30 September 2013

Alla Prima Artist Research

Research Artists who used quick and spontaneous methods or style: 

J.M.W. Turner
 Joseph Mallord William Turner, RA was a British Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker
John Constable
 John Constable was an English Romantic painter. Born in Suffolk, he is known principally for his landscape paintings of Dedham Vale, the area surrounding his home—now known as "Constable Country"—which he invested with an intensity of affection.
Claude Monet
 Claude Monet was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement's philosophy of expressing one's perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.
Edgar Degas 
 Edgar Degas; born Hilaire-Germain-Edgar De Gas; was a French artist famous for his paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings. He is especially identified with the subject of dance; more than half of his works depict dancers
Mary Cassatt
Mary Stevenson Cassatt was an American painter and printmaker. She lived much of her adult life in France, where she first befriended Edgar Degas and later exhibited among the Impressionists.
Verhe Morisot
John Peter Russell
John Peter Russell was an Australian impressionist painter.
Edouard Vuillard
Jean-Édouard Vuillard was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Nabis

Heidelberg painters - 9" x 5" Exhibition

Post Impressionists: Van Gogh, and the Fauves
 Vincent Willem van Gogh was a post-Impressionist painter of Dutch origin whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art

Australian artists from 1915 to 1940s: 

Grace Cossington Smith,  
 Grace Cossington Smith AO OBE was an Australian artist and pioneer of modernist painting in Australia and was instrumental in introducing Post-Impressionism to her home country. Examples of her work are held by every major gallery in Australia
Clarice Beckett,
Clarice Majoribanks Beckett was an Australian painter born in Casterton, Victoria. Her works are featured in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of South Australia.
Arthur Boyd,  
 Arthur Merric Bloomfield Boyd, AC OBE was a leading Australian painter of the late 20th century. Boyd's work ranges from impressionist renderings of Australian landscape to starkly expressionist figuration, and many canvases feature both.
Albert Tucker 
- his work is lively with vibrant colours, see his painting of Joy Hester below.
John Perceval (I'm not inspired by his work at all)  
John de Burgh Perceval AO was a well-known Australian artist. Perceval was the last surviving member of a group known as the Angry Penguins who redefined Australian art in the 1940s. 
then later painters such as:  
John Olsen  
John Henry Olsen, AO, OBE is an Australian artist. Olsen's primary subject of work is landscape.

and the English painters:
- Frank Auerbach 
 Frank Helmut Auerbach is a painter born in Germany. He has been a naturalised British citizen since 1947.
- Leon Kossoff 
 is a British expressionist painter, known for portraits, life drawings and cityscapes of London, England. Kossoff was born in 1926 in Islington, London, and spent most of his early life living there with his Russian Jewish parents. Similar to Auerbach in style, but I find his work morbid.

Frank Auerbach

Frank Helmut Auerbach is a painter born in Germany. He has been a naturalised British citizen since 1947.


Finally I start to come alive and feel inspired. I was really struggling with getting my exercises done, e.g. when i attempted to sketch or paint my still life scenes, I was overwhelmed and became quickly disappointed. Then I became blocked and felt I could not do it, I could not possibly succeed or manage the projects. 
I feel greatly inspired after seeing Frank Auerbach's portraits, and I feel more confident to continue with my paintings. I am starting to understand the importance of why I am studying and also how the emotions work and sometimes block me from moving forward.

Joy Hester

Joy St Clair Hester was an Australian artist who played an important, though sometimes underrated, role in the development of Australian modernism.

  I was also inspired and motivated by Joy Hester's portraits because of the relative 'simplistic' appearance. And I am motivated because I like/want to paint in this style, but didn't trust myself


Vincent Willem van Gogh 

A post-Impressionist painter of Dutch origin whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art



Albert Tucker

Albert Lee Tucker, was an Australian artist, and member of the Heide Circle, a group of modernist artists and writers that centred on the art patrons John and Sunday Reed.

                                                                                 Tucker's portrait of Joy Hester

I chose these two paintings of Albert Tucker because of the bright colours he used.

Clarice Beckett

Clarice Majoribanks Beckett was an Australian painter born in Casterton, Victoria. Her works are featured in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of South Australia.


These 2 paintings remind me of Wallace Street and the Channel and the 'Working with Time - external' exercise I still have to do.

24 August 2013


The scariest moment is always just before you start.  
~ Stephen King

21 July 2013


While I eagerly await the start of my Units, I am exploring all the Study Skills and Resources that could help me get back in the swing of studying!

First up, a look at my Goals and Objectives for studying:

Long Term Goal:

I want to complete my Bachelor of Fine Arts and Visual Culture by December 2016.

Short term Goal:

I want to complete the 2 Units I am enrolled in with good marks - minimum Distinctions!

Study Plan

Resource: OUA Link - https://www.open.edu.au/content/documents/study-item/Study_timetable.pdf


What does it take to succeed, at study or as an artist?

Visualising your goals, seeing yourself succeed and having a good plan to follow!

Successful Artists…

A recent survey of practicing Visual Artists gave some interesting results; just the sort of information you need to know to be ahead of the game in Art!

The question was posed as “What are the top things you need to succeed in Art?” 
Some of you would probably think of a top level Education from the right institution, nope... that didn’t rate, how about the ability to sell? Nope not that one either, how about a big stash of cash… nope..... business skills nah, not that either.
Here’s the list:
  • Confidence
  • Courage
  • Focus
  • Faith in yourself
  • Trust in the creative process
  • Going with your “gut” feelings
  • Play, make mistakes, surprise yourself, lighten up
Further down the list came these.
  • Self Motivation
  • Discipline
  • Organisation
  • Daily creative practice
  • Openness to change
  • Viewing things from a different perspective
A great list of things to know and develop. So how will you go about building your skills in each of these areas to ensure you are doing all you can to be a successful Visual Artist? Perhaps start by reading more on the subject and finding out how best to develop those skills.

Some more tips and Articles on 'What it takes to be a successful Artist' can be found below:

5 Common Traits of Successful Artists:  

by Lori McNee Artist
  1. Art is the core of their lives. These artists wake up and go to sleep thinking about art. They carve out time in their day making art or marketing it. (In fact, for these artists, there seems to be no clear distinction between the creativity of making and marketing.) If they have a full-time job, it is secondary in their minds to art and mostly a means to and end. Their  real job  is being an artist.
  2. Successful artists understand how business works in the art world. Successful artists understand the entrepreneurial aspects of making a living as an artist. When they encounter something new or unusual on the business side, they investigate and learn to do it or delegate the task. They know the value of relationships and network in person and through social media.
  3. Successful artists have a strong work ethic. They  manage themselves, their creative energy and resources. They balance the time to produce art and to market it. Whatever rhythm of working they choose, they stick to it. Whether these artists enjoy the business tasks or not, they know they must be done  and they do them without complaint or resentment.
  4. Successful artists are resilient. They know that success does not happen overnight – it requires hard work. These artists understand that things don t always work out the way they expect. When they make mistakes, they focus on solutions, not on regrets. They  learn from experience and experiment to improve on any success they have.
  5. Successful artists spend time only with people who are 100% supportive of their art career. They limit their time and emotional involvement with people who are negative   especially about art as a career choice. If people close to them have the skills and inclination to be more directly involved in their art career, the artist can produce more and better. Successful artists do not allow unsupportive people to be an obstacle to their plans for success.

 10 Habits of Successful Artists

By Geoffrey Gorman
By analyzing and looking at the careers of other successful artists I have identified the habits that help them succeed. When you meet professional artists, take some time to note which of these habits they practice. If you start concentrating and incorporating these successful habits into your life on a consistent basis, you will see positive results and benefits.

1. Visualize Succeeding at Your Goals. Visualize succeeding at your goals. Once your goals are clear and you can break them down into effective strategies, walk through them step by step in your mind. This will not only help you prepare for each step along the way, but it will also guarantee arrival at your destination.

2. Get Regular Reviews on Your Work from Your Peers. Start making it a habit to invite artists whom you respect and admire to your studio to see your work. This should be done at least once a month, if not more often. At some point, when you have your network of peers set up, you won't even think about having to find artists to invite to your studio.
When you start inviting professional artists to your studio, you will find they can give you critical reviews of your work. An honest, sincere, accurate critique can be very important to your growth as a professional artist. Another reason to have your peers visit your studio is that they are a great source of information on the "trade." One artist I know has lunch at least once a week with another professional artist. This is his way of staying connected to the art world outside his studio. Both artists are able to compare notes about the art world, hear and discuss other exhibition opportunities, and learn from each other.

3. Review Your Goals On a Regular Basis. At least once a month, review your short- and long-term goals. Do this by keeping the goal sheet in the front of a notebook or diary that you use regularly.
When you open your notebook, look at and review your goals. By doing this on a regular basis, you will find that your goals are familiar, realistic, and approachable. Your goals will become something to achieve instead of something to avoid. They will help you make the small and large decisions that are so important to achieving your success. Remember to go back to your goals when you are having a tough time deciding what to do. If they are clear, they will help you make wise career choices.
After some time has gone by and you have achieved some of your goals, you will find that you may need to change and adapt them. Some of your long-term goals will drop into the slot left over from achieving your short-term goals. Changing and adapting goals is part of the process as you grow through the different stages of your career.

4. Maintain Your Support Material. Get into the habit of updating your support material at least every three months. Your support material consists of your resume, artist statement, biography, recent articles in the press, and photography of recent work. The best way to store your resume, artist statement, and biography is on a computer. If you don't have your own computer get your material stored on a disk that you can take to a duplicating business or to a computer center. Your support material also includes labeled slides of recent work along with an inventory sheet that has retail prices on it.
You should have a filing system that makes all of these parts of your packet easily available so that you can assemble a packet within 10 minutes at most. This material should be at your fingertips. At all times you should have at least five copies of your resume, artist statement, and press. A three-ring notebook is a good way to store your original master list of slides, along with duplicated sheets of labeled slides.
As you become more involved in your career, you will run into situations in which you need to get your support material out in a hurry. Always have Priority Mail or Federal Express envelopes available for overnight and second-day delivery. When your material is updated, well organized, and easily accessible, it will make your professional life a lot easier. You will also be better prepared to explore different opportunities because you will know that you have this material in a presentable form and ready to go.

5. Thank People Who Help You. The art world can be pretty unforgiving. It sometimes seems as if you can expect only rejection. In the face of discouragement, we may forget to thank the people who have been helpful or have given us time in their busy lives to find out what we do. One museum curator mentioned that artists never thanked him for the exhibitions of their work he organized and put together. They just wanted him to show more of their work. He felt that the arts community did not support him, and that made him bitter.
Start getting into the habit of writing thank you notes to everyone you meet and work with, such as collectors who are interested and buy your work, dealers you show your portfolio to and dealers who show your work, arts writers who write about your work, and other people who intersect with your career. This habit can make a big difference to other people and requires very little effort on your part.
Always have a stack of postcards with your image on it ready to use for thank you notes. People will remember a thank you note, they will appreciate your thoughtfulness, and you will develop a wider group of supporters.

6. Be Creative. Georgia O'Keeffe said serious artists always have three shows painted and ready to go. This sounds like a lot of inventory to have sitting around, but this concept has several important ideas behind it.
If an artist does, in fact, have enough work available for three one-person exhibitions, it means he or she is very prolific. To have three shows in your studio means you are creating consistent work, which is exactly what collectors, dealers, and museum curators want to see in an artist.
Besides being prolific, having three shows available means that you can jump on opportunities that arise with little notice. I run into many situations in which artists are able to secure exhibitions mainly because they have work available. Similarly, I have seen opportunities lost because nothing was ready to go.
One way to have enough work in the studio is to make a commitment to produce a certain amount of work per month. Figure out what that minimum amount might be. Consider where your work is going right now and how much more you would need to produce to keep a certain amount of inventory in your studio for the next opportunity.

7. Travel & Explore. Several years ago I ran a series of panel discussions entitled "Strategies for Artists in the '90s." One of the panelists, an artist who lives in Santa Fe, had exhibited his work throughout the United States. When asked for a tip for artists, he said the most important thing that he did for his career was travel. He felt that it was critical for artists to investigate other areas, rather than just remaining where they live. I know many artists feel isolated in their studios; travel can be a way for artists to become re-energized. It also reinforces the idea that the art world is very large and interconnected.
As you plan your travel consider how you can maximize your time. Research the galleries, museums, and alternative spaces that seem appropriate for your work. When you arrive, spend time in them and see what they are like. Do you like the art, the space, the employees, the location? Gallery dealers often complain that artists do not know what kind of work they handle before approaching them.
When you visit new places find out the procedure for exhibiting your work. Always pick up the local arts and entertainment publications. These will often have information and suggestions on shows and events that you may not be aware of.
One artist I know loves to travel. He has planned exhibitions in several of his favorite cities so that he can write off the expenses! Now that's making your career work for you!

8. Make Art Donations. Artists are always the first people to be asked for donations of artwork. Most nonprofit and arts organizations raise funds by auctioning donated art. Donating art can be very helpful to artists who are at a point in their career when the uppermost need is to get their work out into the community. For these artists, fund-raising events can be useful. However, every artist reaches a time when he or she needs to be increasingly selective about donations for benefits and auctions. So remember, donating art for fund-raising events is a useful way to bring your work before the public, to build up your resume, and to make important contacts in the community. But you invariably will reach a time when you will stop giving your work away to these types of events.
Museum donations are another matter. Few museums have large budgets for buying art. At least two thirds of museum collections come from donations by artists, collectors, foundations, or businesses. Most museums will accept donations from artists directly. However, for those museums that are restricted from accepting art directly from an artist, you can contact one of your collectors and give that collector a piece to donate. It is worth it to you in the long run.
There are several reasons for getting into the habit of making donations to museums. The most obvious reason is to build up your resume, and nothing looks more impressive than a long list of museum collections that have your work. A less obvious reason for a donation to a museum is to introduce your artwork and yourself to the museum's curators. As you go through the process of contacting curators, following up and helping them select a piece of your work, you will get to know them and even develop a relationship with them. What an effective way to expand your circle of contacts in the art world! An artist I worked with recently made a donation to a museum and by the time she was done with the process, she has been invited to show her work at the museum.
After you have donated a piece to a museum, do not be shy about asking for a personal tour of the collection. Most curators are proud to show it to you. Also make sure that their library has an updated file on you.

9. Know the Key Players. Have you ever noticed that successful artists know who the key people in the art world are? They may not be big buddies, but they are aware of the important collectors, influential gallery dealers, the current museum directors and curators, and the active arts critics and writers. This acquaintance didn't happen because of their success. Rather, it created their success. These artists know the importance of relationships, especially in the art world, which is a surprisingly small world built upon networking and friendships based on similar interests and mutual respect.
If you want to be a successful artist, it is important for you, too, to know who the key arts people are. As you progress with your career you will need to interact with them at one time or another. You can't afford to take the attitude that people will seek you out because your work is so interesting. There are many active, ambitious artists who already know how important good relationships are to their career, and they, too, are seeking the attention of these key players.
There are many opportunities to meet and get to know the important players. You meet them by attending openings, lectures, presentations, and classes. Consider becoming a volunteer or docent at a local museum. You will meet the museum staff along with the collectors who visit. Use these opportunities to expand your acquaintances. Know who the key players are and, soon enough, they will know who you are.

10. Read Trade Journals. Whenever I read an art publication or a trade journal devoted to art, I find at least one important item to add to my store of information. These magazines bring an overview of the whole art world right into your studio-and they are chock full of the kinds of facts, opinions, and analyses that will keep you up-to-date in your chosen profession.
Even the advertising in these magazines can be critical to your career, because by perusing the ads, you can determine what kind of work interests art consultants, private dealers, galleries, and museums. The editorials and feature articles keep you apprised of new opportunities as well as the names of key players at various institutions.
There are many different publications, so make sure to familiarize yourself with many of them in order to decide which will be most helpful to you. Be sure to read art magazines that are specific to your work, whether it is painting, prints, sculpture, photography, or crafts. And don't neglect the many newsletters in your field.
Regional art publications are another resource that should not be neglected. For example, on the West Coast, there is Art Week, and in the South there is ART Paper, and in New England there is ART New England. By reading these magazines, you will keep up with art events and active artists, dealers, and museums in your area. Finally, the national and international art publications keep you connected to the art world in the United States and throughout the world, without your having to travel to major cities.
Geoffrey Gorman, a former gallery director, attended the Maryland Institute of Art and the Boston Museum School. Five years ago he founded GG+A, an artist career development firm that works with artists individually and through workshops.
This article was originally created for TheArtBiz.com. It appears on NYFA Interactive courtesy of the Abigail Rebecca Cohen Library.

Set yourself a 'Five Year Plan'

How to Become a Successful Artist – The Five Year Plan

by Rachel Rolseth

Year 1: Create comprehensive marketing materials

Your marketing materials should include a website that looks and feels like you (and your art), business cards, letterhead, brochures, everything. All of it should match and look beautiful, with words that emotionally inspire people to want to hire you or buy from you.
Probable investment? $5,000. Yes, it’s a lot. . . but find a way to save up, because it’s an investment in yourself, and it will pay off down the road.
After all, if your website feels like a hobbyist site it doesn’t matter how good of an artist you are. No one wants to hire a hobbyist, at least not for legitimate wages.

Year 2: Build relationships

Jump into social networking, start putting together a database of contacts, and have in-person meetings with potential buyers.
You should also begin showing people the marketing materials you created, and start a regular email newsletter to keep your fan base up-to-date on your latest projects.

Years 3 and 4: Switch to a part time job

Or just back off from your regular job a little bit and do more on the art side of things whenever you can. The first two years are investing years—years 3 and 4 are the years when you build up your art business until it can support you.

Year 5: Quit your day job and work on art full time

Sounds good, right? Well, you’ll only get to year 5 if you start at the beginning.
Building a website and creating professional marketing materials is imperative because it tells people you’re serious. That’s why you HAVE to do it first.
With Corey’s five year plan ringing in my ears, I set off to work. I ordered my business cards and letterhead. I hired a professional photographer to take pictures of my art. I had a website designed.
I did everything as cheaply as I could but still had to dip in to my savings a bit. Did it cost me a lot of money? You bet your hat it did. But was it worth it? Undoubtedly.

[Read more at: http://emptyeasel.com/2010/09/28/how-to-become-a-successful-artist-the-five-year-plan/]

Here's more of what you have to learn in order to become successful as an artist:

► How to talk and write about your art in ways people understand, regardless of how little or how much they know about art.
► How to price your art and answer questions about your prices.
► How to make people appreciate your art and feel like it's worth owning.
► How to respond when people criticize your art.
► How to know when you have enough art and enough of a selection to start showing and selling.
► How to show your art in ways that make it appealing to potential buyers.
► How to document your art in ways that increase its appeal to potential buyers.
► How to make sure that anyone who's interested in your art is able to buy something, regardless of how little or how much they have to spend.
► How to sell your art outside of the gallery system.
► How to sell your art if it's not the kind of art that galleries sell.
► How to find markets for your art outside of the gallery system.
► How to barter or trade your art for goods or services.
► How to present yourself and your art in ways that don't sabotage your opportunities to make sales.
There are as many ways to sell art and become successful as an artist as there are artists. And each and every one of those ways is OK. Never forget this.
[Read More at: http://www.artbusiness.com/wannafame.html]

18 July 2013


After a long break, looks like I'm getting ready to go back again....
I have just enrolled in 2 Units of Painting to start in SP3!!!

Painting: Strategies and Materials


This unit is designed to develop your capacity for research-based enquiry into skills, techniques, methods and processes of painting.
You will develop research methods through relevant examples of historical and contemporary art practices in painting.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  1. identify methods and processes appropriate to a chosen visual art specialism
  2. apply skills and  techniques central to a chosen visual art specialism
  3. effectively communicate the research process to a group of peers using art specific technical terms
  4. originate and critically analyse responses to set projects.  

Painting: Concept and Process

  •  VSW22


This unit is designed to develop your capacity for research-based enquiry into skills, techniques, methods and processes of visual art that takes into account international and cultural contexts.
You will be introduced to a wide range of skills and concepts relevant to painting. You will gain a foundation of knowledge through consideration of examples of historical and contemporary practices in painting. 

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:
  1. innovatively apply knowledge of skills, techniques and methods to the process of studio practice within a specified conceptual framework
  2. critically evaluate studio practice and production techniques in order to generate experimental processes
  3. originate and critically analyse responses to set projects
  4. propose, test and evaluate new ideas or ways of working.

Study Resources

These units are delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Audio/Video conferencing
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links