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!

Til next time,
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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.

Till next time,

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Spring

Spring 24" x 36"  $ 1, 200

Spring 24″ x 36″

I wanted to share this painting I recently finished called ‘Spring’. In it I wanted to express the intensity of spring, as Mother Nature bursts to life, exploding with colour and new growth in this fantastical garden of earth. It also represents a personal spring, when creativity suddenly bursts to life again after a period of emptiness. During the creative winter, art is perseverance, patience and work, waiting for the spark to once again ignite. Suddenly that creative spring arrives from nowhere and you ride that energy, sketch madly, paint every chance you can and scrawl notes in the dark as ideas bounce about keeping sleep at bay. I hope spring brings creative life to you all in whatever way is meaningful to you.

Till next time, Share the Love!