I never intended posting my own artworks on this blog, but my students became quite interested in the art I was creating last year. We had numerous discussions about the fact that great art, just like great writing, requires a huge amount of effort, care, attention to detail, constant reflection and improvement, and persistence. We also regularly discussed the fact that everyone makes mistakes or has off-days, even experts (& teachers!). I'm hoping the photos and comments below help my future students to see this all in action!
About my Art
Art was my favourite subject the whole way through high school- it was a great creative release! I especially loved to draw with oil pastel and charcoal and used these mediums in my Year 12 major artwork for my HSC. Unfortunately, without regular timetabled art sessions and the guidance of an art teacher to motivate me, I haven't done a huge amount of art since high school (other than teaching it at school, of course!). Consequently, my skills have slipped! However, a few years ago, a friend and I joined a 10-week watercolour painting class at our local community college. We loved it so much we even went back for a second round at the start of the following school term! It really inspired me to get back into art, though of course, with full-time work, house renovations and postgrad. study, finding time for art hasn't been easy! Below are some of my attempts over the past 10 years or so. I'd love to get back into classes at some point and really build up my technical know-how... at the moment my artworks are complete creative experimentations and often turn out as a bit of a mess! But it's a dream for the future...
Year 12 Drawings and Major Artwork
Artworks Since High School
|This is an acrylic painting I did for my mother for Christmas |
while I was up in Tamworth on my first teaching prac for uni in 2003
|I was never really very happy with this one- it started well with the mountains |
but I could never get the house and wheat field right... maybe another day...
|I have this waterolour hanging in the entrance of my home. |
I was very pleased with this one (except for the pears! I could
never get them quite right!)
|This is another watercolour painting I created. I have always |
liked this one, although I still look at the yellow jug and wonder
how I can get it to look more 3 dimensional!