Starting today, my art group, Artventure, is exhibiting on the Artnexus website for one month. The artists who produce work for the Artnexus website exhibitions tend to be professionals, while those of us in Artventure generally focus on developing our style and skills – but we are proud (read overjoyed, ecstatic, blown away) when someone wants to buy one of our masterpieces.
What a challenge to finish works to a deadline. Sue Edmonds deserves a medal for ensuring that we delivered on time for the exhibition – herding eels would have been easier!
Pam Watson is involved in the artistic development of all the artists in the exhibition. Without Pam, I would still be sitting round finding the courage to learn to paint. Pam invited me to her four-day painting workshop at Raglan when I first arrived in Hamilton. My very first grubby attempt at capturing the light and shade of the Raglan hills in a series of messy charcoal “circles and sausages” was humbling – very humbling.
It is a testament to Pam that the exhibition features such a range of styles and media – something for every taste! She brings along books and prints from her vast collection and encourages us to learn by immersing ourselves in others’ works. She suggests, she challenges, she encourages us not just to see, but to think and to feel as well. Pam taught us to imbue our work with life and energy. Her instinct for knowing where to take each of us on the next step of our individual artistic journeys is unerring.
Please visit the exhibition and perhaps you could let us know which art work appeals to you and why. It would make the artist’s day.