Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#winter #artists

 I'm seriously done with winter, not to mention writing #hashtags on our instagram iphone. The two combined are relentless. Trying to feel like I'm in touch with the world in my thawing state and water bottle between my legs at night I switch between watching another tedious repeat documentary on the tv or I swing to the side of lounge and go through instagram. I really want and need it to swing to comedy for a while, I'm finding it really difficult watching another animal in its habitat coping with six feet of snow.

Living in our little cottages here in the back woods, is in my mind always contradicting itself, I move emotionally from loving my life here to dreaming about a different existence. If the cold was less drafty and the sun shone each day it would be easier. Our homes are picturesque, evocative and very romantic but very drafty. You see they are old old old buildings and stopping all the drafts is a major mission with new ones revealing themselves each year. About this time of the year in Hill End we are running towards Spring and we can't wait.

29th August: Meditating three more days to go.

The August winds brought a bit of icing on the cake in our studio.

We felt like Spring moving forward in leaps and bounds. We had Australian artists Luke Sciberras and Parris Dewhurst here printing their etchings for upcoming exhibitions. It got our winter mojo up, as we generally are cranking up our vintage presses with letterpress orders so it's nice to swing to your fine art gene switch in the two of us with the etching press, gets our juices fired up and having other artists in their with us makes for a really productive happy place.

My daughter Parris has an exhibition coming up and it was just terrific to have her back into her art again. She did her fine arts degree at Sydney College  of the Arts and then went onto to masters in Arts Management. This meant that it opened up her experiences and made her feel secure as an artist having a back up plan. After this  she went to Alice Springs NT to work for a year in marketing with Desart. This really set her up for some amazing times and growth all in that incredible landscape which she found very hard to leave. But we have her back here now and  printing for her exhibition subject matter: feral goats. They are here and in Alice Springs  in abundance.

Parris printed like a dream and seemed like an old hand at it making 8 drypoint etchings in two days. When that girls on a mission she just goes for it. Having that lovely young energy is so good for me to absorb, I love it. Then the following two days, the two of us made this large soft sculpture which for me as a mum was so nice to spend this time with her and something we both love to do. Parris directing and constructing, me maxing it on the sewing machine.

The result was so rewarding, with spending a concentrated mum and daughter week together making art. It was a luxury in our crazy busy lives, something we haven't done for a long time, well overdue and  I felt really satisfied by this as a mum and watching her leave Hill End to Sydney with her car loaded up with prints and this large sculpture in the back. #parrisdewhurst #feral goats


Then our studio doors opened to another collaboration with Hill End artist Luke Sciberras whom exhibits with the gallery OlsenIrwin gallery in Sydney.
The knowledge that illuminates what one is seeing enlivens the entire experience and offers a rich layer of implied information added for the months on end in the studio when one is painting it out. - See more at: http://www.olsenirwin.com/pages/artists_details2.php?artist_id=22#sthash.TkTMUsho.dpufHe recently returned from Istanbul where he created the Turkey - Gallipoli Suite.
The knowledge that illuminates what one is seeing enlivens the entire experience and offers a rich layer of implied information added for the months on end in the studio when one is painting it out. - See more at: http://www.olsenirwin.com/pages/artists_details2.php?artist_id=22#sthash.TkTMUsho.dpuf







So on his travels Luke had done this delightful etching on a copper plate looking out of his hotel room over Istanbul and its numerous satellite dishes and asked Bill if he would print up an edition of the image. So while Marilyn M posed behind them and put on her Chanel perfume, Bill inked up and Luke watched on overseeing the plate tone and editions, which means how much ink one wants on the finished image. The overall feel of the image.
The knowledge that illuminates what one is seeing enlivens the entire experience and offers a rich layer of implied information added for the months on end in the studio when one is painting it out. - See more at: http://www.olsenirwin.com/pages/artists_details2.php?artist_id=22#sthash.TkTMUsho.dpufHe recently returned from Istanbul where he created the Turkey - Gallipoli Suite.
The knowledge that illuminates what one is seeing enlivens the entire experience and offers a rich layer of implied information added for the months on end in the studio when one is painting it out. - See more at: http://www.olsenirwin.com/pages/artists_details2.php?artist_id=22#sthash.TkTMUsho.dpuf

 So master printer Bill meditatively like a zen master has made editions this week working on them each afternoon and finishing just before dinner. They are all done 30 of them printed up roughly doing 6 - 8 each time he has a spare moment or so. Lukes called the image Istanbul - (the satellite dishes of Istanbul). Now they are being pressed under large boards and then they will be ready to be signed by Luke and out to the world for sale.

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