I was resident photographer for the RAS Artist of the Year opening and what a great day it was at Art at Linden Gate. Julie Fenton was overall winner with Packing Room Prize to to John North and commendations to Anne Saglietti, Kay Tobin and Yvonne de Valle.
Well what a lovely day to celebrate art, the sun was shining, birds were singing their praises, delicious wines were enjoyed, family and friends were catching up and all at the beautiful setting of Dogridge Winery in Mclaren Flat. All four artists (Jen Wright, Margot Solomon, Emily Solomon and yours truly) sold work which made the day even better.
If you didn't get a chance to see the show it runs until Monday 23rd of September. Remember by buying art you are not only helping a small business (the artist) you are adding to the culture and happiness of your life and many others.
Well another T.V. interview under my belt, I am beginning to enjoy this small taste of media spotlight. Check out the interview on: http://www.festivalfishbowl.com/
For a long time now I have wanted to make my art environmentally friendly but I just didn't know what direction to take. I have done basic things like reduce my engery and water comsumption but that wasn't enough. What I really wanted to get involved with was somehow tackling the problem of waste. I dabbled with the idea of joinging or remoulding various plastics to create something beautiful but it all looked like shit so I gave up and went back to my painting. Recently I came up with the idea of embedding this plastic into my work. So I dabbled again and this time there was some success. I have now locked in an exhibition in Adelaide in March 2013 that involves this process in some way. So now I am commited to continue this journey of waste rebeautification.
Four Birds Waiting
Sold this painting at the Art4All art show at Fairfield Primary School today. There is still all of today and tomorrow to check out great art work, craft and enjoy the family fun events.
I sold one painting at the the Ringwood Art Society Judged competion in July as well as getting a 2nd place and sold another painting at the Camart Show that finished last weekend. YEAH!
Check out this You Tube link done by groovey T.V. show "Chicks World" on Ch 31. They are interviewing me about an up and coming art fundraiser for Plans "Because I am a Girl" global campaign designed to fight gender inequality and promote girls’ rights in order to lift millions of girls out of poverty.
or you can check out the facebook page below
While on an art excursion with a good friend I am asked by said friend if I had ever read "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron to which I replied "No but I would love to". We had just come out of a great exhibition on William Kentridge at ACMI and were heading towards the Atrium in Fed. Square when we noticed a second hand book sale. "Perhaps we might find the book here" we both say and I proceed to ask the lady behind the make shift stall if she has the book but before she can answer my friend has already found it. We are both very excited but the price puts me off a bit, my bank balance is low and even though it is not expensive it is not cheap either. So sensing my reservations my friend suggests I open the book to a random page and see if it "speaks to me" which is does. $15 dollars later I am the proud owner of a book that has already put in motion some positive changes to my creative life.
Now even though I am a practising artist I am not full time and my wish has always been to create art works for living without any reliance on another income. This has not been the easiest journey and at times I have wondered if I could ever be a full time artist. However once I began reading "The Artists Way" small but postive changes have taken place and given me real hope that this dream will one day, very soon, be a reality.
Hi I am Janicke Johansen an artist, teacher and all around nice gal, well on most days.