magic object: skateboard magic

Hello! 🙂

It pays to subscribe to the Art Gallery of SA’s email list… Through it I found out about a deck painting workshop hosted by local artist Joshua Searson, as part of the Magic Object: Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art exhibition. I have a small (and growing!) collection of (skateboard) deck art, and thought why not add to it by creating something myself?

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Photobombed!

I roped in my fiancĂ© – who typically prefers music making to art making 😉 – and off we went. We did not have a set plan for what we would create on our decks, though I had hoped we would come out with something we can display in our future home.

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After some thought, he suggested that we create an image across two decks, so that our individual decks formed one image. I thought this was a clever idea.

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Fiancé hard at work!
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Hiiiii! It’s me. 🙂

It was interesting to see how the imagery on the decks developed. Spontaneous ideas, “oops” moments and discussion led to a unique end result. It was the first joint art making activity I have engaged in with my fiancĂ© and a bit of a magic moment for me (haha I couldn’t resist an opportunity for a lame joke! ;)).

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The artworks of each participant were varied and truly showed that one is only limited by imagination when decorating a deck! I think that everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time.

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The workshop was a positive art making experience, a unique opportunity to learn about and from a local artist, and excellent value for money. I strongly recommend you check out any future workshops the Art Gallery of SA runs – I know I will be! 🙂

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You can also find out more about our workshop host, Joshua, and his art here.

What do you think of our decks?
Have you tried creating deck art, or own some deck art?
What do you think of this trend?

 

RAWWWR!

I love music. I’m sure most people do!

I like most genres. Everything has its place, but I enjoy LOUD and live music a lot. 🙂

This has prompted me to get scribbling on a new series of sorts – RAWWWK! (I like naming things, don’t I?)

First up, my rendition of Alissa White-Gluz…

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I used this picture as a reference:

Alissa White-Gluz
Source: http://www.blackrose-photos.de

Some of the steps in the process… So much work and rework. I found this both challenging and rewarding to work through, as I could see what needed changing at each step and the image (in my amateur opinion!) improved at each step.

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If you aren’t  familiar with Alissa, you can read more about her and her current band Arch Enemy here.

Who or what is your drawing, painting or otherwise creating inspo right now?

knowing when to stop

Hi everyone,

I hope you have had a great weekend, and a fun Valentine’s Day if you celebrate it! 🙂

I used the occasion as a prompt for two drawings, one based on a mandala the other a critter from my imagination. The second is called “Love Bites!”

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valentines day mandala

love bites valentines day

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When creating both of these images there were pivotal points. Points in which I could stop and consider the drawing finished, or I could keep going. Something I’ve found when drawing is that it is important to know when to stop. “Less is more” is certainly true when it comes to drawing, in my humble opinion!

Drawing these was fun and relaxing.

Have you been drawing or otherwise creating lately? Feel free to share a link to your work! 🙂