A small coloured pencil/oil pastel piece which I’m drawing at the exhibition.
I am spending a couple of hours each day at my art exhibition “Entranced”. In this exhibition I have several works from the past five years as well as a series of 2017 drawings.
While at the gallery I am listening to the opinions of visitors. What I am hearing is that many people prefer drawings with a more interpretive impressionistic bent than the detail-filled sharply focused pieces. Indeed, the first to sell at the opening was “Daydream” and many visitors have admired this piece and others like it.
coloured pencils on top of an undercoat of oil pastels.
I am happy that visitors are responsive to the impressionistic work because this is a type of drawing I am enthusiastic about as well. After years of detailed work, it is a pleasure to work in a looser interpretative style.
“Sideshow Alley” – coloured pencils/oil pastels
also in the exhibition.
Kidogo Arthouse (Bathers Beach, Fremantle) is open from 11 – 4 Tuesday to Sunday (but closed on Sunday 17 September) until September 20. I am on site from 11 until 1. I am giving a talk on Saturday 16th at 2 pm. All welcome.
“Daydream” coloured pencils and oil pastels, 215 x 290 mm. August 2017.
Daydream – a pleasant fantasy or reverie.
“Daydream” is my second drawing from a photograph I took in Pontocho, Kyoto in the spring of 2013. The first drawing is “Promenade”, February 2016.
190 x 250 mm, February 2016
I was persuaded to let Matthew (husband) keep “Promenade” as it is a favourite of his. However I did so want to exhibit it in my exhibition Entranced next month. A few days ago I had the bright idea to do another version of it, this time using Sennelier oil pastels as well as coloured pencils and drawing it larger than the first one.
I was curious to see how I would treat the subject 18 months after my first interpretation and after months in the interim doing impressionistic Paris drawings.
Here they are side by side; the new one on the right. I didn’t look at the first drawing while I drew the second so as not to be influenced by it. The dark areas are more intense (saturated) in “Daydream” than “Promenade” and I think the new drawing has more luminosity and power than the older one.
In the new drawing, the figures have a floating quality and the road sweeps up rather than along, but the scene has a gentle dreaminess so I’m leaving it this way.
So Matt gets to keep “Promenade” while I get to exhibit “Daydream”. This is called ‘having one’s cake and eating it too’!
“Daydream” is the 23rd and final drawing for Entranced opening on 7 September (until 20) at Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach, Fremantle.
Treading the Boards
“Treading the Boards”
Coloured pencils and Sennelier oil pastels.
225 x 275 mm.
In a theatrical setting; the port of Fremantle lit by morning sunshine, a seagull steps along a wooden plank with the studied deliberation of an actor treading the boards.
This drawing will be one of 21 Julie Podstolski drawings exhibited at Kidogo Arthouse, Bathers Beach, Fremantle, from 7th September 2017 (for two weeks) – with ceramics by Stewart Scambler.
On the Rocks
“On the Rocks 1”
“On the Rocks 2”
The latest additions to my drawing series headed for Kidogo Arthouse in September 2017 are “On the Rocks 1” and “On the Rocks 2”. These drawings will be the smallest in the exhibition at 195 x 200 mm each.
In the past three weeks I have been to New Zealand and back twice. Each time I flew, one of the drawings went with me so that I could work while away. These well-traveled crested terns were worked on in airport transit lounges, my sister’s house in Wellington and in the hospice where my brother was being cared for in Christchurch. It was calming to scratch away with pencils in the unusual circumstances in which my drawings and I found ourselves. They were both completed back home in my studio.
When holding an exhibition it is good to have a range of art sizes. Not everyone has huge wall spaces (or wallets) for one’s major works. A small sized drawing (or two) may be just the ticket for an intimate space.
“Entranced” opens on 7th September at Kidogo Arthouse on Bathers Beach, Fremantle.
Coloured pencil drawing of Katsutomo. 370 x 460 mm. June 2017
“Entrance 1. the act or an instance of going or coming in; a door, passage etc. by which one enters; right of admission; the coming of an actor on stage.” “Entrance 2. enchant, delight; put into a trance; overwhelm with strong feeling.” (The Australian Concise Oxford Dictionary)
In September 2015 I took many photos of Katsutomo during her erikae (when she become a Geiko). This month, June 2017, I have made my third drawing from this auspicious occasion.
Two previous drawings of Katsutomo …
A Reflective Moment
330 x 490 mm, 2015
365 x 510 mm, 2015
and when she was still a Maiko…
Here she is in my drawing “The Art of Elegance”, 2014
I have recently been invited to exhibit my drawings at Kidogo Arthouse – 7th to 20th September 2017 – hence a return to memories – and new drawings – of Kyoto. My co-exhibitor will be Ceramicist, Stewart Scambler. This is a Gallery East exhibition.