Monday, 19 January 2015

Rust-en-Vrede Gallery

Join us at the opening of Rust-en-Vrede's Summer Sale tomorrow night, 20 Jan '15 at 19:00!

These works will be on sale for LESS THAN THE MARKET VALUE from 20th January to 5th February only, after which it will revert back to the normal price. Only members may buy - but you can become a member on opening night :)

In completely unrelated news, LOOK AT MY GORGEOUS TOMATOES! I shall make a salad! :P

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

 December Drawings continued 
Michelle's Portraits

I absolutely LOVED working on these drawings! What charming kids. I've been so Blessed in that  all the photo's I had to work with for the December Drawings were amazing, great quality AND loads of personality. 
As with Layla and Zoe's double portrait in 2014, the biggest challenge with these kids' faces is not to accentuate the lines too much, to keep the skin soft and youthful, but also keep the correct details that make them who they are. I'm really proud of how these drawings came out - pity that some of the photo's are a little dodgy, my camera also died, so I'm havng to rely on my husbands phone camera (which, sad but true, is in fact a better camera than my little Nikon) and that also means I can't take photos in daylight. My own phone camera is not quite on par, all his photos end up hazy and soft, boo. 

ANYWAY. speaking of Layla and Zoe, their companion Toto sadly passed away in December, and this is my drawing of him:

You will be missed, dear Toto.

Friday, 2 January 2015

 Happy New Year! 
*not really a recap*

We had a very laid back new years eve with friends in Milterton; braai, drinks, deliciously silly conversation; and walked down to the beach just before the count-down, to watch the Waterfront fireworks show from across the water - 

so imagine this view, but with fireworks! It was incredible!

I took a moment to walk into the water and just focus myself for the oncoming year. And I said a little prayer, thanking the Lord for the successes of 2014, and that I came out of it a little stronger. And that I would work harder and produce better work in 2015. What a wonderful moment, with the laughter and celebrating of my companions in the background! 

And so, with that as a starting point for 2015, I'm going to keep the looking back to a minimum.

This is my art year. The highlight was being published for the first time in an international magazine, and a close second was being published in a local magazine. 
The low was definitely the couple of weeks somewhere in the middle which I had to spend playing with my toes, too broke to buy the next canvas, and just waiting for something to happen. 
Basically, if I had to nutshell it, one of the galleries representing me decided it was time to push my prices up rather significantly - HIGH FIVES ALL ROUND! - and then I proceeded to have the lowest amount of sales through my galleries that I've had since I actually started exhibiting. Yeah. Pretty bad.

Thankfully I have loyal customers who come back for more, word of mouth, and social media connections, and the commissions pretty much carried me through the year. 
But it wasn't easy. I know it doesn't sound that terrible, but when you're in the 4th/5th/6th week of nothing happening, with no idea of when or even if something's going to change, it really is impossible to 'mind-over-matter' it, and a little self-doubt goes a long way. 
I come out the other side a little disillusioned, and a little scarred, but still thankful, grateful, and always with renewed hope.
That desperate lull in sales was the reason for my excitement over the December Drawings receiving so much interest. It was awesome to be reminded that to the public my work is good, its just the money that's an issue.

I'm so proud of the work I did last year, and so excited about all the things I have planned for 2015. I bumped my head a couple of times, but I've come far, and I can't wait to find out what the next weeks, months and years have in store for me and my art!

My husband became an uncle! Welcome to the world little Anje! 

- And we finally painted the interior of the house! Its not margarine yellow anymore, but instead a greeny gray. And it makes such a MASSIVE difference! 

- And we finally cleaned our teeny tiny little back'yard' (like 1 x 3 meters of walled in clothes drying space)

- Which lead to me getting bitten by a spider. Panic all round, since we have A LOT of black widows around the house, and so we googled it and found that my 'bite wound' looked exactly like a black widow's - even more panic - and so we waited for the excruciating muscle spasms to start (to verify that it was worthy of panic, and then rush to the doctor) but it never came. But on day two the toe was swollen double, a couple of hours later I had two little bloaty sausages for toes, and even later three, itching like mad, and not really fitting into any decent looking shoe. But today (day five? I think?) it finally started looking better. So I think I shall not only survive, but keep all my toes! Which is great, cause my balance is pretty bad as is.

That's all for now, I need to make coffee and couchpotato for a couple of hours!