Immanence

img_4970An exhibition of my new work entitled “immanence” opens on the 19th of November at Gallery 503 from 6- 8 pm at 503 Balmain Rd Rozelle. The show is on till the 29th of November. Pop in and say hello.

Layered Creations

I’ve been creating videos again! I’ve been posting my layered creations on a variety of social media platforms and had some requests to show my process. I always love to encourage others to create, so I’m in the process of making a series of videos that show some of the steps to creating my layered colourful creations.

This is part 2 in the series, you can see part one on my You Tube channel Emel Jurd.

Hope you’re inspired.

and as always,

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2016: Keep Creating

It’s a bit late, but what the heck! I like to keep my New Years resolutions simple so I can reapply them every time I fall off the resolution wagon. This year’s is no different and follows the extremely successful resolution of 2015, which was CREATE! In 2016 my resolution is KEEP CREATING! 

I know it sounds like I’m cheating, just rehashing last year’s resolution, but it’s truely not. One of the challenges of being a creative person is that you can’t stop. I mean obviously you can, but if you do, it’s so hard to get going again. So while 2015 was a great year, with my paintings being exhibited in Rome, having a successful exhibition at the Gauge Gallery, winning second place in an art prize and having my work shown in another 8 or more group shows, I really need to keep building on that momentum.

  
Wild  Mixed media on paper

Keeping on track can be hard. It can often feel like the world is conspiring against you. Everything starts to look like it’s just as important as everything else. Kids, house, work, exhibitions, projects, the fact that the bathroom needs renovating before it falls apart……….all of it begging for immediate attention. I find making a plan is good. I make lists most days and tick things off as I go and if I get distracted, I go back to my list. So simple, yet so effective! I also create a collaged vision board  with all my major goals for the year on it. I put it next to my bed, so it encourages (or taunts) me every morning. All this discipline, lists and the like sounds very un- arty, but it’s actually really helpful. It keeps me on track and stops the innumerable distractions of life from hijaking the day and wasting energy that could be channeled into the big life plan. You know, the “why I’m really here” plan. We all have them and they’re as varied as we are and they need to be on the top of the list! 

  Underwater Romance  Mixed media on paper.
Anyway, before I start preaching, if you’re struggling with staying on track, or even getting started on something that really matters to you, give some of these ideas a go. Make a space in life for the big plan, whatever yours is, work toward it in some way, every day and KEEP CREATING! 

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Turning My Art Into Fabric

I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve posted anything in my blog. Travelling for the best part of November, then the whole Christmas/New Year adventures, throw in school holidays and repainting our living areas at home and bingo, it’s nearly the end of January!
I have managed to create some new work while the kids have been off school and have a group show opening on the 2nd of Feb. at the new Tap Gallery.(My first for the year)!
I’ve also created some gorgeous fabrics using my paintings and drawings and I’ll share a bit about the process and outcomes in the attached video.
I hope you find it inspiring!

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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

Till next time

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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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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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