Saturday, September 27, 2014

ESAD 2014 Holiday Catalog Blog Hop


I am really excited about my second ESAD Blog Hop. I really love Stampin UP! during the holiday time and Christmas is my favorite time of the year.  


“What is ESAD? ESAD stands for "Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators" and is a facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrators. We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas& friendship and we're always there to help and support each other. So if you are a Stampin' Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I'll contact you with information on how to join our group.” 


 I am really excited about doing Christmas Cards this year.    Each year in Oct I start making Christmas Cards for markets and sales to friends. I thought this year I would go with some non traditional coloured cards.   I am using the All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper . The mix with Soft Sky, and Lost Lagoon make an amazing combination. I used the stamp set Bright & Beautiful and the Stars Framelits for the embellishment and greeting.


The Stars Framelits are so versatile.  I have been using them for several cards I have made recently.



   Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I think we have neglected the personalised cards of times past. How exciting is it to get a card in the mail? I use to have a special garland hung in my lounge with all the cards I received. The last few years I have not sent as many to friends nor received many. This year I am planning to dig out my old Christmas Card list and send cards to as many of my friends as possible. I am really excited to send them to my family and friends. What better card to receive than a handmade one ?   Here is one of my cards.





 This year I thought I would make a few I hope you enjoyed the ESAD Blog Hop so far. You may have found arrived here from Rochelle's Blog. If you started here at my blog you can hop over to the other blogs until you get back to my blog. Below is a full list of the hop.


 Have fun and Happy Blog Hopping; Tracy

 1. Keryn Campbell
 2. Narelle Hoggard
 3. Gail Kirby
 4. Libby Dyson
 5. Emily Campbell
 6. Debra Spijers
 7. Kelly Kent
 8. Monique Fielder
 9. Andrea Buckland
10. Debbie Lamb
 11. Sally Williams 
 12. Christie Kunkel
13. Paula Reid 
14. Amity Knight
15. Ria Kaire
16. Nerida Carter 
17. Rochelle Blok 
18. Tracy Speight  <<<<< That's Me
19. Rachael Lewsley

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Celebrating the Living Artist of South Australia

The SALA Fesitival is a festival celebrating the living artist of South Australia. In August, while visiting family in Glenelg, South Australia, I went for a walk around the Glenelg, Mosley Square.  While walking around Mosely Square I saw shipping containers being used to exhibit various artists work.  It was part of an exhibition of the SALA Festival.
 

 So,  I decided to take advantage of my weekend away and see a few of the exhibitions that were on offer in the Glenelg and Adelaide area.   Saturday we wandered around the Glenelg, SA SALA festival exhibitions.  

   Our first stop was to the old  Glenelg Fire Station. The exhibition there was featuring the work of An impressionist and contemporary exhibition by SA artist Neil Sheppard. Based on Kangaroo Island, Neil’s work is displayed in the old Glenelg Fire Station.  I was most impressed by Niel's use of black as a base colour to many of his pieces.  This gave the base colour of the shade for Neil's landscape paintings.  It made the images pop with colour and details. 
Niel Sheppard's Hudson Bay, SALA Festival 2014
Old Glenelg Fire Station


   Moseley Square, Glenelg,  MSquare had a mixture of canvas pieces featuring  a representation of shells using mixed media, still life, and life drawings.   The featured artists that day were part of The Changing Canvas group that offer workshops, classes, commission work and much more. I think I will be to incorporating a workshop or class at The Changing Canvas into my next trip to Glenelg.
The Changin Canvas at SALA 2014


Our next stop was to visit the Discovery Centre on Moseley Square, Glenelg.  I must admit I have never been in the Discovery Centre, despite going to Glenelg nearly every year and having family living in Glenelg.  Having lived in South Australia for many years, I never thought of the Discovery Centre as more than just an information centre for tourists.  How wrong I was.  
   The discovery centre has a mini museum on the discovery and settlement of Glenelg.  For the SALA Festival, the Discovery Centre had an are exhibition on in the lobby area.  It was there that I and saw Sylvia Preston's water colour's.  Sylvia lives in the Glenelg area and is a resident in the same retirement complex as my father-in-law.  It goes to show that you never lose your desire to create and I hope in my retirement I am still able to create works of art.   
 
 
 
Studio 86 on Broadway had some really beautiful mixed media canvases.  One canvas is a clown montogue of paper and other media to form the clown's neck fill and hat decoration.  The artist's work showed how familiar she was with many media, ink, acrylic, paper and other mediums to create some really beautiful works of art.
 


 The highlight of my tour of the SALA events was a guided guided walk through the Botanical Garden in Adelaide. The walk took us on a tour of all the beautiful plants that were the inspiration of several botanical artists and their work.  The photos below do not do the work justice.  I plan to work through my notes for that day and write another blog post on botanical artists.  Stay tuned....

   I am planning to get to the next SALA Festival in 2015.  There were so many open studios and exhibitions. 
  Does your state or city have a special festival to celebrate living artists?

Happy Blogging,
Tracy @ HandmadeWarratahstree