Art to Art Pop Up show

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Art to Art in Balwyn are holding a Pop Up show starting on August the 23rd. All artwork available will be under $2000 which is fantastic for art fans that don’t have big budgets. I will have three works available in the show, and there are 30 other amazing Australian artists with work showing. 

 

 

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Make Something out of Nothing, 96cmx66cm Acrylic on MDF framed in Tasmanian Oak $1000

 

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Rebel Heart, 91cmx91cm acrylic on canvas $1250  

 

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Between Days 61cmx84cm Acrylic on Canvas $900 

 

The opening night is is from 7pm on the 27th of August and you can RSVP via this link: RSVP

Remembered Landscapes

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Remembered Landscapes is a collection of paintings that I have been working on over the last few months. They are all inspired by the Australian Bush and the Upper Yarra area of Melbourne and include a mixed series of both abstract and more traditional landscape paintings, all with a typical Clair Bremner twist.

 

The exhibition will be on display from the 6th - 22nd of September at Established For Design in Malvern East. I am really proud of this series and I am looking forward to seeing the work on display surrounded by a beautifully curated collection of furniture and homewares.

You are invited to the exclusive opening event. Please join us for an evening of art and drinks to celebrate.

Thursday 6th September, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Established For Design
287 Wattletree Rd, Malvern East

[If you are interested in attending please click on the button below to RSVP for catering purposes ]


RSVP HERE

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Do you have a Sketchbook ?

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.... I have a confession. I am a sketchbook purchasing addict.  

I love buying sketchbooks, the new fresh clean pages, the potential and anticipation of filling them with pretty things. However, I am not that great at actually using them.  

 

At this point in time time I think I have four...maybe even five sketchbooks going at once. I usually have one in my bag, one in the car, one at my home and several at the studio. 

 

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I use them sporadically to sketch composition ideas, jot down names for paintings or ideas to sketch later. I also use them to brush up on my general drawing skills and some poor souls just get random pages torn out of them when I need to write down a shopping list or phone message. I have some that were really expensive and others that were just impulse purchases from discount stores. 

 

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I love the idea of starting with one sketchbook and filling in every single page with sketches and art but I just can’t seem to commit. I also love looking through older sketchbooks to see how my ideas have changed or developed. Sometimes I’ll come across old sketches that never made it to a full painting and I’m inspired to finally paint it.  

 

What about you? Are you a fellow sketchbook hoarder?  

How to choose the right artwork for your space.

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Original art can totally change the feeling of a room. A well placed artwork can pull together all the other furniture and elements in the room or make a statement all on its own. It’s a great way to add a bit of personality to a space, owning an original artwork is a special way of adding an individual touch to your home.   However it can also be hard to know exactly what kind of artwork is best for your space and making a descision can be hard.  

The main question I have clients ask me is what size artwork is best for their space.  If you are lucky enough to have a large wall then go as big as you can, or consider a group of two or more paintings that go together (a dyptytch or triptych) 

 

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Generally speaking, hanging a large painting in a small room can actually make the room seem bigger.... which is the opposite to what you would think. People will often make the mistake of purchasing an artwork that is too small for the wall. Artworks will always look smaller once they are hanging, so if your budget can allow it I would always recommend going larger or waiting until you can afford a piece that is bigger. A large painting will create a focal point and add movement to the walls, especially if the subject of the painting is a landscape or inspired by nature.  

 

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However, creating a gallery wall consisting of many smaller artworks can also work in any space as long as there is a cohesive look to the artworks (such as similar framing styles).  Gallery walls are great for people that don’t want to commit to just one artwork or they have many favorite artists and they want to be able to collect a little something from everyone. Purchasing smaller artworks can also be a little kinder on the pocket, as you can build and add to your collection over time. 

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Dont be too concerned with matching your art with the existing room or decor. Add modern art into older style homes and traditional art into modern homes. The contrast of styles works every time. It is more important that you choose an artwork that creates an emotional response within you when you see it rather than choosing something just because it matches the sofa. If everything matches too perfectly, the art work will end up blending in rather than standing out as a statement.  

 

Choose and artwork that you love, your opinion is the only one that matters. If it makes you feel something special then buy it. If you love it enough it will naturally find a place in your home where it fits. 

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Finally, If you seen an artwork that you love but it’s not quite the right size or colour, always approach the artist and ask if they are able to create a custom piece. Most artists are happy to create private commissions, and if they are not able to then they may have something else available in their studio already that fits your needs. 

If you have been thinking about purchasing one of my paintings but you’re not sure if the size is right or if it will work in the room, feel free to send me an email with some images of your space. I am answering questions like that all the time so I’m happy to help.  

 

Tools of the trade

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The main medium I prefer to work with is Acrylic paint. Over the years I have experimented with every art supply and material imaginable. Early on, while I was studying Viaual Art at TAFE,  I was actually using oil paint because I thought that you weren’t a “real artist” unless you knew how to use oil paint. 

As I have aged and matured I have realized how rediculous that idea is and that you can be a real artist and use whatever materials you like. I also always hated the messy cleanup process that is involved with oil paint. So once I started to get back in to painting on a regular basis I decided to use acrylics.  

The fast drying time, vibrant colours and easy cleaning qualities are all perfect for the way I work.  

I also use a range of brushes to create my art, all of them are cheap and some of them are not even “artist” brushes. I use nylon brushes, house paint brushes from the hardware store and a few mop style brushes that are meant to be used for stenciling or applying gesso but I like the scratchy messy marks that they make.  

 

 

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I am a terrible brush owner. I abuse them all the time. I let them dry out, or I soak them for days on end in dirty water. I use them to varnish and then forget to was them. I use them to scoop out blobs of paint, smoosh them into containers and clog them up. When they are dead I throw them out and buy new ones. 

 

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I use a few different brands of acrylic paint, but mostly Derivan Matisse, Golden Acrylic and Hydrocryl. I mix different brands together to make up my own colours as well as using colours right out of the tube. If I know I’m going to use a particular colour a lot then I will mix up a big batch and keep it in a plastic container with a lid. I also use Liquitex paint markers to add in some of the fine details on top. 

I paint on both stretched canvas and watercolour paper, I have my canvas custom stretched and sent to me and I purchase my watercolor paper in large sheets or pads. The canvas is 12oz cotton and the paper is always 300gsm cotton or above. 

 

Australian Natives

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I have always loved Australian native flowers, the shapes and colors are so unique and strangely beautiful. I will always love painting landscapes but every now and then I get the urge to create floral paintings instead. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on a series of new landscapes for a solo show in September. I find that when I focus on one thing for too long I go a little crazy and I need to work with something totally different. 

 

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Over the school holidays I started to play around with pen and Watercolour because I was at home and it’s all I had around. I created a collection of native inspired paintings which then spilled over onto canvas once I returned to the studio two weeks later. 

 

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These florals on canvas are bursting with native goodness such as Proteas, paper Dasies, bottlebrush and flowering Tea Tree. They are all 76cmx76cm and you can view more details via my website here http://www.clairbremnerart.com/shop/

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Zartart Whimsical Portrait Workshop

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Join me at Zartart in Box Hill as I take you through the steps to create striking expressionistic portraits inspired by the masters Matisse and Modigliani. You will learn about the proportions of the face and how to create an imaginary portrait using charcoal and acrylic. The class will explore a number of drawing and painting techniques used to create a mixed media work on canvas.

The workshop is on Saturday the 4th of August and includes all materials and lunch. 

Follow this link for more information and to book.  

https://zartart.weteachme.com/classes/1026890-create-expressive-portraits-in-acrylic

Painting Money - How to make an income from your art

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I have had people asking me for a while now to put together information on how to create income from your art based on my own experiences. After holding my first two successful business marketing workshops I have now released an ebook that is full of all the information that people are constantly asking me for.  

I’ll be honest, there is no secret word or magic formula in this ebook that will guarantee success as an artist. As with everything in life, there is no easy quick-fix solution. Instead this ebook contains the steps that I believe you need to take in order to set yourself up as a working artist and to help increase your chances of making you art profitable. 

Topics include: 

  • Are you ready to become a pro?

  • What makes your art different from others?

  • How to create good art practice habits

  • How to edit and work in a collection

  • How to find your target market

  • How to write an Artist statement

  • How to use social media to find and build an audience

  • how to approach galleries and retail partners

  • How to photograph and present your art in the best way

    plus much more.  

     

     

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If you are an artist and you have the desire to turn your hobby in to a full time income then you will find the information in this ebook incredibly helpful. I wish I had found something like this when I was starting out. Although I am based in Australia, the information can be used by anyone anywhere in the world. Many of the sales avenues I mention are online and not country specific so you should have no problems implementing them wherever you happen to live.  

 

You can read more details and purchase a copy of Painting Money by following this link to my website: Painting Money Ebook  

Art in progress

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Over the next few weeks I’m planing on working on a few large scale landscape paintings. I want to focus on creating landscapes that are a little more realistic but still whimsical enough to be considered a “Bremner”. I am really drawn to these wide open spaces at the moment as apposed to the closed in tangled of trees I’m usually painting. I am still working from imagination, these landscapes are not real places... instead they are created from a feeling of the area I live in. 

 

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I am inspired by landscapes by Brett Whiteley at the moment, especially the rolling hills and curving streams in the above sketches. I want these landscapes to be loose and have movement within them. Wild sky’s and broard sweeps of expressive brushstrokes. 

 

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Nature Girl

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The Way I Was, 56cmx76cm acrylic on Watercolour paper

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I have been playing around in the studio incorporating faces into my paintings lately. I adore painting landscapes, however I sometimes feel that it is difficult to express my deeper feelings within a landscape painting. Landscapes are serene, beautiful, colourful and calming but sometimes I feel like I have more to say.

I've been wanting to explore some more emotive work for a while and adding in a figurative element seemed like the most obvious way of expressing myself.  

It has been a challenge and showing this work has made me feel quite vulnerable but I believe stepping out of your comfort zone is the first step towards something better.  

Im not quite ready to discuss the deeper meaning behind these works just yet, partly because I don't really know exactly what I'm trying to express. For now they are magical experiments that I am quite happy with but they are also not quite what I had planed either. I am enjoying the process which is the important part.   

 

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Your Heart My Heart, 56cmx76cm acrylic on Watercolour paper  

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Eyes Closed (SOLD) 56cmx76cm acrylic on Watercolour paper

 

Some of these are available to purchase in the original painting section of my online store. I am also still working on some landscape paintings for my open studio in November.  

Open Studio 11th-12th November

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This year I'll be taking part in the Yarra Valley Open Studio Tour which is held over three areas and three weekends between September and November. The Warburton area will be on the 11th and 12th of November from 10am-4pm.  

You can come and visit me in my studio at 21 Woods Point Rd in Warburton (in the YREC Business Village opposite the caravan park). I will have original artworks for sale, including paintings on canvas, paper and a exclusive collection of hand painted original ceramics.  

 

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To find out more about the Open Studios, including the other participating artists, you can visit the official website at  https://www.yarravalleyarts.org.au/yvaopenstudios

Art Cabrolet Charity Auction

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Snow Blossoms 100cmx100cm

 

I am proud to be taking part in the Diamonds in a Paintbox Charity auction run by Art to Art and Art Cabriolet. A Not-for-Profit organization, the Art Cabriolet (AC) provides multiple platforms of creative art therapies for the expression, experience and understanding of personal trauma for children/adolescents. 

 

AC uses creative art therapies to emotionally strengthen children/adolescents braving physical or psychological distress associated with trauma.  Custom design and creative art therapy programs are implemented with health carers, social workers, psychologists, teachers and even parents.

The Diamonds in a Paintbox Auction is a fantastic way to support this charity and collect some amazing art at the same time. Tickets for the Gala dinner/auction are available via their website. You can bid on my donated painting over on the gala bid website here . 

Print Sale

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I'm having a sale on all fine art prints in my online store until the 30th of June.  

You can get 30% off any size print, there is a big selection on my website but if there is a specific painting that you want and it's not there let me know and I can arrange a print for you.  

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Loosen Up! Acrylic painting workshop - Warburton Victoria

I am very excited to announce that i have been able to arrange two workshops to be held at the YREC Business Village in Warburton where my lovely little studio is situated.

The day will be spent exploring various acrylic painting techniques focused on creating more expressive, loose and creative paintings inspired by nature. The workshop will be perfect for both beginners and more experience artists who want to learn how to be more free and expressive with their painting. We will cover the basics of colour mixing, composition, mark making, acrylic paint, observing nature and developing your own personal style.

It will be a very relaxed and fun day with a maximum of only 6 students per day. The total cost of the day will be $200 and this includes tuition from 9am-4pm, all materials that you will use during the workshop (including canvas, paper, paint, brushes etc) as well as a professionally catered morning tea and lunch (yes, you will be able to take home your finished painting).

As i mentioned, there will be two workshop sessions available. Both will be exactly the same in regard to content and the only reason it is broken up into two is because i can only accommodate 6 people in the space for each day. So to allow for more people to attend, i have decided to do two workshops on the same weekend.

The first session will be on Saturday the 24th of June from 9am-4pm, the second on Sunday the 25th of June from 9am-4pm. The sessions will be held in Studio 10 and the YREC Business Village, 21 Woods Point road, Warburton Victoria (directly opposite the Warburton caravan park). There is plenty of onsite parking and it is a very easy drive straight up the Warburton Highway from Lilydale.

You can book you spot in this workshop by clicking on the following buttons below depending on the date you are available. As i mentioned there is a limit of only 6 people per workshop so if you are planing on bringing a friend make sure you both book at the same time to ensure that you get a spot.

Note: Refunds can be given if you are unable to attend after you have booked but only up to seven days before the workshop. After that i will not be able to refund you unless you are able to find someone to take your place.

 

I have had SO many requests from people over the last few months for a workshop so i am really excited to be able to offer this opportunity to you all in my beautiful home town in the Yarra Valley. I'm looking forward to spending the weekend painting, chatting and creating with some like minded people. If you have any questions or proplems please don't hesitate to contact me and ask.