Another year has come around and already I am planning what to do over the coming months. I am involved with an arts weekend at the end of next month where I will be demonstrating my coloured pencil technique, as well as displaying some of my latest work. In April I will exhibit my first ‘serious’ collection of digital drawings at the Brave Art Gallery, in Longford, Northern Tasmania, Australia.
I started ‘tinkering’ with digital art in 1999, but it wasn’t until last year that I arrived at what I considered was drawing that was worth displaying. Early indications are promising with the first 3 of 4 digital drawings sold. This will be a small collection (around 10), as I am showing in the smaller Gallery B of Brave, but I am up to the challenge of presenting something that will be bright, cheerful and I hope, interesting.
I have included a photo of one of my short-listed drawings.
My subject for this exhibition is the tulip growing area of Table Cape. After 2 successful coloured pencil exhibitions of this area last year, I wanted to try the subject in digital form. It’s time-consuming and challenging work, but I am enjoying the break from so much coloured pencil work.
Should an artist work in one medium or should they try a variety of mediums? I enjoy my coloured pencil work so much that I forget to try other ways of expressing my ideas. For a long time I have been interested in digital art, but I’m doing it to compliment my cp art, not compete with it, although I wouldn’t hang both mediums together. My pencil work has depth and texture, while the digital art is sharp, clean and ‘flat’ with a shiny finish.
As with my cp work, I have several drawings ‘under construction’ at the same time. I like variety in during my studio time as the type of art I do requires a lot of patience.
Maybe variety is a good thing after all.