Serenity (in Green)


I am the proud new owner of an iPad Pro and Apple pencil. What incredible tools for an artist, especially paired with the ProCreate App!

In this digital portrait I tried to create a painterly style with soft edges and visible brush strokes. I am also experimenting with colour as an emotional trigger. My current (uni) project is about emotion as visible on facial expressions.

What I really like about this painting is how the green background ‘bleeds’ through into the skin tones.  If I were painting this in traditional media I’d start with a green background so that it would show thorough areas of my painted canvas.

I’ll update my Portraiture Project as soon as I have more to post. Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Post Humanism


What might we look like in a Post Humanism world?  My dark creative mind immediately conjured a dystopian future. Yeah, pretty grim stuff but someone’s gotta do it.

I had so much fun playing with iPad art in this project and was somewhat influenced by David Hockney during my artist research. For those of you who don’t know, Hockney is considered an influential figure in the British Pop Art movement and has embraced technology as a new medium with which to create art, the iPad being one of his favourite ‘canvases.’

Below follows an excerpt from my concept statement (to add context) and a few of the drawing outcomes.

My Post Human world visually focusses on a dystopia that dehumanises citizens through genetic modification. In this world people are divided into groups according to their designated roles and duties. Their bodies are genetically engineered to grow multiple body parts that facilitate enhanced productivity in their assigned social duties. Labourers are allotted extra limbs to enable faster and more efficient productivity; citizens designated to the breeding group develop extra wombs to facilitate multiple pregnancies simultaneously. Scientists and academics assigned to the ‘thinkers’ group grow extra heads, thus two brains instead of one; and law enforcers develop chameleon-type eyes that enhance their vision, enabling them to see in multiple directions at once.

Thanks for reading, now go make some art. On your iPad.

Thinker

Anndelize Graf. Thinker. 2018. iPad drawing & digital collage.

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Anndelize Graf. Labourer I. 2018. iPad drawing & digital collage.

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Anndelize Graf. Labourer III. 2018. iPad drawing & digital collage.

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Anndelize Graf. Breeder II. 2018. iPad drawing & digital collage.

 

 

Mark Making with the Body


While examining the marks we make on our environment with our body I decided to focus on an old pair of favourite shoes that I have thoroughly worn out. The stitching has come undone over the years leaving holes though which my toes peep. Old leather, old comfortable favourites like old friends that I feel sentimental about. Unlike old friends though I can no longer be seen wearing these in public, however they have pride of place in my art studio now where I wear them with great fondness.

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Enlightenment for Sale


Following up from my last blog entry I completed the body of work in the previous painting unit. My concept changed somewhat however (as is typical for practicing artists) resulting in work that addresses a serious issue with humour and absurdity. This was my Statement of Intent:

My work will address the theme of Light with a series of oil paintings loosely done in the style of chiaroscuro to evoke questions surrounding the darker nature of so-called ‘enlightenment’ associated with the New Age / Pagan movement.  I chose chiaroscuro, typically dark dramatic paintings, to juxtapose the ‘love and light’ approach of New Age spirituality in an attempt to draw attention to this underbelly of the movement; the appropriation and subversion of spirituality. This will be a focus on the exploitation of people seeking spiritual enlightenment by individuals who have commercialised spirituality, making it a consumer commodity, to lure people with false promises and absurd claims whilst motivated only by money.

I intend to depict objects that typically would be found on a Pagan altar to represent the elements; Earth, Water, Fire, Air. However, to draw attention to the consumeristic angle of the New Age movement these sacred objects will be replaced with mass produced supermarket products instead. The labels on these products will reflect the absurdity and hilarity of claims made by self-professed Gurus who exploit spiritual seekers. Oil paints as my medium of choice is a connection to the classical as well as to the longevity of the old Pagan religions. Using humour I hope to draw attention to the seriousness of spiritual exploitation by the financially motivated whilst engaging the viewer in a lighthearted manner.

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Anndelize Graf. 2018. Water. Body of work: Enlightenment for Sale. Oil on canvas. 40×40 cm.

earthAnndelize Graf. 2018. Earth. Body of work: Enlightenment for Sale. Oil on canvas. 40×40 cm.
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Anndelize Graf. 2018. Fire. Body of work: Enlightenment for Sale. Oil on canvas. 40×40 cm.

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Anndelize Graf. 2018. Air. Body of work: Enlightenment for Sale. Oil on canvas. 40×40 cm.

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Anndelize Graf. 2018. Trust me, I’m a Guru. Body of work: Enlightenment for Sale. Oil on canvas. 100×100 cm.

 

Working with Time: Interior & Exterior


After a 3-month study break to ward off mental fatigue I am ready to tackle my next unit; this time I will be engaged in traditional painting techniques to reinterpret one of my earlier exercises in which I examined Light.This involves setting up a still life arrangement and photographing it at different times during the day to record the changing light, then choosing the best to paint on canvas.

When I originally did this exercise I chose an hourglass, a crochet soft-toy (that I had made) and a lotus for my still life. The overarching theme was Time, I chose the soft toy to represent youth and the lotus to represent ageing. The exercise consisted of two parts, an interior still life (as mentioned above) and an exterior setting depicting the changing light. For the exterior exercise I chose our mail box as I was focussing on lost love letters delivered decades later whilst musing about how the delay in delivery might have affected the lives involved. Time, such a fragile thing isn’t it? Lost time, like lost letters, being most tragic of all.

In the exterior painting I wanted to attempt abstraction and quite liked how it turned out, especially the play of light and shadow as the nearby tree cast its shadows against the mail box. The style that I was playing with in both paintings is Fauve Expressionism, whereas I will be attempting classical realism in the reinterpretation of this exercise over the next few weeks. As I prepare for the start of the next unit I am spending time reconsidering this exercise and how I might approach it next.

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Untitled. 2017. Oil paint on canvas. 50x50cm. 

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Untitled. 2017. Oil paint on canvas. 50x50cm. 

Behind Lace


A few weeks ago I was working on an art project that involved subverting an architectural structure in a way that changes its original meaning. The building I focussed on was an old Victorian theatre (built in 1876) which I decided to conceal behind lace. The concept and how I came to deciding on my idea of subversion is drawn-out, so I won’t go into detail, but I took clues from the Victorian era (hence the lace) as well as from the original purpose of the building (to entertain) which I turned around into something hidden from view rather than exposed. This idea was informed by the decayed and neglected condition that the building is in now.

Whilst on site I took many photographs and spent hours absorbing the frayed and forgotten energies of the place; I discovered and observed cracks and holes in walls floors and other surfaces that became ‘peep holes’ through which I could see glimpses of its history. This eventually developed into a theme of concealment through which to subvert the historical meaning of the building.

I might write more in a later post on the different stages of my process, but for now here is one of the outcomes; homage to what was once a vibrant architectural structure built to entertain thousands of people in an age gone by. An old theatre that now echoes silence; forgotten and hidden from view amongst the dust and debris.

 

She’ll be apples mate


Today's daily prompt: Write about whatever you'd like, but 
write using regional slang, your dialect, or in your accent.

G’day mate, how ya going? I am going gang busters at the moment,  there’s hardly time to go to the dunny! Writing about this I sound like a total sook, but with three assignments due this arvo I am starting to panic that I won’t get it all done in time. No time for a kip and when we get the munchies tonight, it will be takeaways for sure! Either a hot chook salad or a sanger; there defo won’t be time to have a barbie even though the weather at the moment is fully sick for that. Once I’ve submitted these final three assignments today I’ll crack a tinnie to celebrate ‘cos I’ll be on a 3 month break from studies until I start my second year bachelor’s in March 2016, although that would barely wet the whistle but I’m not one to go on the piss. However, until then I cannot pull a sickie, I need to get cracking so that I can complete and submit these final assignments. I certainly don’t want to do a dodgy job due to being totally knackered, bloody oath! I also need to call the poo man about a leaking tap, hope that’s not gonna be too exy. My hubby is a top fella but he’s a sparky and a chippy so he can’t help and the tin lids (also good blokes) are in Melbourne so I can’t ask them either. In the meanwhile, time to stop playing silly buggers and get on with it. I don’t want to risk my good grades due to feeling rooted.

She’ll be apples mate.

I’ve loved studying fine art and I can defo see an improvement in my artistic talent over this past year, but I am looking forward to my break, that will be sweet as. My house is feral, one would think I’m a bogun; perhaps I’ll even have time to clean it for a change which I couldn’t be fussed with before. I’d also like to catch up with mates over a cuppa with brekkie. It will also be an absolute ripper to have time to create art for the sake of art rather than for uni assignments.

(For an ‘English’ translation see below.)

This will be my last daily prompt blog for a while (2 weeks or so) 
as my blog is part of one of my assignments to which I may not add 
anything once submitted. 
Until then I wish you all well and look forward to blogging
again in the near future, once my results are in.

Hi everyone, how are you doing? I’m under pressure at the moment, there’s hardly time to go to the bathroom! Writing about this I sound like a whinger, but I have three assignments due this afternoon and I am starting to panic that I won’t get it all done in time. No time to rest and when we get hungry tonight it will definitely be takeaways! Either a hot chicken salad or perhaps a sandwich, there definitely won’t be time to have a barbecue even though the weather at the moment is perfect for that. Once I’ve submitted these final three assignments today I’ll be having a drink to celebrate because I’ll be on a 3 month break from studies until I start my second year studies in March 2016, although one drink will hardly do it I’m not one to become inebriated. However until then I cannot call in sick, I need to get going so that I can complete these final assignments. I certainly don’t want to make a poor effort due to being exhausted. I also need to call the plumber about a leaking faucet, hopefully that won’t be too expensive to repair. My husband is great but he’s an electrician and carpenter so he can’t help with that, and the (adult) children (good guys) are away in Melbourne, so I can’t ask them either. However, in the meanwhile I cannot rest on my laurels, I need to get focussed so that I can complete and submit these final assignments. I certainly don’t want to risk my good academic record now due to fatigue.

It will all turn out fine.

I’ve loved studying fine art and I can definitely see an improvement in my artistic talent over this past year, but I am looking forward to my break from studies. Perhaps I’ll even have time to clean my house for a change and to catch up with friends over a cup of tea and some breakfast. It will also be great to have time to create art for the sake of art rather than for university assignments. 

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Scrunched Paper


Scrunched Paper, 2015. Graphite on paper. Size: A4.

Dining Room


Dining Room, 2015. Sepia Ink-wash. Size: A4.

Pointillist Vase


Pointillist Vase, 2015. Acrylic paint on primed paper. Size: A4.

Black-on-black still life


Black-on-black Sill life, 2015. Charcoal, chalk & turpentine on watercolour paper. Size: A2.

This was a uni project for my drawing unit earlier in the year.

Addiction


Addiction, 2015. Graphite, charcoal & turpentine. A1

This is something I sketched during my first drawing unit earlier on in the year. I wanted to depict the despair and desperation that addicts as well as their loved ones go through. Some of the figures inside the pill seem to have given up while others still have some fight left in them. On the outside I drew figures trying to work out a way to rescue their loved ones who are utterly trapped by addiction. A painful journey for addicts and those who love them.

White on White – Still Life


White-on-white, 2015. Graphite on paper. A3

I sketched this white-on-white still life a few months ago during my 1st year Drawing unit.