Posts Tagged ‘art’

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.

Focus, Simplify & London.

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Recently, I’ve been unable to focus fully on my work. I feel I may have too many things going on in my life and need to simplify. I’ve also been procrastinating too long, putting off a few decisions, I need to make, regarding my arts practice.  I know, I just have to get on with it,  if I only knew what “IT” was ? Also, its been hard lately having to divide my time, between creating and dealing with with other life circumstances that have been cropping up.  I know as an artist, my main focus is to create, or nothing will get done, but more important, my inner- self will suffer.

In the meantime, my daughter and her partner (xox) , gifted me a trip to London to visit  them. After not seeing her for a few years, it was so nice to catch up and do stuff together again. We managed to fit in some very interesting exhibitions.  The Anni Albers (1899-1994) textile exhibition at Tate Modern, was excellent. She was student of the Bauhaus art school and like other women at that time , was discouraged from becoming a painter. Instead, she enrolled in the weaving shop and made textiles her means of expression. Albers rose to become an influential figure, exploring the technical limits of hand-weaving to pioneer innovative uses of woven fabric as art, architecture and design.

 

 

 

 

Other exhibitions on at the V&A Museum.

Fashioned from Nature, explores the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.

 

 

A Frida Kahlo exhibition of her belongings. There was also huge jewelry exhibition and video game exhibition on. The collections are immense. I particularly enjoyed Asian textiles & objects.

 

 

 

 

The “Censored! Stage, Screen Society at 50”  exhibition was brilliant. Especially as I can remember most of it happening when I was a teenager.

 

 

 

It took a bit of getting around the V&A  building, as its built around a very large inner courtyard. The signage wasn’t brilliant and quite confusing. I only saw a small portion of the collections and if I get another chance Id like explore it some more.

Another exhibition, I particularly loved and related too, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History.

 

A “Kunstkammer” of cabinets full of weird and wonderful curiosities. Extraordinary dioramas displayed in a dark underground cellar, reached only by going down a very steep, spiral stair case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also managed to do a brief  bit of mudlarking on the Thames. I found a handful of bits & pieces. A handmade nail used to secure sails to the masts of sailing ships and a few shards of pottery and I think part of a Tudor terracotta tile.

 

 

 

 

I’m home in Australia now and slowly getting back into studio mode. Having spent time with my family and inspired by new adventurers, I’m feeling more nurtured to just get on with “IT” and not think too much.

 

 

 

© 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

After Exhibition Blues. Textiles.

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

After exhibition blues has hit!  I’m all painted out at the moment, but still enjoying some textile pieces Ive been playing around with for a while now.  Looks like some old photos and found objects will make their way into the project too.  Please see “Spaces Below” exhibition details in the sidebar on the right.

 

 

Ragged bits , old and new stitching, tracing the marks left behind on, 120 yr old textiles.

 

 

Memories and ghosts from the 1800s, remind me, as I work, of a time when women had many obligations and few choices.

 

 

A time when, women were completely controlled by their fathers, brothers and male relatives and their sole purpose in life was to find a husband, reproduce and then spend the rest of their lives serving him.

 

 

If you were to break free, you would be crucified, ridiculed and seen as “not normal, insane, bullied and tossed aside.

 

 

The textiles from the 120 year old quilt toppers I work with, sometimes, seem to yell at me, but mostly, they lay silent, as I make my own marks alongside others gone before.

 

 

I feel comfortable, as I stitch, tear, dye and reinforce the fragmented pieces.

 

 

Somehow, I hope, in a small way, by reclaiming and reworking the textiles, I can give a voice to those women.

 

 

Just like in my own life, when I was powerless, art gave me a voice to express myself, where once I had none.

 

 

 

 

 

© 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

In the studio this week.

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

I hurt my leg a few days ago so I haven’t been in the studio this week. Hopefully, next week, I’ll be back on track .

 

 

 

Recent paintings. Some are finished, others are paintings, still in progress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, while resting my leg, I’ve been sorting through my many art journals. Below are some images from my art college journal in 1994.  I noticed the colours I was using back then, are similar to what I’m working with now.

 

 

 

What did you do in your studio this week?

 

 

 

© 2017, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

In the Studio. Work in Progress.

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Started this painting at Jane’s studio

 

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Sat and watched it today

 

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Still a way to go with colour oil pastel & paint

 

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It’s been good getting back to larger paintings… 140x120cm.

 

 

 

 

 

© 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

5 New Paintings. Gaudi. Tuileries.

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Fresh from the studio…

Gaudi’s Catalan

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Touching Gaudi’s curves in Barcelona.
Acrylic paint, ink and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)
Signed by the artist
Ready to Hang

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Sitting with Catherine at Tuileries

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Little wooden chairs dotted around .Sitting enjoying the Tuileries garden after the Louvre.
Acrylic paint, Oil pastel and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)
Signed by the artist
Ready to Hang

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Gaudi’s Play

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Touching Gaudi’s curves in Barcelona.
Acrylic paint, Ink and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)
Signed by the artist
Ready to Hang

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Playing at Tuileries

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Playing under the arch in the Tuileries garden after the Louvre.
Acrylic paint, Oil pastel and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)
Signed by the artist
Ready to Hang

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Red Orange Float

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ABOUT THE ART – Red Orange Float.
Pure abstraction. A play with color, movement and line.

Acrylic paint, Oil pastel and sealer on gallery wrapped canvas
12″x 16″ X 1-3/4″ (30x40x4cm)
Signed by the artist
Ready to Hang

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© 2014 – 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Yellow. VMH & Mapping. Drawings.

Monday, May 12th, 2014

3 drawings on Australian acid-free drawing paper 2013.

Click on each image to see a larger view!

Acrylic paint graphite and thread

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graphite oil pastel felt pen

Mapping

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mixed media with collage

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Each drawing approx. 42 x 29cm. / 16.5″ x 11.5″ in size.

© 2014 – 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Shadow Play. Photography.

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

playing with shadows

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heatwave

 

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wall

 

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melting

 

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iceblock

 

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empty

 

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soundless

 

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chandelier

 

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shadow

 

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© 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Underground Urban Spaces…

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

New worlds I build daily for underground urban living…Constructions of layered line, and grids. Objects for science, living pods, travel pods, underground exploration and excavation machinery beneath. Little abstract paintings created on artist gallery stretched canvas.

Terras Tower

Terrasporus Flying Machine

Traction Apparatus

Giro Charger

Sub Time Machine

Terrasporus

Terras Travalator

Subterranean Space

Mobile Mover.

VM Agitator

Surface Light Tube

VM Watcher

 

© 2014, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Making Sculpture…

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Vintage metal drill tin, broken ultra marine glass from an old bottle and a little cherub. All spray painted black.

 

Old Japanese music box, plastic toy cowboy, American flag on laser cut metal.

 

 

 

Plastic music box ballerina, rock, metal gear, wire on laser-cut metal

 

 

All sculptures are works in progress and unfinished….

© 2014 – 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.