Posts Tagged ‘contemporary art’

Worn Stained & Rusted

Saturday, January 7th, 2023

I’m interested in the worn, stained & rusted patina of older cloth and random mark making. I bury textiles, tear up old clothing, antique & vintage cloth. I like to tell my story alongside the marks of other women and those long gone. If you would like to know how to rust textiles, paper etc.

Free rust dyeing tutorial here 

Collaging Along. Hotel Project. London & Outback Finds.

Friday, December 16th, 2022

I create with the debris left behind in the streets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I travel or just go walking, I discovered the physical “act” of gleaning (collecting) a creative process in itself, therefore, just as, important as the resulting idea or piece I may be working on.

When I used to go overseas, I usually had to buy another case, or send home boxes of stuff through the post back to Australia. Things I find in the streets, are free, or for little cost at markets, op shops etc. I sometimes, call myself the nomad artist as I like the challenge of creating with whatever stuff is around and rarely, take art materials with me. 

Last time, when I was in London I found a few little bits along the Thames river. In the large mixed media textile pieces I am creating for the hotel, I have included some finds, I have collected over time.

A small collection of clay pipe stems from 17th century, rusty wire fence droppers from outback Australia,  decorative metal bits from Paris markets and some 1800s metal detector finds from the goldfields in Maryborough Victoria. The textiles I’m working with are from 1800’s and they are from the USA.

I find as much interest looking on the ground for stuff as a tourist sees in the classic art and architecture.

 

 

The Hotel Project

Sunday, 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…

Wednesday, 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

Monday, 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. 

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

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.

Thoughts in the studio today. Stacks, towers and painting.

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

A bit of colour in the studio today. How many colours and layers can I stack up on top of one another?

 

 

 

They remind me of Claude Courtecuisse’s   “Hacking Objects” sculptures I saw in Paris at the Georges Pompidou Museum in 2007.

He erected towers and stacks of common objects.

 

Image photographed from original 2007 catalogue. Copyright Georges Centre Pompidou Original photos Copyright Claude Courtecuisse. 2007

 

 

Balance, colour, repetition, scale and transparency is what I took away from that exhibition.

 

  Copyright Jenny Davis

 

As a child, I too, would build little towers of objects in my bedroom.

Still today I play and stack with my vast collection of vintage objects.

The towers have been getting higher and higher over time and eventually, I aim to make huge, tall one’s, up to the roof or even higher.

 

 

Now back to the painting…I’m not sure if I’ve resolved it yet, as something about it is still annoying me. Maybe that’s a good thing?… as sometimes things that are a bit odd are more successful.

I think I will sit with it a bit longer.

 

Mixed Media Collage. 3 New Works on Paper.

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

3 New mixed- media collages on 300gsm watercolour paper (Unframed).

I  like to create new visions, by recycling and dissecting vintage papers that I may, or not hand paint with acrylic paints and inks.

Process – On a background of strong 350gsm artist water- colour paper, I add layers of acrylic paints, fragments of vintage papers and random marks, using French ink pens.

Earth Renewable

Recycled Polyhedron

Recycled Symmetry

 

 

Homemade Gesso Update!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Homemade Gesso!

Update 2018! Since writing this recipe in 2014, Ive been using this homemade Gesso recipe, for 14 years now and haven’t had an issue, with ageing, layers coming apart, seepage, changes in colour etc. on any of my artworks. I use it with both oil and acrylic paints. I also seal my papers with it when, making books, sewing on paper, paper for collage, painting with paint, inks etc. As to the quality, I find the homemade isn’t as white, but just as good quality, as professional artists Gesso. I also use store bought gesso too, if I’ve run out and for convenience. My version is more gritty, than store bought, but if you sandpaper in between coats, I find it’s not an issue. For me, this recipe is just as good as, the store bought and if you use archival PVA/Elmers glue, it will make it all the more stable, for longevity.

Homemade Gesso!

I love Gesso paint and use heaps of it in my work. It’s gritty, chalky and can be applied to artwork to give a translucent or opaque look. It’s also very expensive so I decided to make my own.

 

Gesso is used for many things such as a primer for canvas or on paper to give a good base for painting, drawing or mixed media work.  When making collage I use it as a gluing medium to stick on papers, in-between, painting and drawing layers.

The recipe below makes 2 litres of Gesso paint

( If not using straight away, this Gesso will last approx. 4-6 weeks)

Homemade Gesso

PLASTER MIX

1 cup Plaster of Paris or fine white plaster powder

1 cup of PVA or white glue (archival if available)

1 cup hot water

PAINT

3 cups white acrylic paint

UTENSILS

Container, cup and mixing stick or spoon

RATIO: 1-3

Plaster Mix 1 – Acrylic paint 3

Method

To make the plaster mix. Add the plaster to the hot water and stir ( Safety purposes: always add the plaster powder to the liquid, not liquid to plaster, as it will blow up into your face and always wear a dust mask)

Dust Mask

“Plaster of Paris” and cup

Hot water and mix

Next add the PVA or white glue, stir.

Finally add the white acrylic paint and mix. ( I used some acrylic powder paint I had and made it up with water) You can use any kind of acrylic paint or colour .

 

Result

I was very happy with the result. The gesso is translucent with the gritty bits I like. You can also do several layers of gesso to give a more opaque appearance. It covered my canvas very well with only 1 coat. When adding more than 1 coat you can sand in- between to give a really smooth surface for detailed work .

2 litres of Gesso

Gesso on stretched canvas

Gesso on paper

 

© 2014 – 2018, Jenny Davis. All rights reserved.

Art backgrounds or not? Do you like to see artwork in a room?

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

 

I’m not sure how I feel about showing artworks with mock -up backgrounds. So, recently I purchased a few mock – ups, and have been playing around with them. I’d like to display my artworks a little bit differently, being, there are, so many other artists online.  I’m just wondering, if putting artworks with interesting backgrounds, makes any difference, for viewers, collectors etc. and, in getting it found in the search engines easier. I think they look cleaner, but at the same time, I don’t want to categorize my artwork as being, just “interior design” pieces. I’d love to hear what others think…

 

 

If you feel inclined, your welcome to add a comment at the bottom of this post.

 

 

 

Do you like to see artworks viewed in a room, or framed ? or do you prefer see artworks on their own, with no backgrounds?

You can also view some of my artworks in rooms in my gallery area

 

 

Thank you in advance!

 

 

Rustmatter abstract paintings now available.

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

New paintings available in my gallery. “Rustmatter” series. I want to capture the “beauty & hope” in decline, before its gone and continues my investigation into the disintegration and decay of the environment, of life and the human psyche.

 

Experiments with layers of rust, paint, iron shavings and salt. Finally, surfaces emerged, worn , weathered and sometimes ancient. I then sealed the paintings to keep stable and lock in the layers.

 

 

 

 

Each painting is a visual and textural descent into the abandoned, the derelict, the vacant and the forgotten. Curator & Arts Writer, Dr. Ewen Jarvis.

 

 

Rustmatter 17

 

Rustmatter 12

 

Rustmatter 16

Rustmatter 14

 

Rustmatter 15

 

 

NOTE – All inclusive : Express Post, Tracking, Signature, Insurance & Packaging.

 

TurkRedghost Series. Textile Art. Antique & Vintage Textiles.

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

I grew up in a “make do and mend” family, where nothing much was thrown away and would be mended or, re-purposed into something else, therefore, many of my textile pieces are hand- made, created from antique & vintage sourced materials and may include, discarded, abandoned, found objects. I have been working with textiles all my life. My mother was a dressmaker and as a child, I would collect the fabric scraps and make wall hangings and soft sculpture.

“TurkRedghost” series

Sometimes the antique textiles I work with, seem to yell at me, but mostly, they lay silent, as I make my own marks alongside, others gone before. Ragged bits, old and new stitching, tracing marks left behind on old textiles are a reminder, of a time when women, had many obligations and few choices. 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.

TurkRedghost 1

TurkRedghost 4

TurkRedghost 3

TurkRedghost 2

Exhibition Launch. Yering Station. Jenny Davis. Spaces Below.

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Jenny Davis

Spaces Below

10 April – 20 May 2018

Exhibition Launch: Friday 13 April 6.00 – 7.30 pm

 

For more information please contact

Dr Ewen Jarvis

Curator

Yering Station Art Gallery

38 Melba Highway

Yarra Glen Vic 3775

P + 61 3 9730 0100

M + 0400 894 646

artgallery@yering.com

www.yering.com

View of Urban Paris.

Friday, April 6th, 2018

One thing leads to another, everything is connected…

split second images flash by –  embed

opening cracks

rough

rust

decay

rubble

dirt

paint

crumble

torn

scratchy

weathered

worn

unseen

forgotten

abandoned beauty…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spaces Below. Bubble – Wrap. Gaffa Tape.

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The countdown is on… only 14 days until I install my exhibition, “Spaces Below” at Yering Station Gallery, which means, 14 days of bubble-wrap and gaffa tape tangles, labeling, organizing transport, invites, and the opening.

 

 

The artworks in the house are all ready to go and still lots more in the studio to wrap, but for now, I think its time to grab some lunch and veg out for awhile….

 

 

 

“Spaces Below” Jenny Davis

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

Jenny Davis

Spaces Below

11th – April – 20th May

Official Opening: Friday April 13th –  6.00 – 7.30 pm

Dear Friends

Jenny Davis would like to invite you to her new exhibition, “Spaces Below”

 in the beautiful Yarra Valley, at the historical Yering Station at Yarra Glen in Victoria.

Exhibition runs – April 11th – May 20th

Address – Yering Station Art Gallery
38 Melba Highway Yarra Glen

Opening Times – Monday-Friday
10:00am – 5:00pm
Weekends & Public Holidays (including Anzac Long weekend)
10:00am – 6:00 pm

 

Commission from all sales will be donated to… L.A.R.C.H. 

(Leukaemia Auxiliary Royal Children’s Hospital)

 

For more information please contact

Dr Ewen Jarvis

Curator

Yering Station Gallery

PO Box 390

Yarra Glen Vic 3775

P + 61 3 9730 0100

M + 0400 894 646

artgallery@yering.com

www.yering.com

 

Yering Station is located at 38 Melba Hwy Yering 3770 Victoria, Australia. Directions.

Pure Abstract Painting. Abstract Art. New Course.

Sunday, March 4th, 2018

Abstract art strips away the narrative, the real and expected visual story. It requires us to resolve a problem. We want to impose a rational explanation – or see something in abstract art so we feel comfortable. It makes our brains work harder and in a different way – at a subconscious level.

 

 

 

Maybe that’s why some people find abstract art more intimidating and are quick to dismiss it.

 

 

If you are interested in learning more about abstract art and how to create abstract paintings, I am in the process of creating my first online course. “Pure Abstract Painting”

 

 

 

This is something I have been wanting to do for many years and will let you know when my course is ready for enrollment.

 

 

A few abstract paintings I’ve been working on today.  I love the continual changes when working this way.

 

 

 

Spaces Below. New Exhibition. Yering Station Gallery.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

A small glimpse of paintings in progress for my next exhibition, in April at Yering Station Gallery. I will be showing, new and older paintings and will include an installation of framed photographs, “Spaces Below”, shot in France. The gallery is large and raw with an industrial feel.  A perfect space for larger abstracts. All commissions taken from my sold artworks at Yering Station Gallery will be donated to…

 

 

Affordable Art. Framed Art. Art Prints.

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Ever wish you could buy that original piece of art but it was just too expensive and out of reach?  I know I have.

Have you ever considered prints of your favourite originals?

Even if you can’t afford an original piece of art, purchasing prints can be more affordable and if the original artwork is sold, there may be prints available. It not only brings art into your home but, it also supports the artist community too.Clear

Clear

ClearI have recently been setting up my online print shop, where you can now purchase prints of my original artworks.

Please see my Gallery page or, click the headings below. There you can browse my selection of framed prints, canvas prints, art prints, acrylic block prints and metal prints.

ABOUT MY PRINTS

The source, for all my art prints, are created in my studio by hand, in (Australia) using my original artworks and photographs. Hand drawing, painting, photography and making collage, is all part of the creative process. Then, the prints are ethically produced by my digital printing partners in Melbourne, Australia, USA and London,England. My prints come in many sizes and prices, to suit your budget. All prints are created from the best, fine artist grade, papers, canvas and materials. Each print is clear and vibrant using specialists inks that will last. Your purchase is wrapped carefully then, packaged in sturdy custom- made boxes, so they make it safely to your door. Please see … Worldwide Delivery  plus 100% Returns and Exchanges

I am still in the process of creating my online print shop and will gradually add more prints over time. Enjoy your browse!

Framed Prints

Custom-made box or flat frame styles. High-quality timber frame finishes to suit your decor. Premium Perspex – clearer and lighter than glass. Exhibition quality box or flat frame styles.

Canvas Prints

Each custom artwork is hand stretched and printed for your order. Vibrant colors printed on artist grade canvas. Printed image wraps 0.25 inch (0.6 cm) over the edges; the sides are white. Hanging hardware is included.

Art Prints

Custom sized prints (with various border widths). Gallery quality vibrant colours.
Lightly textured 100% cotton paper.
Refer to size chart for dimensions if self framing.

Acrylic Blocks

Vibrant back mounted photographic prints 1″ (2.5 cm) thick. Solid free-standing acrylic block for desk, table top or shelves. Diamond cut sides provide a sharp image from any angle. Hand polished for a crystal clear finish.

 

Metal Prints

Available in both High Gloss and Satin. Gently rounded corners. Cleanable surface. Lightweight aluminium is literally infused with the chosen artwork.