Art(z) Blitz (stubborn aren’t I?) – 2013 highlights

I had a busy day clearing up the mess yesterday. It was chaos here. So I popped down to the exhibition opening only briefly to join in the fun, and took a few photos and even bought a painting! Hooray! Fellow Blitzer, Sassy bought some art too. It’s so good to buy something. The artists will be happy, we are happy, Kingston Council is happy.

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Nathaniel Jeffrey’s polymer clay work called ‘Connect Eight’ bought by Sassy

Here’s Sassy’s own lovely collage.

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and here is her eight year old daughter Esther’s beautiful work. This one got my people’s choice vote.

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This is the one I bought. It looks like Hieronymus Bosch painted it in 1956. Awesome! Not sure how the blue frame will look in our house, but I suspect it’s an integral part of the artwork. Hmmmm.

This year I noticed they had mixed everything up nicely. Kids art all mixed up with adult art. This is very good. One reason is that this is a community event exhibiting work from school children, hobby artists, complete non-artists having a bit of fun, through to semi or professional artists. It’s such a mix that it is fitting to mush them all together.

Another reason is that it avoids unnecessary mortification on behalf of those poor, innocent, damaged victims of mis-categorisation! Yes, it’s true… I’m still blushing!

Once upon a time, before all the age groups were mixed together, my piece was exhibited in the children’s art room. I love children’s art for its naive beauty, experimental quality and the quirkiness of the lines they make. Upon reflection, I should be proud to have had my work mistaken for that of a child. But I guess the real problem was that I had been too serious about Artz Blitz as a competition, was trying very hard and I wasn’t happy with my own picture. So it was inevitable that I would view the mistake with irony rather than pride. Ah well! I noticed this year that I enjoyed the experience much more and was pretty indifferent to the competition aspect. So I have learned something!

Here’s a picture by Phyllis Fernandez who had the same idea as me.

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Phyllis’s baby has more attitude than mine I think :-)

Here are two embodiments of another idea that was on my brainstorm sheet. The elephants linked trunk to tail: A beautifully executed wire sculpture that won the Youth Prize. (Sorry I didn’t record the name of the artist. Will have to check it out later and update.) And a very cute pastel in a 50s looking white frame by Fiona Carter.

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I like wire sculpture. I think that’s something I’d like to play with one day. It looks really fun.

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Here’s another child’s artwork. Gabriel Martindale’s lovely train done in ink and watercolour. Gorgeous.

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lovely bold stuff, with fine liner details. Great colour!

Here’s the piece by last year’s winner of the 2D section, Craig Fry. Very nice again. Wish I could show you a photo of last year’s one.

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Here’s a sunset quilt that I liked a lot. (Once again, I’m sorry I didn’t photograph it clearly enough to read the name of the artist.)

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And last of all, the 2D second prize winner, which I really liked a lot. But I must admit I would have liked it even better if it had not had the human hidden behind the smaller bird. It is by Michael Kemp and is a mixed media called ‘Wanting and Being’. Sorry about the poor quality of my photograph.

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So that’s it for Art(z) Blitz until I get to go and collect my new painting and see what it looks like on my wall. Hooray!

6 thoughts on “Art(z) Blitz (stubborn aren’t I?) – 2013 highlights

  1. Phyl

    Yes, I recently attended a professional development on being cybersavvy and one of the things we did was type our name and look up images and I was completely gobsmacked to see my artwork floating around online. I am teacher and must look up some of your books to read to my students.

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  2. Phyl

    Yr 2. When you wrote “This seems like a long time now”, I thought “yeah long, but Feb isn’t that long ago”, when it hit it was not this year, but 2013. Time flies whether or not you are having fun.

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