Thursday, October 24, 2013

shutup and draw

From left; Lucy Pierpoint, Anna Scott, Sarah Walker-Holt, Petita Cole and Caroline Griffin. Photo: T Mosley

Last Sunday brought another outing for some of the Left-field group when they went to Shutup and Draw a drawing workshop hosted by Petita Cole, the sister of outsider artist Susan King.

Photo: S Walker-Holt

Drawing by Lucy Pierpoint.
Photo S Walker-Holt
Drawing by Caroline Griffin.
Photo S Walker-Holt
Petita is a teacher and artist and showed us some of her own fascinating works that varied from painting to small sculpture. Like many artists she is a collector, this was obvious by the vintage collection of objects we could see gathered in her lounge where the workshop was held. I also have to mention she is an awesome cook as she generously offered us her homemade Neenish tarts, they were delicious, Lucy luckily managing to get two to make up for missing lunch.
Petita discussing Toni's drawing with her. Photo: S Walker-Holt

I had high hopes of us all meeting Susan at Shutup and Draw but unfortunately she couldn’t be there, even so the group had a great afternoon. Petita inspired us with her enthusiasm to just get on with it and draw from the surrounding curiosity of objects, some of which she is generously lent by a local antique dealer, while also showing us examples of Susan’s drawings.
Lucy Pierpoint. Photo: Toni Mosley
Personally I found the afternoon enlightening as it encouraged me to consider drawing in my own practice. I realised a way forward is to treat drawing like I do the jewellery objects I create but instead of physically dissecting objects and reconfiguring them, do it 2 dimensionally, not in a working drawing sense but one that is more surreal and not intended to be realized in a 3 dimensional form. Susan’s drawings are quite animated and automatic like that of the surrealists. Petita told us that Susan draws purely from her memory. 

Caroline drawing. Photo: S Walker-Holt

I first became interested in Susan King 6 months ago when I saw the documentary about her called Pictures of Susan, leaving me with tears rolling down my cheeks. I immediately Googled her and became friends on Facebook which is where I discovered Petita offering her home as a venue for the Susan inspired drawing workshop.

Pictures of Susan is a biographical documentary that takes us through her life, her drawings and the plight to get Susan’s drawings seen both nationally and internationally.    

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Check it out and checked out….

Fingers Annual Group Show on until 11th November at Fingers Jewellery, 2 Kitchener St, Auckland Central

Toni, Sarah, Lucy and I visited the Annual Fingers Annual Group Show opening on Sunday and it was a humming with lots of interesting work to view in the wall cabinets and lots of mixing and mingling. No pictures sorry as we only dropped in for 20 minutes on our way to shut up and draw which is another story.

Well worth looking at and well organised fingers!

The list below is the participating artists including Sarah. Either visit the work at  or click on the links below to view the online catalogue

LisaWalker, Peter Deckers, Mathew McIntyre-Wilson
 Penelope Barnhill, Barry Clarke, Ann Culy, Rainer Beneke
Alan Preston, Debbie Adamson, Shelley Norton, Sarah Walker-Holt
Joanna Campbell, Tania Patterson, Tatjana Panyoczki, Sandra Bushby
 Pauline Bern, Mary Curtis, Kath Inglis, Paddy Woodman, Brian Adam
Manon van Kouswijk, Nadene Carr, Renee Bevan, Sharon Fitness
Vicki Mason, Elfi Spiewack, Jessica Winchcombe, Lynn Kelly
 Jane Dodd, Marie Erl, Lisa Higgins, Mia Straka, Rachel Bell
 Moniek Schrijer, Vanessa Arthur, Mandy Flood, Ruth Baird
 Chris Charteris, Ben Beattie, Craig McIntosh, John Edgar
Ross Malcolm, Lauren Simeoni, Melinda Young

by Caroline Griffin 23/10/13

Friday, October 11, 2013


te tuhi has a life drawing group that meets every 2nd Monday. Caroline and I decided we would check it out .........................
Frank by Caroline Griffin 2013
This lovely group is inviting to newcomers and Caroline and I discussed how therapeutic and meditative it is being there. After both of us initially relaxing into it and letting go of all the days hustle and bustle we both managed to produce something we were a little bit happy with, although I think this one of Caroline's is a great likeness unlike my own.

Frank by S Walker-Holt 2013
If anyone else is interested the group is self directed. It is best you have done life drawing before so you understand the etiquette and have enough confidence in your own drawing skills. There is a charge of $15 to cover the cost of the room and the model, plus they give you a cuppa and home baking half way through, it was yum. There is no commitment you just go when you can make it. 

Caroline and I highly recommend it, I haven't done any life drawing for years and it has always challenged my drawing skills so I was a little apprehensive about going but I truly enjoyed it.

The next life drawing is; 
Monday  21 Oct 
7.30 - 9pm
at te tuhi 
13 Reeves Rd 

Friday, October 4, 2013


Looking forward to seeing this show which has a new neck-piece from Left-Fields, Sarah Walker-Holt that opens tonight...........