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!


11 comments:

  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.

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

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  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.

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

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  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.

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

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

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

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

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