WooHoo!

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Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 13 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014

Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 13 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014

Not one, Not two, but three Jolly Gerbera Series drawings were sold recently by the Artisan Store of Fremantle. I’ve been on a high ever since 🙂

There are still some drawings available for purchase. Numbers 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18 are still for sale. I’ve just updated my Artwork Images to show all 18 of the Jolly Gerbera Series so you may like to check them out. They are for sale through the Artisan Store of Fremantle which specialises in high quality hand made art, jewellery and craft.

Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 07 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014

Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 07 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014

Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 04 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014

Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 04 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014

Work for Sale at The Artisan Store Fremantle

Artwork by Liz, Artwork Finished, Exhibition, MELD, Uncategorized
Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 01 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014

Jolly Gerbera Series, drawing number 01 of 18 by Liz Arnold, July 2014

I’m EXCITED to have my work for sale in The Artisan Store Fremantle.

I have a glass cube and a glass shelf quite close to the window. Currently in the cube I have several hair barrettes and a bracelet made using Japanese seed beads. Also in the cube are 2 ceremonial bowls (made by recycling tea bags).

On the glass shelf I have a small easel with Jolly Gerbera #1 (of a series of 18 unique drawings) waiting for a new home. These are all framed by a professional framer here in Ellenbrook with a 20mm plain white frame so are ready to hang (ideal Christmas present for someone special). There is only room on the shelf for one at a time so if you see another one that you would like please contact The Artisan Store Fremantle. Once the one on display is sold they will put another one on the shelf. There are not many left now.

About the Jolly Gerbera Series

The Jolly Gerbera series was part of our MELD exhibition in 2014 and was very popular. My artist statement for the series was:

Gerberas. Jolly Gerberas. Their “essence” is vibrant, colourful, happy. Each one is a miniature natural mandala for meditation and contemplation with the power to transform my mood. These drawings attempt to preserve the “essence of Gerbera”. Pen drawing using archival pigmented ink on 185gsm smooth Arches watercolour paper. Coloured with archival pigmented acrylic inks. Sakura Pigma Micron black pen. Schmincke Aero colour Professional Finest Acrylic Ink and Art Spectrum Artists’ Pigmented Ink. Drawings were begun in March 2014 and series completed in July 2014. Each drawing 18cm square (30cm w x 30cm h including frame).

Keywords: flower, bright, circle, mandala, symmetry, gerbera, daisy, abstract, modern

The Making of an Exhibition

Artwork by Liz, Artwork Finished, Exhibition, MELD, Uncategorized
Detail of a Jolly Gerbera drawing displayed at the Hidden Revealed Transformed (October 2014) Exhibition

Detail of a Jolly Gerbera drawing displayed at the Hidden Revealed Transformed (October 2014) Exhibition

Tonight at 7pm the members of MELD (myself, Margaret Ford, Louise Wells and Julie Devereux) will be giving a powerpoint presentation with informal discussion at WAFTA. We’ll talk about how the group formed, how we came to the decision to hold a group exhibition and how we went about making it happen. We learnt a lot, and had some fun along the way of course. The Hidden Revealed Transformed exhibition was a very positive experience for us and If you’ve ever thought about holding an exhibition with friends we might just persuade you that you can do it too! We will be displaying some work from the exhibition so it will be a chance to see those up close if you missed our exhibition and chat to us about those as well. The venue is Alexander Park Craft House, Clyde Road, Menora (Perth, Western Australia). Visitors are welcome – there is a door fee. We hope to see you there.

Creating Pod-like Forms

Artwork by Liz, Artwork Experiments, Uncategorized
The bamboo sticks were soaked for a couple of days and then I put them in this shoebox to dry. The sides of the shoebox prevented them from moving while they dried out. I hoped the bamboo would retain the curve once dry. June 2015

The bamboo sticks were soaked for a couple of days and then I put them in this shoebox to dry. The sides of the shoebox prevented them from moving while they dried out. I hoped the bamboo would retain the curve once dry. June 2015

I have been busy with paper mache again recently. I had ideas for our MELD exhibition last year and actually started some works but because I always apply a minimum of 10 layers, alternating used office copy paper and brown paper so that it is really strong, my paper mache forms need a long time to dry and harden.

The bamboo sticks removed from the box once they had dried – they retained the curved shape. June 2015

The bamboo sticks removed from the box once they had dried – they retained the curved shape. June 2015

So I abandoned them in favour of other work for the 2015 MELD exhibition. Now of course (a whole year later!) they are thoroughly hard and can be painted/finished off. I’m thinking I could make more for our next MELD exhibition (or some other exhibition of course) if I start now.

I enjoy making 3D forms because of their tactile qualities. I like trying to produce sensuous curves and making pieces that generate that urge to caress, stroke or touch the work. I like trying to make the work reproduce that feeling I get when I pick up a really smooth river stone or piece of sea glass – it’s impossible to resist playing with the stone – turning it over and over in my hands.

The bent bamboo being held in place by a “sticks and string” framework while I work out how to secure the ends. Turns out hot glue is the best solution for that! June 2015

The bent bamboo being held in place by a “sticks and string” framework while I work out how to secure the ends. Turns out hot glue is the best solution for that! June 2015

Maybe I’m a bit perverse – creating works that give out that vibe to touch or caress and then putting them in an exhibition situation which more often than not has signs everywhere saying “please don’t touch the artwork”.

And pods in nature often rattle because of the seeds inside don’t they? So I’ve added the “rattle factor” to some of them too. But how would the viewer know that unless they pick it up and shake it? Definitely perverse. Grin.

Sometimes hot glue is the best solution! June 2015

Sometimes hot glue is the best solution! June 2015

This bamboo armature is the start of the 3rd pod this week. The 3 triangular frames that are tied in place will be removed once the hot glue has set. They were only there to keep the 3 bent “ribs” evenly (roughly!) spaced and the ends together while I figured out how to fix the ends permanently. I tried weaving around the ends but of course as I tightened the weaving it worked it’s way down the tapered shape and off the ends. So hot glue was the solution this time around. I started 2 others as well which have a very different underlying structure.

One of the things that appeals to me about paper mache is that it uses discarded material. It does take a long time because each layer is so thin – but then most things worth doing do don’t they?

Hello world!

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My first post on my first website as an artist! I’m feeling very positive about my art at present as we have just built a new house in which I have quite a large space to create and I have built some design “walls” which I can pin into, or tape things to for review or to work on, which fit nicely in that room. Three friends and I formed a small group called MELD aimed at exhibiting our work and we are celebrating our first year together this month. Over the last few weeks we have all been working together on our CV’s, Biographies, Artists Statements and a gallery application. A while back I created a blog for that group which we all contribute to. I have started creating this website to promote my own art. And I have even had some time to work on some art pieces as well. It’s all hugely exciting 🙂 !!