Sunday, December 19, 2010

Some 'sketches'

Small watercolour painting of rock slabs piled onto each other

Small watercolour and fineliner drawings for my sketch-book or creative journal, of a spiderweb with dew drops

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dry Leaves from the garden

Quick watercolour and fineliner sketch made in the garden, in the shade of a tree.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Rethinking and Reviving

For a little while I thought that I need to create art that people want to see, admire and buy. That I need to try and follow a trend, choose my subject matter more wisely or even change the way that I create my artworks.

Change of direction and perception

I have since, however, revived and remembered that I need to stay authentic and true to myself, and follow my heart and passion. The rest will follow. I just need to stay on my own path that makes the most sense to me. Everything is relative in this complex and beautiful world of ours. There will always be people with criticism and cynicism to make you rethink your perception about life. And there will also always be people who you can count on to be encouraging, supportive, wise and loving. To all those who love, support and encourage me - especially those who give constructive criticism and motherly preaches - you know who you are and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Landscape in progress

So now onto the juicier bits - I am working on new landscape works, found object sculptures and collages, and also veering more into botanical art. I'm continuing my explorations with watercolour and will have more to show soon!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Raw and (somewhat) uncensored

Okay, so I have decided to share some of my more personal feelings that I am experiencing today. Not because I want to carry my heart on my sleeve or seek any sympathy, but because it might give you some insight into what an artist goes through, and that every artist is also a person JUST LIKE YOU.

Yes, artists have bad days. Yes, artists become a bit depressed, frustrated, demotivated and sad. Because we're human. And because the things that ALL of us (yes, you included) experience every day are things that everyone experiences - whether it is directly or indirectly. Whether we hear it from someone else, or whether it happens to ourselves personally. Whether you become a crime statistic, or know of someone who has been wronged in some way.

I know it might seem like I'm ranting or babbling. BUT there is a point to this post... I am having a day full of doubt and I feel quite frustrated with how little ART I'm producing today and how much self pity, doubt and insecurities I'm feeding and feeling. Just like most - if not everyone - who reads this post. We all feel down sometimes. We all feel like we could use some encouragement and support most of the time. And that's fine. So is feeling sorry for yourself and taking a bit of time 'off' to sort through your feelings and figure out the best way to get yourself out of the rut. We all feel a HUGE range of emotions on a constant basis. This is what makes us human, compassionate and able to express ourselves in so many extraordinary ways (like art, theater, music and even science!).

So yes, I'm having a bit of a 'bad' day. But I know that this will also pass and build the foundation for things that I will learn and do in future, whether it be tomorrow, next week or in 2 years from now.

There.... I feel better now. Your turn.... Express yourself and BE yourself.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Dancing on tiptoes and loving it

I have started attending the open classes by dancers from iKapa at Onpointe Dance Studio in Sea Point and I'm LOVING it. Some of you who knows me really well, or long, would know that I've been wanting to go for dance classes for quite a while. And now finally I've made it a priority!

I've seen iKapa perform 'Stadium' at the Out the Box Festival at UCT's Hiddingh campus, seen them perform at the Cape Creative Exhibition during the World Cup, and also as part of the City Soiree at Wessel Snyman Creative earlier this year. The dancers are talented and dynamic and the choreography breathcatching. And now iKapa is performing FUSE in Stellenbosch next week. I think that anyone who misses it will regret it... Here's the info:

Don't miss out on seeing Fuse - an exhilarating, inspirational and entertaining production that explores the theme of peace and reconciliation.

Fuse includes a new work Choreographed by Theo Ndindwa and Tanya Arshamian (iKapa’s directors) performed collaboratively by members of iKapa and the Ensemble.

Fuse will also include works by acclaimed American choreographers Cherice Barton(Broadway’s Spider Man), Donald Byrd (Artistic Director, Spectrum Dance & Broadway’s The Color Purple), and Andrea Miller (Artistic Director, Gallim Dance) performed by The Steps Repertory Ensemble, as well as new works by South African Choreographers Maxwell Xolani and Ebrahim Medell.

iKapa Dance Theatre and the Steps Repertory Ensemble began this three-phase project in May 2010. This project is explored through dance, video, and community outreach.

For more information contact or otherwise buy your tickets through Computicket for 16 or 17 December at 20:15 at Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch.