"PAINTINGS BY JENI CARUANA"
I have saved quite a few trees by not sending out invitations or making printed flyers or posters. I am relying on this, my Blog, emails and Facebook posts to advertise my current exhibition. I do hope this works as I really think that these are some of the best paintings I have ever produced. I am exhibiting again at the 'La Vittoria' Band Club in Mellieha. It is a great venue, run by some great people dedicated to the local community. It is easy to find, as it is in front of the main parish church in Mellieha.
No parking problems either....
Do drop in and see me - it is open every evening from 5 - 9.30 pm and on Sundays from 10am - 9.30pm and I will be there.
It is only open until Sunday 18th May.
I have put a lot of work into this collection over the last year, and I really think I have taken my work a big step closer to where I would like it to go. I would love to share it with you.
Besides simplifying the exhibition title (I am so fed up with exhibitions with grandiose, meaningless titles) I have also named the paintings simply too..... perhaps it's my age, or perhaps just the stage I have reached. I don't want to mess around any more. The paintings are the important things - they should speak for themselves.
In his inaugural speech, Marquis Nicholas de Piro must have telepathically picked up on my thoughts, and said
"I do not think that artisitic inspiration should be explained too much – all I am interested in is how Jeni’s work might influence me, and its power to assume any impact on my emotional stability. I do not really want to hear her version of what might have moved her. Ringing in my ears are the words of an Oxford Don and poetry critic I once knew. He said “Some of the worst poetry ever written was created with the sincerest intentions”. This is important and reflects all of art from painting to sculpture to architecture to music. Creativity to become great, does need a little bit of sophistication, and even enough hypocrisy to challenge the intellect. Jeni is not dreaming; she knows what she is doing. I think so, anyway. Yes indeed there is some naive art which I like and esteem, but now, today, this evening we are considering Jeni Caruana and she is anxious to pass on the stimulus she continually receives, the inventive, spur and motivation she chases and admires – and then passes on to us.
What she sees in a rough staircase attached to a rustic wall leading on to nowhere, and how she handles her paints depicting this scene made me gasp with pleasure. In another picture, her carmine nude contrasting the softness of reality with the mockery of falsehood – oh how it worked for me; but I would not want to hear why she did it."
The exhibition is in aid of Hospice Malta,
who deserve our support for their wonderful work.
In collaboration with 'La Vittoria' Band Club. Wines provided by Monte Kristo Wine Estates
I'm starting a four-week Drawing course on the 9th November - Saturday afternoon - from 2pm to 4.30pm in my studio in Manikata.
I can GUARANTEE that I can help you to see the world differently, which makes it so much easier to draw anything you choose. Complete beginners and those that need to brush up their drawing skills are all welcome. The only materilas you will need are a cheap A4 sketchbook and a 2B pencil.
80 euro for the course, which will be very structured and so - well - don't miss any!
This structured course of six classes will cover all the basics that you need to know to either learn to draw or improve your skills. Easy steps for using tone, perspective, measuring and composition will give you the confidence to tackle any subject. Advice on how to mix colours and use basic watercolour techniques will set you on the road to making your own pictures.
All in a friendly and creative atmosphere :-)
Classes begin on Saturday the 16th March from 4.30 - 7pm.120 euro for 6 classes – booking can only be accepted upon payment, as places are limited.
For more information please contact Jeni on the form below
Or Sistina on 21335548
Wednesday classes are continuing at Sistina, and also Sunday morning creativity sessions in Manikata.......
Classes at Sistina are starting again!!
It will be lovely to be back at Sistina Art Shop, 118 The Strand Sliema again!
Classes begin on Wednesday 13th February at 10am til 12.30pm
We'll be doing drawing exercises and explorations into different ways of approaching picture-making, covering everything from tone to perspective to colour mixing..... we'll work mainly in watercolours, but mixed media and Other Stuff usually appear too!
Places are limited, so please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and a booking form
Creativity Workshops in Manikata
Classes will resume on February 17th
in the usual format of an hour of focused drawing practice followed by creative exercises in different media.
120 e for 6 classes, 23 e for drop-in classes, 28 e including all materials.
Please email me on email@example.com for more info and a booking form
"Love" by Anne Hoshi Furuya
Japanese Calligraphy Workshop
Saturday 23rd February 2013 10am (sharp) - 4pm
Only 45 euro including all materials - and a vegetarian Japanese lunch!
A fun day with Anne Hoshi Furuya, the talented daughter of a professional Japanese calligraphy teacher in Japan.
Using authentic equipment, we will learn : -
*how to write our own names in Japanese characters
*make a lucky New Year card using traditional methods
* a little origami
Please wear suitable clothes (ink stains!) or bring an apron.
The workshop will take place in Jeni Caruana's studio in Manikata.
PLACES ARE LIMITED AND CAN ONLY BE RESERVED AGAINST PAYMENT IN FULL.
Please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and a booking form
So there I was, in the studio, fighting with a watercolour sketch that I had over-worked, and getting very frustrated with it. I had tried using soft pastels over it, which works sometimes.... but this time it was just getting worse. I liked the design and the idea of it, but it just wasn't coming together. I decided to abandon the watercolour altogether and start again on a dark-toned canvas using acrylics. To keep it simple I thought I'd try using only the three primary colours plus white...... and this is what happened!
I feel that the result really is splashy and happy - it's a direction I have been moving in for a while, but this painting is a real step into something new. I can't wait to try it again!
... so here I am, all fattened up after spending Christmas and New Year in the UK with my family. It's been great, doing nothing much but being with the Ones I Love.
I did spend a day wandering around London seeing as many exhibitions and galleries as I possibly could, trying to take mental snapshots and store all the images for future reference. I find that's better than taking actual photos sometimes (I had forgotten to pack my camera anyway!) - memories are often better to paint from, and you can't be accused of copying! Having said that, I am reading a brilliant little book called "Steal Like An Artist" which says that we should all be 'stealing' (i.e. keeping a record of) everything that appeals to us, so that we can feed it into our own work later. We should keep a 'Swipe File' in a scrapbook or on our pc's to refer to whenever we need a bit of inspiration.This isn't about copying images, but the ideas and thoughts behind them, so our own images are original creations based on whatever we have experienced along the way. I'll be bringing this idea to my students in future!
Which reminds me of all the things I have to do when I get home to Malta tomorrow - start organising my next First Friday Gallery (Feb 1st), advertise the Japanese Drawing workshop in my studio (Feb 3rd), think about having a Birthday Party (hoorah!), set up some new painting and drawing courses, confirm the dates of my landscape exhibition, which has been postponed because of the election in March, chase somebody that owes me some money :-), cuddle my cats until they squeak (yes I'll do that first!) and then see how my studio has fared without me..... oh, and try to lose some of this weight!
So tomorrow it will be farewell to the grey skies of London and HELLO!! to the blue skies of Malta.
From home to home.....
I love to paint - and draw - and help others to discover their creative side too.....
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