Monday, April 21, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Only confirmed at the last minute, this exhibition of paintings of herbs and edible flowers celebrates the edible delights we can grow in our backyards and includes a program of talks, film screenings and meditations over Easter and the Anzac Day long weekend. All events are free.
If you're in the Bellingen area, I'd love you to come along!
Meditations on a Cook's Garden - Fiona Morgan
All events are in April
Talks run for 15-20 mins
Film screenings - 30 mins of related short films will follow each talk. BYO cushion
'Discover the World of Edible Flowers' by Jillian Cranny, edible flower expert - an introduction to the blooms that are more than decorative and surprisingly common plants.
Artist talk by Fiona Morgan on the exhibition and how starting where you are, herbs, flowers, gardening, food, mindfullness, eating well and appreciating nature are all interrelated. Plus a demonstration of meditative drawing.
'Healing Properties and Uses of Herbs' by Damian and Laura of Chamomile Naturopathy - an enthusiastic, fun and fascinating exploration of herbs that goes beyond the culinary domain by two passionate and knowledgeable herbalists based in Bellingen.
'Food as Medicine - Keeping the Damp at Bay' by Natalie Fitzpatrick, Acupuncturist and food-as-medicine healer - our subtropical paradise comes loaded with fungi, moulds & bacteria that thrive in our wet environment and adversely affect our health. Hear what to garden and eat to keep your immune system thriving.
Meditation sessions'Gardening the Mind & the Art of Meditation' by Brie of Spirit Rising Yoga - a guided meditation in the exhibition space to help you clear the garden of your mind of any weeds, and explore the art that meditation is; not a set state, but a work in progress that we cultivate and develop. BYO cushion if you like (some cushions provided).
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
From the 'Light As A Feather' series. Celebrating the small side of the
natural world with feathers, tiny plants, leaves and grasses. The
themes are lightness, delicateness and zen stillness.
All artworks are available in the Official Art Store.
Imagination is a Garden Where Ideas Blossom:
Once You Have Tasted Flight You Will Forever Walk With Your Eyes Turned Skyward:
The Sunshine Was Like Powdered Gold Over the Grassy Hillside:
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Once you have tasted flight you will forever look with your eyes turned skyward.
I, like many people have a fascination with feathers.
Freedom. Lightness. Delicateness. Flight.
Who can resist collecting this in their pocket and taking it home? Do we unconsciously collect feathers as a kind of talisman in the hope that these properties will be transferred to our lives? I've realised for some time that I don't pick up feathers solely because of the way they look. There is something else going on, a strong
uplifting symbolism that I seem to be responding to.
Welcome to a new year - may it be filled with the grace and light and calm of feathers.
These 10 latest works continue on with the Meditative Studies with the addition of, quite literally, a splash of colour! Soothingly repetitive to draw. Tricky to get just right. Requiring a really delicate touch with the pen. And it can all go horribly wrong with the randomness of the paint splatters after the effort of getting the penwork right. Yes, they are nervewracking to do! However working the other way around by doing the paint first and the pen after is strangely awkward and results in a drawing that lacks life. The life of the artwork seems to be in the bravado required to SPLAT colour all over a very careful drawing and trust
that it will work out.
Each piece is created on watercolour paper with artist quality materials, is matted and ready to frame at 8"x10". They are $38 each with free postage within Australia.
These latest Feather Meditative Studies are available now to purchase in the Official Art Store. If you'd like to be the first to know of new artworks, sign up to the newsletter (yellow box, top right) as subscribers are informed before everyone else.
Friday, March 29, 2013
The Meditative Studies series of nature drawings - where did it come from and why?
A daily habit
Nature in ink
Small nature studies.
Quietly created as drawing meditations.
Each one is unique.
Peaceful simplicity. Slow looking. Radiating stillness.
These are delicate and deceptively simple drawings on quality artist's paper. Matted to fit a standard 8x10" frame.
My art explores an ongoing love of nature and celebrates the brighter, calmer, radiant side of life. It is a reminder that the world smiles with possibility.
All currently available Meditative Studies are listed here: http://www.wherefishsing.com/meditativestudies
Thursday, March 28, 2013
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Monday, March 4, 2013
|Phoenix - 12 x 11.5cm etching by FionaMorgan circa 2003|
These analytical type posts where I try and define what it is about a creative's work that I am drawn to is really hard work for me. It's not how I tend to think. I tend to receive information in impressions and sensations. Although critical logical thinking is a strength for me, analysis is not. It's been a great exercise to do these Creative Cauldron posts as it forces me to explain why I like what I do and thence to see the common threads and connections between, on the surface, disparate influences.
On one hand it feels crazy to go through and analyse the work I admire to get a really good idea of what it is I love. Then again, it has been wonderfully useful to understand and become fully aware of these things. It feels crazy that this process has been so useful to uncover what is right under my nose.
While this series has been mostly for my benefit, I do hope I have not bored you all to tears but have given you some insight into where I am coming from, what I am about. This series may be added to occasionally from here on in if I find another real wow to write about, distill and internalise.
For now, (again mostly for me to see these all in one place so I can see what it is I am aiming for in my own work), a summary of the commonalities in my admiration for the work I have profiled in these Creative Cauldrons. In brain-shorthand bullet points, as that's how I tend to think.
- immaculate presentation
- absolute technical mastery
- decorative pattern, sinuous, dancing, flow
- very Australian colour, subtle tones, pastels contrasted with deep rich coloured darks, tonally related, limited palette
- bravura brushwork
- textural brushwork, paint as texture, emphatically paintings not images
- space to breath, not busy design,
- Japanese influenced design
- absolutely beautiful images, mesmerising
- Australian light
- thoughtful, a thinker, free thinker, new ideas
- has an opinion
- straight talking
- ability to synthesise and see connections from a wide landscape
- poetic, evocative, ephemeral, mysterious, mood, dreamy, other worldliness, more than ordinary reality, soulful, graceful, spirit, there is more to life than we can see
- playful, silly, fun, humour, quirky, make people think, have a laugh, irreverence, cartoon, wit
- weaves mythology, spirituality, archetypes, truths distilled, essence, iconic, symbolism, collective unconscious direct line, synthesis, shaman, mirror into us, storytelling for the soul
- zen like stillness, presence, magic of the moment, mindfulness, slow looking, nature is respected, presence, calm, gentleness, intimate, celebrate, childlike, soulful, thoughtful, innocence, playfulness, quiet, happiness, contemplation, delight, observant
- unique style, no one else, own voice
- top of their game, redefined their genre
- respect for hard work, discipline, do the work
- themed bodies of work
- seeing in new ways
- genuineness, not whimsy, not contrived, honest
About the Creative Cauldron series of posts
The rest of the series is accessible via the Creative Cauldron page. Have a meander if you please, and remember to check out my artworks on Flickr, and have an insider peek at life as an artist on Facebook.