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30 June 2012

Drawing Challenge: Non Dominant Hand































It was a lot harder than I had expected the urge to hand over the pens to the dominant hand was great. But I persevered with each wobbly line and shape until I had drawn each dish that sat in front of me. Towards the end I forgot about the dominant hand and accepted the faults.

Thanks to Norma for a very interesting challenge and who I admire for her very skilled attempt at this exercise. If you wish to see Norma's drawing and some other attempts you can pop over to her blog and follow the links.


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Artwork and images are all rights reserved to the Artist Helen Bordeaux 2012. If you wish to use any of the content in this post images or text please email me for permission and conditions. Thankyou!





28 June 2012

Featured Artist :: Rosalie Gascoigne



enamelware 1976


the colonels wife 1976



the crop 1976











piece to walk around 1981







step through 1980




untitled 1980/81


inland sea 1986




aerial view 1988 

tesserae 1989
all that jazz 1989
     

all that glisters 1990
sweet lovers 1991
 



clouds 1 (cloud series) 1992


 



suddenly the lake 1995



medusa

the orangery 1999

Rosalie Gascoigne :: 1917 - 1999



Gascoigne was born in New Zealand in 1917. She studied at the University of Auckland for a Bachelor of Arts degree, specialising in English and Latin. It was here she met her future husband Ben Gascoigne and after a short term of teaching she moved to Australia where she got married and settled down to having a family.

The Gascoignes moved to a small and isolated scientific community around Mt Stromlo Observatory outside Canberra, where Ben was working. Coming from the lush, green landscape of New Zealand to the hard, unforgiving, dry scape of Mount Stromlo, which was bounded by what seemed an endless and empty space, was almost an unbearable an unsatisfying experience for Rosalie.

She was not a happy housewife as expected of this era. Rosalie was a restless soul and yearned for more than that role could offer her.

She was unable relate to the other wives in the community and spent much of her time there alone. She turned to her environment for some sort of stimulation befriending nature with her children she would explore her surroundings examining every natural and manmade resource that was around her.

She began to collect unusual natural and other objects with her children whilst on driving and walking trips. She would display them inside her home like artwork. When she moved into Canberra off the mountain she studied Ikebana and learnt the principles of arrangement which she eventually applied to her found objects.


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"Your art has to come out of your daily life. I really believe that if anyone is born an artist they’ve only got to look at what’s round their feet and what’s available to them. They don’t have to be clever, they don’t have to go to art school, they don’t have to get the exotic stuff – make it with what’s there. People think art’s like you strike it lucky and you’re famous tomorrow, but it isn’t like that, it’s a search for honesty on your own terms. The journey to self-recognition took me decades."  Vici MacDonald, Rosalie Gascoigne, Regaro Pty Ltd, Sydney, 1998, p. 9 *1




".. I’d push the children’s prams around that lonely mountain until I knew the shape of every stone and tree, the texture of every patch of dirt and grass, the colour of every leaf and weed. I’d gaze down at the valley below, a vastness of dry blond grass and grubby sheep and the sky used to hang, from there to there." Janet Hawley ‘A late developer’, Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend, 15 November 1997, p. 40 *1



"Rosalie spent a lot of time exploring Mount Stromlo and the wider area of the Monaro region, becoming intimate with these environments and collecting raw materials and found objects. Many writers commented on how something of the essence of these spaces was captured in her assemblages of objects." *2





"I’m always trying to make a serious statement of some sort. I only notice when I see my work with other things its sober look. I do not really like the comic element. I don’t mind a sort of hidden whimsy—not a word I like—but I want it to look almost like a classical work of art, whatever material I use. If I use an undignified article, I have to get a sort of dignity or beauty out of it." James Gleeson, Rosalie Gascoigne, 8 February 1980 *3






Rosalie Gascoigne is one of Australia’s most respected contemporary artists. She first exhibited her art
in 1974 at the age of 57.
Her career spanned 25 years during which time her work was exhibited widely both in Australia and internationally until her death in 1999.




In 1982, she was the first Australian Female Artist to be chosen to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale.
Her artwork continues to enthral and inspire generations of Australian Artists, Designers and 
the general public.


Links

An interview (audio)
NGV
Works
National Gallery of Australia


Copyright: This post has been created as an informative post to create awareness of  Australian Artist Rosalie Gascoigne. It is intended for educative and general interest purposes only.Out of respect to the Artist and Galleries PLEASE DO NOT lift the images or the words from this post.No permission is given to do so.If you want to research the Artist further then I ask that you follow the links provided.











23 June 2012

Drawing Challenge :: I am?










Drawing Challenge :: I am?


Well I have this dilemma.... you see I have a rule of not allowing pictures of myself onto the net. Maybe its a genetic throwback to my maternal Grandmother whose adult life was documented in blurred action, faced covered with hands, teatowels any handy object that provided protection whilst escaping from my photography enthusiast Grandfather, or it could be that teaching privacy and internet security has made me hyper-reactive to this aspect of internet access. 

Who really knows?

So this challenge was tricky for me it couldnt be about my childhood or what appears in my journals from my hands it had to be about ME.
I tried to represent myself in typography or in objects but still it didnt really provide a true picture of who I am.
So a compromise was sought and after lots of illustrator here you have me. 
Im pretty happy with the result as I think Ive managed to stay true to my beliefs but you still get a picture of who I am.

To view other responses to this challenge please pop over to Patrices blog and follow the links.

artwork info

"F3  Esc  CapsLock  Esc  F8"  (this is my name in SWGamekeys MT font)

My type is Architype van Doesburg whats yours?
You can get a free download of my font from here.

Have a great weekend lovely blog friends

Helen x


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Artwork and images are copyright to the Artist Helen Bordeaux 2012. If you wish to use any of the content in this post images or text please email me for permission and conditions. Thankyou!










20 June 2012

Australia :: Indigenous Art :: Post 2























































Australia :: Indigenous Art :: Post 2


The Artworks I have shown here have been created by the wonderful Indigenous Artists of Australia These items artworks are available for sale and are not culturally sensitive.
I have given links to allowed culturally sensitive artwork at the bottom of the post.
Many indigenous Australians are respected Artists in the Art world and you can find their artworks in most museums across the globe.
Sadly, the art is one of the few avenues where indigenous Australians gain recognition and respect in modern Australia.

Aboriginal culture is the oldest culture in the world and had lived harmoniously with the Australian land before colonisation for 50,000 years.

As a country, we have a very sad and disgraceful past, beginning with British colonisation and progressing to the white australia policy, we were typical of the British invasion that was taking over the globe at the time.
There was nothing nice about it and many post-colonial Australians would dearly welcome a better recognition and compensation of our past crimes for our indigenous community.

I dont want to open the nasty can of worms here but if you are interested in exploring the plight of the Aboriginal people you can find out more here.
What I want to do with this post is to share with you the awe-inspiring and incredible creativity that exists within the complex network of Aboriginal culture. This creative expression embraces many platforms dance, music, language, art, design, textiles, jewellery, knowledge, skills and technology.

I have only skimmed the surface here but I hope that you will explore the links I have provided at your leisure to truly enjoy the Indigenous Australian cultural and artistic heritage.

You can find Indigenous Art :: Australia Post 1 here.


Art



Textiles

History 


Current Issues



copyright: This post has been created as an informative post to create awareness of culture, art and issues of the indigenous peoples of Australia. It is intended for educative and general interest purposes only.Out of respect to the Artists PLEASE DO NOT lift the images or the words from this post.No permission is given to do so.If you want to use the images then I ask that you follow the links to access the copyright rules stated from the source for the use of these images. 


16 June 2012

Drawing Challenge :: My Favourite Object(s)



The fob watch my husband gave to me



my daughter made this when she was 4



clay horse




Drawing Challenge :: My favourite object


I dont think it should have been this hard to choose one objects above all others as ones favourite.
I had to really examine the criteria I would use to help me decide.

So I settled on these 3 questions:
1. What object have you kept close by you for more than 5 years? (that got the numbers down)
2. What object do you have emotional attachment too? (reduced it down to 3)
3. What object has aesthetic appeal as well as the above? (finally the one!)

My clay horse

This is a clay horse my daughter made for me when she was 7. She is now in her 20's and this little horse has travelled with me through many houses, relationships, across the sea and back again. It has a special travelling box an old bakers flour box filled with shredded paper and a sign that says "fragile be careful!". If it has to be moved it goes in the special moving box that sits on my lap that noone else is allowed to carry.
My husband knows he can look at it but not touch it. Ridiculous right? even as I write this I think its ridiculous but it really would break my heart if it got broken. I just love the restful pose and muscled form, and the bisqued clay not only because my daughter made it for me but because I really enjoy looking at it and it sits on my mantlepiece where I can see it.

If you would like to see what other favourite objects have made their way into this challenge just follow the links below.






15 June 2012

Drawing Challenge :: My favourite object


my grandmothers embroidery cottons/crafts

beachfinds #1

my favourite plate 




Drawing Challenge :: My Favourite Object


A quick theme for us to continue on our challenge journey with looks at us defining our love of objects.

The relationship of man and object is an interesting one because it enters the realm of taste and subjectivity as well as whim (there are connections being made between my blog and this weeks theme I see ;))

If you are like me objects rotate as the coveted favourite. Its not that I dont like them anymore but my taste changes overtime and I can love an object for months and feel less in love for months only to rediscover my love for it yet again.

Some objects I thought I could not live without only to part with it months later by giving it to friends or sending to the opshop for recycling.
There are some objects that I dont particularly love that much but will never part with.

Conditions

This weeks theme is "My favourite object" in image plus a brief description why (*optional)

We will use the limited timeframe to our advantage and encourage a quick response requirement.

Mission: reminding us to draw, paint, conceptualise and create.

How it works: 

So, are you in?
 The date to publish your drawings will be on the Saturday of each week
A host picks a theme, and posts the challenge on their blog.Bloggers who want to join leave a comment saying they are in. The following Saturday the drawings are shown on the blogs and the host links to all the participants. 

A new host is also presented for the following week.


Let me know with a comment below if you are joining us for the challenge and Ill add you to this post with a link to your blog.

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So far up for the challlenge we have:

  1. Nadine
  2. Stefanie
  3. Sus
  4. Katharina
  5. Annelie
  6. Tabea
  7. Demie
  8. Ariane
  9. Norma
  10. Tatjana
  11. Celine
  12. Rachel
  13. Mano (enjoy your holidays!)
  14. Renilde




<< previous post :: australian indigenous art part 1


14 June 2012

Australia :: Indigenous Art :: Post 1













































Australia :: Indigenous Art :: Post 1


The Artworks I have shown here have been created by the wonderful Indigenous Artists of Australia These items artworks are available for sale and are not culturally sensitive.
I have given links to allowed culturally sensitive artwork at the bottom of the post.
Many indigenous Australians are respected Artists in the Art world and you can find their artworks in most museums across the globe.
Sadly, the art is one of the few avenues where indigenous Australians gain recognition and respect in modern Australia.

Aboriginal culture is the oldest culture in the world and had lived harmoniously with the Australian land before colonisation for 50,000 years.

As a country, we have a very sad and disgraceful past, beginning with British colonisation and progressing to the white australia policy, we were typical of the British invasion that was taking over the globe at the time.
There was nothing nice about it and many post-colonial Australians would dearly welcome a better recognition and compensation of our past crimes for our indigenous community.

I dont want to open the nasty can of worms here but if you are interested in exploring the plight of the Aboriginal people you can find out more here.
What I want to do with this post is to share with you the awe-inspiring and incredible creativity that exists within the complex network of Aboriginal culture. This creative expression embraces many platforms dance, music, language, art, design, textiles, jewellery, knowledge, skills and technology.

I have only skimmed the surface here but I hope that you will explore the links I have provided at your leisure to truly enjoy the Indigenous Australian cultural and artistic heritage.

I will post part 2 next week.


Art



Textiles

History 


Current Issues



copyright: This post has been created as an informative post to create awareness of culture, art and issues of the indigenous peoples of Australia. It is intended for educative and general interest purposes only.Out of respect to the Artists PLEASE DO NOT lift the images or the words from this post.
No permission is given to do so.
If you want to use the images then I ask that you follow the links to access the copyright rules stated from the source for the use of these images. 



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