It Was Fabulous!

If you made it along to the 30x30x30 Art Extravaganza over the weekend, I’m sure you will agree with me that the event was spectacular.

I arrived at 5pm with kids and husband in tow. We were immediately staggered at the number of people flocked around the Darlington Hall. The colourful flags and bunting gave such a delightful festive ambiance. There was already a line well established to purchase the art. It struck me that I had better get in to see the exhibition at its finest before it was too late.

As I walked in the door of the Hall I was overcome with pride in the parents from Treetops Montessori School that made this all happen. The works of art displayed were incredible. I was speechless as I milled around from one display of 30 works to the next. Each one captivating me, some speaking deeper to my soul than others.

I was delighted to meet some of the artists who came along to the event. A display such as this almost strips you bare as an artist – 30 days can have a lot of warts. Some days better than others. The challenge of producing a piece a day over a 30 day period is quite something, and each person that contributed ought to be very proud of their achievement.

In particular I was delighted with the artwork put together by the Treetops Artists. Few of us have been formally trained in art, and I think we did pretty well! It was a very humbling experience being a part of something such as this, and having my work displayed amongst very accomplished artists.

As the clock ticked on there were speeches and thanks. The excitement in the air was tangible as the opening of the sale was getting closer.

Then the bell rang…

I was located on the checkout, so only saw the final result of the process. Every person I spoke to was absolutely delighted with their pieces. A highlight for me was meeting the person who bought both of my pieces. I’m not sure who was more excited… her or me!

The community came together from far and wide. There were children, grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters, all a part of the event. Thank you to everyone who came along and supported our School.

Well Done Treetops!

PS – I can’t wait to see some pictures!

 

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1: Countdown

the backward counting in fixed time units from the initiation of a project, as a rocket launching, with the moment of firing designated as zero.

thanks for the pic: http://www.last.fm/music/

Well here we are on the final stretch before the big exhibition this Saturday. The point where all the hard work of the artists and volunteers comes to fruition.

The 30x30x30 Art Challenge is nearly here!

There is a sizzle of excitement around with the organizers buzzing around with last minute lists.The band is organized, the food is planned, the alcohol licenses sorted, t shirts printed, the list goes on and on and on.

Of course their poor brains are doubting with horrible thoughts…”have I ordered enough?” or “are they going to come?” never far from their minds. This of course is silliness…. Of course they are going to come! Who in their right mind would miss out on this incredible show?

The troop of helpers in the wings has grown in the last week, with husbands and friends coming to the rescue for last minute items.

The people who have organised this event are second to none. They have spent hours upon hours of their time bringing this fabulous event together.

I take my hat off to all of you that have participated in bringing this event to life…  you all inspire me.

Don’t forget that the viewing of the entire exhibition opens 5pm there will be people coming from far and wide. To get the full effect of the enormity of this exhibition, make sure to get there on time – the sale starts at 7pm (start lining at 6:45pm) this Saturday the 15th September at the Darlington Hall, Owen Rd, Darlington WA.

There are also the most fabulous booklets for the event with pictures of each piece of art and info on the artists. I will certainly be buying one of these as a reminder of this awesome event.

I am really quite excited about it – can you tell?

Can’t Wait! … Leanne Fry

Leanne Fry on completing her challenge and anticipating the big night on Saturday 15th September, 2012:
Thurdsay 30 August 2012
WOW. I have completed my challenge. What a fantastic/daunting/exciting/amazing time the last 30 days have been.
I really had no idea how much my ideas would “shift” in the time leading up to and commencing the challenge. It was really interesting.
I went into the challenge having exposed myself to lots of different colours, mediums, photos, ideas, tastes, smells and sights so that I was full of inspiration.
I had a few ideas in my Visual diary of concepts and colour schemes. Well, that all went out the window when I started.
What evolved was actually way different to what I had imagined and I am really very happy with the way it all turned out.
I can’t wait until 15th September …

Clocking up the Miles with Peta Miller

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.

Peta Miller

5: Contagious

…tending to spread from person to person
http://marcomhrsay.com/2012/06/11/talent-network-petri-dishes-help-screen-for-balance/
Have you ever heard the term “a germ of an idea”?
The 30x30x30 Art Challenge is one of those ideas. The whole concept of 30 artists (or groups of artists) producing 30 works of art each in a 30 day period is unique and inspiring. So much so, I want to tell everyone about it.
Why are all these artists giving so much of their time and creativity? To help Treetops Montessori School – a little independent school set in Darlington in the Perth Hills (Western Australia). This school is one of the most nourishing environments for a child’s soul that I have ever seen. My children have been lucky enough to have experienced the melting pot of Montessori schooling in this spacious, tree-filled environment. There is room to breathe, play and learn.
This little school has recently benefited from the government stimulus package (thanks Kevin for the low interest loan) and has had a whole new high school building. The high school now has rooms dedicated to science, music and art. This building is fresh, airy and unfortunately quite empty of resources. THIS is why the 30x30x30 Art Challenge came about. If we can give these children opportunity to shine, we will see extraordinary results. The proceeds from the 30x30x30 Art Challenge will go directly to the Arts facilities at Treetops Montessori School.
Thank you dear artists, sponsors and friends who have given so much of their time and efforts to help this little school grow. We hope you can see the benefits you bring in the coming years.

Let this idea be contagious, let people know about this project, let friends and family come and enjoy the exhibition. Let them hear about the opportunity to buy works of art for only $50 a piece. Affordable art for everyone. There is an invitation to the event on facebook – head here to invite your family and friends!

http://www.facebook.com/events/447143868658622/

It is going to be extraordinary.

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.