news: in the mood

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As mentioned in passing in my previous post, a fortuitous meeting at the Pittwater Artists Trail exhibition (as part of the Pittwater Council initiative, Newport Easter Art Festival), has meant that I had the true honour and privilege to spend a great deal of the past several months engaged upon the creation of a large commissioned artwork for a truly delightful local art enthusiast and collector.

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Beyond some very loose ‘requests’ that were really little more than indications of passions for warmer colours, dynamism, melody, texture, intimacy, boldness, scale and her preferred lack of a frame, the¬†‘brief’ was delightfully open and liberal, allowing (indeed encouraging) my free-ranging exploration and experimentation as the work evolved. She demonstrated extraordinary patience and faith, never once requesting to see the work in progress and tolerating an extra month’s delay on my original delivery estimate before finally seeing the finished piece installed on its freshly painted wall.

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Her response (and that of her family and friends) upon its eventual ‘unveiling’ was, and remains, truly memorable and a point of great encouragement to me as I now continue to explore the possibilities of the media, processes and sheer scale of work that the commission introduced and made possible for me. I shall forever value her wonderful support and belief, and I know we shall remain great friends as we continue our individual, but now also joyously united, lives into the future.

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The true value of all our creative endeavours in the multifarious arts and crafts disciplines is so much more than their merely ‘physical’ manifestations, and rather embraces all aspects of our individual, interpersonal and broader cultural health and wealth. We undervalue the importance within our societies of these uniquely engendered artefacts to our collective loss, or even peril.