Friday, 4 April 2014

The Art of Motorcycling!

Ive always been a biker girl.
Push biked through out my childhood and into my teens, then marrying a biker boy and pillioning with him ever since!



I came across some photo's today...
This pic was taken in  Hoi An, Vietnam in 2012.  I was there holidaying and having my 50th at the same time.
We rode push bikes through rice paddy fields and I pillioned on a motorcycle with my biker husband,  through beautiful Vietnam landscapes and crazy busy towns.
It was fantastic…and I hope to one day get back there with a camera slung around my neck…riding my own motorcycle!!!

Yes…riding my own motorcycle.

I've been a pillion for almost 3 decades, have ridden far and wide in all sorts of weather conditions…including heat so severe, it was hard to breathe! Snow and fog so thick, we could barely see the road in front of us and all the other weather conditions  in between. I've sat on the back of his Harley for stretches of 1300 km's in one day, across the Nullarbor plain. Reading my books (losing pages) and even dozing a bit, (strapped to my husband) anytime I started to lean to one side he would prop me back up with his elbow!!!


I seriously started thinking about getting my license 2 years ago…but I had a terrible problem with my neck which in turn caused me to develop a frozen shoulder!!! It's taken almost 2 years to get back on track!

I finally booked in and got my motorcycle learners permit a couple of months ago. YAY!

I managed to have a tumble in the process which bruised  my leg and more so my ego! OUCH!
But I got up, dusted myself off (had a cry) got back on that bike and ended up passing my test! (have ticked the 'fall off motorcycle' box now).

Since then, I have bought a motorcycle (it's serious now) and have completed a few more advanced skills training programs.
I'm planning to do allot more too, these courses  are really excellent, on so many levels.

I've also been getting to know my bike! Beav rides my little 250cc down to an industrial area (I follow in the car) and I practise, practise, practise.
Although at first I was feeling a little performance pressure with having Beav there.  I'm getting over that now, he really is a good mentor.

Just this week,  I completed a confidence building course, where I actually rode on the "real" road, the Hume Hwy to be exact!!!! with a girlfriend who is at the same level as me.
With real dynamic, static and surface hazards (using class terminology here).

Riding on the road for the first time was a scary thought…before doing this course!
It still is, but the more I do it the better it feels. I think you need to always ride with a bit of fear! Super confidence can be dangerous.
Up until yesterday, 40km per hour in 3rd gear riding around an industrial area was an accomplishment!
But once I got out on that road, the fact the instructor was in front helped a little, but his words before we left were golden  "once we are out there, you ride for yourself". And that's exactly what happened and it amazed me how my survival instinct just kicked in.
I was 100% focused on not only making this machine under me work correctly & safely, but also for my safety and my environment…constantly surveying what was happening around me (and what could happen) and trying to put myself in the best position on the road at all times. Riding like I was invisible to every other driver out there.
My confidence has moved up a notch, and I can say, I will be following Beav on his bike this weekend to that industrial site…riding my motorcycle :).





Not allot of time left for me to do much art right now…but I am thinking about a motorcycle collage series. Funny that!!!


                                  'SUZI'     collage, ink stain, vintage paper


Till next time
Jo

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

line work

Tinted gesso light moss green then painted it onto  paper in random wide brush strokes for a bit of texture...

Once dry...started mucking about with charcoal and chalk pastel...occasionally rubbing back into the work to create smudge marks.

Just to then draw over the smudges with more charcoal & pastel.



line work

Sunday, 22 September 2013

COLLAGRAPH PRINTMAKING



If your interested in collagraph printmaking, I just posted a brief "how to" on my Facebook page...so go have a look!

I've just finished running a collagraph workshop at a local community house, and it went well...considering I had to change the dates and times...not once but twice!!!! due to my hectic schedule...but I was happy the students were flexible enough to be able to finally attend.
And it looks like it is back on for term 4...with not only collagraph, but gel plate printmaking, drypoint etching and some deconstructed screen printing too. All this in 6 weeks... Do you think I'm being a bit enthusiastic here??? 

Til next Time
Jo

Thursday, 29 August 2013

cooking up a storm...




It's been more than a month since I wrote a post!!!
Time just flies when your cooking up a storm!
Hmmm, where to begin!
How about in my studio, where I've been making screens for screen printing!
Have you ever made a screen? Not easy!!! I'm using some old wooden frames that I've had lying around for years and I bought some screening fabric through Ebay.
I found the old staple gun and watched the "how to" videos on Youtube...well my 1st screen turned out a bit wonky...but I'm happy to say it works!
I'm still experimenting with the technique of breakdown screen printing...I love the spontaneity of it all. No need need to think too much. It's quite the relaxing process, great way to wind down after cooking up storms, like having a good slow G&T? well maybe not :)

Cooking? Yes, I'm cooking. For those who know me, this is no surprise!
I like food and cooking, well maybe 'love' food and cooking...So I'm following a dream here and have enrolled at a college and I'm studying cookery...full time!
And I'm loving it!!!! Chefs uniform and all....well maybe not so much the uniform :)
So now I'm whisking, chopping, stirring and chiffonading  in between printmaking! (Did I mention I think I'm the most mature of the mature age students in my class).
Am I learning? Yes, loads! For someone who thought they had a pretty good knowledge about cooking!!!!

On one of my free days, I'm teaching collagraph printmaking at a local community house...the sessions started yesterday. I just love collagraph printmaking!!! I really do.
I'll put together a 'how to' collagraph soon with photo's, for anyone out there thats is interested in this lovely technique!
Just stay tuned.

For now, I'll leave you with some Instagram pics...


I have an art wall in my kitchen (yes I do) and my father gave me this lovely oil painting to add to the collection...all food only inspired art  in my kitchen :)


My brother and sister in law went on a trip to Japan and brought home this happy skull cookie cutter as a gift...they know us too well!!!


I joined a rally/march against one of the dreaded junk food giants moving into the hills area, where I live with thousands of others, who love our home and don't feel that The Hills and these guys 'fit'.
Personally... I don't feel they fit anywhere on planet earth...but they are here... making a huge dint on the health of humanity and our environment.
If your interested to know more, please check out    http://www.burgeroff.org


And ending on a nice note...look at our boy Seb!!! 8 months old and still growing :)

Til next time
Jo

Monday, 22 July 2013

breakdown screen printing

If your interested in the process I used to make these prints...you can read about it on my Facebook page. The link is on my sidebar.