A note from my studio.
I am now a Grandmother to a beautiful little girl, Chloe Violet. She is my daughter Bec (frankiebella) and Matt’s first baby and she is adorable.
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Deciding to take up painting classes can be exciting and scary at the same time. What if I am no good? All artists have natural talent! I don’t have a natural talent. Learning to paint is difficult and stressful. I don’t know what materials to buy. My first drawing was hopeless, I am giving up. These are some of the thoughts that most artists have when they’re just starting out. Learning something new can be very challenging, especially if you are very competent at the job you currently do or the hobby you have, you don’t have to think too hard it just comes easily. When you begin to learn something new you may become stressed, annoyed or frustrated. It is more difficult than you thought, you probably have not experienced these feelings for a while.
It would be a lot easier to give up right now and comfortably revert back to doing the things that don’t make you feel this way. Some tips that might help you are; be kind to yourself – remember ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, not many artist pick up a brush for the first time and create amazing paintings. Be patient – ‘practice makes perfect’, most artist work very hard to produce their paintings.
There is a lot of research, planning and experimentation that goes into a great painting. Keep all of your drawings and paintings and date them. It is good to look back over your earlier work to see the progress that you have made. Invest in the best materials that you can afford, it does make a difference. Experiment with different mediums, you may find that a particular medium is easier for you to use and you like it better. Try to connect with other artists, it is very inspiring and motivational. You can always share tips and ideas with each other.
Love and peace,
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Guest Artist – Jasmine Mansbridge
I’m pleased to introduce another Western District artist, Jasmine Mansbridge, who moved to Hamilton four years ago with her family. Jasmine has had many successes with her beautiful, vibrant paintings, most recently she held a solo exhibition at the RSIST Gallery in Prahran, Melbourne, and last year exhibited at the Art Expo in New York. Jasmine kindly answered a few questions to give you some insight into her inspirations and career so far.
Now you’re based in Hamilton, will we be seeing elements of the Western District in your work?
While my husband grew up in Hamilton I actually spent most of my life living in Katherine in the Northern Territory, leaving when I was 25. I moved here with my husband Shaun four years ago, after he started working with Kerr & Co as a stock agent, prior to that we were living in rural NSW. I must say that my surroundings seem to always affect my paintings, but probably in ways that are too subtle for others to tell. The first body of work I did when I moved here was definitely influenced by the Western District, but even more so by the coastline along Warrnambool. I love Tower Hill which is kind of a real life example of some of the forms in my paintings. I have just finished a work on paper series and that has taken me back to these simple abstract “landscapes”.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
Mostly I am painting about feelings, the things that I get stuck thinking about, and the beauty and complexity of all that is around me. I often visualise how these “feelings” would look. If I was a house or a structure, how would I tell my story? So, for me inspiration is everywhere. I am a sensitive person and painting has long been a way for me to process the ups and downs of life.
Describe a career highlight, so far
Definitely having a solo exhibition in New York last year, (March 2013). It was a big learning curve and great exposure. I could have said no for many reasons, but I said yes and it was an amazing, challenging, expanding experience. You have to pursue worthwhile opportunities, they generally don’t just come to you!
What advice would you give to aspiring artists?
It’s hard to be an artist if you aren’t obsessive about what you do. If you want to be an artist, start by doing something about it every day. I paint most days for at least an hour or two. That way I am always aware of the material all around me. Don’t worry about criticism or rejection, you will get plenty of both. You won’t be everybody’s “cup of tea”, but you are sure to be somebody’s. Be persistent and be unique with what you do, and just keep going and practising and you will eventually find your niche.
Jasmine also writes a wonderful blog on her artistic inspiration and other musings, you can read it here. For more information visit Jasmine’s website or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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