<![CDATA[lyn marguerite metcalf - artist - Blog]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 23:12:43 +1000Weebly<![CDATA[Almost a Year Between Posts!]]>Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:26:56 GMThttp://lynmarguerite.com/1/post/2016/06/almost-a-year-between-posts.html
Whilst this blog has been very much neglected over the past year, my art hasn't!

I'm continuing to build up a portfolio and the next stop is an online shop (watch this space!).

I have slowly been able to invest in a quality printer and scanner, and have been honing my Photoshop skills to develop a range of prints, as well as working on a number of affordable originals.

One step at a time, but I'm getting there!
<![CDATA[Metaflora - Claire Ishino's 2015 SALA Exhibition]]>Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:07:39 GMThttp://lynmarguerite.com/1/post/2015/07/metaflora-claire-ishinos-2015-sala-exhibition.htmlPicture
This week I had the pleasure of attending the opening of Claire Ishino’s latest exhibition, Metaflora, as part of SALA (South Australian Living Artists Festival).

Claire’s exhibition is being held at Brick and Mortar Creative, an exciting new venue and shopfront in Norwood.    In their own words, “Brick and Mortar Creative is a creative retail hub for local designers, artists, makers and independent retailers.  We offer ‘capsule stores’, co-located in a design-oriented environment with a café, a space to hold workshops and events, a gallery wall, and a creative art and reading space for children”

Co-Creative Directors, Elizabeth Donaldson and Brigid Dighton have created a beautiful space that showcases the various retailers who currently have residencies, and I cannot think of a more appropriate venue for Claire’s second solo SALA exhibition.

Metaflora is an “exhibition of colourful paintings, exploring flowers as visual metaphors to express thoughts and ideas and to convey positive messages”, and with Adelaide currently in the middle of one of the coldest winters I can remember, Claire’s paintings give us all hope that spring will soon be upon us.

Claire trained and practised as a jewellery designer and maker for many years, and her precision and detail flow through her intricate paintings which are mostly executed in gouache, with larger pieces in acrylics.
Claire has curated the Metaflora exhibition with pieces that reflect an evolution of her previous floral paintings, which had a definite ‘pop’ influence.  Whilst staying true to her exquisitely detailed floral style, the Metaflora series is overwhelmingly presented in a softer colour palette which, for me, evokes memories of walking through orchards of blossoming fruit trees.  
My immediate response to the exhibition was just how sophisticated and contemporary the paintings were, and how much warmth and joy they would bring to any space.

Claire will be in residence at Brick and Mortar Creative with a capsule store, alongside her exhibition, from Wednesday 5 August 2015, for one month.  I encourage you to pop in and see this joyful exhibition and say hello to Claire.  All pieces are for sale, and prints and cards are available from the capsule store.


Brick and Mortar Creative’s opening hours are as follows:

Wednesday to Saturday (Thursday nights to  9pm):  

Coffee shop brews from 8am – 4.30pm
Design stores open from 10am – 4pm

Sundays - 11am to 3pm

<![CDATA[You Need to Start Somewhere]]>Sat, 16 May 2015 01:59:37 GMThttp://lynmarguerite.com/1/post/2015/05/you-need-to-start-somewhere.htmlLike many of us, I have always been creative in some way throughout my life, though activities like crochet, sewing, mosaics – you name it, I had probably tried it.    But they had always been hobbies, nothing more, and I had never felt that I had a talent that would take me anywhere.

It is now coming up two years since I took the first step  in fully exploring my creative potential. In May 2013, I enrolled in an Adult art class at the wonderful Nest Studio in Adelaide, South Australia.

Carly Schwerdt and Amy Prior are the talented team behind Nest Studio (as well as the designers of Umbrella Prints fabrics – swoon).  The Adult art class I attended was led by Carly, and involved six lessons of 1.5 hours over the course of an Australian school term (approximately 10 weeks).  I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked through the door.  Although I had attended a fabric printing workshop a year or so earlier, this was the first art class I had been to since I was a child.  Thankfully I had enrolled in one of the best re-introductions to art I could have asked for.

The lessons were beautifully unstructured, with Carly inviting us to try a technique or medium that took our interest.  We had a studio full of supplies at our disposal, and a teacher willing to step in to assist when we needed.  In short, though, this was a lesson in letting go and diving right in.  It was a lesson in doing, not thinking or planning.  Just doing.

I started with collage, something I had always wanted to try, but for some reason never had.  Mostly the reason was in my head (man, am I GOOD at planning things in my head, without taking action in the real world!).  After that first lesson I felt myself opening up to a world of possibilities.  I had come to the class expecting to be taught.  I left realising that it had been inside me all along.  That creativity is something to be coaxed out, yes, but not taught.  (I also left with a really nice collage!).

I remember describing Carly to my friends as being like a lovely mum who encourages you, tells you you’re doing great and makes you cups of tea.  Sometimes I think that adults require this nurturing  even more than children, especially when it comes to re-engaging with their creativity.  Carly has a fabulous ‘no eraser’ rule (which she applies to her children’s classes as well, I believe).  Embrace your mistakes, work with them, move on.  Boo to perfectionism, life’s too short for that.

Since those art classes I have participated in many online art classes (with some incredible teachers – more on that later), but Nest and Carly will always be where it started for me as a 38 year old woman who was ready to start living the creative live she had always been destined to live.