An Opportunity

2015Article posted by Gilly

Sales are incredibly poor throughout the WA Art Scene. I’m not the only one who’s feeling the pinch, but it is very soul-destroying to enter exhibition after exhibition and not have one single sale. WASA, Ellenbrook, Wanneroo-Joondalup, Trigg, Pastel Society, Mazenod College - I’ve brought all my paintings home from each one. And although I know it’s due to the current economy and people avoiding spending on luxuries, it certainly rocks an artist’s confidence.

However, trying to be positive, I’ve decided that now is the perfect time to take a few steps back in my artistic journey and return to some basics. Drawing has always been a passion for me and I haven’t done enough of late, being so caught up in colour and technique and the joy of brushwork. So I plan to begin drawing again. I’ve bought a pad of pastel sheets and a new pad of cartridge paper, charcoal and graphite pencils and white pastel and anticipate drawing some figures and faces, both clothed and nude. Hubby took some photos of me sans clothing a couple of years ago - for the purpose of drawing, nothing erotic!!!!! - as I knew the poses I wanted and how to drape cloth artistically, and I’ve never done anything about them. I only have myself as a model at present, so this seemed the easiest way of achieving the poses I needed. I know it’s still working from photographs but we have to embrace what we have on hand, don’t we?

Possibly, I will also look into finding some life drawing classes that will fit in with my schedule, and I’d like to attend other types of workshops to try and expand my art horizons and push me out of my comfort zone. I don’t actually want to change the way that I paint or the subjects that I choose, I’m content with what I do, but new perspectives would be good, and maybe some new techniques. I want to try and open up to new ideas, to feel that I’m actually going somewhere again with my art.

I’d also commenced the “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” exercises some while ago, but was sidetracked back into painting, so it’s time to pick that book up again. It’s times like these that you really question what you do and how you do it, at the same time, you have to remain true to yourself.

On the home front, my daughter’s visit was wonderful and I have to admit that I was in quite a black hole when they returned to the USA again. I couldn’t paint a thing for quite a few weeks. Then I began the commission of the chestnut teals and that went well and is now complete and drying, so I gradually came back to being myself again. That inspired me into a very nostalgic little oil painting of a London bus (being London-born these are iconic images for me), and now I’m about to begin an oil of Rottnest for a dear friend. I’ve also continued with several small watercolours towards the exhibition I’m having at Houghtons with two friends next year, and I am making application to ZigZag Gallery for a solo exhibition in 2017/18. Hopefully, sales will have picked up by then!!!!

Little dog is still taking up a lot of time with long walks and playing in the garden, but that’s probably a good thing at the moment. It allows me plenty of thought time.

That’s about it. Not much to say as not much has been happening. I’ll let you know how I go with the drawing and sketching.



Ainslie Gilles-Patel | September 08, 2015

Hello Gilly!

It has been many years since we last communicated! I find myself here at your website once again, checking out your amazing work!

I have found you on Facebook but am unable to Friend you. I did send you a private message ages ago but never heard from you. You may need to check the “Other” folder next to your private messages inbox. If you wish, you should be able to send me a Friend request. I would love to connect with you to stay in contact. 

I hope you are well and perhaps we may “meet” on Facebook soon!

Take care,

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