st and it will stay there throughout August and September. YAY!!!!!!!!! How exciting!!!!!!!!

NOW the question is, can I keep experimenting and playing or will I suddenly start trying to paint the kind of paintings I somehow imagine people think are real paintings??? We’ll see...

Here are the latest few.

Goanna and two geckos (This is what happened to the painting of a bird from the previous blog entry...I didn’t like the head so took it in a different direction)

Blow the tidy house, I want to paint!

I know it means a bigger job tidying up before Thursday’s Open for Inspection, but I’ve been busting to paint and today did! I loaded the palette with all of my colours then just got stuck in with no plan in mind, just going where the painting took me.

The first one is a big canvas and ended up being Sydney. There’s black paint in the middle which you can’t see because it is still wet and reflected the flash. Too bad because it really helps the painting...

The next one was a bird...leaves which I painted in pink and orange and yellow got mushed together in the end which I liked (am enjoying painting with paints neat from the tube, then adding a bit of white here and there) then I layered on top the bits and pieces that might be associated with a bird and its habitat. Again, nothing was planned, I just let it evolve.

The final canvas played further with birds and their world...

Sigh...it felt so GOOD to be painting again. Then I had to tidy up...poop!