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Borsheim Art Newsletter: Sarina Art Competition Australia - Guest Judge

by Kelly Borsheim copyright 20 July 2014

    CONTENTS:
  1. New Works: "Hélène's Vase"
  2. Judging an Art Competition in Sarina, Australia
  3. Off to Bulgaria for Stone Carving Symposium!
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[Rescued baby wallabies, Sarina, Queensland, Australia]

Rescued baby wallabies, Sarina, Queensland, Australia

Dear Art Lover,

Whoa! July already! Are you enjoying the season?

Before I share with you images of my fun art trip to Australia, I would like to present a new oil painting on wood for, I hope, your viewing pleasure.

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New Works: "Hélène's Vase"!

(all copyrights 2014 reserved by the artist)

"Hélène's Vase" started with a gift from my talented, sensitive, and charming friend Hélène Delmaire from Lille, France. She painted this vase about five years before I did - yes, I held onto her gift for that long knowing that I wanted to paint it! I was working for a color harmony (in purply blues) with a fun contrast of orange malleable wooden branches. This is my second perishables project. And I learned that grapes have distinctive personalities! They are not easily replaced as models.

"Hélène's Vase" was painted on a gesso vero (true traditional gesso) on a wooden panel made here in Firenze, Italia. The board is 70 x 50 cm, but I had always intended to trim it slimmer. I love the oblong proportion. At the moment, I am waiting for the layers to dry so that I destroy nothing as I crop the painting. I am including a detail shot of the painting as well since it is difficult to see art online. She is available ($2400, payment plan available as usual) and I can ship easily to most places in the world. Please contact me if interested.

[Helene Vase Still Life Oil Painting with grapes, plum, and blackberries]

[detail of Helene Vase Still Life Oil Painting with grapes, plum, and blackberries]

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Sarina, Australia - Guest Judge and Art Teacher - May 2014

Australian artist Janice Ailwood and I met about six years ago in Florence and we remained in touch. Facebook has really aided a lot in this way! Janice and her husband Ron were instrumental in helping me see Australia. Thanks to them and the committee who organizes the Sarina Arts Extravaganza in Sarina, Queensland, Australia. This past May marked their 25th anniversary for the huge event open to all Australians.

I arrived about a week before the festival started so that I could recoup a bit from the long journey, do a little sightseeing with my hosts, and also help a little with the last minute promotions. In this case I mean two street paintings on local sidewalks.

In addition to that, I was the guest judge for the national competition that featured ten categories of 2-d and 3-d art forms. I also taught a workshop for adults to show them how to draw using the Sight-Size Method taught in several ateliers in Florence. Students had their choices of drawing in charcoal or pastels.

In addition to all of that, I also taught art workshops to children of various ages in the Sarina and Mackay schools and I consulted with high school students on making a mural at the entrance for their alma mater.

I struggled with the idea of judging in art, especially because I do not feel competitive with others in my own work. Too busy trying to improve my own, I think. But we live in a world that functions with competition and decisions are made every day. I had to give a little speech at the awards presentation and I asked a friend to use my camera to take shots of me speaking (so my mother could know that I really did get some use out of those Toastmasters lessons she enrolled me in while I was in my last year of high school). However, I got nervous as usual and starting rambling on about my view on competitions and an artist's purpose. I explained what I had decided to do when faced with the difficult task of judging art - some forms about which I knew little. I was looking for art that created an emotion in me, something beyond technical excellence. I wanted to see some creativity from the artist and mostly, communication of ideas in a visual language.

In the end, I did not receive any images of me speaking. My friend said that he got so wrapped up in what I was saying that he forgot his task until he realized that I was saying thank you and rushing away from the microphone. Hahaha.

The next morning I had to walk through the exhibit and explain to interested artists why I chose what I chose and give a critique here and there to those who wanted one. It is funny being on the "other side of the fence." I sometimes do not understand the judge's choice for winners, so it was no real surprise when people questioned my choices. I was pleased to see that some of them told me afterwards that I changed their minds and helped them see the work anew. I was touched that several of the winners approached me after the awards ceremony to tell me how each had thought to give up art because of disparaging comments made to them by others. A foreign artist coming in and seeing a light/voice in their work was a tremendous boost. Lovely, and I feel grateful to have spurred them to continue their works and passion.

Mostly, I warned them to never "chase" a judge or even the market's tastes. Each artist chooses his path and expresses his voice. We are lucky if anyone else catches on and shares our visions, but doing anything less than personal work is, well, … less. It was a real honor and pleasure to speak to so many people hungry for art and art conversations.

The children I worked with in the schools were really great, as kids tend to be. I even enjoyed the grumpy one who glared at everyone but eventually did some drawing.

[Sarina Beach, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Beach, Queensland, Australia]

[Sarina Beach, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Beach, Queensland, Australia]

Above: Sand crab balls on Sarina Beach [or as I call them: Fireworks on the Beach]; below ... abandoned baby wallabies get loving care.
MORE NATURE images at the bottom of this page.

[baby wallaby Sarina, Queensland, Australia] [baby wallaby Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia]

[Street painting Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, Sarina, Queensland, Australia]

[children's art festival Sarina, Queensland, Australia] [children's art festival Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia]

[platypus watching, Janice Ailwood, Ron Ailwood, Sarina, Queensland, Australia]
Platypus watching, Queensland, Australia: Ron Ailwood, Janice Ailwood, and Kelly Borsheim

[art teacher lunch, Sarina, Queensland, Australia]

Above: Teacher lunch between pastel still-life painting workshops at Mackay North High School, Mackay, Australia
Below: Teaching the students basic still-life composition and lighting / 3-d techniques with pastels.

[Teaching Still Life Paintins, Composition, High School Students, Sarina, Queensland, Australia]

[street painting as publicity, Sarina, Queensland, Australia] [street painting for publicity Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia]
Janice and I worked on the second street painting together... not easy on the knees, but it was fun speaking with interested passersby.
The pastel art was still good over a week later! Nice publicity, it was, too.

[art publicity street painting Sarina, Queensland, Australia] [Art publicity artist in residence Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia]

[Janice Ailwood competition Sarina, Queensland, Australia] [Art publicity artist in residence Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia]

Art Awards Night: Janice Ailwood on the left... and (right, above) I am not sure what joke I was making in response to someone... boh!

[Awards Art competition Sarina, Queensland, Australia] [Art awards competition Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia]

[Awards Presentation Ceremony Arts Competition, Prize, Sarina, Queensland, Australia]

[Atelier type training in art workshop Sight-Size Method of Drawing Arts Competition, art education, Sarina, Queensland, Australia]

Our Sight-Size Drawing Workshop was held on the stage in the community center (where the art exhibit was on the main floor).
This served us well, once we figured out the less-than-ideal studio lighting. Many students from various schools
came to the exhibit for their art workshops and got to see what the adults were working on. This is a wonderful way
to expose children and high schoolers to a more professional art studio situation.

[Children art workshop Sarina, Queensland, Australia] [Children art workshop Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia]

[Children art workshop Sarina, Queensland, Australia] [Children art workshop Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia] [Children art workshop Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia]

We had the kids go through the exhibition and choose a work that inspired them to make their own art.
Every age really enjoyed this and some of the adult artists got to know that they had a positive effect on someone else!

[Children art workshop Sarina, Queensland, Australia] [Children art workshop Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia]

Now here is a girl after my own heart (and with much greater flexibility)! I took the images of this cutey drawing a mermaid in Sarina (above left, and below).
But in March 2014 in Florence, Italy, artist Ayfer Mills took this snapshot (above, right) of me working (the model was on break.)

[Children art workshop Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia]

[Children art workshop Sarina, Queensland, Australia] [Children art workshop Sarina Community, Queensland, Australia]

I took the photo above, right, because what I love about creativity is how each of these kids used the same artwork
for inspiration and featured different elements of it in their own creations! And they were sports when I asked them to hide
their faces from the Internet.

[pumpkin soup Sarina, Queensland, Australia] [Custard apple and papaya fruit Sarina, Queensland, Australia]

Wow! Left, pumpkin soup -- loved it! And right, wonderful fresh fruit grown by the artists:
a custard apple (the green thing in front...my first ever and it was AMAZING!) and a papaya are special treats.

Back to Sarina Beach for an evening stroll, Australia:

[Sarina Beach, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Beach, Queensland, Australia]

Above: Sand crab balls on Sarina Beach; below right... the path of a sand dollar.

[Sarina Beach, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Beach, Queensland, Australia]

More newspaper coverage of the Sarina Arts Extravaganza:

[Sarina Beach, Queensland, Australia]

[Sarina Beach, Queensland, Australia]


The Nature in Sarina, Queensland, Australia

[Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia]

[Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia]

[Sarina Sugar Cane country Nature, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Sugar Cane flowers, Queensland, Australia]

Above: This is sugar cane country... and coal!

[Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia]

[Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia]

[Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia]

Above: Green ants, left is the nest in a tree. These and the ones below are from Janice's garden.

[Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia]

[Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia]

[Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia]

[Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia]

[Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia] [Sarina Nature, Queensland, Australia]

P.S. If you enjoyed this, check out: Tantalizing Tasmania!

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I tried to get this newsletter published in late June, but with my recent move and my trip to Bulgaria and Istanbul, I could not finish all that I wanted. I will share with you some of my adventures in those places in my next newsletter. Stay tuned!

I am thrilled to be able to continue working because you have added one of my paintings, drawings, or sculpture to your personal or corporate collection, or gifted an artwork to a loved one. Let's make it happen! Thank you for sharing this journey with me. I would be grateful if you chose to forward this newsletter to anyone you think would enjoy it.

Peace,
Kelly Borsheim
20 July 2014


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