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Eden Gardens Exhibit 2014 - "Cosmic Garden"

About this Exhibit

 "Cosmic Garden"

I often contemplate and wonder about the universe, our existence, where it all began and what other amazing life there could be.

This exhibit captures a part of my imagination where I see the inter-connection of our world to a wonderful place that is surrounded by unusual birds and botanical plants.

I have named this beautiful place the "Cosmic Garden".

I have included a bit more detail or stories to go with the paintings created for the exhibit, also below is a link to the catalogue with the full list of paintings exhibited.

Thanks for stopping by.
Teresa xo




Cosmic Tree Mandala
Cosmic Tree Mandala
Oil Painting 36x36" I often use Mandala's to tap into my intuition. In Hinduism and Buddhism - mandalas represent the universe.
Wrapped Under the Lunar Moon
Oil Painting 30x60" Inspired by an image of a couple sitting under a majestic fig tree at the Sydney Botanical Gardens. To me the painting depicts a strong, stable and everlasting love. One where the love will be eternal, as captured by the cosmic universe as the backdrop.
Wrapped Under the Lunar Moon
Celestial Peacock
Celestial Peacock
Acrylic 36x48" Created intuitively in acrylic, the "Celestial Peacock" illuminates the Cosmic Garden like a lantern.
"Growth"
Acrylic 30x48" Created intuitively in acrylic. Seeds have been planted, and there is a continual "Growth" and life in the garden.
"Growth"
"Peacock Dream"
"Peacock Dream"
Acrylic 30x30" Created intuitively in acrylic. I am always captivated by a peacocks beauty and the way they walk - seems so noble. It's no wonder that they have become a symbol for beauty and nobility as one of their characteristics.
Magnolia Open
Oil 14x14" Magnolia's are a strikingly beautiful flower. In my "Cosmic Garden", they light up a path like lanterns.
Magnolia Open
"Sea Pansy"
"Sea Pansy"
Created Intuitively in acrylic 16 x16" The "Sea Pansy" is part of the sea flower range, that illuminate the deep depths of the sea.
Paintings sold during the exhibit
I have been very fortunate, to sell almost half of my paintings during the exhibit. Most of the remaining paintings were sold during the year.
Paintings sold during the exhibit
Flyer for the exhibit
Flyer for the exhibit








Exploring Twinkling H2O's - Mastering Twinks E Course Part 1


Dion Dior's Twinkling Discoveries E-Course 

Please note that, I am not an affiliate of Dion Dior or Twinkling H20's by Lumin Arte.
I share my simple notes and my experience (a snapshot) from the course and medium used.

I have just completed "Part 1 - Mastering Twinks" by Dion Dior and am happy to say the course was such great value
 (I paid $75 Sep 2013).

In summary:
- Delivered over 5 weeks, accessible for 1 year
- Jam packed with clear and concise video instructions on painting & drawing techniques.
- Supplied PDF documents.
- Numerous projects 
- An online community, in which Dion interacts during the 5 week course and an on going Facebook Group.

Product: 
Twinkling H20's are shimmery water based paints made from mica (a shiny silicate material derived from granite, crystals and rocks) that activates with water.
Their behaviour is pretty much same as water colour paints, the main difference is that they have a shimmery finish and the colours are just so vibrant and beautiful.
They are very reasonably priced and can be purchased from Lumin Arte at:  http://www.dreamingcolor.com/twinkling-h2os/


 Here are some of the projects that I managed to complete (there were more projects available in the course) :


Twinkling H20
Twinkling H20
By Lumin Arte http://www.dreamingcolor.com/twinkling-h2os/ . They come in little pans, all dry and are activated with water. Technique applied is very much the same as a watercolour application.
Pear Study
Dion, provided clear drawing and painting instructions for pear study using gesso paper. In my pear study I decided to also incorporate inks - another water based medium. Inks and Twinkling H2O's work really well together.
Pear Study
Mandala Exercise
Mandala Exercise
There are so many available colours that it is a good idea to have a colour study or chart on hand. Sometimes it's handy to note the colours you use with the project/ exercise .
"an apple a day" - the fruit exercise
Twinkling H20's are so vibrant, that you can use them for illustration or almost photo realistic paintings.
"an apple a day" - the fruit exercise
Butterfly sketches
Butterfly sketches
Dion demonstrated many drawing exercises, the one I was particularly drawn to was how to draw butterflies. Using Stillman & Birn (Dion's preferred choice of paper) Sample Papers - I practiced some of the butterfly drawings.
Daisy Exercise
Painting a Daisy, using watercolour technique - the Twinklings H20's just give the painting that added drama and intensity with a shimmery finish.
Daisy Exercise

























































































Note: if you are interested in sampling some of Stillman and Birns paper,  just email samples@stillmanandbirn.com, they will send out a sample pack (for a limited time).

More information about Dion Dior and other Twinkling H20 classes are available on : www.diondior.com

I now look forward to experimenting more with Twinkling H20's and look forward to other courses provided from Dion.

Happy Painting,
Teresa xo







"Brave Intuitive You" - E-Course Experience

Flora Bowley's "Bloom True: The E-Course" Experience 

I had bought the book by Flora Bowley called "Brave Intuitive Painting", and was immediately attracted to the idea of the intuitive painting process - it so happened that there was also an online E-Course (based upon the book) being offered around the time of when I completed reading the book.

The course was delivered over a five week period, and this is my "painting" experience from the course.

I am forever grateful to Flora Bowley for reigniting the passion within me to paint.
Within the twelve months of completing this course, I have managed to produce 30 paintings! Of which most are sold.
Be warned that this course may transform you as it did for me, also an added bonus to the course is a wonderful class that you can interact with!

Note, that I am now part of the Alumni of "Bloom True" graduates, and am part of the Bloom True affiliate program.
So, if you feel inspired and decide to enrol in this course after reading my post - I would be grateful if you enrolled via my link:


Feel free to leave any comments or questions if you have any.

Happy Painting,
Teresa xo


First Layer - Cover the canvas!
First Layer - Cover the canvas!
The first layer was really to just have fun and to cover the entire canvas with reds and yellows. You can spray water, splatter paint and start connecting with your intuition by painting blind folded. Try painting with your hands and fingers. Just get the canvas covered.
2nd layer - Creating Marks
The second layer is all about experimenting and playing with the materials you have. Basically making marks on your canvas. Marks can be made with your fingers, stencils, back of old pencils, toys, toothbrush anything you would like to use.
2nd layer - Creating Marks
3rd layer - More Marks
3rd layer - More Marks
I was just having soo much fun experimenting with mark making, and spraying with water that I kept going.
4th layer - Adding Blacks and White
I don't usually use, blacks or whites, so I found this layer to be really challenging. I somehow couldn't resist using teal (blue), to counter balance the blacks.
4th layer - Adding Blacks and White
5th layer - Using the full colour pallet
5th layer - Using the full colour pallet
I loved using the full colour pallet! I continued making random marks, splattering and spraying water -making loads of drip marks this was just way too fun. However...once this layer was over, we had to commit to certain area's of the painting, and to start seeing images from the painting..hmmm.. I was stuck on this layer for almost 3 weeks! (yikes!) I could not see any images from my painting. So, to get myself unstuck, I loaded up on imagery - I bought books of birds, plants and did loads of sketching and meditation to try and reconnect to my intuition .
6th layer, adding symbols and a "Ahaaa" moment.
I started to add symbols, circles and dots - then, all of a sudden I had an "AHa" moment. A break through!! I saw a birds tail! Yay! Then I saw two birds emerging from my painting. I was very excited!
6th layer, adding symbols and a "Ahaaa" moment.
Final layer and completed painting
Final layer and completed painting
Once I saw the two birds, the scene was set, it was just a matter of filling in the details, the waterfall, trees and fruit. Voila! a completed intuitive painting: "Birds in Paradise".

Winner of my first original giveaway....

You have to be in it to win it!!

Today, my 5 year old daughter Tara, drew the lucky winner from all the comments left on my Eden Gardens Blog & comments left on my "Sea Bloom" give away post from my Artist Facebook Page.
 
The lucky person to receive my Eden Gardens demo painting, is "Marian Ostrowski!!

Congratulations Marian! Please contact me with your details!

Thankyou to everyone that left all the lovely comments!!


Teresa xx

Eden Gardens Exhibit

Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens
Garden Centre, North Ryde
Eden Garden Gallery
Eden Garden Gallery
Eden Gardens Poster
Eden Gardens Poster
Eden Garden Gallery - inside
Eden Garden Gallery - inside
Eden Garden Gallery - Display
Eden Garden Gallery - Display
Eden Garden Gallery -Entrance
Eden Garden Gallery -Entrance
Eden Garden -Exhibition Launch
Eden Garden -Exhibition Launch
Demo painting session
Demonstration painting using Acrylic paints
Demo painting session
Paintings sold
Paintings sold
Sea Bloom - Eden Garden Demo
Demo painting, a give away for one of my readers.
Sea Bloom - Eden Garden Demo
First ever solo exhibit...

My first ever solo exhibit held at Eden Gardens over March - April this year has definitely been one of the most significant achievements in  my creative career !


Eden Gardens is a beautiful garden centre on the Northern suburbs of Sydney. Encompassing a nursery, play area and many display gardens where the whole family can explore, relax and enjoy. 

There is also the busy "Dragonfly Cafe" for the guests to enjoy meals throughout the day.

Next to the Dragon Fly Cafe, is an awesome Gallery (see pic).
This is where my exhibit was set up.

Being a garden centre, any paintings on exhibit have to be of a botanical nature.

Due to a late cancellation, I was given an opportunity to exhibit- I was notified 6 weeks prior to the exhibition date.

From the moment I was given the opportunity to exhibit, the co-ordinators at Eden Gardens made the exhibition process effortless.
They produced all the posters (see pic), catalogue and tags for all the paintings.

All I had to do was to provide a minimum of 15 paintings and help hang up my paintings, however they did charge a 40% commission for any sales I made.

At the time of being notified, I had four small works of art. So, being very brave - I set up a target to complete 11 more pieces of artworks by the week before exhibition opening day (Yikes!).


Inside the Gallery... 

Eden Gardens Gallery, had enough space for 25 pieces of art to hang. 
There were approximately 8 panels (approximately 1.2metre wide), a large wall at the back & an inviting entrance.

I initially started off with small paintings, and as I produced more and more paintings - my confidence in my own painting ability and technique also grew (I have only painted with Acrylics medium since June 2012).

I have done some painting in oils, however that was about 10 years ago. When I paint in oil, I normally have a sketch or subject matter in mind prior to the actual painting.

So in the surrounds of Eden Gardens I was inspired by the decorative dragonflies and the "Dragonfly Cafe" and lotus ponds and waterlilies and I was drawn to paint them.

The theme...

So I produced four "Lotus" themed paintings in oil - however, as oils take longer to dry - I used Acrylic mediums (primarily local Aussie brand Matisse) for the remainder of my paintings.

When I use acrylic paints, I paint intuitively - that is, I have no subject matter in mind - I make marks, splatter and spray water, paint layer upon layer until I see an image.
Once I see the image - it sets the scene for the rest of the painting.
I had only recently started to paint intuitively (6months!).

To me, I feel that the most beautiful paintings I have produced are my intuitive paintings. I managed to produce 18 intuitive paintings for the exhibit. Within 6 weeks, I was able to produce 14 acrylics and 4 oil paintings - a huge undertaking and achievement, especially with 2 young kids and a part-time job.

I would have to say, I was very brave to take on such an enormous task, but I really believed that I could achieve this. I also offered to volunteer to do a painting demo at the garden centre over two weekends.


The demo was attended by a small group that stayed through to the end, whilst many other visitors dropped in and out to suss out what I was doing.


By the end of the exhibit, I managed to sell 6 paintings Yay!
Very happy indeed!


Thankyou to my family and friends...

The exhibition wouldn't have been possible without the help of my family and friends - I would especially like to thank  my husband, and my children's grandparents who helped in looking after my kids during the painting process & throughout the exhibition period. 

Thank you to my friend Nancy and sister Sharon, for helping me hang the paintings.

Also for the customers, those who stayed to watch the demo, and to my many online art community friends who have kept me inspired and motivated.


A special giveaway for my fans and readers...

As a thankyou to my readers, and support received from my fans through Facebook - I would love to giveaway the painting I created during my demo at Eden Gardens -

 "Sea Bloom" - acrylic 12 x 12" or 30x30cm, on a stretched gallery canvas, ready to hang!

For your chance to win this piece of Art, all you have to do is to either leave a comment on this blog, or leave a comment on the post in my Facebook page for this giveaway post.

The lucky winner will be drawn on Friday 24th May!
Good luck, and thankyou for stopping by!
 
Teresa
xo




"Lucky The Happy Elephant" - Intuitive painting process



First layer
It all starts with a mark!
Here I have painted a yellow and red background, and have randomly created marks, splatters and a word that subconsciously came to mind: “Believe”.









More Layers
More layers..

I add another layer of paint and markings, I use my fingers, brushes, spray water – let the water drip everywhere.. I still have no idea what the image will be, I bold the word “Believe”...I firmly believe in myself and my ability to create…





An image can be seen
Ah..haaaa

Suddenly – I have an insight, an “AH HA!” moment, a realisation that I have found an image…well – part of an image.   I see part of an elephants leg and head,   from there I sketch in the rest of the elephants body…






IMG 1601 Covering up of layers
I proceed onto distinguishing the body, by covering up all the other marks. •   Once I have finished this layer, I step back to view the image and can’t believe I’ve covered soo much of the canvas “oh noooo!!”    ….but I still “believe”, I can do this.







IMG 1594 Adding more layers
I meditate..to reconnect to my intuition. I add more layers…then suddenly  I see a jungle and a waterfall emerging – the scene is set & I am soo excited! It’s all full steam ahead to complete the painting, yay!







Completion
Once the image and the scene is set, it’s just a matter of working on the detail and creating a beautiful  elephant emerging from the jungle.   …I also have another “Ah ha” moment, an insight to a story that needs to be written for this elephant – “Lucky the Happy Elephant.”       
 

- By Teresa Myat Berg

p.s. I am happy to say that Lucky was happily sold at my first solo exhibition at Eden Gardens.