Open Art Studio

What is an Open Art Studio?

Artists who work in their own Art Studio often give the public the opportunity to visit their studio, with other words, they Open their Studios to the public.

An Artist Open Studio is not a Gallery, and usually is not open every day. Most Artists need their own space and time to work their creative magic. A constant flood of visitors would mean they never would finish anything.

On the other hand, at certain times Artists may appreciate some extra exposure of their work, or even test their work by evaluating feedback from the public.

The public usually appreciates Open Art Studios, as there is no pressure to buy, and it gives visitors the opportunity to look deeper into works of art and how those works are created. Some artists even give short demonstrations to explain their way of working.

Generally speaking it is a worthwhile interaction for both parties.

In my own case, I love showing and demonstrating how my paintings and motives come together and take on a life of their own.

Artist Studio Open SignMy  Open Art Studio, in addition to above reasons, is also a good opportunity for the public to inquire about my regularly weekly art classes. Over the years I have met many people who loved the idea of  learning to draw or paint, but they had an underlying feeling or sometimes even certainty that they wouldn’t be able to learn to draw or paint.

Anyone who feels like this, should talk to an art teacher, and they would find out quickly that anyone who has a liking or even love of art is capable of leaning to paint.

I alwasy say, if you can write your name, you can learn to draw, writing is much more complicated.
Actually, I had someone in the past who couldn’t write, but he still learned how to draw 🙂

If you never have been to an Open Art Studio,  feel free to come around on one of my Open Art Studio days.
Make sure you check for the NEXT Open Day on my web-site – click Open Art Studio

Vincent Van Gogh and Yellow

Vincent Van Gogh and Yellow

… by Giselle

Vincent (1853 – 1890), his art, personality and mental health have been discussed and written about forever.
He probably is one of the most well known Artists, and his paintings are widely admired and easily recognized, particularly his trademarks of intense colored dashes and swirls.

But, he had another trademark, his love for the color yellow. Some people argue that it may have something to do with a possible mental disorder or even the medication he took for his epileptic condition. They may be right, however the reason could be much simpler, he may have had a need for the color yellow.

This is easily explained; yellow represents the sun and hope, some people crave colors like others crave food. It may be that he subconsciously needed the energy of the sun and feeling of hope and that is what he represented in his paintings with using strong yellows.

I wonder if it was a coincident that his most prolific time was when he was living in the Yellow House in Arles in 1888. It was also the time for him of hope and happiness, planning for an outburst of creativity and painting in collaboration with his aspired friend Gauguin. Unfortunately it ended in a breakdown of this friendship with Gauguin as well as his mental state.

There is even more to the color of Yellow. Someone who doesn’t like yellow or lives in despair without hope on the brink of suicide is more likely to paint yellow in combination with black. Painting black could mean, negating yellow and the effect of it, the sun and the hope. Therefore from a color psychology perspective, Vincent in his use of yellow, which he combined with purples and blues, even accentuated the power of yellow, making it even more hopeful and something he wished for.

I am sure that deep down he always kept his hope.

Have you got a primary color ?

Giselle is available for Art Classes on Tuesday and Wednesday – Gold Coast Hinterland;
for more info see > Giselle’s Art Classes