Posts Tagged ‘creating’

Art Blog Diaries. Reminiscing & Evolving as an Artist.

Saturday, May 13th, 2017

I started this blog back in the early 2000’s as a sort of diary, to document my work and creative life and to give something back to others.



Going through some of my old posts recently, I was able to pin point, some pivotal moments in my life, of where my ideas and artworks originally came from, why my work and arts practice has changed and how, it’s evolved over the years, to where it is today.




After visits to Europe, UK and an arts residency in Spain, in 2005, I especially noticed some changes in the way I was working. Though I have always worked between disciplines, painting was always my main form of expression. I was becoming more dissatisfied with just painting and found it hard to do any creative work for awhile. Then, after a 3 month stay in France 2007, I realized I could no longer, only use paint, to express my ideas.





This led to a series of experimental installations, videos and a book of photographs. Touched by Dada and Surrealist ideas, I had to re-access what I was doing as an artist.






The installation and video below “Parisgrit” was shown at Tilt Gallery, in Melbourne in 2006. I can see quite a few interesting elements in it, but it’s way too long and very noisy. Maybe someday, I will get around to re-working it and revamping it into something else.






By looking back over my old blog posts or (diary entries) I find it helpful, to reflect on the areas, where I can make improvements and expand on previous ideas. I can also see where, my ideas have come from. I get a glimpse of how & why, my artwork, techniques and materials have changed over time and maybe where I could be heading in my arts practice.

3 New Collages using fragments.

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

100 yr old cotton textile fragments, vintage found objects, oil pigments,vintage card, linen thread, linen cloth.



The pieces of cloth are extremely fragile so each piece



needs to be reinforced and sealed and stitched into very carefully









before being attached to book board.





Crut. New Paintings. Cradled Boards.

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Crut. New Paintings. Cradled Boards.

Jenny Davis_Crut_Acrylic paint oil paint on birch cradled Board under 2rgb


3 new paintings, well, it’s actually one painting, a triptych, I did for a recent art prize. Each painting was made with acrylic paint and small areas of oil paint on birch cradled boards.


Jenny Davis_2016_Crut_Acrylic Paint, Oil Paint on Birch Cradled Board 1


I love using boards for painting. The surface is much more forgiving than canvas. Perfect for the spontaneous, mark-making and material layering I tend to do.  I can scratch, sand, scrape back, engrave and it won’t tear, or break like canvas.


Jenny Davis_2016_Crut_Acrylic Paint, Oil Paint on Birch Cradled Board


If I could get larger cradled boards and still be able to lift them, I would be very happy. The size of these boards are 50 x 50cm. each. Overall size 150cm. x 50cm.


Jenny Davis_2016_Crut_Acrylic Paint, Oil Paint on Birch Cradled Board 2


About Crut

Communication to the masses. Text in the environment can mark territory, give control and can validate those, who don’t have a voice in the mainstream order. Through mark-making in the environment everybody can be heard. I see beauty and at times, desperation in the messages, found in the streets, and in the abandoned, underground and derelict spaces. Layers of tagging, graffiti and found marks on weathered surfaces tell stories about the past, present and future. Aesthetically they can be beautiful, even though they may have been painted illicitly on a wall, or other surface’s. My abstractions are investigations into, marks, traces and messages, left behind, in the urban and rural environment.


Jenny Davis_Crut_Acrylic paint oil paint on birch cradled Board under 2rgb

In the Studio Today. Orange. Copper. Gold.

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

In the Studio Today. Orange. Copper. Gold.

Closing up the studio today, for holidays, I couldn’t help it. I just had to touch my paintings. 3 hours later…

In the Studio. Work in Progress.

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

Started this painting at Jane’s studio




Sat and watched it today




Still a way to go with colour oil pastel & paint




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






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

Yellow Yellow Yellow


graphite oil pastel felt pen




mixed media with collage




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

Traces Left Behind. My Brother.

Saturday, March 29th, 2014

Couldn’t get out of bed this morning after a rough night’s sleep.




Instead, I grabbed my old Pilot mechanical pencil and did some little drawings on an old book cover I rescued from hard garbage.



My drawings are intuitive and spontaneous. Using construction type marks, I like to pull apart things and go back to the beginning to find the essence




leaving traces of where I’ve just been, like traces left behind in the environment from nature, human beings and all living creatures.



Sometimes, when drawing, I remember my childhood when watching my older brother draw plans for buildings, real and imaginary. When he was at work I would go into his room and look for ages at the drawings on graph paper and lined exercise books.



Today, my brother is a very creative builder, cabinet maker and teacher. 50 years later, I still love to watch him draw his plans and architectural ideas on bits of paper. They are so precise, detailed and unique.




Where does drawing take you ?










The Travelling Artist

Saturday, March 8th, 2014



Wherever I go I like to have all my art materials in one place encase I need to jot down an idea, or for when I get that creative burst.




So, when I found this old case I knew exactly what I would do with it. I made myself a personal art kit for when I go out and about. I keep this case in my car and it goes everywhere with me. I also have a smaller kit for when I travel overseas. This kit is much lighter so I can collect art materials along the way




It has everything I need for drawing, painting, collage, photo transfer, stamping and writing

In Transit series of collages




Acrylic paints and ink in a pouch my daughter gave me




Chalk in a vintage medical tin






Water colour paints, coloured pencils and double sided tape








Brushes for painting, pens for drawing and writing, felt pens, graphite pencils, knife, scissors and glue stick for collage




Paint swatches




Collage papers in a plastic pouch.  Mixed lot of vintage and newer papers




Hand- dyed coffee filters, vintage wallpaper, labels and book pages




Stained printed matter and newer papers




Old music prayer book




1932 school book full of hand drawn  world maps






1960s New Idea magazine for cutting




Old advertising




Vintage encyclopeadia pages sealed with a layer of translucent gesso paint




A book of hand-made French paper




Small canvas boards and palette, matt and gloss medium for collage, painting & transfers




Mini stamping kit in old cigar tin






Stamp pad, tiny rubber text stamps in matchbox, stamp holder and tweezers




I also carry a selection of my hand made artist books in progress to work in.



My books are made from found papers, junk mail, advertising


used envelopes, cereal boxes and food packaging


Embellished with used clothing labels, tags, stamps, stickers, pen ,ink and found fabric scraps


sewn with thread or wire and filled with whatever else I find in my travels



It’s amazing how much I can fit into the case





Do you have a portable art kit ?  Whats in your art kit ?

See Jenny’s portfolio here

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Drawing & Collage on Vintage Index Cards.

Friday, February 7th, 2014

Drawing & Collage on Vintage Index Cards.

“Indexing” a series of small abstract drawing & collage


Size 20 x 13cm.



collage with vintage found papers




watery black ink & pen



tissue and hand drawn doodles




original vintage French script




with oil pastel on old index cards



Black & White Study

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Black and white study for the collage course I’m doing. We were asked to create a collage using only black and white materials. I loved this exercise and found myself wanting to add some colour…I couldn’t resist and made 2 collages.



I collected 2 canvas boards,  black and white vintage papers, wallpaper and newer paper



As in abstract painting, I like to work quickly and not worry too much about leaving marks and splotches as I’m doing. In some areas I made marks with felt pens and white gesso paint trying to blend the different textures and areas.


I also explored Stephanie’s idea and used some glitter paint mixing it with gesso so it became a greyish colour. I like the end result but may go further and sand back the whole lot, giving it a worn-out appearance.