Tag: Artist

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Part of doing the whole Fine Art Way thing is to realise that I need to be working as an artist if I want people to take me seriously. I haven’t really worked as an artist for a long time, and I think it is time to get back to it. One aspect of that is approaching galleries.
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Here is another post about what I’m planning on doing, but this time I do think it is time that I started working in a different way. I have been realising quite a few things recently, and I have come to the realisation that I am being taken advantage of.
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This is another artist that I interviewed for my magazine. I thought it would be good for Introducing artists that I admire. Lori Nix is quite an amazing artist and works like no other photographer I know. She is also a very nice person, so I was really happy to share the interview again. The interview was done a couple of years ago and some of the information might be out of date.
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For anyone who has been following me for some time will know that Rick Amor is one of my favourite artists. I thought we could take a look at one of his paintings today. He is a Melbourne artist who has been painting for many years and his work is very collectable. His work is also admired by many who cannot afford his paintings, me included.
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It seems like a good idea to start doing the Influencing Me posts again. It is great to be showing the work of artists that I really admire. Since I had to delete them from my other page, it is a good opportunity to review ones I’ve done previously again. I won’t be doing it each week, but intermittently when I find an artist whose work I want to show. So shall we look at Edward Hopper?
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Any artist you ask will tell you some thing different. Some say you learn to be one, some say you become one, others will say you are born one. In all honesty I have no idea how they come about, and all I really know is my own story. So today I thought I might share that with you.
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Changing things up

For quite some time I’ve really struggled with how I should do this blog. I’ve been at a loss and everything I try seems to take so much time, or is similar to other work I’m doing.

I thought about monetizing it, get paid to blog, but that hasn’t really happened, so it seems almost pointless. I hate doing the hard sell, and that has meant that getting money for it is even harder. Ultimately I have to wonder if it really is for me.
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Welcome to another Weekend Wanderings, today we are going to look more closely at the Silo Art Trail. In the past I have shown you photos of the silos that they are painting up in the Wimmera/Mallee areas where my mother lives. It is all part of getting people up there and so far it seems to be working. The idea is to create a Silo Art Trail.

They have completed all of them now, however, I’ve only seen four, but will be up that way again soon to do the other two.

Weekend Wanderings: Silo Art Trail

Let’s take a look at the ones done so far. I have been to four of the six, as I get the others this page will be updated.

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These silos were completed about 12 months ago and were painted by the artist Guido van Helten, from Queensland. The four figures on the silos are local people.

They have been very popular and there always seems to be people stopping to take a look at them.

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Patchewollock

Fintan​ Magee​ painted the portrait of local Nick Hulland on the Patchewollock silo. This is a small town on the way to no where really, but it has some great things in it to photograph and I love going there.

Sheep Hills

You could be mistaken for missing Sheep Hills, there is almost nothing there, especially no public amenities, however it is where the last lot of silos were painted. For these Melbourne street artist Adnate was commissioned to produce some portraits on it. Adnate does a lot of indigenous portraits around Melbourne and anyone who loves street art knows his work. I was lucky and got to meet him a couple of times.

Lascelles

The last one that I was able to photograph was the one at Lascelles. It is a strange one as they have painted both ends, so you can’t get them all in one image, but have to take two. Of course, they gave the image of the man the best side. Whereas his wife is around the back on the messy side. It is quite strange how they were done. I couldn’t get a good one of the woman, so she will have to try again next time I am there.

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Two remaining silos

Another two were commissioned, and have been completed. I don’t know who the artists will, but I do know which ones they are going to paint. The other two were painted in Rupanyup and Rosebery. Hopefully I will get up there soon to see the complete silos. Once I have, I will add them here.

To finish off here is a map of Victoria and you can see where the Wimmera and Mallee are.

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It is almost a year since I got serious about Instagram and in that time I have gone from about 340 followers to 10.3 thousand. I like to think that is a great achievement, though I don’t know if it is. Mind you it has taken a lot of work to get that many and I’ve worked really hard. I haven’t really seen any benefits from it, but I do love Instagram and the images you see from others are awe inspiring. I get so much inspiration from looking at what is there. I’ve found new places I want to go and photograph.

One thing that I have found, is that I know, I don’t want to be a landscape photographer. Instagram is flooded with images of waterfalls and mountains with lakes in front of them. It has always been my thing to try to be different. It is so easy to fall into the trap of being the same as everyone else. Play the popularity contest.

I believe you have to be true to yourself and do what makes you feel good. I want my work to stand out from the crowd, and I know that often means an image won’t get so many likes, but it has to be about more than that.

I am an artist first, always. I don’t like to think of myself as a photographer, because I’m not, not really. Yes, I take photos, but I do so much more as well. I’m an artist and my medium is photography, and maybe Photoshop is also my medium. I love seeing what I can do on the computer and I will work on an image for hours, over a whole day sometimes. This is what I do.

I am going to start talking about this a lot more, I hope you won’t mind.

Here are my photos from the last week on Instagram. If you want to find out more about the images, take a look at my Instagram feed, there are descriptions and tips there.