Welcome to Bold Canvas!
A creative place for artists and art lovers.
Bold Canvas is my new blog for all things art. Come with me on my escapades in the studio, in the classroom, on my travels, and more as I explore life as an artist.
2023 is my first full year as a professional and full-time artist so I think it is the perfect time to start to blog. I have some ideas for what I will share with you, and I am excited to have finally taken the plunge into artist life and to commit to writing these articles along the way! I'm going to share and range of things and hope you find something useful! I am open to ideas so if you would like to know about something specific, please leave a comment below or get in touch.
For those who don't know me I am an emerging multidisciplinary artist living and working on Dja Dja Warrung country in Maldon, Victoria, Australia. I work mainly with acrylics and other fluid mediums on canvas and I’m also a photographer. I love to mix ink, watercolour, oils, pastels and more, to get my crazy and unpredictable effects and textures. I spent the last 20-plus years working in the travel and music industry and running my own business for a lot of that time. I recently decided to head to university to study fine art and be a full-time artist and art worker.
Photo credit @carmenbuntingphotography
Why are you here on Substack? I was keen to keep my blog separate from my regular website and newsletter. There are no distracting ads (which is a huge pet peeve when I am reading blogs) and if you subscribe to my blog here you won’t ever miss a post (unlike on social media). Saying that below is a link to my Instagram if you want to check it out.
Here you won’t find all the finalised ideas and artwork but more of the raw content, including the parts that don’t look pretty and don’t always work out. If you've been following me on other platforms for a while, you'll know that I am passionate about colour, art, nature, and travel. I consider myself an artist with intent however a lot of what I do on the easel is intuitive which I think is an intriguing juggling act and something I will talk more about in future articles.
I hope to cover topics such as -
How to and pros/cons of exhibiting in galleries and art fairs.
Taking the sketchbook out of the studio. This will include coffee shop sketching and global creative travel sketching guides.
Ways to work towards a zero waste creative practice.
How I put together a collection, a catalogue, an exhibition…
Reviews on materials, exhibitions, books and more.
This is just the start. I will also show you around inside my head as I create new work, learn new things, and constantly explore. Community is super important to me, and I love to be surrounded by like-minded people. Please spread the word to your friends and help grow this community.
If there are any topics, you would like me to cover please let me know in the comments and I will see what I can do.
As my idol, Yayoi Kusama, once said "With just one polka dot, nothing can be achieved" so more articles (polka dots) are coming soon. Subscribe now!
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