Peta Miller on completing her challenge, getting some ‘miles behind the brush’ and reviving old favourites:
FINISHED…..Finally finished the last picture on Sunday. What can I say…. it’s definitely been an adventure. I set out to do something really different from my own work which is mainly abstract and about the land…especially remote Australian areas. So for this project small was already a challenge for me as well as the time frame. I then decided to work in a more representational style which was actually quite fun. As I have just returned from overseas I chose two favourite places but very different places to paint. Broadway in Manhattan and Marrakech, Morocco. This took care of the first 20 and the last 10 are of home.
I found despite pushing myself in another direction I couldn’t change the essentials. Try as I might to be a less is more artist, I seem destined to be a more is more one! With the hours in the studio I discovered how much you can actually do if you set your mind to it. I am always saying to students that at the end of the day it’s the ‘miles behind the brush’ that make a difference. And it’s true, the more we paint the more we paint…and learn about what we can do with paint.
Another bonus was listening to my entire record and cd collection…reviving old favourites I hadn’t listened to in some time like Fleetwood Mac, Steely Dan, Supertramp, Seals and Crofts……..but it was the Mamas and the Papas that got me over the line. So its backings today, photographing then I am done.
Thanks and good luck to those still creating……….although I may be the last.
See you on the big night.
bringing credit, or worthy of praise
Now that all of the Challenge artists are underway we would like to acknowledge even more wonderful people behind the scenes who have generously contributed to our cause. The sponsors of the artists Behind Curtain 3 have provided financial support to ensure the creation of 300 artworks, that would otherwise not have come into existence. These patrons of the arts are proudly supporting the Challenge artists, their local community and the children of Treetops Montessori School.
We encourage all friends of the 30x30x30 Challenge to support our generous sponsors.
The Ming Restaurant of Mundaring sponsoring Marilyn Hamilton
Harrier Resourcing People of Perth sponsoring Hayward Studio
Glen Forrest Dental Care sponsoring Ria Trevor
ATJV Brookfield Multiplex E+I sponsoring Alma Hotchkin
ATJV Brookfield Multiplex E+I sponsoring Karen Cameron
Earnshaw Lawyers of Midland sonsoring Claire Davenhall
Framing on Jubilee of Eden Hill sponsoring Treetops Artists
Kinesis Pilates Studio of Darlington sponsoring Dawn Meader
Great Aussie Patios of Maddington sponsoring Peta Miller
The Cavern Tapas and Wine of Kalamunda sponsoring Leanne Fry
Leanne Fry talks of her mixed emotions and the challenge of opening her creative process to discover new possibilities.
Wednesday 8th August 2012
This is definitely a CHALLENGE …
When I signed up for this exhibition I was excited, nervous and energised. Now that I have commenced the challenge I am experiencing these emotions all over again.
I was very excited when I was collecting up my mono-printed papers and collage materials. I was nervous when I took the 30 canvases out of their box. I was energised when I set up my workspace in readiness to get stuck into creating.
But perhaps the biggest emotion I am experiencing is feeling challenged. I have found that because I want to remain open to “letting go” and exploring new possibilities that I have been experiencing doubt.
I guess because I have exhibited my paintings many times now I know what to expect. I feel comfortable with the painting process. But with this challenge I have decided to explore collage more as the main content of my work (instead of the usual by-product) and it is challenging, bewildering and confronting. I am working with colours outside of my normal palette. I am investing a lot of energy into creating beautiful pieces individually. But I must admit feeling a little daunted when I start to line them up alongside each other. Let’s hope the pieces “talk” nicely to each other once they are all lined up on the 15th September!
Peta Miller draws parallels to the Olympic Games as she leaps fearlessly from the starting blocks of her creative challenge.
Well I am finally underway. Those little canvases unpacked and spread out looked fairly daunting but full of possibilities. Having just arrived home from 10 weeks overseas I was full of ideas but still a little unsure which way to jump. The canvas size is a challenge for me as I usually work big and fairly abstractly. The time frame is also challenging as I usually like to wander in and out of a painting and work up in layers…..no time for that.
I wanted to do something different and draw inspiration from my recent trip away. I am swinging all the time between ‘this is great fun’ to ‘I’ve definitely bitten off more than I can chew’…and somewhere in the middle of all that I just keep working…..listening to good music and keep going. If there was painting in the Olympics I think it would be something like this.
I am inspired by those of you who have already finished.
From Behind Curtain 3, we are excited to announce that Leanne Fry has commenced her challenge and will create 30 artworks in 30 days. Yes, Leanne is Challenger Number 30! How exciting! As of today, all 900 artworks are either completed or underway! Leanne describes her challenge:
What appealed to me most about this exhibition was the actual “challenge” concept. By having a timeframe and pushing myself to create one piece every day is definitely going to see me step out of my comfort zone.
I plan to spend the time leading up to my “challenge period” exposing myself to as many artistic influences and practices as possible. I am hoping that this will allow me to take more risks within the creative process and explore new subjects with vigour.
August is shaping up to be one of the most exciting months of the year! I will be working in a much smaller space than I am used to so that will be a challenge within itself. I plan to have lots of interesting materials close at hand so that once I get going I will be free to let the ideas flow and see where the process and the challenge will take me. I actually cannot wait.
From Behind Curtain 3, we are excited to announce that Peta Miller has commenced her challenge and will create 30 artworks in 30 days. Peta describes her challenge:
I think the challenge holds some exciting possibilities.
I am thinking to use the challenge, as suggested, to take me out of my comfort zone. For me this would mean exploring a new theme, using some new materials and putting some things on show that are usually reserved for my visual diary. I like the idea of sharing some of the preamble or ‘playing around’ part that is not usually exhibited.
I usually work large so working small is already a challenge for me. I also usually take some time to complete a work so working more quickly will also be challenging but I hope refreshing.
In terms of themes, the kimberley and the Australian landscape generally, have been dominant themes in my work. In this challenge I am thinking to draw on new ideas and sources of inspiration.
Claire Davenhall at the half way mark of her challenge:
The start of the challenge had me thinking and rethinking, just how to create ”thirty somethings” on thirty canvases. My life hasn’t stopped, it’s just been enriched by an inspiring trip to Kalbarri. The work has taken on a new dimension and through the process of editing and re-editing images, new works have appeared.
Now, just over half way through, I’m playing catch up creating my “thirty somethings” which change with every printout, cutting and ripping of the cartridge paper from my sketchbook, which has found new life in the new work.
” A little something for everyone awaits…”
I know that I have used up my 4 posts and my Challenge is complete but just wanted to share this ace card, made by Haidee, that I received from the Montessori children. Thanks folks – I love it!