Posts Tagged ‘abstract painting’

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.

© 2017, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

New Paintings. Overland Nomadic Wandering.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

In the media we are bombarded with images relating to the massive global refugee problem. Links to the landscape, tracing the inhuman, nomadic chaos of the exiled, wandering the earth at this time in history. Each painting has been created, using acrylic paints and oil pigment on stretched canvas. Varies sizes.

 

 

Title –  Deep Blue Walking

 

 

 

 

Title –  Blue on Ochre on Cream

 

 

 

 

Title –  Blue on Ochre on Grey

 

 

 

 

Title –  Yellow Walking

 

 

 

 

Title –  White Trail Walking

 

 

 

 

 

© 2017, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Wallmatter. New Paintings and more available in the Gallery.

Monday, December 5th, 2016

New Paintings, sculpture and more available in the Gallery   Some are already framed others are ready to hang with all hardware attached.   Shipping included in the price!

I am influenced by abandoned and derelict spaces, vacant industrial sites, structures, old walls & graffiti.  The paintings below are about the connections and contrasts of imperfections, found in the urban environment, highlighting, insignificant marks, weathered surfaces.

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© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Small Abstract Oil Paintings. Still & Interruption.

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Small Abstract Oil Paintings. Still & Interruption.

 

 

 

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I spent a lot of time trying to get the surface just right, on these 3 paintings, as I wanted each piece to stand on its own, as well as, together as a whole. I also wanted to convey a feeling of stillness. A space to sit awhile.

 

 

 

 

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The 3 below have colour and movement. I feel they are not yet resolved and will probably work back in with more layers.

 

 

 

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I’m enjoying, the smaller scale paintings at the moment, especially after all the large ones I did over the past year for my “Wallmatter” exhibition.

 

 

 

 

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Its a whole different way of working. Large paintings have huge sweeping strokes, where the whole body is involved. Smaller artworks allow me to come in close and are not so hard on my body. I can work longer on them, without too much pain to my back and neck.

© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Digital Collage and Photoshop.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Digital Collage and Photoshop.

When making my art, I rarely follow rules. Not knowing, techniques, materials and technology, doesn’t bother me and can be a blessing. It gives me more freedom to play around and discover things, that wouldn’t otherwise, be found.

A few images of recent experiments in Photoshop and other programs using my own artworks.

 

 

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Do you always follow the rules when creating?

 

© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Bluethumb Melbourne, Article.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Bluethumb Melbourne, Article.

Many thanks to Bek at Bluethumb  in Melbourne, for the recent feature article about my exhibition, Wallmatter.

 

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Wallmatter Exhibition update! In addition to the recent Bluethumb article, I was recently interviewed to be included in a book project about female artist’s for release next year. More details on that coming soon!

I would also like to remind any visitors to my latest exhibition, Wallmatter, to not forget to check out the collection of smaller artworks in the foyer and the reception desk, with prices ranging $50 – $150. Thank you to all who have visited Wallmatter! The Memo, Healesville Victoria. Until Tues. 16th. August 2016

© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Wallmatter Exhibition Photos – Jenny Davis – 2016

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

Wallmatter Exhibition Photos – Jenny Davis – 2016

A huge thank you to everybody who attended the opening of my new exhibition Wallmatter last Saturday. A special thank you to all the people who helped me pull it altogether and make it a special day.  I feel so blessed and encouraged with all the support shown for my artwork and the new friendships I made.

Wallmatter continues until Tuesday August 16th at The Memo, Healesville Victoria. Free Entry. All artworks are for sale.

A few photos I took the next day as I forgot my camera on opening night.

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An installation of paint, concrete, rust and
textiles, inspired by imperfections and
weathered surfaces, linking to the abandoned
and neglected spaces found in urban and rural
environments.

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“Surfaces and objects touched by time tell a
story and are a raw reflection of their environment.
I want to highlight the significance of a random
mark, or the crumbling texture of a wall in an
underground space. They are evidence to a
previous time in history. My abstractions are
investigations into marks and traces left behind
in the urban and rural environment.”
– Jenny Davis, Artist

 

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© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Crut. New Paintings. Cradled Boards.

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

Crut. New Paintings. Cradled Boards.

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

You are Invited to “Wallmatter”. An exhibition by Jenny Davis.

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

You are Invited to “Wallmatter”. An exhibition by Jenny Davis.

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Please see more here!

© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

“Wallmatter” Exhibition Progress. Jenny Davis 2016.

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

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All my paintings are now finished and have been taken to the framers for my upcoming exhibition, in July and I managed to fit all, 17 paintings, into the car for the short trip to Healesville.

 

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While the paintings are at the framers I have been creating and finishing off, other pieces in the show. It has also, given me pockets of time to concentrate on the written stuff, which I find a bit difficult sometimes.

 

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My art statement has changed a million times, but I think I’m happy with it now. Id rather just let my artwork speak for itself but, finally, after many years, I’m actually starting to enjoy the process of writing the art statement. I see it now, as an extension of my work and not, just an unrelated, add on . As an artist, you know yourself, what your art is all about, but putting it out there, for the viewer, in words, honestly, without all that “artspeak”, is a whole different art, I’ve had to learn over the years.

 

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If you need help writing art statements, here is fantastic book that has helped me.  “Art-Write. The Writing Guide for Visual Artists by Vicki Krohn Amorose.”  It’s a simple, step by step guide on writing, not only, art statements but also,  speeches, proposals, bio, press release’s and more. Its all related to the visual artist.

 

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The ad for “Art Almanac” magazine has been designed and sent off to the magazine and the invite/ad for “Wallmatter” exhibition, has been designed, with some help from my daughter overseas in France… Amazing Skype!

 

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The catalogue price list has taken a long time as every detail of every single piece has to be written down and priced.  It’s an ongoing venture and still in progress as I keep adding more pieces. The food and drinks for the opening have all been taken care of, thanks, to a couple of dear friends for their help.

 

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I’m still making some flat concrete stands I want to sit my sculpture’s on. One of them broke, so I’m not sure yet, whether Ill to use them, or not. I also need to find a way to get my paintings to the exhibition. Once framed they won’t fit into my car. Something I didn’t think off:)

 

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The last thing I will need to do is photograph and document all the pieces, before they are sent off to the gallery. Encase they don’t come back home again:) Hopefully!

 

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More details of what? when? and where? coming very soon!

 

 

© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Experimental Painting. Industrial Materials and Methods.

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Experimental Painting. Industrial Materials and Methods.

Its been almost a year since I started this group of paintings using traditional, non traditional, industrial, materials and processes. There are 20 paintings altogether.

After several months of research and practical experiments, I finally discovered how to make my textural, gritty surfaces, stable and permanent for a flexible base.

 

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© 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Heat. Bush Fire. Painting.

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Heat Bush Fire Painting

After 3 days of sweltering heat and bush fires nearby it’s time to relax and do some mark-making on big sheets of paper

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using dyes

 

 

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ink and pen

 

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with hand painted papers

 

© 2015 – 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Bring some art into your life!

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Bring some art into your life!

 

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Art can help us to make sense of the world and broaden our experience and understanding.

 

 

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It allows us to develop new ways of thinking and expressing what might not be understood through the printed or spoken word alone

 

 

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Art not only helps strengthen our critical thinking skills, but improves the way we communicate our thoughts and emotions to others

 

 

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It is free expression of human mind and senses

 

 

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Bring some art into your life!

© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Upstairs at Duroc Magazine. Paris. Terras Tower Drawing.

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Upstairs at Duroc Magazine. Paris. Terras Tower Drawing.

I would like to thank all at “Upstairs at Duroc” for once again selecting my artwork for your exciting magazine.

The launch for issue 16, of “Upstairs at Duroc” literally and Arts Journal of Paris is on tonight in Paris. Come and hear work by some of the contributors, buy a copy, have a drink before/after the event at the bar on the lower level by the Canal St. Martin.

 

 

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So, come join us for a FREE evening of celebration to launch the new issue with readings/performances by CAROLE BIRKAN, DYLAN HARRIS, PANSY MAURER-ALVAREZ, JODY POU and CHRIS TYSH. More details here

© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Experimentation & New Free Tutorials Page.

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Experimentation & New Free Tutorials Page.

My blog updates have been scarce lately, as, Ive been studying a couple of arts business and creative courses. This week I created a new “Free Tutorials”  page, where I share some of my favorite, creative ideas and things to do.

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I’ve also, been experimenting with shellac and acrylic paints in the studio

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and plan to create some textile and sculpture pieces too.

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After working on many creative projects and group exhibitions, here and overseas, the past couple of years

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I really think it’s time, to get back into a gallery and start exhibiting again in 2016.

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So, I’m looking for suitable spaces in Melbourne or Sydney, that aren’t too expensive.

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My favourite thing to make, at  Free Tutorials  is my large studio easel. I created it when I built my studio in 2000. I wanted something big, so I could work on many paintings at once. It’s a bit slap happy, (I’m no carpenter) but, works perfectly for me.

© 2015 – 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

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…

© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Gestural Acrylic Paintings. Mixed Media on Canvas.

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Gestural Acrylic Paintings. Mixed Media on Canvas.

Mixed media on gallery stretched canvas.

Acrylic paint & oil pigments.

 

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Spontaneous gestural marks

 

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with a play of colour

 

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and forgotten marks

 

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on gallery stretched canvas.

 

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Landscapes of traces

 

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left behind

 

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in the environment

 

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and mind.

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Each painting measures, 40cm. x 30cm. x 4cm.

 

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Year completed, 2015

 

 

© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Mixed Media Painting on Paper. Acrylic paint. Oil Pigment. Shellac & Rag Paper.

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Mixed Media Painting on Paper.

 

Acrylic paint

 

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Oil Pigment

 

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Shellac & Rag Paper

 

© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Orange and Pink Paintings. Work in Progress.

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Orange and Pink Paintings. Work in Progress.

4 Large paintings

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making first marks

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adding colour

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sploshing pink

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and orange paint

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adding layers

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& texture

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© 2015, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Pink me up abstractions!

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Pink me up abstractions!

4 new abstract paintings

 

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“Winsor & Newton” acrylic paints on gallery stretched canvas

 

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Each artwork measures Size 30 x 30 x 3.5cm.

 

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Still untitled.

 

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© 2015 – 2016, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.