24 May 2011

Sketch for Browns Bay mosaic artwork

This is the sketch I did yesterday, for one of the artworks I intend to create for the NZAG Annual Members Exhibition. In line with the theme of the exhibition ("Our Future"), it will be called "Living in Browns Bay", as this is the future that my husband and I are looking forward to.

23 May 2011

Exhibition opportunity means rescheduling priorities

The NZ Art Guild's Annual Members Exhibition is at the end of July, at the Mairangi Arts Centre - the theme of the exhibition is "Our Future". This is a fantastic opportunity to show case my polymer clay mosaic work, at the venue where I am hoping (in the future) to be able to teach some polymer clay workshops.

However, I will have to create some new mosaic artworks, as so far I have only done the six trial pieces experimenting with different mosaic styles. My problem is the limited amount of time. I have applied to have half a panel (rather than a whole one) and intend to do two artworks, in quite different styles for variety. I am going to have to work every spare minute I have to be able to complete these two pieces in time. (It is always better to submit pieces for an exhibition that you have already done - but it never seems to be that way with me!).

In order to make as much creative time available as I can, to meet the exhibition deadline, I will need to re-prioritise my work plan for the next two months. This basically means delaying the opening of my Etsy shop, which I am rescheduling to be sometime in August. The goals I set myself at the beginning of the year, to achieve during 2011, included setting up an online shop - but even if this is not done until August, it will still be done this year. 

09 May 2011

Back in New Zealand...and feeling inspired

I have so missed this view, which I see at the end of the passageway when walking from the main shopping street to our apartment. I think it will be the inspiration for my first polymer clay mosaic artwork. Having just returned from a 16 day trip to the UK, I am now eager to get back to my polymer clay – it is nearly half way through the year and I have so much to do, if I am going to achieve all the goals I set myself at the beginning of the year.

This is me reminiscing, eating Yorkshire puddings in Yorkshire. While back in the UK for my step-daughter’s wedding, I had a great time catching up with family and friends. The weather was fantastic for the whole trip, which was a bonus as all the driving about was a little tiring, but it did feel homely coming back to Browns Bay, here in New Zealand.