6: Creditable

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

Collage of Emotions … 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!

Creative Endurance … Peta Miller

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.

Well done!

7: Chord

the simultaneous sounding of a group of musical notes, usually three or more in number

http://forums.chiffandfipple.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=67719It’s not a secret, I am a muso at heart. It comes from learning violin from an early age and continuing on through TEE music. It’s a bit of a tragedy really that the old violin only gets dusted off once in a blue moon.

So why am I delving into my musical past you ask?
The truth of it is, I feel there is an awful lot of synchronicity between music and art. I know, not exactly a ground-breaking revelation. Artists have been waxing lyrical about this for centuries. In fact, isn’t the foghorn picture one of the first examples of this from back in the 1920’s?
http://aesthetic.gregcookland.com/2009/09/doveokeeffe-circles-of-influence-at.html
To me it is a wonderful thing to look at a piece of art and unpick the layers, just like unpicking the individual notes in a chord.
You have the base note, possibly the intent behind the art. The deep emotions connected with the artist and their production. The base note is one which sets the mood, the tone of the piece. Much like we talk about perfumes, it is the base note that sticks with us the longest. As an artist myself (if amateur) it is exactly these base notes that are the most important to me. If I can make someone feel something through my art I have succeeded. As one of my dear friends said to me once “I don’t care if someone doesn’t like what I have created, as long as they have a feeling about it. Nice is not a word I want to hear”.
Next up the chord would be the middle notes. I view these as the form and materials that the artist uses. The paints, or clay. Chalk or fabric. What is it that is going to bring this creation to life? What colours are going to be used? What is the connection between those colours and emotions?
And at last there is the top notes. The sweetest of them all and for me, I like to think of these as the finishing layers of the art. Possibly the final touches and detail on a painting, or the glaze on a piece of clay work. This top note is what you see when you look closely. When you step right up to a painting and look at the brush strokes and the little dabs of colour that might have otherwise escaped your attention.
After picking to pieces the chord, after contemplating the connection, I certainly have convinced myself that this connection is most certainly a strong one.
Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.
Sean O’Casey

Challenger 30: Leanne Fry

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.

8: Continuity

the state or quality of being continuous. Flow, progression…
Thanks to Landscape Designs for this pic http://www.playlsi.com/explore-products/product-lines/freestanding-components/playground-climber-mobius-climber/Pages/Mobius2.aspx
Ahh sweet continuity, where art thou?
I can tell you from this bloggers desk, it ain’t here! I have had my “Mum” hat on this past fortnight with school holidays upon us. No doubt there are a good portion of you, dear readers, who have been in a similar state of turmoil.
What does make me laugh is that we plod through our children’s term times, day by day, wishing for the school holidays. We dream of a peaceful cup of tea in the morning instead of the usual “What do you mean you can’t find a pair of matching socks?” conversation. Of course the reality is vastly different. Is there really such a thing as a peaceful school holidays?
In any case, I am here to blog about continuity, not carry on like a two-bob watch!

Peaceful continuity.

Continuity does not rule out fresh approaches to fresh situations.
Dean Rusk

To me, continuity is part of the cycle of life. I find I often reflect back to how we connect with nature, and how we fit in with it all.

Continuity is essential, it is the one thing that gives us consistency and a definite reference point for our chaotic lives. We can always count on the rising of the sun, the shift of the seasons, the position of the stars in the night sky. We count on the rhythms of life to bring us a sense of grounding and stability.

For our children, there will always be dinner on the table, there will always be clothes to wear and safe places to play. How blessed we are.

So, fellow parents, let us be continuous for our children and relish every moment of chaos in our lives.

Challenger 29: Peta Miller

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.

Cameras, Catch Up and Canvases … Claire Davenhall

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…”