Begin again

Oh my - how are you?

It's been too long between posts I know! So much has happened these past 8! months... For me the difficulty of sitting down and writing is actually finding the time as I'm usually busy making art. No more excuses, time to catch up on all things creative and share some of the highlights of these past months.

The biggest thrill was being a finalist in The Paddington Art Prize in Sep last year - such an honour being shown alongside some amazingly talented Aus artists such as Tim Allen, Suzanne Archer, Jo Bertini, Yvonne Boag, John Bokor, Matthew Bromhead, Tom Carment, Catherine Cassidy, Gary Christian, Dino Consalvo, Lottie Consalvo, Jo Davenport, J Valenzuela Didi, James Drinkwater, Lorraine Droga, Heather Egan, Eva Hampel, Geoff Harvey, David Hawkes, Belynda Henry, Sam Holt, Pamela Honeyfield, Todd Hunter, Susan Jacobsen, Dinah Johanson, Alan Jones, Jason Jowett, Michelle Kirk, Graham Kuo, Peter Lankas, Janice Liley, Genevieve Kemarr Loy, Laura Matthews, Paul Miller, Stephanie Monteith, Justine Muller, Niahjuella, Wayde Owen, John Petrie, Charmaine Pike, Marisa Purcell, Ben Rak, John Reid, Jennifer Riddle, Peter Sharp, Tony Sowersby, James Stephenson, Peter Stevens, Margaret Ellen Turner, Helen McCarthy Tyalmuty, Emma Walker, Greg Warburton and Anthony White. Tim Allen being the overall winner.

This was an incredible experience and a great opportunity to meet some of the artists and gain insight to their work practice. I'm finding the more well known an Aus artist is, the more they are willing to share and encourage others - especially artist Alan Jones - he has taken time to encourage me with my work and given me direction in how and who to approach when it comes to gallery representation. Very valuable information and very much appreciated.

In March this year I will showing alongside 99 other emerging Aus artists at The Other Art Fair Sydney

I will be including my work from The Paddington Art Prize along with a few other paintings and drawings. I hope you can come along. For those overseas, or won't be able to make it, I will be posting images on this blog plus Instagram and Twitter - links below...

Today I'm posting some paintings that may or may not make it to the show - I've some time to decide. They are images of the land and water around the area where I live Como/Oyster Bay - I hope you like them and would love to hear from you.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Claire

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Sketch 147 148

Hello how are you?

A couple of quick sketches tonight - still with the Monument in Peace Park at Sutherland. The first sketch is with the pen and ink mark that reflects the overall imagery/concept in single lines - if I were to remove the colour, the lines would say as much about the subject as that which was removed.

The second sketch is really the first take of this image - a watercolour rendition of the the Monument to the Gweagal people - the Dharawal speaking people - the original custodians of our land. Still working on the potrayal of this area from my perspective.

Thanks for stopping by.

 Sketch 147 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 147 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 148 Watercolour on paper

Sketch 148 Watercolour on paper

Sketch 144 145 146

Hello how are you?

Quick one tonight - a little series introducing myself into the landscape. More to come - still searching for my mark. Would love to hear your story.

Thanks for stopping by.

 Sketch 144 Watercolour and pencil on paper

Sketch 144 Watercolour and pencil on paper

 Sketch 145 Watercolour and pencil on paper

Sketch 145 Watercolour and pencil on paper

 Sketch 146 Watercolour and pencil on paper

Sketch 146 Watercolour and pencil on paper

Sketch 143

Hello how are you?

Time to start adding myself into the landscape and explore my dreamtime.

Thanks for stopping by.

 Sketch 143 pencil on paper

Sketch 143 pencil on paper

Sketch 141 142

Hello how are you?

What a brave world we live in - loving the resilience of the Brits right now and marvelling at how music can elevate the soul.

Tonight I'm moving forward with landscape - just keeping on going and admiring the strength of others.

Thanks for stopping by - things will be happening soon...

 Sketch 141 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 141 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 142 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 142 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 139 140

Hello how are you today?

I hope all my family, friends, their families and friends are safe and well today.

Tonight I am emphasising peace by showing another sketch of the Peace Park in Sutherland. Just wondering, who teaches young men to kill innocent people? Are you out there or have you gone since you achieved your goal - sick, disgusting cowards.

 Sketch 139 watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 139 watercolour pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 140 watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 140 watercolour pen and ink on paper

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Hello how are you?

Quick ones tonight - more research on our wonderful original custodians of our land and the monument to the Gweagal people at Peace Park in Sutherland....more to come soon

Thanks for stopping by.

 Sketch 136 watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 136 watercolour pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 137 pen and ink on paper

Sketch 137 pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 138 watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 138 watercolour pen and ink on paper

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Hello how are you?

Tonight I have been a bit heavy handed with the watercolour - the images are turning out not as expected, but I'm enjoying this journey nonetheless...

Still with the monument in Peace Park at Sutherland - a tribute to the original custodians of the land, the Gweagal people.

My lines look a little confused tonight, but they're ok - just finding their way to the next direction...

I hope you stayed warm today.

Thanks for stopping by.

 Sketch 133 watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 133 watercolour pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 134 pen and ink on paper

Sketch 134 pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 135 watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 135 watercolour pen and ink on paper

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Hello how are you?

Lots of cultural events happening in Sydney this week with a plethora of creative people sharing their brilliance - hope you get out to see some of the wonderful enlightening events - let me know what you experienced.

Most importantly the referendum on Aboriginal rights 50 year anniversary - my little tribute to our original custodians - the Dharawal speaking people. A monument found in Peace Park at Sutherland.

Listening to one of my all time favourite Jamie xx works - Gosh

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

 Sketch 130 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 130 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 131 Pen and ink on paper

Sketch 131 Pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 132 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 132 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

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Hello how are you?

Just a short one tonight - still with the lovely Canberra trees

Hope you enjoyed your day

Thanks for stopping by

 Sketch 127 Watercolour pen ink paper

Sketch 127 Watercolour pen ink paper

 Sketch 128 pen ink paper

Sketch 128 pen ink paper

 Sketch 129 Watercolour pen ink paper

Sketch 129 Watercolour pen ink paper

Sketch a Day 124 125 126

Hello how are you?

Back at it again today. This is a tree found in Canberra, my friend kindly advised me it's an Ent tree - he's very amusing.

Anyway, I'm loving the Autumnal colours that Canberra does so well - the green of the grass reminds me of pistachios...

Listening to Unknown Archetype The Serpent

Thanks for stopping by and thanks for your feedback, very much appreciated.

 Sketch 124 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 124 Watercolour pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 125 pen and ink on paper

Sketch 125 pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 126 watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 126 watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch a Day 121 122 123

Well hello! Where have I been you may ask? I've been living and I'm sure there are many of you who could recite what John Lennon had to say about that.

Anyway, I hope your life has been as wonderful as mine these past few weeks.

I know you're asking where is sketch 116 - 120 - well, you can see them in Instagram, Twitter and FB page (links below), but here is tonight's sketch. And yes, I know I have a lot of catching up to do as well!

Still on my quest to make my mark representing the landscape. Have been reading up on our original custodians of this beautiful land to see their stories, not the time when they started making art for the sale of art, but originally - the rock drawings, the dreaming (or what we can know of it anyway). I want to create my dreaming, but who's looking at me?

Listening to Underworld Jumbo

Thanks for stopping by.

 Sketch 121 watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 121 watercolour pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 122 pen and ink on paper

Sketch 122 pen and ink on paper

 Sketch 123 watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch 123 watercolour pen and ink on paper

Sketch a Day 115

Hello how are you?

Today's sketch is a pencil image on paper of the local trees in our area. Still working on my mark.

Trying to catch up so there will be a few posts over the next few days...

 Sketch 115 Pencil on paper

Sketch 115 Pencil on paper

Sketch a Day 114

Hello how are you?

Just a quick sketch tonight as I'm researching - reading Taking Back Memories, Art from Millingimbi - co authored by Cara Pinchbeck Lindy Allen and Louise Hamby.

More about this book later but do take some time to find and read - beautiful artwork.

Tonight's sketch is pencil on paper - my withered old hand that keeps on drawing.

Thanks for stopping by.

 Sketch 114 Pencil on paper

Sketch 114 Pencil on paper

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Hello how are you?

Thanks for your response to my next endeavours involving researching the local original custodians of the land in the Sutherland Shire. If you are from the Dharawal speaking clan or know someone who is, please contact me at claire@clairecavanna.com as I would like to know more about the history of your ancestors. Thank you.

Tonight I'm journeying into water and the reflections found within our local area.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

 Sketch 111 Watercolour on paper

Sketch 111 Watercolour on paper

 Sketch 112 pen ink on paper

Sketch 112 pen ink on paper

 Sketch 113 pen ink watercolour on paper

Sketch 113 pen ink watercolour on paper

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Hello how are you?

The next few weeks I'm continuing my exploration of making my mark in terms of portraying the local landscape and to this end, I will be researching our local indigenous artists from the Gweagal people, a Dharawal speaking clan. I'd like to see their symbolism of our land, the stories behind the images and I'll share these with you.

Here is today's sketches - almost back on track.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for stopping by.

 Sketch 108 watercolour pencil on paper 

Sketch 108 watercolour pencil on paper 

 Sketch 109 pen ink on paper 

Sketch 109 pen ink on paper 

 Sketch 110 watercolour pen ink on paper

Sketch 110 watercolour pen ink on paper

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Hello how are you?

It's been a while but here I am back on track - hope you have all been enjoying yourselves - let me know what you've been up to!

Today's works exploring that ever elusive mark I want to make in an effort to portray the landscape without cliche nor laboured imagery.

RUOK? hope so

Thanks for stopping by

You can email me at claire@clairecavanna.com or follow on Instagram Twitter FB LinkedIn - links below or on my profile page.

 Sketch 105 watercolour and pencil on paper

Sketch 105 watercolour and pencil on paper

 Sketch 106 pen ink wash on paper

Sketch 106 pen ink wash on paper

 Sketch 107 pen ink wash watercolour pencil on paper

Sketch 107 pen ink wash watercolour pencil on paper

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Hello how are you?

I hope you have a peaceful break these next few days.

Here are a couple of works today - still exploring line and colour. Love to hear your thoughts.

Listening to this amazing music from Sunset with Low Motion Max Gosford and Moriarty - playlist from April 11 show - become a subscriber to FBI Radio it is well worth the money to keep these amazing shows going - I am loving this track from Unknown Archetype The Serpent

It's like when you're at the beach on a perfect day and everyone there is feeling the same way - just being in the beautiful moment that only the sun sand and surf can provide. kind of like being in the moment on the dance floor - same kind of bliss whe this type of music is played.

Enough of that - here is the art...

Thanks for stopping by.

 Sketch 102 acrylic on canvas

Sketch 102 acrylic on canvas

 Sketch 103 watercolour and pencil on paper

Sketch 103 watercolour and pencil on paper

 Sketch 104 watercolur pen and ink on paper

Sketch 104 watercolur pen and ink on paper

Sketch a Day 101

Hello how are you?

Here is sketch 101 still working with acrylic on canvas - still trying to find my mark to show how I feel about our landscape.

Thanks for stopping by.

 Sketch 101 acrylic on canvas

Sketch 101 acrylic on canvas

Sketch a Day 100

Hello how are you?

Here is sketch 100 starting to venture into canvas now - staying with water soluble paint - this being acrylic - have been ill of late and don't want to jeopardise my health by starting on oil. This is a continuation of exploring the local landscape using a combination of black and white with colour.

Still trying to find my mark.

Also a few re worked watercolours from I see what you're thinking exhibition.

Thanks for stopping by.

 Acrylic on canvas

Acrylic on canvas

 Re work I see what you're thinking - acrylic watercolour on paper

Re work I see what you're thinking - acrylic watercolour on paper