If you are in the Brisbane vicinity you may want to make your way to the The MET to the RAW Next Event. It'll be a fantastic spectacular with new upcoming bands, fashion, hair and visual artists. Tickets are $20 and you can buy the tickets here: http://www.rawartists.org/karenarribas
Not only do I like to paint I also like to write poetry. So here is a little snippet for you to enjoy.
Here are some more delightful ladies for you to cast your eyes upon. Its an evolution the aim is to produce a painting and then paint over it more freely.....I cheated shhhh I did a photocopy of the first one....I know I know I couldn't bear to paint over her. This is a lesson from Misty Mawn another LB special.
I'm not sure where Day of the Dead came from but it just popped into my head! and this is the result. I loved letting loose on this picture and seeing where it would end up.
I've been having a blast on LB2017 and meeting some great artists along the way. some of the teachers include Tamara Laporte, Andrea Gomoll and Misty Mawn to name but a few. Im learning some great techniques and will hope to incorporate some of what i've learned into my own work, in my style of course! here are some of the pretty ladies I have produced.
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I did it.... I signed up to Life book 2017! for those of you who are unfamiliar its a year course learning from 24 different artists. Can you imagine all the incredible wealth of art techniques and art eye candy I will be exposed too.....mmmm delicious!
I was in two minds about joining because I didn't want to be too influenced by other artists work...silly I know as we NEVER stop learning, right! another thing dawned on me as the lovely Tamara LaPorte gave a freebie taster of one of the lessons... I learnt a lot from her just in that one lesson not only techniques but the painting I produced... I loved it! and guess what it looked nothing like tamara's (not that looking like Tamara's is a bad thing, her work is gorgeous!) I'm trying to find my own style and implement the techniques I learn.
Tamara also does self meditation techniques which you can choose to do, I was going to skip it as I thought it a bit woo woo but decided to be open and try it......you know what.... it works! it helps to tap into your creativity and clears your mind.....this may not be a surprise to some of you but it was to me!
Had I not done the meditation I wouldn't have my animal I now have in the picture which is a unicorn of all animals! the most mythical and loveliest of creatures..... I think so anyway.
From this shift, is the realisation no matter if no one else likes, buys, hates, loves my work I STILL NEED TO CREATE! it completes me, its a necessity for me I can no longer run deny or hide from it. Its not a whisper...... its screaming at me!
So heres to a year of necessary art making, creating, self discovery and new friends and if people like, love, buy or hate my art......then fantastic!!!
You can access the course by pressing on the link in the sidebar, there is also 20% off until Jan14 2017. Here's to a creative 2017!
I'm doing a happy dance of celebration at being featured in heART journal mag! So i'm sharing the love.
To celebrate heART Journal Magazine has a given me a free issue bonus code to share with others so you can get your free PDF issue of heART Journal Magazine today!
Simply go to www.heARTJournalMagazine.com shopping cart then choose the Jan/Feb 2017 Issue and use coupon code Yay42017 (case sensitive) in the check out process.
You will will receive an email with a link to download your .pdf file. Please watch your spam folder if it doesn't show up right away. For help with the coupon code, please email email@example.com This code is good until Jan 20th 2017.
There is also a very special give away for a very special person for a YEARLY SUBSCRIPTION. All you need to do is join up to the mailing list and I will pick a winner at random. The cut off is the 31st January 2017.
Yep I did!.....I've opened a society6 shop you can access the link below and in the sidebar. I actually wanted to see what my images looked like on products (and needed new cushions for the sofa)..... which is pretty cool actually!! its crazy to think the art from my own fair hand is now on products.
Feel free to head there if you want to treat yourself....oh go on support an artist today!
You can find these cushions and other yummy products at the link below or click in the sidebar.
I thought I'd show some of my sketchy ladies to you lovely people. I like to take my sketchbook out where ever I go and being a busy momma, sometimes I only get little snippets of time to work on my art.
When i'm out and about its difficult to paint so I have a small pencil case that holds black pens and coloured pencils. Even with limited supplies magic can still be created.
Here is some new art! I enjoyed creating this lady I originally thought about her hair and I had textured lilac circles in my mind and then this lady came out.... its funny how it never turns out quite how I originally thought (actually that happens all the time!) and another thing is I actually wasn't thinking about creating a lady I was thinking more as a background but she just appeared.
I have ladies and fairies on the brain right now, I don't know why? but I'm just running with it. What i've learnt over time is I'm a really intuitive painter and at times I'm surprised at what comes out. I enjoy painting this way and I find I'm happier with what I produce when I work this way.
Its been a while since my last post but something has occurred to me and that is I missed posting. Its a documentation of my life as an artist, not only do I owe it to you the reader, I also owe it to myself to show up and document and show the world. So whats been happening.........
Evolution is in the air for me, I've been busy creating and finding my voice. I decided to stop fighting and gave myself permission to create whatever came at me. Sometimes creating can feel forced if you feel you are expected to do a certain topic, style etc.
I love to create animals and other such topics but I had an itch, urge, whisper or whatever you want to call it to create ladies and fairies! I used to love drawing fairies when I was a little girl, maybe I'm just not done with the topic. When I think of fairies I think of tinkerbell or some other kind creature. Although being kind is a great strength, I also wanted to show other facets such as their strength, power, humility and as the queens and fearless ladies they are.
I also got inspired with my writing and wanted to combine the two in some way. It felt right it felt natural and so Ive decided to run with it. Here is some of the work I have been creating.
Im no gardener, no definitely not. My mother was a keen gardener and I grew up surrounded by beautiful roses (her favourite) amongst other flora. But me i'd kill most of my plants! not on purpose!! i just didn't have the inclination to want to garden.
As I've gotten older and I now have the little one. Im keen as mustard to learn and there's something about planting a seed and watching it grow that I now find bewitching. I also want to give back to earth in some small way, be self sustaining and know where some of my food has come from.
So Ive decided to join the local community garden, its such a great concept. Its quite a new community garden so we're all learning. I have my very own little plot.
Continuing on with the theme of sheep there is a new addition to the shop. Im very inspired by my environment and although I want to keep pushing with the english countryside, I'm now back in Australia and the tropical birds and colours are starting to infiltrate my work again! until then i'll leave you with my latest addition.
I like to do quick sketches to warm up and get the creativity flowing. The more I draw the quicker the ideas come to me. My daughter loved seeing all the farm animals in the nearby paddocks so I decided to do some designs of the woolly sheep.
A sheep we saw on one of our walks......although its not very woolly!
More sheep in the paddock, the countryside was so energising and inspiring.
Its not sheep related but I just love this gate as it reminds me of a secret garden!
I have a new print available in my shop. I have houses on my mind and Im still inspired by my trip abroad in the UK were there was so many cute houses to look at.
Part of the design process. I will sketch a lot of my drawings in my sketch pad first so I can get an idea of composition.
Three months of travelling to see family in UK, I bought a new camera and a whole new world of colours and shapes opened up to me. The countryside has such an array of flowers and lush greenery I was constantly taking walks, taking photos and discovering new places.
I'm going to take a moment here to do some shameless promotion here and say my shop is now open!
This is a major milestone for me (another one) I'm pushing through and keeping a going, it can be hard at times. I have likes but no sales....sniff lol it really is a case of getting yourself out there. My introvert self was hoping the strategy 'build and they will come' would work but nope! I know I need to be realistic lol
So I'm back to the drawing board, rethinking my strategy and learning like crazy about marketing and most of all learning to be completely shameless.
I started piano lessons the other day and I loved it! this is definately a year of new starts and challenges.
It is a group session rather than a one on one which for me is a lot more fun environment to learn in and my terrible rendition on 'doh rey mi' is not so prominently heard! Ive wanted to learn the piano for as long as I could remember (just like my drawing.....creativity comes in many shapes and forms I suppose).
When I was younger I always felt a bit jealous of my friend who would have to go off and do violin lessons. I wasn't from a musical family so I was not really pushed into learning one. Im not blaming anyone quite the contrary as its made me work harder for what I want. For me it'll take hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and so far I'm loving it.
I am a newbie to podcast......I know! I cant believe its taken me so long and I'm addicted. My recent addiction is listening to Kelly rae Roberts and Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love). I'll be honest at first I thought these ladies were a bit woo woo, but as I've been delving more into their world I've realised these ladies are onto something great! Now listening to them on a regular basis is like being wrapped with a warm fuzzy blanket or a big hug from a friend and they validate I am on the right path.
If you'd like to listen:
I love it when books arrive its like a present to myself. I've always loved books (I get more excited about books than receiving clothes....I know!)
I received these two books about two lady artists, kelly rae roberts and Jane Davenport, who are my mentors at the moment (they don't even know it!.....it makes me wonder who do i inspire?).
As I was reading kelly's book I had a eureka moment! as a creative are we meant to know straight away what medium we are supposed to work in?
for example I knew I wanted to do something creative so I picked textiles at college and university because my mum was a diva on the sewing machine and made clothes for all the children in the street we lived in, I thought that was what I wanted to do. If I'm honest I'm terrible on the sewing machine and have no interest in learning how to sew. I ended doing printed textiles in uni which I loved because I got to draw and paint.
I then went into the games industry and became a 3D games artist, I thought it was cool haha and I got to draw (I can see a common theme here). After 4 years i decided games wasn't for me either (hats off to anyone in the games industry they are hard working geniuses).
When I look back I'm thinking maybe I should have studied fine art but I don't think I would have known how to market myself. Its all connected had I not done the textiles I wouldn't have learned about patterns and different textured backgrounds (we didn't use computers much back then) so it very freeing and explorative and my games I would never had learned about the computer and all the amazing adobe software, which has helped me immensely.
Im now getting my hands dirty with painting and drawing and loving every minute! I wonder where this will take me, I just know in my heart it feels right and mixed media is were i feel the most joy.