a milestone?!

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When one becomes a mother you are told to look out for certain milestones in the development of your child, for example the first time he/she sits, or crawl (mine never did much crawling) or the first step, or the first word and so on.

Lately I wondered if there are certain milestones in an artistic career, and if one can call it that.  For example the first sale of an artwork, the first gallery show, the first award etc.

Everyone develops at their own rate.  Louise Bourgeois for example only received recognition late in her life, while Vincent van Gogh never did get much attention until after his death;  and some receive acclaim just after they leave art school.

Last week I received news that for the first time my work was acquired by an Academic collection:

ART TIMES

To some this might not seem like a big deal, but to me, I’m feeling the way a mother feels when she sees her child taking his/her first step!

 

Behind the scenes of Rubber ever after

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They say something like : All work and no play makes one …(insert word)……, but at the KKNK we played as hard as we worked and vice a versa.

One of the reasons I love exhibiting at the arts festival is the interaction.  Meeting new people.  Discussions.  Conversations.  New friendships being formed.  Now I understand why my colleague  Robert Hamblin referred to the artists exhibiting at last years festival as family; because after 7 days it feels like being part of a family.   Thank you Robert for these snapshots!

Here I am with my Crown-Prince. My husband, muse, friend, lover, critic, support, father of our children, and the one who help me hang the exhibition!

Here I am with my Crown-Prince. My husband, muse, friend, lover, critic, support, father of our children, and the one who help me hang the exhibition!

The princess and her tea.

The princess and her tea.

Luckily my venue was at such a good spot that I could enjoy some tea/coffee very often and be right there at my space.

Having a great time with fellow artists and friends

Having a great time with fellow artists and friends

From left to right:  Robert Hamblin (front), Hennie Meyer, me as Goldilocks was a mouse, and Marinda du Toit aka Johanna Brandt.

The druid left his cubicle to visit me at my 'rubber kingdom'.

The druid left his cubicle to visit me at my ‘rubber kingdom’.

I am a huge admirer of the work by Willem Boshoff, and it was an honour to finally meet him.  He was one of the main festival artists.  His show was called : Big druid in his cubicle.  See more here

At Willem's BUSH braai.  From left to right: Stephan Erasmus, Ferdinand Bruwer, Willem Boshoff, myself and Gordon Froud

At Willem’s BUSH braai. From left to right: Stephan Erasmus, Ferdinand Bruwer, Willem Boshoff, myself and Gordon Froud

 

here I am with artist Gordon Froud

here I am with artist Gordon Froud

Another artist I admire is Gordon Froud.  He was like Willem Boshoff  another one of the main festival artists….There were 3 this year! His show was called: a Retrospective of exhibitions I never had.  You can read more here.

and here is another festival selfie….

Here I am with Robert Hamblin (front) and Roelof Petrus van Wyk

Here I am with Robert Hamblin (front) and Roelof Petrus van Wyk

I had many interesting conversations with these two gentleman.  Check out Robert’s work here, and Roelof’s work here.

Last but not least: A picture taken by Ferdinand Bruwer of this years KKNK festival art curator Sandra Hanekom in my venue (Rubber Kingdom 😉 )

Sandra Hanekom : curator for this years visual art at the KKNK

Sandra Hanekom : curator for this years visual art at the KKNK

You can read an interview with Sandra Hanekom here.

Feeling so nostalgic looking at these…..great memories were created!! Thank you all xx