Creating a series is a good way of focusing your ideas and also extending your ideas. Often one idea leads to another and a series enables you to experiment, plan, play and create around these themes.
My last few Lino print have all been based around Austria as it holds a very special place for me. I also believe it is important to create art about something you care about or are interested in, as the end results are always better than if you are just creating for financial reward. Mind you, you do end up with a cupboard full of art but that’s ok too as you can see the journey that has happened with your art along the way.
This is view number two. It is one of a number of apple trees that stand behind the family home in Austria. In times gone by the washing line was strung between the trees and the deer also came to feed there. The view is again looking out toward Traunsee, a little bit of artist licence because in actual fact the view is towards the mountains around Salzburg. I would like to hang them up at home, it’s just finding space. I’ll need to do some rearranging!
I hope to hang one at The Firestation print studio at the end of July when we have open days and there will also be an exhibition by Wendy Sharpe and Bernard Ollis at the same time. So if you are in the area then please come and visit.
Usually when you finish an artwork you think, I could have done something differently, better, more carefully, but this time I am really rather pleased with this work. The Lino print features Traunkirchen on Traunsee. In the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria. The work is about 45cm by 65cm the most detailed piece I have completed. I like the detail rather than just lines but I guess different designs require different techniques. Still needs a little clean up here and there but basically finished.
Quick note, at the end of July, Firestation Print Studio will be open for Open House Melbourne, so come along and have a look how printing making happens.
Visiting Geelong yesterday it was great to see the bollards that decorate the foreshore area. It is lovely to see councils spending money on good art to make their communities more appealing to visitors and locals alike.
Often we see sculptures along highways, in town centres and public gardens. I enjoyed these local art works while in Austria on a previous trip. The lion sits on the street of Bad Ischl and the straw people are created yearly to celebrate harvest time in Zell am See.
If you think about it, the beautiful Bernini fountain in Rome’s Piazza Navona is an art work that the community has been able to enjoy for a long time!
So the more good art work we see in our communities the more often we will see a smile on our neighbour’s faces. And that can only be a good thing!
A friend recently returned from a wonderful overseas trip but only managed to spend a few hours in Salzburg and that was it for visiting Austria! What a shame!
It made me think of all the wonderful places I have visited there, mainly because the relations have been kind enough to take us touring around each time we visited.
Here are a few great places to visit that you might not get to see on a tour.
Absolute must are the lakes and mountains of the Salzkammergut. Visit the town of Gmunden and see the beautiful ceramics that it is famous for. St Gilgen, one of my favourites, provides a fabulous cable car ride up to Zwolferhorn and the views are spectacular, often there are paragliders flying around the mountain top.
You can’t go past stunning Attersee, holiday destination for Gustav Klimt, and you will understand why he loved staying there. Attersee will provide a great opportunity for a relaxed cruise and perhaps catch a glimpse of Villa Paulick where Klimt visited with friends. I would quite like to stay there too!
Two beautiful old towns are Hallstatt, known for its ancient civilisation and salt mines and the medieval town of Hall in Tirol. And while you are in Tirol stay in Igls, just a few minutes out of Innsbruck in the mountains. It is small, gorgeous and the perfect place to go walking in the mountains. I also particularly enjoy Bad Ischl, holiday town of the Emperor Franz Josef and the hunting lodge is delightful especially learning about the royal family on holidays.
Steyr and Kremsmunster are fantastic places to visit, the architecture is superb in both and if you are in this area Enns is well worth a visit as it was an old Roman township.
Of course a trip up a mountain is a must and Krippenstein/Dachstein and the ice caves is great and the views from the five fingers over Hallstattersee are incredible.
Hopefully this will give you some good ideas for places to see in Austria.
I have been keeping a journal of places visited on a recent trip. I haven’t had much experience with using watercolours but they are great to take with you on when you go away. You don’t need much space and they don’t make a lot of mess. These pictures are from Tirol in Austria. These sketches are also good for planning further works in collage or Lino prints which I hope to do. I should have enough material, I took way too may photos!