Saturday, November 19, 2011

COMA Christmas exhibition

Our local bunch of fine and fun art folk COMA - the Collaboration of Maleny Artists - is holding a Christmas exhibition this year. This is our tenth joint exhibition, previous exhibitions have focused on weeds, scratching the surface, between the lines and quite a few others.

This time we are all being asked to create a piece linked to the the song The Twelve Days of Christmas.
All works will be 2-D (wallpieces) and will measure 30cm x 30cm (12 x 12 inches). They will hang in a local coffee shop for a month around Christmas.

Given my less than sense of delight when it comes to drawing, and to figurative drawing no less (all those maids-a-milking, pipers-piping and drummers-drumming etc) it was a no-brainer for me to think about the 5 gold rings.

I had quite a few ideas which had me turning the canvas over and filling the hole left behind; stitching things through and onto canvas and plenty of others. As ever I went this way and that and in the end, was influenced by something I found.

I came home and found a few bibs and bobs lying around and they became the focus.  Here's a bit of the progress of my 5 gold rings...

A long way from golden, but I thought these rings had potential!

And so I got down to work - I had earplugs and goggles on and gloves, and used pliers to hold the smallest pieces as they got hot (but clearly hadn't tied my hair back!) as I got down and dirty with the polishing. A typical background scene on our block.

The contrast was just stunning and my hope that underneath the gunk lay some 'gold' was fulfilled.

5 Gold Rings underway, now to work out what to do with them!


  1. Wow - what a transformation! I have a few bits like this, picked up from the beach. I had no idea they might reveal gold.

  2. The photographs are very pleasing to the eye.... even before you decide what to do with them.

  3. Good to see you getting down and dirty Fiona... This will be a different kind of project for you. I Look forward to seeing the results.

  4. Love those old rings, they looked awesome before AND after being polished!

  5. Hi Annie - very cool huh? Only brass, not real gold, but lovely and shiny! Amazing what lies beneath...

    Thanks Ronnie - they are lovely little things.

    Thank you Jennifer - quite a transformation isn't it?

    Hi Robyn -I need to photograph them before because I liked them so much as they were - altho I am also fond of them now, but before is special.

    Hi Jo - yes, why not head off and do something a bit different hey? Funny I feel Much more comfortable with metal than with paint - that stuff scares me stupid!

    Thanks Louise - they are great aren't they? Almost a shame to change them but they look pretty happy now.

  6. You'll no what to do with them. No question.

  7. Thanks Lesley - something will happen I'm sure.

  8. love these 5 gold rings - they still have a great deal of character - even shiny... have fun!

  9. Thanks Maire - yes even after losing their gunk they look OK - I like them both ways!


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