It's interesting when you tell people you're an artist, you get quite a few different reactions to it. Especially when I follow it with that I do illustration and stencil art. I think the reaction that gets me, is when people assume that I'm a full time artist, now whether that's in response to how I present the fact I'm an artist, I don't know. I always feel awful when explaining, that that's not the case and that in fact I've a full-time job that I love and my art is something I do in my own time, along with everything else.
I also find it's not just people who I'm chit chatting to that seem to make this assumption. It's sometimes galleries, suppliers and others in the industry. I've felt myself over the last few months having to explain that I'm not available during certain times due to work, and having to repeat this over and over again to some. Which can get rather frustrating - I've always liked the phrase "I don't wish to repeat myself because it makes me sound stupid."
What I'm getting at here is that not all artists create during the typical 9 to 5 working day, some are up late working at what they love. Others may have been up at the crack of dawn making coffees for some of the artists who work in the corporate sector and wear a suit instead of paint splattered jeans during the day. Creativity has no allocated time slot, there are no hard and fast rules on when you can be creative. Well... kind of... you might not want to be using the power drill at 3am though.
I also feel that just because you haven't committed your entire being to art it doesn't make you any less of an artist. I love my job, I love going out surfing, but I also love painting and drawing, for me that's what makes me who I'am as an artist.
When I started getting my surfboards custom made for me, I also wanted to have custom artwork on them too. It was this interest in customising my own surfboards that led me to take up stenciling as a suitable medium in which to do so. Since stenciling one of my early boards with a pink palm tree my style and skill has changed. I'm also painting more than just surfboards.
My latest surfboard shaped by Scott Peberdy at Outereef
couldn't be left blank. Following all the surfboards before it I knew when placing the order for this surfboard that I wanted to cut yet another flamingo stencil to spray on it. I also knew that I wanted to have bright greens and blues behind it to make it pop.
Shortly after picking up this fine looking surfboard, selecting the tailpad and fins, I cut the flamingo stencil, bought the Belton Molotow colours that I required (also note they match the tailpad) and got to work on completing the artwork.
Since painting it I've taken the surfboard out at Woolamai down at Phillip Island, and it rides like a dream. I'm stoked to have this board as an addition to my quiver of surfboards.
Coasters seem to be one of those things you need but you never really think you need, until it's too late and the table is damaged. I'm loving this cute tutorial over on Design Happens on how to make your own coasters using a cut off branch of wood and some paint.
Off The Kerb Gallery are calling all incredible artists out there to raise their hands for their birthday group exhibition, Arcadia. They are supporting Clowns Without Borders Australia with funds raised from the show. If you're interested in being apart of this group show at one of Melbourne's most wonderful galleries visit their website www.offthekerb.com.au for more information. Be quick though, the deadline for submissions is the Deadline for applications is Sunday 1 March 2015 (before 5pm).
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Please respect all artists in all creative fields.