I think when you start a blog you are suppose to post a little more regularly than I have been. But I guess I did warn you in the begining I am appauling at keeping a journal so this is a wee challenge I have set myself. Anyway here's a bit about the Arts Trail I'm in this year. Hope you are having a great March! xx
Linda is Part of the Taranaki Arts Trail this year. Do visit the facebook page and find out more about the other artists in Taranaki taking part this year. https://www.facebook.com/taranakiarts.trail?fref=photo
Here's the wee blurb (well, bloody long blurb actually!) on her...
Linda McFetridge West Trail
I returned back home to coastal Taranaki 2 yrs ago, and am excited to have joined the Taranaki Arts trail for 2015. In the past I spent many years in Auckland as a full time working mum, taking over my family's small living space and back deck to paint in the evenings after work and on weekends. Juggling 2 young boys, who were often under foot, by getting them to paint with me as a way to keep them entertained. My kids I guess have always shared my creative world. Moving back to Oakura has meant more time and most importantly space to paint. I have converted our garage into a much need studio and can finally take full advantage of having a space solely dedicated to painting. My boys now a little older still join me in the studio to create their own works on occasion. I have also recently combined forces with my brother and sister in law, to open The Container in Okato, a gallery for our artworks www.thecontainer.co.nz. (that's us!!)
As an Artist I enjoy working with scale perception point and light. I also enjoy finding the beauty or interesting elements in things that are often over looked. My fascination with pohutukawa leaves came from hours of walking along footpaths with my son collecting pohutukawa leaves scattered on the ground and discussing the different markings and patterns of the black dots. I guess my background as a dancer and choreographer contributed to my Spring Breeze series of pohutukawa leaves dancing along on the wind.
I also have a unusual love of power lines, especially knowing they are slowly disappearing from the roadside and being put underground. I find it strange how our perception of such and intrusive and dominant objects in our environment can be manipulated in our minds to appear almost invisible. We can look out at a view and not seemly notice these great lines running through the scenery. I decided to create works that plays with this concept and also shows the Power lines as I see them.
It’s always hard to write a blurb about yourself and your artworks. I prefer hearing from others what they see in my artworks. Each individual has a very different take on every piece I paint and it is often a very difference perception from my own on the work. Each of us sees the world through very different eyes dependent on our own experiences and backgrounds. I like taking the time to see and hear how those differences play out when combined with my art.
Hi there and welcome to my page. I'm an artist living in Oakura, Taranaki, NZ.