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New Paintings. Purple & Rose.

Monday, June 8th, 2020
Rose Yellow Light & Purple by Jenny Davis

My latest series of smaller works painted during isolation. I’m loving the colour combinations and I can see a bit of rebellion and freedom shining through. Maybe, connections to how I’m feeling, with the world situation, we are all in at the moment.

Making time for creative and studio time has been hard for me lately, with extra, unforeseen, life responsibilities. I work daily on my arts business, early hours, in the morning, before breakfast. Before anyone is awake. I then grab little pockets of time, in between, for time at the studio. At the moment, I am working on some smaller paintings, that can be created in a shorter amount of time, but, itching to start on some larger oils.

This year, I also planned on launching, a new series of online art courses, but for now, I’m unable to find the head space, time, or silence needed, to work on it. They are coming though… I’m looking forward to it all opening up again soon and making a fresh, new start. Hope you are all staying healthy and safe!

About the artworks

Spontaneous gestural marks with a play of colour and forgotten marks, left behind in the environment and in the mind.

Artwork Description

Acrylic paint, oil sticks, sealed, on deep sided gallery stretched cotton canvas. Each artwork measures, 25x30x4cm. Ready to hang with D-rings and hanging wire.  (Framing Available) when purchased through Bluethumb

Signed with a certificate of authenticity.

If interested, in any of my paintings, or require, more info,  please go to my online gallery.  Bluethumb

Rose Yellow Light & Purple by Jenny Davis

Purple Yellow Light – by Jenny Davis

Purple Yellow Light – by Jenny Davis

Purple on Rose Yellow Light – by Jenny Davis

Purple on Rose Yellow Light – by Jenny Davis

Purple Rain on Red – by Jenny Davis

Purple Rain on Red – by Jenny Davis

If interested, in any of my paintings, or require, more info,  please go to my online gallery.  Bluethumb

© 2020, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

“Door to Door” Exhibition. Artaviso & No Vacancy Gallery.

Thursday, June 4th, 2020

Thanks Artaviso for selecting my artwork ” Iso Charging Machine” to be part of the “Door to Door” exhibition.

The first phase of Artaviso ‘s Door to Door project is now live! An evolving virtual exhibition that will culminate in a physical exhibition in November 2020 at No Vacancy Gallery in Melbourne.

Here’s the image of my entry showing the finished artwork followed by the page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge 1950s Encyclopedia (edited by Enid Blyton) which, selected at random, formed the basis of the artwork.

 

Check out my a mixed media artwork, Iso Charging Machine here

Check out the virtual exhibition “Door to Door” exhibition here

For sales enquiries please contact Hayley at @novacancygallery info@no-vacancy.com.au

Iso Charging Machine. Jenny Davis
Being ripped from our natural normal states, during unprecedented times, this machine collects our thoughts, ideas, emotions and turns them into ingots. A kind of sorting machine for making sense of thoughts and the human state. Using as a sorting machine we may then see the bigger picture.

Once filled, each ingot is ejected from the mould and left to simmer and collate. Upon settling, thoughts, ideas and emotions disperse into smaller sections. Once, we can identify and describe our own emotions, action, can then be taken, to sort, keep, or delete. Some gold, some less important.

 

© 2020, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Little Cloth Book. In Isolation.

Sunday, April 19th, 2020

I created 4 more pages today in my little cloth book. Adding to this little book bit by bit each day, while in isolation. 

© 2020, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Inside my little textile book . Creating during lockdown

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

Inside the little textile book I have been making from my previous post. 

I hope you are well and safe at home if you are in a lockdown situation still. I’ve been finding it difficult to create with all that is going on, but I have managed to add to this little book bit by bit each day so far. 

 

Hope everyone stays safe and finds some inspiration and snippets of time to create in these strange times💜🌻❤️

© 2020, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Lockdown & Creativity

Monday, April 13th, 2020

I hope you are well and safe at home if you are in a lockdown situation still. I’ve been finding it difficult to create with all that is going on, but I have managed to add to this little book bit by bit each day so far. 

I started of with a pile of old fabrics I had sitting on the table for ages. Some antique pieces from 1800s quilt and 70s Laura Ashley pin stripe fabrics. 

Decided to make a little fabric book. I stained the pages some more and made marks with inks. Found some old string to see down the center to make the pages. 

Using some of the antique textiles, I added some features to front cover with an old buckle. The buckle was found in Maryborough Vic. with a metal detector. 1800’s

It’s the first time in my life,!I’ve sewn on press studs, very fiddly…I used them for the closure on the back of the book. With a button on top. The fabric on closure is over 100 yrs. old, very delicate, so hoping it holds. 

Now all I have to do is fill in the pages.

Hope everyone stays safe and finds some inspiration and snippets of time to create in these strange times💜🌻❤️

© 2020, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

In the Studio

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020

In the studio. The beginnings of my first painting and series for 2020.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 5 … Made a few more changes to the painting today. Still a way to go.

A week later

Finished painting. Minimal flat, top surfaces, with many transparent underlays of colour, marks, drips and splashes. I don’t want the edges of the painting to be contained so, I’m not sure if I would frame this. Untitled for now. 90 x 90 x 2 cm. Acrylic paint on stretched canvas.

© 2020, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Concrete & Textiles

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

I’m not sure, if I’m finished with concrete & textiles, I was using a few years ago.. I’m thinking of very fragile wafers of concrete, sewn into, like sutures closing a wound, enhancing and protecting scars on delicate skin. Maybe it’s time to play some more…

© 2020, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Bushfire Donation. 100% sale goes to help wildlife in bushfires.

Monday, January 13th, 2020

I am donating 100 percent of the sale of my 2nd painting “Over Land 5 ” to help the wildlife in the recent fires. Normally this painting sells for $600, I am happy to sell it for $400 (Please see details below)

To purchase.
1. Donate $400 to
https://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au/…/donate-to-wildlife-vi…

2. Send to me, via private message, or email strazz.au@gmail.com a screen shot, or photo of your donation receipt, plus your address.

I will then package up the painting and send it to you free of charge

Over Land 4.
Aerial perspective over outback Australia.
Winsor & Newton acrylic paint, pigment ink, shellac on deep sided canvas.
30 x 30cm.
Ready to hang.
Signed with a certificate of authenticity

Please purchase this artwork as all proceeds from the sale will go to help rescue and treat the wildlife affected by the recent fires in Australia.

© 2020, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Hot Studio. Paper Collage Making.

Monday, December 30th, 2019

Too hot to go to the studio today (43 C – 110 F) so I’m working in the house studio. Messing up the the large table, workbench, I just painted for Xmas dinner. It will now become stained and marked until, I paint it for the next event, or next lot of visitors.

Making collage with vintage and rust papers.

The process of tearing and pasting helps me to slow down and be in the moment. Something I need right now after the rush of appointments and Christmas.

I’m using lots of old paper and pages from antique French magazines disintegrated from age and torn from the long trip back in my luggage, from Paris.

So, I have been using them in my mixed media and collage projects.

On one trip to France I bought home a heap of middle eastern cake papers. I think they were $1 a pack. So I got a mix of colours. They are great for adding pattern and texture.

The inside of window envelopes have great patterns for collage. I often use envelopes to make little books and peepholes in the book pages.

Collages finished today.

Collage 1. Delivery

Collage 2. The Carriers

Collage 3. Mardlarking. Thames.

Collage 4. Salvage

© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Sunday and thoughts in the Studio

Sunday, November 17th, 2019

Sundays in the studio are usually quite relaxed, but today, I wanted to clean up some painting edges, as I cant afford to frame every artwork.

I also attached d- rings and wires for hanging. Now, when they sell (enthusiastic) I will only have to package and post them off to their new homes.

The biggest problem many artist’s face, is lack of storage space.  I’m running out of space in the studio and at home.

Almost time for cleanup and clean out… which can be a bit of a challenge for me these days, given few physical limitations..

But, if I can get more organized in the new year, Id like to try something I haven’t done before.

I’m thinking of opening up my studio to the public on a few weekends. Whenever, I was in Paris, I noticed artist’s randomly open up their apartments, to show and sell their art. Same story everywhere it seems, too many artist’s not enough outlets to promote and market artwork.

Anyway, I hope you are all having a lovely Sunday.

I’d love to hear from other artists who have opened up their studio. 

Did you think it was a worthwhile experience?

© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Giving vintage textiles a new life.

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Recently, a very kind lady donated her mothers doilies to me, for my next textile, art project. Though I have found it hard, rusting and burying this lot, I was re-assured that her mother would be happy to know they were given to someone who would give them a new life. 

I’ts been perfect weather lately for rusting and burying.

After a good soak with white vinegar I wrap some with wire.

Mostly, I just lay the the cloth under a slabs of metal sheets, left over from my studio build then stack on top of one another.

I like to get them all dirty by burying them and stacking a heaver tray and rocks on top. I leave them there from 24 hrs. or, many months until I get the look I’m after.

4 weeks underground. Final unveiling just before dunking in a sink of water and bicarb soda, to stop rusting process.

This piece really excites me with the intense rust and black marks.

Such gorgeous delicate lace work crochet in this doily.

Rust n dirt with tiny black marks and colourful hand embroidery.

Rust with the contrast of beautiful hand embroidery peeking through.

A lovely bundle of vintage rust material ready to go for new projects.

© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Deep Purple on Rose On Cad. New Paintings & Collage.

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

New collages and paintings now available in my gallery

Collages – created from vintage papers on 300gm thick water-colour paper. Some of the water- colour paper has been dyed and baked to give an aged appearance. Size 29 x 19cm.(Unframed) Signed with “Certificate of Authenticity”.  ( Please click on images to purchase artworks )

 

Sea Scaping
By
Jenny Davis
Flight 175
By
Jenny Davis
Birds Of
By
Jenny Davis
EITTI
By
Jenny Davis

Paintings – Bright & bold abstract painting’s with splashes of deep, bright colours, with layers of marks and lines. On deep sided canvas. 92 x 92 x 2cm. (Unframed) Ready to hang. Signed by Artist with “Certificate of Authenticity” ( Please click on images to purchase artworks )

Deep Purple on Rose on Cad with Orange Splash
By
Jenny Davis
Deep Purple on Rose on Cad
By
Jenny Davis

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© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

New Colour. New Paintings.

Saturday, July 13th, 2019

I’ve spent the past week working on a new series of paintings. A parcel arrived in the post with big tubes of colour, I hadn’t used before. What could be more motivating to get me back in the studio, than, new art supplies, especially after weeks of medical and physio appointments getting in the way.

I didn’t want to open them and make dents in the big chunky tubes. When I finally did, it was quite confronting, to play with colour I knew nothing about. I took the plunge, slapped it on, moved it about, without thinking too much. Enjoying the colour, texture and flow of the paint. The process, I knew would take care of itself. I just had to be present, stand back, look and go back into it.

Quickly, I came up with the first layer which I was very happy with. Of course, I went back in with more layer’s wanting further depth and richness.

I now, look back at the photos, taken at the start of the process and maybe, I lost the freshness, freedom and flow of the marks I had at the start. Maybe, I didn’t need to go any further…

I believe sometimes, the essence of the story is at the beginning and “nothing else” is needed to tell it.

Back to the studio to play more, or leave alone.

© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Artworks Available. Paintings. Sculpture & Textiles.

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

A small selection of artworks available from my studio. To see the artworks below and more, please go to the Art section in the menu on the left.

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It’s a chilly weekend in Melbourne, hope you are all keeping warm xox

© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

YAVA – New Gallery – Members 11 Exhibition

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

If your heading into the Healesville area over the next couple of weeks. Check out Healesville’s newest art gallery and arts hub. 

YAVA Art Gallery & Arts Hub was recently created by Yarra Valley Arts members so artists/community can show their their work, attend workshops, talks and more…

A very contemporary modern space for artists with plenty of wall space for solo exhibitions too.

Why not come up have a browse of the latest exhibition, grab a coffee  or wine and sit out on the gallery balcony overlooking the beautiful township of Healesville.

Latest Exhibition.

‘Members Exhibition II’ : Showcasing Yarra Valley Artists

Artists in show:

Jenny Davis
Jerry Osadczuk
Christine Caferella-Pearce
David Miller
Cathie Berry
Bev Hardidge
Ernst Fries
Agnes Szetey
Amanda Ruck

Contact

252A Maroondah Highway
Healesville, VIC, 3777

Gallery Opening Hours:
Mon: 11 am – 5pm
Tues: Closed
Wed – Sun: 11am – 5pm

T: +613 5906 1149‬
E: info@yava.org.au

FREE EXHIBITION

 

 

© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

New Work. Abstract Paintings

Friday, May 17th, 2019

I use my work as a way to process whatever I’m seeing or thinking at the time. This can be purely self indulgent and personal, as well as sometimes, tapping into a broader or shared concern.

I like to let people bring their own thoughts to a piece. My work is the entry point, then people might be inclined to look harder and tease out other thoughts and connections to the work. 

© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

The life of an Abstract Painting.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

It’s amazing how many stages an abstract painting goes through. Ive had the beginnings of this painting sitting in the studio a few months now. Its only recently, I started to photograph the process of painting. Eventually I want to do time lapse video’s while working, but not sure yet, how I will set up my camera.

I wanted to dirty it up a bit

Added some black lines and spaces

The red slowly crept in

More drawing with oil pigments below and the circle was bothering me so I took a risk and blocked it out with red. And that’s what its all about. Taking risks, going along with whatever comes along and using your gut feeling.

I’m pretty happy with the results but will sit with it for a while, before I touch it or, leave it alone. It’s only afterwards, I’ll see connections and links to the context or meaning. Sometimes though this happens when doing, but mainly it’s a play with colour, line and space and knowing when it’s resolved.

© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Time & Nature

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Exploring objects and textiles is keeping me away from painting in the studio at the moment, but that’s ok, because I’m not just a painter…..

Today, I have been working with time and nature but, now it’s too hot to do anything much, as the temp in the valley has reached 39 Celsius and getting hotter.

I get torn between contemporary and lush, extravagant. Old bones, textiles, rusted wires, watch faces, bits of stick with moss , vintage cosmetic bottles and handmade French influenced, embellishments are on my bench.

Memories and feelings keep flooding back from my times spent in France. Especially touched by Versailles palace and other places in Europe and England. Old history feeds my creativity.

Old rusted wire and found textiles are twisted and sewn with gold threads and remind me of couture and Versailles decadent history.

Formed into fragments that will probably be part of something else.

This one looks like a weird kind of bird.

I’ve also had the de-clutter bug lately so its feels liberating to use up stuff Ive been hoarding for ever.

© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Art & Recycling. Textiles & Mixed media.

Friday, January 18th, 2019

Art and recycling goes hand-in-hand in the textile and mixed- media side of my arts practice.

My artworks are often created from old, discarded clothing, vintage and antique textiles, papers and found objects. I enjoy making use of stuff that has had a life already; a life that is often purely functional and as far removed from ‘art’ as you can imagine.

I’ve been recycling all my life to make art. As a child, I pulled apart, old clothing and nylon stockings “I used to collect fabric waste from mum’s sewing and knitting basket, making wall hangings out of that.” Nowadays, I cut up my own clothing and others, antique quilts, vintage linens, fancywork and men’s suits.

The process of searching and collecting materials, is also, a very important part of my art’s making. It may take weeks, months, even years, to find a piece that talks to me. Most of the time though, a fragment of fabric, clothing or object, will trigger off the idea. I collect and document many of the pieces I find, by labeling or remembering, its history of when & where it was found. This gives me another layer to work with.

The search for materials has taken me to many weird and wonderful places over the years.

The sometimes, dodgy, back streets of cities, in Barcelona, Italy and France. Markets and charity shops in Australia, France and England. Underground spaces, abandoned buildings, coast lines and vacant beaches. Friends, family and strangers, have also, donated materials to use in my work.

By transforming old, recycled and reused materials, it enriches the stories I like to tell in my contemporary art and gives a new life, to materials destined to be wasted and thrown away.

© 2019, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Rust Dyeing Fabrics

Friday, December 28th, 2018


Summer in Australia is the perfect time for eco and botanical dyeing outdoors. During Winter, I like to save little bits of fabrics, lace and papers in a box for Summer dyeing. This is how I rust dye my fabrics….

Many years ago, I collected heaps of metal junk to use for sculpture. As, I no longer weld, I now use the rusty bits and pieces that are scattered all over my property, for my dyeing projects.

The gathering of the metal objects, wrapping them with the fabric spraying with vinegar and binding with rope and wire is quite relaxing. I call it mummy wrapping.


Rust Dyeing Fabric

MATERIALS:

Fabric: cottons silk… work best

Rusty metal objects: cooking pans, car parts, rusty nails, screws, pipes, copper objects

Wire, string, wool or rope just something to bind the fabric to the rusted item

Plain white vinegar

Rubber gloves

Plastic sheet or bags

METHOD

1. Gather all the items together wet your fabric and spray with vinegar.

2. Wrap the fabric around and around the rusted object as best you can.

3. Make sure it’s tightly bound with the string rope or wire. Cover with plastic so it stays moist.

4. Leave and wait for the magic to happen.

5. This may take an hour or 2 or if you want deeper textures of rust a week or 2. Then un- wrap your beautiful rusted fabric.

6. Once the fabric is dyed to the depth you want, soak for 30mins in warm water with a couple of tablespoons of salt to make the rust dye colourfast.

7. Wash gently in warm water with soap powder rinse dry and voila!

I also rust papers and larger pieces of fabric using a different method that I will share in a future post.

To see more of my free tutorials please go here

© 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.