This is an audio sketchbook promoting the work of artist J R Shepherd and the world of botanical art.
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This week, I am joined by painter Jenny Coker who talks about her work and how she works with different papers and paints from her studio in the North Island of New Zealand. This interview was recorded back in July 2018 just before everything went a bit nuts on the run-up to Blue Flower: The Antipodes so apologies for it taking so long to publish. Born in New Zealand Jenny is well known for her beautiful, sensual paintings of plants and flowers in watercolour and for her more traditional work in oils where she works using the time-consuming Flemish technique. The resurgence of classical realism appealed greatly and a high point of her art journey was a short course on oil portraiture at the Florence Academy of Art in 2016.Jenny's large scale irises took her over in 2018, culminating in her beautiful series called 'Eros'. Often asked which medium is her favourite, she moves with ease between both watercolour and oil. Jenny travels extensively all over the world and is looking to visit Europe again in 2020. She has a love of languages and is always enthusiastic about making new friends and sharing her skills. You can follow Jenny on Instagram.For the last few minutes of this podcast, we are taken to Auckland, New Zealand where I recorded a Tui bird singing in Sandra Morris' garden. Seemed apt with the New Zealand theme. IMAGE: Jenny Coker © Watercolour on paper.
In this episode, I produce a solo show discussing my time in Tasmania. After spending an incredible two months in Australia and New Zealand I made the decision to extend my stay and go back to Tasmania to paint the orchids on the land they grew from. Something told me to go back. The time I spent there was incredibly deep and meaningful. It was both the hardest thing I had ever done and the most rewarding. This recording discusses my experiences not only with the land, but with a new painting medium. I also discuss the exciting future of our precious INKQ newspaper. The next edition of which, will include a four A5 postcard set of my recent Tasmanian Blue Sun Orchid paintings. To make sure that you secure your next four editions of INKQ (there are only 223) and this postcard set, you can renew your subscription here: www.inkyleavespublishing.com/inkqDispatch date is March 21st 2019.Edition is limited to 223 copies only.Subscription includes postage to anywhere in the world.With thanks to M & G for making this part of the trip happen. Two of the most loveliest folk I have ever met.
In this episode, Jess shares with you the sounds she heard in her first month of being in Australia. The episode begins with the birds she could hear last October on her birthday in a remote part of Gippsland where she stayed for a few days off grid near the sea. As the soundscape moves, we are taken on a journey from Gippsland to Northern Tasmania where we can hear some of the sounds from the heath where Jess began her search for blue sun orchids. There is some commentary which was recorded in the field by Jess as she sat with a particularly beautiful orchid in the wind and rain for an hour.Jess' experience of Tasmania was incredibly deep and moving and as a result she has made the decision to extend her trip and return to the landscape towards the end of December to record it in paint, text and sound alone. As a nomadic artist, a fair amount of planning is called for in order to conduct this type of work (especially over the festive season). The canvas for painting on was ordered in a fabric shop in Wellington with Sue Wickison and shipped on to Tauranga where Jess was staying with artist friend Jenny Coker. The paints, oils and turpentine will be sourced in Melbourne, decanted (so some can be taken to Gippsland) with the rest being posted by boat (oil paints cannot be shipped by plane or put in hold luggage) onto Tasmania so that they are ready waiting for Jess' arrival by propeller plane.
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