A few months ago I was asked by one of the mums at my child's school what she should get for her older daughter who was very into art. What was my top must have arty item? And without a doubt it is a notebook. I've kept an art journal since high school and it's something I use every week. As times gone by I've opted for smaller ones so I can carry them around with me. They are perfect for popping in your bag and jotting down any ideas when they come to you, quick sketches out and about.
So when I was thinking the other week about what I could put together that would make a creative but affordable gift idea - an arty notebook. Especially when so many people are still staying home, exploring their creative side more and we maybe can't get to see someone in person, what's a thoughtful gift idea? These seemed perfect.
I've put together three different cover designs each one featuring one my original abstract paintings, plus a great inspirational quote from one of my favorite artists Vincent Van Gogh. And... as they are made to order, there is the added option of personalising the little circle on the front from My Creative Journal to Sarah's Sketchbook or Mary's Art Notes for example - just to make it a little more special for somebody.
I've been continuing to create abstract landscapes pieces suggestive of fields seen from the air, or topographical maps, using the language of lines and dashes I've been building up in my work. Four new paintings have been recently released in this body of work.
Unyielding I and II, shown above, have sold but please contact me if you would like to discuss a commission.
This new collection is inspired by outback desert landscapes seen from the air, the scattering of vegetation is a combination of paint and embroidery.
The Australian outback is a rich tapestry of changing colours and patterns. Tiny dots of vegetation, wild flowers and shrubs, come and go or alter in shade with the seasons.
Ideal Homes recently selected their pick of home decor trends for 2020. One of my favourites was 'Global Essence' as it matches in so beautifully with my current colour palette. Rich tones and rugged textures, earthy natural pigments mixed with lots of pattern and prints. The key colours - terracotta, umber and spiced red. Pictured above a selection of paints from Dulux.
Classic blue is the colour for 2020, according to Pantone. Blue and white never goes out of style and I have to say I'm a big fan of the combination. In fact you might think blue is my favourite colour - after all I created blue artwork almost exclusively for over 5years! (My favourite colour is actually turquoise.) Still, blue is such a lovely shade to work with for art and always popular.
Chinoiserie is also set to be a 2020 trend, another aesthetic I've enjoyed playing with in recent years. So there is plenty to choose from in the online shop right now to keep you on trend for 2020 interior design! Wall art prints and original paintings in beautiful blue tones.
It's been an age since I last did a mood board, it's something I used to do all the time as a designer and I do miss it. So I thought I might have a go at a few combining my art and some interior decor inspiration. This one - boho meets beach, meets botanical gorgeousness! Soft blues and pops of green with plenty of rattan.
From the top: Riviera Water Hyacinth Frame Wall mirror $115 from Living Styles, Hanging Fern Basket $15 from Kmart, beach house via decoratifo, Rattan Basket Planter $149 from Temple and Webster, Woven Monstera print by Jennifer Bell, Tropical cushion by KOO $20 from Spotlight, Santa Monica beach vibe home via Apartment Therapy, Mico Armchair $289 from Castlery.
Very excited to announce that I am a finalist in the 2019 Global Etsy Design Awards #theEtsies with my woven painting 'Unearthed'.
The Etsy Design Awards are Etsy’s first-ever global award program. Honouring the work of sellers from around the world and across multiple categories. My unique woven painting has been selected for the Inventive Decor category.
You can check out my etsy store at www.jenniferbellfineart.etsy.com
The original art material, paper has long been a staple for practising artists. It is often the first thing artists reach for when they want to create. However paper’s usefulness goes beyond a surface to draw on. In Play with paper, artists exploit paper to push the medium to its limits. Through tearing, moulding, folding, marking and assembling, the works will present new ways of seeing and thinking about working with paper.
I liked this statement from the exhibition which I think explains quite well why I enjoy working with paper so much: Paper makes the world go round. The backbone of the modern world, paper holds knowledge in the form of books, stimulates economies through currency and communicates ideas between people. A blank sheet of paper can be a terrifying concept but it also presents a world of possibilities. Paper's versatility makes it the perfect medium for artists wanting to experiment by cutting, folding, tearing, burning, crumpling, gluing and assemblage.
You can find two of my works at the exhibition, 'Coral Forms' a small work using cut cardboard and acrylic, and 'Waterfall' a photograph woven with strips of recycled paper. I particularly liked these two works:
Play with Paper is showing from 14 June 10 17 August 2019 at Pine Rivers Art Gallery, Unit 7/199 Gympie Road, Strathpine 4500.
'Constructed' has been selected for the 2019 Milburn Art Prize. With the theme Landscape as a space of creative discovery this piece continues my abstract landscape work looking at the patterns left on the land through human action. The woven painted paper painting is made entirely from recycled paper pieces including some wallpaper offcuts. The very structured weaving is suggestive of mining or urbanisation seen from an aerial view.
You can see 'Constructed' from 3rd – 15th May at the Metcalfe Gallery, Brisbane Institute of Art, 41 Grafton Street, Windsor.
Jennifer is a contemporary Australian artist based in Brisbane, Queensland. Know for her highly decorative paintings and unique paper weavings, she explores pattern and visual perception, often highlighting the beauty in the ordinary.