Pictures 98-102 of my 100 Pictures Project

As you can see from the title of this blog post there was a numbering [or naming?] issue with my #100Pictures Project! It’s an approximately 100 Pictures Project in the end… I went a bit over & I also inadvertently skipped one. 101 is ‘good enough’ [… incidentally a concept I’m only recently applying to humaning and daily life but more on that another time perhaps!]

Part of me has been holding off completing this wrap up post … because then what will I even doooooo? However, here we are! Let’s finalise the recording of the artworks and trust that what happens next will be ok, too… Very likely something to look forward to, right?

Here are the rest of the paintings! Ta-daaaa ….

98: King Protea

This is for my friend, L, who adores the architectural-ness of King Proteas, with their grand flowers and poise. [Does seeing them holding their head high on their stems encourage you to sit up a little straighter as it does with me?]

In this picture, the soft radiance of the bloom is anchored by rhythmic symbol patterning in the background, that reads almost as a lattice.

Along with the freshness of the unexpected colour combination of pink, leafy green and buttery yellow, this painting has poise of its own … It would be a happy picture for a lobby, office or waiting room.
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99: Pear, Posy and Paisley

This one would have fitted right in with the Pear Shaped exhibition ;)

The lit up nasturtium petals are supported by cut glass reflections/refractions, a pear (natch!), and paisley and other patterns…

This mini landscape (table scape?) is a wandering adventure for the eyes, suited for a well lit hallway or beside the stairs.

Click this to go to the prints and paintings page of my website to make it your own!

 

100: Still Life with Gooseberries

This painting was in my Pear-Shaped 2022 SALA exhibition and is in a white timber frame, available and ready to hang on your wall.

This collection of home-grown cape gooseberries, still in their papery lanterns, is arranged on a vintage salad china plate of green and red, snuggled amongst more paisley, and backed by a quilt design of my imagination.

There is NO FLUORO-ness of the colours in the actual painting. I don’t know why jpegs sometimes go fluoro! To imagine the real thing, mentally mute that acidic colour pop! It’s a vibrant picture in its own right, but not fluorescent.

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101: Sunflowers and Frangipanis from Helen

This original watercolour – available now! – is in the 2023 Plenty Calendar and was well-loved in my Pear-Shaped Exhibition.

This sunny artwork with sunflowers and frangipanis, includes my signature fascination with glass reflections & refractions, and a sweet, very ripe pear popping in to say hi.

This cheery welcoming picture [hello!] is already framed with a white timber frame and would go well in a dining room, lobby, hall or office. Or, where would you hang it?

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102: Ripe Pears and Blues – SOLD

The original of this painting was in the aforementioned exhibition, and was/is sold – to a member of my [Tangerine Juice] eNews tribe, who snapped it up when she saw the preview in the eNewsletter. When she saw it in person, she messaged me:

“I picked up the picture last Friday and have now found the perfect spot! It is more stunning in real life than I imagined –  and is also in the calendar.”
~ Jenny E, Fleurieu Peninsula

If you adore this one too, there are fine art prints and, as noted, it features in the 2023 Plenty Calendar.

 

If you purchase one of the exhibition paintings, the offer still holds that you also receive a calendar as an extra bonus (subject to availability). Thank You! If calendars aren’t your kind of thing, you can use it for a gift, or drop me a note saying you don’t need it!

Thanks for being here!

Sign up for my eNewsletter, if you’re not already, ‘cos if I start to run out of energy, that’s the one I try to prioritise getting out.

Wishing you all of the well. Speak soon,
Meg :)

 

PS
Click this to order 2023 Art CalendarsClick this to watch the intro video I made showing you the freshly-landed calendars!
Click this for greeting cards.
Click this to see available unframed and framed originals.
Click this to see if your favourite original painting-that’s-already-sold is available as a fine art print.

Pictures 91 – 97 of my 100 Pictures Project

Hellooooo, lovelies!

Oh my gosh, so much on the homeward stretch – this is the penultimate post about my #100PicturesProject …

Currently my 2022 SALA exhibition is on show, once more at the wonderful Mockingbird Lounge bookshop, which has also gifts & is a cafe. The stories in my art are surrounded by stories in books :) There’s so much goodness there to see/read/take home!

Meanwhile, here are the next pictures in my long-term #100PicturesProject:

91: Soft (Humphrey) – SOLD

This sweet Selkirk Rex (Humphrey’s cat breed) is a cat portrait I finished last year, one of the last when I was still offering such services. This prized kitty goes into cat shows, and is a very loved cat at home, where he is amongst loving cat people and other beloved felines.

The actual picture is in one of the office (chambers?) welcome rooms of the lawyer who commissioned it.

92: Generous (Winter Nasturtiums) – SOLD

A description for Mother Nature’s abundance: ‘generous’… right?

I cleared the walking path of vigorous nasturtium runners, and was gifted with this posy of delight! I adore them with the deep blue behind the flowers and green foliage. And the spotty china is super fun…

93: Nasturtiums and Checks

This was done at a similar time to the above, perhaps why there’s quite a lot of blue in the background here, too.

A sweet thrifted shirt/blouse was muse for the fabric, with two different checks underlying the reflect-y/refract-y aqua glass in the foreground, along with more of Mother Nature’s zestful glory … the background is more of lattice type pattern to make sure we have quite.enough.checks.

An abundant light and colour-filled piece – for a kitchen perhaps?

94: Oops!

I don’t seem to have given the number 94 to a picture! Which is ok, because I inadvertently went up to number 102, on the tail end of this, so I still made it to at least 100 actual pictures.

 

95: LANA – SOLD

In memoriam.

96: Rainbow Boots, Recycling and Favourite Vase

An arrangement of everyday objects!

The monolithic white bottle holds a whole bunch of plastic lids headed for the recycle bin – the bread tags go in too – so that they don’t fall down the cracks of the recycling machines and get stuck in the works.

I’m still loving on this vase; this picture gives a hint of its relatively small stature.

The boots! A neighbour was headed to the rubbish bin with them – they had become somewhat smelly was their reason – and I side-tracked them to include in this picture.

97: Nasturtiums in Jars

Glory be: more nasturtiums! This time with uncommon (where I am) blossoms of pale yellow and some soft oranges and reds … They’re held by a yellow glass jar and a jam jar, and arranged as a sweet still life.

Any room would be uplifted with this sweet piece, bedroom, hallway, eating area…

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the way, if you’re in Adelaide, South Australia and you like my art:

Visit my Pear Shaped exhibition at Mockingbird Lounge, 68 Broadway, Glenelg South; it’s on every day until the end of August, 10am – 4pm.

There are 2023 Bold Art Calendars available at the exhibition too, the Plenty (Food and Flowers) themed one somewhat-but-not-entirely matches the exhibition paintings, or available here from my website, or at my stockists.
Cards can be found here at my website, or at my other stockists or at the exhibition (and beyond at the same place).
Maybe there will be art lessons scheduled in Spring – keep your eye on my [Tangerine Juice] eNewsletter for info on that, or Contact Me and request to get an email when I send word to the current students.

There’s a good chance that when I have a minute to sit (or walk) and think and dream a bit, I’ll start another stupidly big art project. Hahahahaha :D Stay tuned!

Next time: there’s one more batch of 101 Pictures Project artworks to show you :)

Take care!
Speak soon,
Meg :)

 

PS Look, I got press for my SALA exhibition!

 

A handful of intriguing news

I hope you are making your way well – thriving fabulously even – through Winter. [Seriously, though: brrrrrrr…]  Or through Summer, northern hemisphere friends :)

As I mentioned to my [Tangerine Juice] eNews readers, I’m hardly on social media at the moment. And loving it! [<<< read that in Agent 86’s voice] I seem to catch comparisonitis quite readily, which doesn’t add any goodness towards a mentally healthy day!

I’m continuing to create art (including cards, prints and calendars), blog (like this very article), exhibit my art, and create & send the eNewsletter [click this to subscribe]. The latter of which has the latest news and pictures (art and life) for subscriber peeps – who also get 10% off when the calendars come out. Which is soon! … More on that below, but here’s a first peep at the covers:

Ideas, possibly intriguing

  1. I seem to be struggling more getting through the cold of Winter … maybe I’m aware of this more as I’m getting older [aren’t we all? It’s called ‘life’!]? Are you too? May and June have been so cold & gray here (South Australia). With such a blatantly seasonal business – ie. calendars! – they’re frequently my lowest income months, too. Last year (after years of exhibitions, almost a decade of calendar making and even more decades of life) the penny dropped that this IS what happens in Winter. Keeping that in mind, trusting it will pick up and get warmer – as it has always before – seems to help. There will be less cloudiness, more warmth and longer daylight hours… the easier seasons will be here soon. I guess while it’s here, maybe take advantage of the short days and enjoy longer sleeps? [How wonderful is a good sleep, right? Ha, definitely getting older…]
  2. WIth the deliberate step back from doom scrolling, I’m spending more time reading books – including Stolen Focus by Johann Hari. Have you read it? So good. Hari posits that it’s not just that we are getting looser with where we direct our own attention and how we care for ourselves as real live humans (there’s ways we can do better with that too, ie. sleep more) but also that the profferers of social media and devices are deliberately interrupting us so they can make money. [It’s their business model. It’s called ‘surveillance capitalism’, sounds yuck, right? We may need to activate for regulation on that in the near future.] Covid and isolation – and politicians! – have revealed to us just how our world is set up – do we truly want to progress to the logical conclusion of that? [I’m going with ‘no’.] With that pointed out, and this terrific book, I’ve unplugged somewhat. (I’m still watching and streaming some free-to-air TV.) It’s so great to find more time to read books!
  3. Geneen Roth writes on Women Food and God … that seems to be her shtick/topic under many titles. I’ve heard about her writing for years it feels like, and perhaps I’d thought it might be too academic for me, but her work is accessible, on point and funny too… She talks around how we can live good lives and respect the Universe’s beautiful makings (including ourselves) when we attend kindly to our bodies. Not to be obliged to serve old mental messaging or current cultural expectations (or what we think are expectations, though in reality maybe everyone is too busy with their own stuff to put anything on us!). Just to care for ourselves like we would someone we cared about… that’s intriguing to me. And obvious. And, why don’t we do that?
  4. My paintings are back from the framer, ready for my SALA (South Australian Living Artists) exhibition 2022. They will be hung at the venue in early August, and the launch is on Friday the 5th. Dates and other details are at the exhibition webpage: Pear Shaped. And other glimpses from a lock down studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links, maybe of intrigue

Instead of throwing the odd link up on the socials, I’ve collected them to share with you here. Perhaps they will intrigue you as they did me:

  1. Independent MP Zali Steggall on how Australian Parliament has been and how it needs to change.
  2. One minute art history. What it says, as a video.
  3. Food for People progress. I have tears in my eyes…
  4. Underserved communities get funds from polluters payments in the US. Interesting and fair idea and it seems to be working.
  5. Famous artists solving homelessness issues in Germany
  6. Why an indigenous voice to Parliament?
  7. If you only listen to one, make it this one. (I think that’s how it was recommended to me. I kept the link tab open and finally listened. Worth it.) Beautiful, hopeful. 

What are you reading (or listening to) at the moment?

Pre PS:

The next round of calendars are almost here! Click this to read more and pre-order yours!
As always, for a 10% off code on calendars, sign up for my eNewsletter, [Tangerine Juice] which wings its way from the heart of my studio direct to your inbox most months!

I’d better click Publish quickly, before there’s a whole new crop of fascinating listening to recommend!

Speak soon,
Meg :)

Aussie election – vote tomorrow!

Hi Aussie bold souls!

Tomorrow’s federal election seems an important one, but I didn’t exactly know how and where to get good information. You too? … Here are a few sources of info:

Here are some places to garner information:

  1. Aussie journalist Sarah Wilson has done the current series of her podcast on This Wild Election << click through and scroll down to find the latest, or find her work wherever you get your podcasts. I’m listening in reverse order and the episodes are covering “Voting for climate”, “Voting for a First Nations Voice”, “What’s a Hung Parliament?”, “Who has the best policies for women”, and how to actually vote including how our system works, and more… Every vote counts at full value on the house of reps due to preferential voting. If you remember differently from earlier in life, that process got changed in 2017. We control our own preferences, at the federal level.
  2. How to vote for Climate at Climate 200 website. Including a page where you can easily find your your local independent climate action candidate.
  3. And, how to actually vote by The Juice Media. It’s do-able. [Hint: Don’t vote for the shit ones!]
  4. Osher Günsberg has done a great job interviewing independent MP candidates, too.

I thank them all for their work and sharing. If you hadn’t researched yet, I hope this helps find information to help you choose who you want to represent you based on your values. Every single one of our votes are important.

Next time I’ll be back with the next round of #100PicturesProject catch up… we’ll probably know by then [depending on how long any needed counting of preferences goes on for and how long I take to put up my next blog post!] who’s in the next Australian federal lower house Government and half the Senate.

Meanwhile, I’m early-bird-introducing my 2022 exhibition artworks to my mailing list peeps [join here] and you can get cards here.

Take care,
Meg of the Tangerine x o

Pictures 86 – 90 of my 100 Pictures Project

Hello, delightful one! Welcome to the next instalment of my #100PicturesProject… We’re up to number 90 today… So.nearly.there…!

87 – Frida and Green

Continuing with the Let’s Set Creative Challenges for Ourselves process with myself and Julie Frahm (and our FLOW(ER) exhibition in 2021 at T’Arts Collective Gallery) … we couldn’t resist incorporating Frida inspiration with flowers and things glorious that are Mexico-inspired.

This was my second attempt at a ‘Frida Cat’ … Do you think it ‘reads’ as her? I was inspired by the iconic Vogue cover photo – do you know of it? [Click this to see the picture I mean, and read more about Kahlo’s self-aware branding/dressing on Vogue’s site.]

 

 

88 – Decorated Cat

This blue cat is focussing on her inner light, decorated with embroidery-like designs and jewellery inspired motifs.

Last year, for our exhibition, my friend Julie Frahm created on the same themes, including wonderful glass bead birds and flower earrings for the Frida challenge.

This picture has been popular as a card and a print. Which bold soul wants the original to enhance their happy home?

89 – Gloria’s Patterns

Say the title aloud, can you also hear Glorious Patterns?

I adore this kitty’s striped tail, and their heart patch :)

The link to native flora (the third of our three exhibition challenges) is that the background is inspired by some cool red pods I found under a gum tree, arranged into a pattern.

 

90 – Sill Life with Gum

This is the only still life and non cat piece I did for the FLOW(ER) exhibition … it’s kinda friends with Collected: Still Life with Feathers (sold). The structure of the pic is from the gum branchlets, the fabric and border are rainbow, the feathers likely from a common magpie and a corella …

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to take a piece of my 2021 Exhibition home?

If you like any of the FLOW(ER) pictures and want a card of the image, I had a bunch printed! [Eep, maybe too many…Click this to order a handful of cards – they’re cheaper if you order ten or more (code is on the page).

I’m inexorably updating the available artwork on my website too. Along with all the pictures you see here today there are a few little, framed works available right now on my Paintings and Lino Prints webpage. There’s a ton of artwork there – a vertiable online art shop! Go check ’em out (^^^ use that text link, or the SHOP drop-down menu at top)!

What else is happening?

  1. I was proud of myself for adulting: I changed the smoke alarm battery, and (unrelated to that) bought myself a new phone and a better suited phone plan. I’m an apple person, and got a new-to-me phone, within my budget, more up-to-date than I’d expected! Hoorah! … On day 4, I dropped it on its corner on a gravel path! Haha, pride before fall. Fortunately it had a screen cover on it that was damaged and protected the shiny phone itself from damage. Moving forward, the shiny (surprisingly fast!) phone is now properly protected from all directions – and I’m being extra careful!
  2. I’m loving not being on social media much at all. I’m liking the more amiable rhythm of creating one or two blog posts and one eNewsletter a month. [Click this to sign up here, if you’d like to get the newsletters!] Because I’m not allowing socials to eat.up.all.my.attention and time, I can think thoughts through more slowly, more carefully – more haphazardly even – and write/edit sentences for clarity and from-the-heart-ness. Not missing the doom scrolling and where-did-those-hours-go-I-need-the-loo/food/hydration, at all!
  3. Probably like all Australians I’m over the lies and nastiness leading up to the Federal election on May 21. [You too?] Did you know there’s no law that requires political ads not to be lies at the Federal level in Australia, right now? I’m not going to believe what parties say about each other. Frankly, I just want to hear their policies & get a sense of leadership intentions, not pay for smear campaigns paid for with our/my hard-earned taxes. [End of rant.]
  4. August – and with it SALA and my Pear Shaped exhibition – is/are moving inexorably closer… hop on my mailing list to be front row at the sneak peek reveals, and thus get first dibs when the one-you-didn’t-know-you-wanted shows up!

What’s happening with you?

Are you learning some good life stuff? What are you enjoying watching and reading?

Have a lovely week, see you soon!
Meg x o

 

 

PS Oops, Picture 86, Kandinsky’s Dream is in my previous blog post. I’m not going to retrace my steps and change that blog title now, because there are links to it and things would quickly get confusing. [Click this to see my Paintings and Lino Prints page where Kandinsky’s Dream is now available.]

Pictures 81 – 85 of my 100 Pictures Project

Woohoo! We’re catching up with the #100PicturesProject gradually … here are five more pictures :) And after scrolling through the artworks, there are links to some ideas worth sharing [podcast and article links] and a free shipping offer that goes until sundown on Sunday April 10, 2022.

[Later: D’oh! This group got to pic number 86, but probably best not to change the blog post title now…!]

Here’s some free shipping information, so it’s not ‘buried’ at the end

Use code “vip*Fri-pping” (without quote marks, copy/paste for accuracy so the technology works) for free shipping within Australia on all online card, fine art print and late-bloomer 2022 calendar orders over $50 placed by sundown on Sunday!

Here are the next paintings in the huge art project…

81 – You’ve Been Zeussed! – SOLD

Many of you have said how much you’re enjoying the Zeus portrait in the 2022 calendars. The original of this celebratory cat portrait has gone to it’s furr-ever home … here’s a picture of it on the gallery wall of the owners’ home. How sweet does that kitty’s pup friend look? Awww…

82 – Paws in the Parsley Patch

When you have parsley and your’e obsessed by kitties… this is a thing that can happen. The favourite vase pattern has escaped and run riotously yellow, blue and floral on the cat at their picnic.

This is a pic that will bring sweetness and sunshine to your space. It’s available unframed right now – click this to read more. Snap up the sunshine at the old unframed price, $395!

83 – Florals Amidst Paisleys

A cheerful thrifted cup amidst delicious patterns – let your eyes wander and feast amongst the paisleys and florals.

This still life painting is a contender for my 2022 art exhibition… stay tuned for updates on that! Or click this text & hop on my mailing list so you hear first when I make that announcement!

84 – Trio of Pears

This pear still life painting will be in my 2022 Pear Shaped exhibition (<<< check out the webpage for details). It’s available now (framed) for pre-sale, ready for pick up at the start of September.

This might also be the cover of the next round of still life calendars … stay tuned on that front!

85  – Wassily Playing

I created this work for my FLOW(ER) exhibition in 2021, which was with the fabulous, indomitable Julie Frahm. This kitty painting is a response to Kandinsky’s work Squares with concentric circles combined with a super relaxed kitty. Kandinsky’s circles and squares were interpreted both smaller and plentiful (background), and sprinkled in various sizes. And on a cat. :)

This is available (in a white timber frame), also at the old price, $515 … Contact Me if you’re interested in this one for your very own, as it’s not yet on my website. … on my Paintings and Lino Prints webpage.

86  – Kandinsky’s Dream

Currently on display at AAH Aldinga, you may have seen it there in the front clinic, Fleurieu locals (Fleuri-ocals?) Gosh you could drink the nutritious vibe at that gorgeous place! This is a literal-response-plus-a-cat to Kandinsky’s circles on squares.

I think a friend wants this original painting for her own. I’ll let you know if it becomes available.

Several ideas worth sharing

  1. Sarah Wilson (on her Wild podcast) talks to Jason Hickel about the concept of Degrowth Economics. Now I’ve heard it I can’t stop thinking about it. I’ve ordered the book from the library [can’t wait] though I already have a nice stack of books awaiting!
  2. Follow the money talked to Admiral Chris Barrie and got some fascinating answers on how Australia could do well to prepare for increasing disasters.
  3. This article about drawing with kids and talking about the Ukraine has ideas that would probably be beneficial for adults too, right?
  4. If you want to read about humans protecting the environment in Alaska, so that fish can keep up healthy populations, check out this article from Reasons to be Cheerful. Big, fascinating, a-maz-ing photos of something I’ve never seen in real life, and a relaxing beautiful underwater video (of fish swimming) that made me smile right in the middle of the article.

Hope you have a great month… take it slowly, and shine your light!
Meg x o

 

 

PS I’m not going to be able to be at the local art market this month. :(

PS2 Here’s that ‘lead’, again. Use code “vip*Fri-pping” (without quote marks, copy/paste for accuracy so the technology works) for free shipping within Australia on all online card, fine art print and 2022 calendar orders over $50 placed by sundown on Sunday! I’d buried the lead (if not the lead, then something of note) here, so went ahead and copy-pasted it at the top, too. Get free shipping, friends!

 

Pictures 77 – 80 of my 100 Pictures Project

“I didn’t see that coming!”

Even after the past two years of covid and so much more, I’ve genuinely said “…I didn’t see that coming!” more in the past couple of weeks than I can remember ever before. A cluster of war, flooding, two iconic Aussie cricketers taking their final rainbow walks, along with unexpected things happening in my circles … it’s a lot.

And, hiding our light and our joy is not going to do anyone any good, so I’m proceeding here with my offering of the next in my 100 Pictures Project in the hope it may lift someone’s heart a little.

We’re caught up to 80 – woohoo! #smallstep #rightdirection I’m directing the 10% of proceeds from all direct-from-me sales towards Ukraine humanitarian aid, as always via TPRF.

77 – Quince and Crab Apples – SOLD

Do you have a tree of quinces, the old-fashioned fruit? Combined here with (not cherries but) crab apples, arranged on a few friendly, vibrant fabrics, allowing the pale yellow quinces to glow.

Are you familiar with quinces? Are you acquainted with their velvetty texture? Do you cook them? I’ve heard stories that if you bake them right they are divine…

This picture sold from/at my 2020 exhibition, Plenty 20.

 

 

 

78 – Rainbow Jazz – SOLD

This is a memorial painting of a dear kitty, Jazz, poised and alert in front of a rainbow quilt, with a xmas light string almost hidden in there.

This painting was completed before I took a step back from cat art commissions last Winter, and has gone to its ‘furrever’ home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

79 – Cherry Summer – SOLD

This still life features cherries – not crab apples this time! – in a joyful striped and leafy bowl, on a peace bird decorated surface, supported by a vibrant, print-like background pattern. 

This picture appeared in (and was the cover art of) my Plenty 2022 calendar.

When I gave a sneak peek of this picture to my eNewsletter “Tangerine Juice” subscribers, one of them bought it right away.
Sign up for my mailing list if you want to get first dibs when I make new pictures!

 

 

 

80 – Still Life with Parsley

Parsley’s a dear, hardy plant, isn’t it? Readily grown and sown, the leaves we eat in salads and as garnish etc, are quite distinct compared to a ‘gone to seed’ seed head as featured here.

This still life features a sprig of going-to-seed parsley in a light-filled yellow jar. There are variations on Van Gogh’s favourite colours – blue and yellow – in the vase, foreground and background. This is a sunshiny painting which will glow on your wall all year round.

This painting is unframed, ready to frame and hang at its forever home and can be found at my Paintings and Prints page … 10% of proceeds of all sales, including this painting, go to Ukranian humanitarian aid.

A couple of links

Join the club!

The next round of my new pictures will be released soon. To get first dibs, click this to sign up for my [Tangerine Juice] eNewsletter mailing list. You’ll also hear first about my 2022 Art Exhibition in August in South Australia, and get exclusive sneak peeks.

Don’t hide your light, dear heart. We so need it.
Love and peace,
Meg

 

PS Do you need a few late-blooming calendars? As of this writing, there remain: 1 Plenty (Food and Flowers), 9 Happy to be Here (my year of artwork), and 10 Rainbows and Connections (Illustrated Quotes). Click this to grab a few last art calendars … mention this blog post and I’ll send you 2 for the price of one (while stocks last).

Changes, artwork and embracing awkwardness

Greetings, bold souls, we made it to 2022! In fact, tomorrow it will be February – yikes, a twelfth of the year is gone … I’d better stop dithering editing and re-thinking, and click publish! [If you’re reading this, you know I clicked ‘publish’!]

Today, here are 3 small lists popsicles listicles … first, some glimpses of where we’re at right now. Then, a brief wrap up of my art progress from the past year. And finally, some good podcast listens…

Observed changes

  1. Unless something changes – and it might – Urban Cow Studio Gallery, the iconic Adelaide gallery is :( closing down. I was picking up my artwork therefrom and while walking back to my car, there were actual empty shops in the centre of the city & quite spartan ‘crowds’ for a weekday … And although I admit I enjoyed the breathing room, I found it a tad eerie.
  2. Overheard conversation in the supermarket last week:
    1: “The supermarket don’t have <this thing we wanted> … what will we do?”
    2: “We’ll make do.”
    I haven’t heard the term “make do” for maybe decades …
  3. This weekend I went into a different supermarket that suggested via a sign to buy only what you need & leave enough for everyone! [Apologies, no photo!] I’ve never had the impression that supermarket owners/managers were trying to get us to go with ‘sufficient’ before…

These unexpected throw backs were brought on perhaps by the invisible presence of the omicron variant now swirling across our state (South Australia)…

[Forget not that the convenience of trucks-bringing-food-to-supermarkets masks where food actually comes from. Spoiler alert: the earth!]

Let’s take a overview of 2021

Having timestamped when we are today, here are some things that happened this past year, in my art/business:

  1. I created quite a few new artworks – kitties, still lifes, and some lettering. In the process progressing my #100PicturesProject. For those playing along at home, in real time I’m currently working on picture number 99! Woohoo! [Next time, remind me I said I’m gonna nominate a smaller project!]
  2. Fabulous Julie Frahm & I created a vibrant winter exhibition, in May/June, 2021. Julie and I brought the colour, light and flow to our FLOW(ER) Exhibition at T’Arts Cooperative in 2021. I reckon our work made a lot of joy & sense together… :)
  3. Created five new 2022 art calendars – the themes were general new art (Happy to Be Here), Garden Cats, Blue Cat Friends, (food and flowers) Plenty, and a new one with uplifting things hand-lettered Rainbows & Connections. Thank you for your support, dear bold souls … are you enjoying your January (now February) pages? A few 2022 art calendars are left – the online inventory has been updated, so click this to order online if you still want one, or a few are left at stockists.
  4. I’ve made the difficult call to stop doing commissioned cat art – though I’ll not entirely stop painting kitties – and stopped teaching in series-es of lessons called ‘blocks’ (ostensibly terms but not matching school ones). Lessons will continue in a more ad hoc manner, as one-off sessions.

Moving forwards & small changes

Even with most of the apps uninstalled from my phone, it seems like social media and advertising are still trying to chase me/us and get our attention, to get their messages into our heads and take over our time and attention. This doesn’t look to be heading in a healthy direction for individuals, nor likely to ease up in the foreseeable future.

Partly inspired by Sarah Wilson’s WILD podcast (see a few links below) intro advocating better quality of life through “… less bloody scrolling”, I decided to experiment with reducing my Facebook time!

Less time on socials has made for simpler days – with more time for making stuff, reading, breathing fresh air, and sudokus! After a couple of weeks, I took a stroll/scroll of the feed & comparisonitis quickly showed its judgey face. I’m thankful to my kitty for ducking in to nudge me out of the trance. Amazing how scrolling EATS YOUR TIME (it’s designed to) & doesn’t give it back, eventually spitting you out, dazed and regretful – and how is it almost (or past) bedtime?

It sure is a practise though. The lessening of TimeEatenUp does reveal awkwardness in days, sometimes the need for decisions what to actually do! I’ve noticed my own tendency to want to fill gaps, make the day ‘neat’ and ‘productive’. What even is a neat or productive day? Why is it so unfamiliar to go about a day simply being a human, doing life? Is this spaciousness?
And, why are we so avoidant of awkwardness? The only time our days don’t contain awkwardness is when we edit them down to just a few highlights! Life contains lots of natural awkwardness, I think, and perhaps we could do well to embrace awkward, not be so uncomfortable with needing to pause & think, or correct ourselves, or have a longer thought … (panicked scramble) quick let me find a screen or a snack …

As another experiment I let go of pay TV last year, which leaves me with Free to Air TV as a TV resource. I reckon I’d get more reading done if I didn’t watch TV. Baby steps…

Great things I’m reading and hearing

Here are some recent episodes of favourite Aussie podcasts I’d recommend:

  1. Sarah Wilson’s WILD podcast episode where she spoke with Emily Atkin, a climate and corruption journalist. Learn why rage is a useful emotion to tap into to deal with things-so-big-we-can’t-really-think-of-them-much-less-act (ie. the climate crisis). I think that’s also the one where they talk about the types of lying that fossil fuel companies employ. Eye opening…
  2. Here’s also a link to Sarah’s article about ScoMo’s leadership in these times of climate crisis – from TWO YEARS ago. (Lots of references). Quite disturbing to read! Here’s the one where she explains how fossil fuel companies are duping us about our plastic use, trying to make us feel guilty for our little transgressions, meanwhile getting away with their planet-destroying sized ones, often with delaying tactics. Ugh.
  3. This episode of Better Than Yesterday with Osher Günsberg features (most of) 22 big ideas for 2022. Or read all 22 on instagram. I like the idea of people with temporary jobs (politicians) having long term accountability for decisions they make, and I’d like to add an idea: “What if … we didn’t produce plastics (or anything) which we can’t deal with the byproducts/waste/aftereffects from?”
  4. On the theme: should we sue Governments who are making bad climate decisions? Here’s an article that suggests we do.
  5. With the ‘Australia Day’ holiday behind us, I’m a little disappointed with myself … to be honest, upon reading this article I’ve work to do. Some approaches to learn from in this article. Both articles are by Summer May Finlay.
  6. I like to read The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown each year. My first copy of the book went astray and there’s a wait list for a library one … happily I saved up for a fresh copy & can read once more! So human, life-y, encouraging. Fun to catch up too with her research – and sometimes sisters – on her podcast, which she signs off with the warm advice to “Stay awkward, brave and kind.”
  7. Let’s wrap up the list with a bunch of good news… this list of 192 ways the world got better in 2021 from Reasons to be Cheerful, David Byrne’s good news website. Some of my faves are the earlier leafier Springtime, and kids riding bikes to school in great swathes.

I’m grateful that people in all kinds of media are saying what they see, & grateful to be able to point/link to them. What are you listening to and reading?

Thank you!

Truly thank you! I dearly appreciate your support … your interest, readership, encouragement, purchases (prints and paintings, cards, prints, calendars & lessons) – you lift my spirits and help keep the lights on.

Take enough gentleness breaks, while getting on with what you can and must.
Peace and light,
Meg x o

 

 

PS I’ve just updated my inventory of 2022 calendars. Now the year has begun, most stockists have a couple left and are lightly discounting, so I am too. Go here to grab one of the last calendars!

PS2 If you want first dibs on my 2022 exhibition (<< more on that soon, woohoo! #impressedwithmyownplanning) artwork, join my mailing list, the Tangerine eNews Tribe shall hear first …  On my mailing list you also get my blog posts (like this one) direct to your inbox once a month, and access to the downloadable, printout-able art gifts in the Tangerine Treasury! I’ve had heaps of nice feedback on being on the mailing list. I love this one:

“I absolutely love all of the color and joy in your emails. When I see a new one, I don’t know whether to open it first (Eat dessert first) or leave it for last (Save the best for last). Either way, it’s been a long time since I’ve so enjoyed venturing into a new area.” ~ Barb”

Pictures 73 – 76 of my 100 Pictures Project

Hello lovelies! Thanks for being here!

Here are the next four pictures in my #100PicturesProject … these four have all gone to good homes (ie. sold) as it happens.

73 Picked Pears

I picked these pears, from a pear tree! Why is that noteworthy? Most of the other pears I’ve featured in paintings have been supermarket pears! Which are great. And, they often don’t have that extra bit of branch and leaf that is so delightful to draw.

Do you recognise that disrupted pattern of fly door that indicates a cat has claw-levitated it’s way up the screen?

 

 

 

 

 

74 Buerre Bosc Pears and Dahlias

Someone grew the dahlias in their garden and gave them to me.

After a delightful stretch of packham pear paintings I wanted to try a different type of pear. This type (great for cooking) are called buerre bosc … don’t they have a coolly distinct tall shape, and a different green colour than the packhams?

75 Grumpy Cat “Chilled and friendly”

This sweet beastie loved the garden and was super loved by its people. His name was Grumpy, but his nature was “…chilled and friendly” :)

76 Nasturtiums in Blue and White Vase 2

This is a classic one… with blue and white china and nasturtiums. i don’t seem to be the only one who appreciates nasturtiums. Many people say to me “I LOVE nasturtiums!” So. Do. I… with their specific scent and cheery profusion :)

That’s the thing with being a living artist. you follow your interests or curiosities, ie. nasturtiums, or cats or blue vases. By the time I’m an elder, there’ll probably be 5, 10 or a dozen completely different pictures with the same title, just numbered. My organisational software will be ‘chockers’ (full). Let’s give it a shout out… it’s called Artwork Archive and is made by a techy grown son for his artist mother, and subsequently has grown to serve other artists for their organising requirements – it’s just what I need to keep track of over 200 sold and unsold paintings, limited edition lino prints and giclee prints!

Upcoming things: The Last of the Creatives (next Sun Dec 5, 9am-1pm), Willunga Artisans and Handmade Market Dec 11, and get on my mailing list (or keep an eye out for the next newsletter if you’re already on there) as I’ll announce the next art lesson dates shortly.

Take care of yourself, and each other, ok?

Love and peace to you this fine day.
Meg :)

Pictures 70, 71 and 72 of my 100 Pictures Project

Welcome, kindred spirit! Here are three more pictures in my 100 Pictures Project, this sunny afternoon! All have gone to good homes, as it happens…

70 – Pomegranates for Hannah – sold

Thinking of different times & situations, this still life includes a broad facsimile tribute to Hannah Cohoon’s intricate work The Tree of Life in the background, along with the wonderful colour of fresh pomegranates and lushly patterned fabric.

Researching for an art lesson early last year (immediately prior to the initial covid changes, though unbeknownst to us), I was reading about Hannah Cohoon, an artist in a Shaker community, in which often people did not sign their names to art they received in spiritual visions then created. Thankfully, Hannah did put her name to her picture so we can know about her now!

This painting sold (from Fleurieu Arthouse where I have a display panel) this Winter to a long time member of the bold tribe, who added it to her art collection.

 

Pic 71 – Garden Flowers (Yellows) – sold in 2020

Common garden flowers are one of my greatest inspirations! Yours too?

These marigolds and nasturtiums caught my eye, and inspired an informal still life. In the arrangement you can (just) see the marigold seeds scattered on the polka dotty fabric, too!

Alongside is a ripening pear :)

This one-of-a-kind watercolour went to a good home (ie. sold) in my Plenty 20 exhibition last year at Mockingbird Lounge.

 

Pic 72 – Kitty portrait from a photo: Boysie

 

This painting, of a friend’s dear kitty, Boysie, was completed in 2019, and the patterns allude to some of my friend’s interests!

 

What else is going to be happening?

  1. Art Lesson next Thursday! There are 4… wait, now just 2 … spots left (of 8) for the October 14 session … is one of them for you? Use the link to book your spot! Bookings close Sunday night or when the class is full, whichever is first.
  2. If you’d like to find out about new art and lessons first, sign up to get my artist eNewsletter, [Tangerine Juice], which flies mostly monthly-ish from the heart of my studio direct to your inbox!
  3. 2022 Calendars – have you got yours? They’re available in stores (click this link to find a stockist) and online.
  4. The October Willunga Artisans & Handmade Market is this Saturday. I’m not going to be at this one… if you want anything from me before the end of October, message me, and you can pick it up from another stall holder. Julia L, please contact me about your order (back in July) of a 2022 calendar – I don’t have your contact info! Do you know a Julia L <3 who ordered a 2022 calendar a month or two back? Please can you ask her to reach out?
  5. I’ll be at a Halloween Cat Show (real cats, and a Halloween theme) on Oct 31. And another cat show on November 7. More about those soon…
  6. Which brings us back to November Willunga Artisans & Handmade Market on 13 November … it’s not far off!
  7. I’ve been accepted into the Murray Bridge Regional Gallery Sixth Street Handmade Makers Market…  14th November, 10am – 3pm. That’s a fun day!

 

Fingers Crossed

Hopefully everything will somehow be ok. Or maybe it already is? Despite the impression we gain from watching the “news” and hearing about political and capitalist shermozzles, there are LOTS and LOTS of good people in the world, doing good things. … I’m going to keep practising noticing them, acknowledging them, supporting them! I know you do/will, too! Plus do our best to BE them!

For example, supporting makers and other local small businesses means a LOT. I like the Just a card message, which is:

JUST A CARD is a grassroots campaign on a mission to encourage people to support, value and buy from artists, makers, independent shops and small businesses. Every sale, even just a card, is vital to their prosperity and survival.

Thanks for reading this!

Somehow, things are shit and things are wonderful too, right?
Take care!
Meg :)

 

PS How cool… I just read on Hannah Cohoon’s wiki page (linked to earlier) that:

She is mostly known for her paintings, but she also composed music.

What a legend!