The Dilkes-Hoffman Pottery and Art Studio & artist, Karin Luciano- A kindred soul I had the privilege to have a chat with

During a recent trip to the town of Margaret River in the South-West of Western Australia, I stumbled upon the Dilkes- Hoffman Pottery and Art Gallery, a few kilometres out of town on Caves road.

The functional Pottery belongs to husband and wife team, Tova Hoffman and Rod Dilkes. Tova produces distinctive, contemporary pottery embellished with a ‘Persian’ gold and silver lustre. The concept of Tova’s designs on her pottery, sculptures and moulded ceramics is inspired by aerial views of the landscapes and seascapes of South-Western Australia. Her designs are a tribute to the beauty of the forests and to the unblemished beaches of the South West. Tova’s ceramics are stunning and very hard to resist, but I have a passion for colour and what drew my attention was the paintings on the gallery walls.

The gallery showcases the paintings of the well-known Margaret River artist  Karin Luciano. One could call her the ‘Artist in residence’, as she has the use of a painting studio in the gallery and does gallery duty once a week on a Sunday. Karin is also represented by the Jahroc Gallery in Margaret River. I was lucky enough to have a chat with her. On learning that I am a Trainee Gallery Guide at AGWA, Karin graciously welcomed me into her gallery-studio and happily answered my questions about her artistic background and her creating processes. Continue reading

PURPLE REIGN  

Purple Rain 032A Passion for Purple

Purple; a deep rich shade between Crimson and Violet is a Femme Fatale.

Purple is feminine; a Lady in Lavender, a Maiden in Mauve, a Madam attired in gorgeous Plum, a Vixen in Violet, and sometimes a ‘Shrinking’ Violet. If Purple were a person, she would be female and not always a lady. The beautiful, but murderous orchid ( ‘orchid’ also a term for pale purple) has beautiful flowers, but is a parasite and eventually kills her host

 

Purple symbolises royalty and conjures images of pomp and ceremony. For centuries, coronation robes have traditionally been purple; soft lilac and sometimes a rich, dark hue of Aubergine. In contradiction, the colour Purple does not like to show off and prefers the back to the foreground. Purple is mysterious, sometimes shy and at times shocking. A thick pile, purple, shaggy carpet I encountered recently unsettled me somewhat.

 

Whether you like, love or hate this girl, avoid her you can’t. She lurks in everyday shadows, shimmers at the edges of clouds and hides in distant mountain tops.

 

Purple Paint

On my artist’s palette, I create the deepest dark tones for my shadows by mixing Cadmium red and Pthalo blue, deep purple, the colour of midnight.A palette for portraiture requires a range of purples; blood runs red in blue veins underneath the human skin’s surface.I combine cool and warm reds and blues and add white to mix tints of true purple.

Magic

Impossible to mix on my palette and best used straight from the tube is luminous, shocking pink Magenta. Magenta leans toward purple and is halfway between red and violet; it is the complimentary of green as it absorbs all the green light in the spectrum of light.Combinations of purple and pink evoke a seductive or romantic mood especially if accompanied by carbon black. Magenta is feminine and sexy, a provocative lady of the night.Named in 1912 ’Electric Purple’, halfway between Violet and Magenta is said to be the purest and brightest purple.

 

A Gentle and Graceful Lady in the Garden

Spring is in full swing, and Jacarandas are in full bloom around Perth; their lilac flowers are announcing the approach of another hot summer.

I am feeling ambivalent about their tiny flowers; they carpet my patio in a gorgeous shade of lavender but require hours to sweep.

Bougainvillaeas are ‘dressed to the nines’ in their bright pink, mauve and amaranthine splendour; it will be a month or two before fragrant lilac trusses adorn the Wisteria. Let’s not forget a favourite of Vincent Van Gogh’s, the delicately perfumed Iris. The blue–ish purple petals of the Saffron flower is shown off to perfection by their complimenting sunny yellow centre.

Miss Marple

Perhaps we associate mauve with the elderly because the word lavender stirs up images of mature ladies with mauve/blue rinses.? Soft shades of purple are soothing and calming and bring life’s stresses into a peaceful perspective, like an older Lady, perhaps a mother would be inclined to do.Lilac is a classic colour choice for the walls of hospices. Serene Lavender hues create a tranquil mood and have been the symbolic colour of piety, mourning and penitence.

 

Purple Pigments

For centuries blackberries, mulberries, sea snails and sea urchins usually in combination with ammonia (urine) were used to extract the sought after purple pigment. Synthetic, organic pigments, such as mauveine (named after the mallow flower) and fuchsine later became available.Quinacridone came onto the market in the 1950’s and is still widely used today.

A Passion for Purple

Who doesn’t connect the colour purple with ‘melt in the mouth’ creamy chocolate?

A lengthy legal battle has been fought between chocolate manufacturers, Nestle and Cadbury over the right of ownership of the distinctive purple colour. To date, neither has won the sole right to register the colour under their brand name, as a trademark Pantone colour. ‘True Purple’ or ‘Patriarch Purple.’ was named in 1925 because its hue is halfway between red and blue and its value exactly halfway between black and white.

In the Sixties, blue pigments were added to Fluorescent Magenta to make ‘Fluorescent Purple’ or ‘Psychedelic Purple’ and was favourited by the Hippies.

The colour of the grapes from which my favourite drink is distilled from, except perhaps for ‘Fluoro’, I will leave that one to the Hippies, Purple remains pertinent on my palette.

Cheers! To Purple

 

 

 

 

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PRINT OR PAINTING? WHICH WILL YOU CHOOSE?

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Thinking of decorating? A new picture on the wall and a splash of colour will do wonders to liven up a drab interior.

You can pop into your nearest discount store and buy a ready to hang a print of a painting on canvas to compliment your decor, too easy! Alternatively, without too much hassle you can purchase affordable, mass-produced pictures on the internet. Many of us aren’t even overly concerned with the subject matter depicted or the style of painting, as long as the colours match (not my favourite word) the interior, and the overall size and design of the print complements the decor. It is inexpensive, fun, easy and close enough to the real thing, but is it art? Wouldn’t an original painting look better?

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PURPLE REIGN  

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Purple Rain 033A Passion for Purple

Purple; a deep rich shade between Crimson and Violet is a Femme Fatale.

Purple is feminine; a Lady in Lavender, a Maiden in Mauve, a Madam attired in rich Plum, a Vixen in Violet, and sometimes a ‘Shrinking’ Violet. If Purple were a person, she would be female and not always a lady. The beautiful, but murderous orchid (also a term for pale purple) has beautiful flowers, but is a parasite and eventually kills her host.

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A ZEST FOR LIFE

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Oranges

Flamboyant Orange is not Shy, and it likes to Show off.

The colour orange has been named after a fruit, and the colour is as sweet on the palette as the fruit is on the palate. Cadmium Orange, Tangerine and Vermillion remind me of sweet orange cordial, summer and childhood. My mother planted nasturtium flowers en masse in her garden. Nasturtiums are such complicated little flowers to paint!

 

still life new still life Gigi Sperinck

Orange is not my all-time favourite colour, but I appreciate its value and it has a space reserved on my palette. A secondary colour, orange is easy to mix, using red and yellow; but for a dazzling, bright and lasting orange pigment, the colour is at its best freshly squeezed (like the fruit) straight from the tube.

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THE INGENIOUS ARTIST IS CREATIVE , CLEVER AND SOMETIMES HAS A TOUCH OF MADNESS

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The lucky ones have an eternally flowing spring that bubbles with non-stop creativity and inspiration.

 

‘The inner artist’ has the habit of unleashing creative energy only when it finds us in action, behind the easel, paintbrush in hand and those who wait passively for inspiration often wait in vain.

clichéd but true words.

Artist’s Block

The Doldrums where an artist can unexpectedly find himself in is a very real and frightening place. Why do we encounter this obstacle in the way of being creative? Most artists and writers are familiar with ‘Artists Block’. Some say that it can be a valuable experience and that it is an essential element of the creating process. It seems to be unavoidable and occasionally a seemingly certain malady, but it is incredibly frustrating. How do you recover? And what causes creative- mind-freeze?

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