Art Journaling

I thought I’d try something a bit different and post a video, rather than writing my blog. I loved how immediate the creation of a video is, though I have to say, the upload took a ridiculous amount of time! As always I follow my usual mantra of being “perfectly Imperfect’ and all things considered, I think it turned out really well. Big thanks to Ben for overcoming those sneaky technical issues, that threaten to dampen (or tsunami) my enthusiasm!

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And maybe give art journaling a try, you never know where it might lead!

Exhibition Gratitude

Tired and grateful are the two words that best describe me at the moment. I’ve climbed a personal mountain. I set myself the goal of putting my insecurities aside to create a collection of work and show it.  I hog tied and muzzled my internal critic and committed to the idea that being perfectly imperfect would be enough. I’ve learnt so much along the way. I’ve met kind, generous, talented people like Lynne Pearce at “That Framing Place” in Balmain and photographer Theresa at “Fine Art Imaging”  I’ve been overwhelmed by the love and support from friends, family and total strangers who made time to come to the exhibition, share a glass of wine, their thoughts and their money to encourage and celebrate my efforts. I appreciate every kind word more than you will ever know and I’m excited to continue creating as I’ve got lots of plans in the works! Stay tuned!Beyond The Surface Opening 055IMG_2188 Beyond The Surface Opening 052 Beyond The Surface Opening 054

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When In Rome

More exciting news! My painting ‘Embrace’ has been selected for a group exhibition, showcasing Australian artists to be held in Rome in November 2015. The exhibition is being organised by multi award winning artist and lovely man, Steve McLaren, who dedicates as much time to encouraging fellow artists as he does to his own prolific practice.

My Painting, ‘Embrace’ celebrates the transformation that occurs when we hold something or someone close. Not just a physical act, to truly embrace is an emotional and spiritual experience. To embrace a loved one, a way of life, an ideology and with that embrace to fully engage with the essence of life itself. In this painting, bursts of colour, natural forms and tendrils vie for the viewers’ attention, just as life’s endless distractions pull us in opposing directions. The figures merge and explode with colour and those same natural forms, a reminder that though the modern world would have us believe we are somehow separate and immune to nature, we are in fact intrinsically part of the vast ecosystem called earth. ‘Embrace’ reminds us of the joy of abandon, of surrender to another, or an ‘other’ and in embracing fully, we become part of something greater; more  than we could ever have been on our own.

The EmbraceSixteen other works of mine will accompany ‘Embrace’ in digital form, to be displayed as a slide show for prospective buyers at the gallery in Rome. Fingers crossed the Italians like an Aussie girl’s perspective of the world.

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Fear V Love

I’ve been working hard since I last wrote here. I’m developing skills in photographing and the editing of my artwork, I’ve exhibited my work in several group shows, I’m making new friends with other artists for fun and collaboration, posting on social media, painting, attending workshops, you name it, I’ve been there, pushing, forcing myself into increasingly uncomfortable places, far from my comfort zone.

Growth Has It's Season Gouache and Acrylic on Canvas 12 x 12 inch

Growth Has It’s Season Gouache and Acrylic on Canvas 12 x 12 inches

There always seems to be so much to do and with every step forward, more questions arise! With each new direction, or decision, fear and love my life long companions whisper in each ear, each one fighting to be heard, in an endless battle for supremacy. I know I’m not alone, all of us experience this battle. The further from our comfort zone we get, the louder fear becomes, whispering at first, then nagging like a shrew; “You can’t do it”……… You’re too old, young, fat, stupid, poor, whatever put down perfectly fits our personal repertoire of insecurities. Fear often has the loudest voice as it has shame, guilt and failure as allies, but if we listen closer, beneath fear’s undermining soundtrack, the sweet tones of love sing a different tune. The song of love resonates with our destiny, our greatest passions and desires. The song of love has truth, serendipity, miracles, magic and so much more as allies. The song of love resonates within our cells, harking back to a time when we were new and fearless, when life was a beautiful, safe adventure.
My commitment is to continue to look at opportunities and challenges and make my decisions based on love, not fear. Fear will undermine, doubt and be suspicious of adventure and opportunity, begging us to stay put, to not take risks, to be careful, to ultimately be less. On the other hand, decisions based on love feel exhilarating, like plunging into a cool stream! The energy feels expansive and exciting, still challenging, but somehow, just right.

Communion  Gauche and Acrylic on Canvas12 x 12 Inch

Communion Gouache and Acrylic on Canvas12 x 12 Inch

I’ve got lots of work to put up on the website in a new gallery for 2015, but as I mentioned, there’s so much to do. I’m working on some products for sale and want to get a professional portfolio done for licencing designs and approaching galleries. It would all happen a lot faster, if I could just clone myself!  Anyway, I’ll pop a couple of images up with this post and check me out on instagram @emeljurd to see loads of my drawings and progress images of paintings as well as a few random shots of our new puppy Eddy. Good luck with your challenges and decisions and remember, love, not fear!

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Exhibit

Good morning everyone! (or afternoon, or night)

I have a passion for creating, I’ve done it all my life, in private, in public murals, in work places facilitating groups, community projects, funded extravaganzas, you name it. I have a new creative goal, possibly my most ambitious and personally confronting, it is to exhibit my work. I’ve been actively searching out opportunities and have made it my mission to enter every group show and art prize I am able to, with a view to building up to a solo show.  I’m insecure like most artists, but have been diligently pushing past my insecurities and constantly challenging myself to learn more and get out there. So despite my fears, I exhibited two pieces in the ‘International Women’s Day’ Exhibition at Tap Gallery, in Darlinghurst. The two pieces posted below seemed to me to fit with the theme of International Womens Day best.  The first, ‘Loyalty’, is about the duality of loyalty. It is an incredibly admirable quality, but when exploited by another, can cause such deep pain, confusion and longing. The human figure inside the animal, alludes to a common trait, where we are loyal to others, patiently waiting for recognition, while abandoning our true, inner selves. The other painting, ‘Family Tree’ is an insight into my own childhood. High in our oak tree with my younger brother, I escaped the chaos below, embraced by her strong branches, I tracked the seasons, dreamed, read, gained perspective and felt safe. I can still see her lurid green spring leaves and feel the texture of her rough dark bark. I loved that tree.

It was a really fun opening and I really appreciate the friends and family who attended. For those of you who missed out, don’t worry, I plan to provide lots more opportunities and may at some stage personally harass you to come along! Lol.

Loyalty 18" x 18" Acrylic on Canvas $580

Loyalty 18″ x 18″ Acrylic on Canvas

 

Memory Tree 18" x 18" Acrylic on Canvas $580

Memory Tree 18″ x 18″ Acrylic on Canvas

 

I’ve also put three pieces into the ‘A4 Art Exhibition’, at the Herring Island Gallery, in Melbourne. All pieces in the exhibition are A4 size and all of them are for sale. There will be a huge variety of original work, from loads of talented artists, so if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, (or on any of the dates listed below) pop on down. I’ve attached the flyer with all the details below. The image turned out really small and distorts if I enlarge it, so I provided a screen shot, so you can read the details. It’s run by the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria, so if you want more details, check out their website at  www.contemporaryartsociety.org.au

 

Herring Island A4 Exhibition

 

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Will keep you posted with my next creative exploits and I hope my honesty about my journey encourages others to be brave, create and share your talents with others.

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Transforming. A Life Long Journey

I started a new painting yesterday and as always, as I paint, I think. I got to thinking about the struggle to remain positive and focused in a world that bombards us all with images of horror and has a vested interest in selling us the lie that we are not enough, we don’t have enough.  “They” say we need to work harder, to be and have a whole lot more than we currently are and have, so possibly in a far off point, in a distant future, we can rest and “Be” as opposed to do ( read: buy, diet, nip, tuck, climb the ladder, live in a better suburb, bigger house, do Yoga, eat Paleo, Macro, Raw, Organic) So here’s the scoop, I’m not perfect and neither is anything or anyone. Lets set ourselves free for the real journey.

The point of this brief rant is that we can transform this sense of lack and less-than-ness. Instead of focusing on who you are not, be who you are. Be it till your muscles ache and your face hurts, till the tears stream down your face and your heart feels like it will explode, till you’re so far out on a limb you’re flapping in the breeze. Because when you do this, you will see all the other crazy dreamers and schemers smiling and waving from their limbs, laughing in the wind and staring down at the tiny ants of worry and what-if’s down below.

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