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Please Make A little Mess.

Some years back we visited Arthur Boyd’s studio on the South Coast of NSW. It was left as he had last used it. It was by no means the first studio I had been in, but it was similar to the studios of all the great artists. It was a working studio, which by very definition means that there was paint and rags, palettes, spatulas, brushes, thinners, canvases and oils throughout the workshop. Without the space to be creative however can we expect masterpieces to be made? No doubt it was easier for Arthur coming from such an artistic family to be allowed to paint from an early age and where making a little mess to achieve greatness, was acceptable.

An Art Studio

An Art Studio

Painting by Arthur Boyd

Painting by Arthur Boyd

Howard Steer is a most delightful man who readily invites children and people of all ages to watch him paint and to do a little experimenting. From Broken Hill to the rest of the world his artwork flows and through giving only a small percentage from each sale, he has donated over $300,000 to the Flying Doctor Service. Howard was commissioned to produce artwork for books on Australian History which would appeal to children. He has successfully done that.

Painting By Howard Steer
Painting By Howard Steer

Greg Wilson whose work proudly hangs in Parliament House, Canberra has studios in Sydney and the Hunter Valley. He supports, “Beyond Blue” and his works are brilliant. Are we interested in the studio or the work he produces?

Currently a movie is in production about this remarkable man. He painted a portrait of Nelson Mandela which has received the highest of commendations.

Photo of Greg Wilson

Photo of Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson's portrait Brendan Nelson

Greg Wilson’s portrait Brendan Nelson

I groan when I hear people make the comment that, “art makes their homes messy”. Maybe we have to redefine exactly what a home is. Is it a place for display purposes without any visible signs of human endeavour or is it a place where skills of every kind are encouraged and supported? How hard can it be to put a piece of plastic over a work area and allow your child to develop their potential? The artwork is part of the child’s story.

Children using FLIPTEZ
Children using FLIPTEZ

We prize and indeed place monetary value on art that was created in prisoner of war camps out of very limited materials. The ingenuity of the creators coupled with the difficult environment enthralls collectors and speaks to our souls.

Sculpture Done in POW Camp, Poland

Sculpture Done in POW Camp, Poland

Isn’t it better to encourage our children to be creative and tell their story rather than turning them into little robots? Joanna Capon had the right idea when she introduced, “Operation Art” into NSW schools. This state-wide competition sees children from the outback to city slickers, rich and poor all competing to have their work hung or gain a prestigious prize and have their work permanently placed in the Westmead Campus of the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Whether the medium is textiles, FLIPTEZ Shading Powders, timber, metal, clay or pencil and paper, canvas and oils let your child experiment in a positive and affirming atmosphere and you may just have something of intrinsic worth in your home.

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