Well hello again everyone.
I can't believe it has been so long so I have written on here. What started out with the best of intentions, kind of fizzled. Between Instagram, Facebook and the blog, I struggle with keeping everything up to date.
Over the last few months I have started a new job, which I am absolutely loving, only two days a week, so plenty of time still for artwork and family. During October I visited Vietnam for a few weeks and had a fabulous time, coming back inspired by the colours, especially HoiAn.
I have been in many art shows since I last wrote, including Bayside and Camberwell, which was fabulous as I sold work there. Always lovely when your work is appreciated - as well as funding the next lot of resin.
This month I will have work in at Tyers Art Show and Warragul Rotary Art Show.
I will include the links to their Fb pages below.
Tomorrow I am off to Melbourne to drop in artwork to Lentil as Anything at Footscray.
This fabulous restaurant runs an arts program as well and I am having an exhibition there until 5th January. Pop in and have a wonderful meal while looking at the art work.
They are located at 229 - 233 Barkly Street, Footscray.
A big welcome to all the new "likers" on the Faeries Facebook page.
I have been debating whether to change this name, as it has been a long time since I have done any sculptural work, but hope to get back to it one day. For the moment it will stay as the Faeries. And I must admit, I always smile when people still ring and ask for the "faerie lady".
Some of you may have seen that I have started using "Resin by Rhonda" on my current art work that is out and about. Yes, resin has become the latest obsession!! I have just done a couple of little side tables,(pictured below) and have a couple more old ones that need to be sanded, given a little TLC and then some resin.
Take the time to be creative
Tyers Art Show FB Page
Warragul Rotary Art Show Fb Page
What a fabulous day we had with the opening of our exhibition, "Resonate.
Val and I were so nervous - not just about making a speech, but that whole thing of having people looking at your work. Really putting yourself "out there".
I would like to thank ARC (Art Resource Collective) for having us at the gallery, and for there assistance with the lighting, setting up for the opening and speech on the day. It was great to catch up with friends and family and to meet so many new people who came to see our work. Also lovely to get such great feedback and positive comments.
Lots of photos from the day below.
What a day yesterday was. Our exhibition has been hung.
Please join us to celebrate the opening on Saturday, 9th April at 2.00pm
Many, many thanks go to Matt Prokopiv, Val's son, who has assisted us with both this exhibition, and the one at The ArtSpace at Mirboo North.
It is he who is up and down ladders, never complaining, while these two crazy ladies have him shifting things until they are just right. Patience personified!
Once we had cleared away all the bubble wrap, tools, ladders etc, Val and I just sat in the gallery for while taking it all in - yes, we had done it.
I think for both of us, it is quite stressful putting your work "out there", and it certainly something that many years ago, we would have never thought we end up doing.
Some see it as egotistical, but it is actually quite daunting; your are exposing your soul.
With many pieces, so much of "you" goes into them,
There are a few in this exhibition that for me have come from quite dark, painful places. I know the ones that I have done when I have been struggling with back pain for example, but there are those that are filled with absolute joy - an explosion of colour and happiness.
After stressing that we were not going to have enough work to fill the fabulous gallery out at ARC, I must say we are both so pleased with the end result.
Anthea and Arianne, from ARC, put the finishing touches to it, by adjusting the lighting, which made such a difference. Below is just a sneak peak taken taken early in the day, while we were laying everything out.
Hope to see your there!
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Wow! Easter is nearly here - chocolate, fun times with family, more chocolate, art shows, more chocolate. Hmm......is there a theme here?
Perhaps some chocolate inspired resin work. Yes, I am a chocolate addict!
Over the Easter break, I will have work in the Rotary Tarra Festival at Yarram and the Walhalla Easter Art Show. The Tarra Festival Art Show is on at the Regent Theatre, Commercial Road, Yarra. The Walhalla Show is on at the Mechanics Hall, Main Road, Walhalla. Both of these events should be fabulous if you happen to be in Gippsland over the Easter Break.
Walhalla always has a special place in my heart as it is where both of my maternal grandparents came from. I have many treasured memories of trips there with my parents and my Nan. She could describe who lived where and made the place come alive with her stories about her childhood and the life of my great grandmother also. Lovely memories and it is family time that can be so important over the Easter Break.
I hope to be spending lots of time in the studio over Easter, finishing work off for the exhibition, "Resonate" , which will be at ARC in Yinnar, opening on the 9th April. With chocolate of course!
Below is a sneak peak at some new work that will be in the show.
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Well, a very belated Happy New Year to everyone. I started the year with the best on intentions and the plan was to write more often, but it would appear those have gone the same direction as most other years - oh well!
This is just a bit of an update about exhibitions and art shows that I will have work in over the next few months and some exciting news about a new exhibition at ARC Yinnar in April.
I have been part of an Art Exhibition - Contrasts and Connections, out at The Artspace at Mirboo North for the last month. The exhibition finishes this coming weekend. I shared the space with my friend, Valerie Jean Hibberd, who is also addicted to working with resin. Pictured below are some photos from our opening night - we were both sooooo nervous!
Over the next few months you will find my work at:
This will coincide with the Latrobe Open Studio weekend, which will be a fabulous two days for people to see the incredible talent that is around locally.
Our exhibition opening will be on Saturday, 9th of April and I will most more details about this later on.
I am so excited! "Diaphanous Dreams" was awarded an Honourable Mention at the Tyers Art Festival.
Over the years, I used to attend this show, always admiring the incredible artwork there, never imagining that I would one day be entering my own artwork. In recent years I have been awarded two first prizes, two other Honourable Mentions and in 2011 was the "Featured Artist" at the Festival.
This one, however, is very special as it has been a while since I have been able to create much, and this is one my first forays into a new medium, resin..
I am so happy that this weekend I will have some artwork back in Tyers Art Festival.
It has been a few years now since I have had anything in there due to ongoing health issues but..... I am back........Yay!!!
It is so good to be creating again. I love working with the resin as the final pour is a relatively quick process. Some days I still struggle to stand for any length of time, but I am getting there!!
Tonight we are attending the much anticipated official opening of "The Artspace" at Mirboo North and then on to the opening of Tyers Art Festival. It should be a lovely night.
If you get the opportunity to visit either of these events, I am sure you will be delighted with the quality of local, and I believe with Tyers, even overseas entries.
The Artspace is next to the brewery at Mirboo North and Tyers Art Festival is on at the Tyers Hall, next to the Primary School.
Below are some photos of my entries into the ArtShow, and I also have work out at The Artspace.
And here are the fb links to information about Tyers Art Festival and
Well, it has been nearly nine months since I last posted anything on the blog.
I post a lot of links, arty bits and pieces on the faeries facebook page, but that has been about it! So finally, the website has just been updated and here I am again.
So, what have I been up to?
During the year I have joined a fibre art/textiles group which meets weekly. This fabulous group of ladies are so talented and I feel as though I have learnt so much and seen my art work lead in different directions. The group does a different activity on each Friday of the month: from creating our own fabric with water soluble backings; painting on fabric; felting and other activities and workshops. It is my "not negotiable" day in the diary. I don't give up my Fridays for anything!
I recently attended a resin workshop, which is something I have always wanted to explore and am now seriously addicted.. Just love the brilliance of the colours, and the way it moves and flows. Although, I am fairly new at this, I am completing a few pieces for local art exhibitions, which is exciting, and have had family members wanting artwork for their homes. This piece is a coffee table I got from an op-shop and then coated with resin.
Because of my health issues, I will only be teaching from the studio in Churchill in the future .I think after travelling the country-side in my little red faerie van for so many years, the novelty has well and truly worn off. I still love teaching and seeing people create some amazing artwork during the workshops.
We bid farewell to the faerie van a few months ago!
I will still be teaching any of the Powertex workshops I did previously, including the Powertex Trainer course, plus a few of my own, such as the felted bears and clay birds. Also, I will be teaching the polymer clay hand-sculpted character doll workshops. This is a two day workshop, but I will no longer be teaching consecutive days. However, I am sure dates can still be worked out - just not Fridays!
Enjoy your creativity and never be afraid to try something new
Another great day in the studio. I had the pleasure of working with Wendy today, exploring all that you can do with PowerPrint. Wendy chose one of my photos, taken on a textile tour of Thailand two years ago.
Below are photos to take you through the process of putting a photo onto canvas. From preparing the canvas and photo with PowerPrint, to what the canvas looked like with just the photo, and then the final result.
Wendy painted in some additional foliage and used balsa wood to create slate pavers in the foreground of the painting. It was then finished off with some Stockinette, dipped into Terracotta Powertex.
Wendy had not painted before, but I am sure you will agree that she has done a wonderful job. Certainly makes me want to go back to Thailand!
Well, Christmas for 2014 is done and dusted and we are back into workshops in the New Year. I had a fabulous day on Saturday, working with Linda and Joyce in making two beautiful sculptures, pictured below.
Linda has done several shops with me over the years, previously creating a Sitting Lady and a Chinaman. This time she bought Joyce, who is holidaying down from Queensland, to join us. I think they have done a beautiful job. The red just looks stunning. And yes, I should have removed the cling wrap before photographing!!
Some photos from throughout the day are below, to give people an idea of what the studio space is like. I will be teaching mainly from home this term. As mentioned in the previous post, I am still having a few problems with my back/hip, so am staying closer to home for workshops.I have a PowerPrint workshop happening this WEDNESDAY, 14th JANUARY. Just email or phone if you would like to attend
The "Arty Party" special is still available. Bring along four of your friends to any workshop and get yours for FREE.
I am Rhonda Hunt, from Faeries with Attitude, a Gippsland based artist, who dabbles in all sorts of things. Ideas, thoughts, silly musings at midnight, assorted bits of inspirational stuff, and things to get your creativity going. I have tried just about every craft known, so my interests are quite eclectic. Hopefully, you will find something here to interest you.