Saturday, October 19, 2013

things just keep happening !

Things haven't been quiet or boring after the mural competition in Katikati (see previous post)  Straight after I had a full week of busy busy kids-school-holiday classes at the studio AND looking for another house for us to call home. Then the new schoolterm started this week with all the regular classes starting (7 all in all and, yes, thanks we found a home, so now we are packing seriously !) 

Last night saw the grand opening of the Incubator in the Historic village 
(you know where I helped painting the Day of the Dead piano a few weeks ago - see post HERE too) I hope the photos will be posted soon, it was awesome ! There was music, drums, fire poi dancing, the place was buzzing !!! My painting "Specimen#14" is in their first exhibition called "Cell division" Check it out !

Today I will be packing a big box of mainly driftwood goodies to go over to my friends workshop gallery "Off the Bench" again for next long weekend 
  which means I need to seriously start making new ones for my own studio/gallery. If you are in NZ and are looking for some, check out the stockists list HERE Also I will be delivering my "Rosalita" to Lightwave Gallery today. She will be part of their Day of the Dead Exhibit (to open Thursday 24th, yes that is next week already !) No rest for the wicked huh ? Will try to keep you all updated with all the latest news, because more is brewing...

Monday, October 07, 2013

a busy week

Mural theme:"cultural encounters"
 What a week ! I learned heaps, it was great ! it was a busy busy week, with lots of interruptions from visitors (we painted live for 5 days) it was hard work to get the mural finished in time and I would have liked another day. I saw the mural different in my mind, so I know for next time. Yes I would do it all again ..... if they'll have me, I'll enter in two years time again. The town of Katikati is wonderful and the people so friendly and welcoming. I was lucky enough to be working in the same space with the winner, a professional scenic painter who of course is very much used to paint large scale and planning her works, something I struggled with. I have only ever done some stage backdrops for schools and although they were bigger, they were so different from this work. I need to learn to plan and break up these kinds of jobs into the set time that is given. As an emotional painter who usually just paints until it feels right to stop, I felt pushed to cut of at the set finishing time. An experience like no other though and that what it all is about too. Onto the next project ! (and I'll be practicing with that paint a little more as well, was allowed to take the leftover pots home)
"We are all beautiful like us"

a wink to my heritage: signature in the windmill

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

resene paint and projects

I seem to be painting quite a bit with Resene paint lately (they are generous sponsors of these kind of projects) First the piano project which was so much fun ! More about this project here at the Incubator's site and a photo album HERE of this amazing project, cannot wait to see them in action ! And now I am painting with this paint again in the Katikati mural contest this week, see the photo album HERE. Needless to say I am rather busy and will make a more elaborate post after this week is over :)