The Hotel Project

November 27th, 2022

Latest News!

At the beginning of 2022, I was approached by an interior design studio from Sydney, who asked if I would be interested in creating some artworks for a hotel refurbishment in Melbourne. It sounded like a good project and I was up for the challenge. Now, after many months of negotiations and studio visits I can finally begin creating the artworks. Over the next few months, I will create several large scale mixed media & textile artworks for the lobby and penthouse of the hotel. There will be lots of rust, mark making and stitch.

Outlook8studio has a Fresh New Website…

October 26th, 2022

Exciting news! Outlook8studio has a new updated sister website…. Outlook8studio – Jenny Davis

If you would like to see further stories from Outlook8studio please pop over to my new website here This is where you will find an updated, Outlook8studio, with new stories, new portfolio, purchase art and my live Instagram page.

Note: Everything about this Outlook8studio website will stay here, so you can still browse, 15 years of art blogs, stories & creative resources, the freebie pages & connect to my shop art pages+.

If you wish to follow the new Outlook8studio website, as well, just use the sign- up form at the bottom of each page.

I would like to thank all my followers for all your continuing support and interest in my art over the years.

You are all amazing !

Jenny Davis xxx

New Oil Paintings in Progress

October 24th, 2022

October 24th, 2022

Sunday in the studio.

I mainly paint several artworks together.

Working this way allows me to be spontaneous and more free with the paint and marks.

I add many layers and glazes, drawing into the canvas with oil pigment sticks and sometimes add collage elements to give interest and depth.

All depends on what it is I’m trying to get out and express.

The first 2 rows of photos show each painting as it progresses through the different stages.

The last 2 rows show another series of thicker oil paintings using thicker paint and using oil sticks to draw with..

None of the artworks have been resolved yet 

I still seem to come back to the rich gold, red and orange colours of the Australian landscape, I experienced, when trekking in outback, Northern Territory, in the late 1970s.

Still the colours haunt me unconsciously and seep into my work, to influence me. 

London Outing – Museum of Curiosities

September 11th, 2022

I just love museums full of curiosities with collections of objects and natural history, of worlds filled with beauty, wonder and the imaginations.

Over the past few years I have been adding to a series of collages connected to artworks I originally created in London just before Covid hit.

Each piece has been created with found papers and packaging collected from the streets in London & suburbs with a mix of vintage papers. Hand sewn with linen threads. Artwork created using many methods, painting, sewing, pin – pricks, tearing , gluing and drawing. I have quite a few more than whst is seen below and will list more soon.

London Outing – Museum of Curiosities Series

Sculpture Process – Fiber Arts

February 6th, 2022

Peeks at new sculpture I’ve been working on. Grey army blanket I found at mums house when clearing out to sell after she passed away in 2020.  Linen thread, vintage doilies, antique cloth 1800’s, gold thread, eco plant dyed textiles & rusted buried cloth under ground for around 3 months. Rusted wire fence droppers found in outback Australia.

Welcome to 2022 / Eco Dyeing / Sculpture

January 9th, 2022

My first bit of creating for the New Year. I’ve been wanting to do some textile sculpture for years. I usually make sculpture with hard materials, like wood, metal and found objects. Working with textiles, I want to continue my story of hard and soft. I like the harsh coldness of metal and soft and subtle of textiles. Total opposites. A few years ago I did a series of sculptures made from concrete with embedded indigo and rust dyed textiles into the pieces.

This bundle of eco dyed textiles will be used with rusted metals and found objects to create, free hanging sculpture installations for a future exhibition.

You can see some more about my art and creative process @ instagram

The first layers of textiles were rust dyed then, paint and ink used freely to create marks and colour. Then I used gum leaves, weeds, agapanthus flowers, saltbush and more rusted metal on the following textiles.

If you are wanting to learn how to eco dye and make textile sculpture. This course from Fiber Arts Take Two is amazing. Creating with Courage is an online course by Clarissa Callesen who is a sculptor and installation artist based in the USA The course is based on creativity and exploration. Centred around found objects and recycled textiles you’ll create fabric forms that are pieced together to make your own fibre sculpture.

New Paintings. Purple & Rose.

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

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

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.

 

Little Cloth Book. In Isolation.

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. 

Inside my little textile book . Creating during lockdown

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💜🌻❤️

Lockdown & Creativity

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 sew 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💜🌻❤️

In the Studio

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.

Concrete & Textiles

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…

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

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.

Hot Studio. Paper Collage Making.

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

Sunday and thoughts in the Studio

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?

Giving vintage textiles a new life.

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.

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

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 )

 

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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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New Colour. New Paintings.

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.

Artworks Available. Paintings. Sculpture & Textiles.

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