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Photo Emulsion Screen Printing Workshop – Sat 17th November 9am-3pm at Bittondi

  • When: Saturday the 17 of November 2018 9am – 3pm (arrive 15 earlier to have a cuppa and a quick chat)
  • Where: Bittondi Printmakers Association, Bittondi Printmakers is located in the Aberfoyle Park School campus next to the Aberfoyle Hub Shopping Centre (from Hub drive, turn into the shopping centre road at the KFC, keep going a few meters straight and turn right into the Aberfoyle Park Child-care centre/Bittondi carpark. The studio is the first building on your left as you go through the gate).

http://www.bittondiprints.com.au/

  • Cost: $120 for Bittondi members.
  • $140 for non-Bittondi members (this includes a 1-year associate membership for Bittondi Printmakers Association)
  • Details of the workshop:

This one-day-workshop will provide you with the basic elements of photo-emulsion-screen-printing and will introduce you to an economic way of transferring your own designs using the emulsion premix, a transparency, a halogen lamp and some basic home items.

Each participant will transfer a design of their own to the emulsion coated screen using a transparency and a home-made exposure unit. Then, several prints will be made using different colours and surfaces. Each participant will walk away with at least four prints, and their design on the screen printing frame.

  • Limit: max 6 people (minimum 3 to run the workshop)
  • Suitable for experienced printmakers, come and refresh your skills or fill your Professional Development for the 2018 with this great workshop.
  • Non-toxic, water-based materials used (all included).

What to bring:

  • A couple of designs or ideas suitable for an area slightly smaller than an A4 size sheet (size of a standard photocopy paper).
  • If you would like to experiment, bring additional printmaking paper or fabric materials (4 A3-sheets of Canson drawing paper 220gsm plus proofing paper will be provided).
  • Comfortable clothes you don’t mind getting stained.
  • Light lunch and drinks (there is a small oven, a microwave and a fridge at Bittondi).

To confirm your attendance, please contact Camilo at camilo0001@hotmail.com or 04-33-432-338 a deposit of $60 is required before the 1st of November in order to buy the materials for the workshop. Email me for the bank account details.

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Featured as one of the Australian artists of the month in OzArt Finder, check it out!

Last month I got an email from the website OzArt Finder, which I’ve been a member of for quite some time, they wanted to feature three of my artworks on their section:

Featured Australian Artists

Check it out: https://www.ozartfinder.com/featured-australian-artists/

Quite a privilege and an honour, thank you OzArt Finder, a truly online portal of the arts in Australia.

THANK YOU!!!

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Instagram

Yes, another social platform that I have been using to promote my art and share my printmaking stories with the people out there. I have to say, it is my favourite social media platform at the moment. Facebook is full of rubbish and cat videos (which I’m a sucker for), plus all the advertising is getting full on! I’m sort of getting tired of it, on the other hand, Instagram is full of tips and how-to’s in printmaking and art in general. I find it very educational and entertaining. And yes some cat videos and photos there too.

I have to confess, I have been bitten by the #printmakingbug. Lately, I have been obsessed with some of the printmaking techniques and I have been buying tools and gadgets online from China, the US, the UK, Malaysia, and domestically in Australia my eBay account is about to explote and keeps offering me vouchers and discounts. I have also been cutting on sleep and working until 1:00 sometimes 1:30am. This is so exciting and mind stimulating. I post all of this on my Instagram account, have a look  and subscribe:

https://www.instagram.com/camiloartistblog/

until next time, I’m off to watch some more cat videos…😺

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Online sales Bluethumb

For a while I have exhibited my artworks and prints online through Bluethumb. I have sold a couple of artworks, and have had many views and some followers. Bluethumb is the most comprehensive, easy-to-navigate art sales platform that I have come across since I begun this journey of being an artist and printmaker in Adelaide, South Australia.

Bluethumb sells lots of Australian art and the arts community seems to have embraced it.

Even though the commission (30%) and the postage prices are high, they provide a great platform to exhibit and sell your work online. So if you’re an artist who does not have an online platform to sell your work, have a look and get started. The platform is very easy to use and the display is very professional and visually attractive.

This is the link to my Bluethumb profile:

https://bluethumb.com.au/camilo-esparza-garcia/

And this is another virtual gallery which I have been using as well, it’s called
Gallery 247:

http://www.gallery247.com.au/camilo-esparza-garcia/

And the last one, OzArtfinder:

http://www.ozartfinder.com/artists/camilo-esparza/

I have used eBay, Etzy and Gumtree with little or no success.

Till soon folks…

 

 

 

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Video: “lino printing in action” and a few of my oil paintings from Marine Life series. Have a look!

Check this quick video of some of my latest paintings and printing a lino using two different ink colours. Have a look:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG34IOlAnUI

 

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Mad March is almost over

During the busiest month of the year in Adelaide, there are a couple of art events and venues in which you can see some of my artworks.

The wonderful Kaminski Art Centre in Hahndorf is hosting 10 of my most recent paintings and prints and some ready to frame prints at very affordable prices. Have a look a truly visual experience. With artworks form South Australian mainly Adelaide Hills Artists, some of the best art displays there are to see in Hahndorf and in SA.

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/Kaminskiartscentre/

Also opening on the 25th of March, Global Oceans Print Exchange  exhibition at the Hahndorf Academy – the exhibition will be on for a month.

Julia Wakefield (Curator, Printmaker and Participant) invited nearly 50 printmakers from all  over Australia and across the world to send an edition of 12 (or  more) prints, which embodied their interpretations of the theme ‘Global  Oceans’.  Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority  sent images with an environmental theme, together with statements  that emphasise the universal concern we all feel for the importance of  the preservation of our marine parks and their natural resources. Many  of the images are also compellingly beautiful,  reminding us that there are treasures under and on the sea that we  cannot afford to ignore, lest they disappear forever (Julia Wakefield personal communication 2017).

For more information please visit:  https://www.facebook.com/pg/globaloceansAIPE/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1915788305317512 or the  blog https://globaloceansblog.wordpress.com/blog/

Art news 2016/17

A few art events have been going on since my last post on 2016. I will try to summarize these and recap about last year events and achievements as well.

Recap of 2016: Last year was a very exciting and busy time for me in terms of art exhibitions, prices and sales. With approximately 28 group exhibitions and 3 solo exhibitions, 2016 was the year I have been most active and have exhibited over 200 of my artworks. With  a variety of art shows and venues including city councils, Adelaide Zoo, Rotary Art Shows, Artists’ associations and other venues around Adelaide and surrounds. I won the fourth prize for egg artistry at the Royal Show and a Highly Commended prize for my Bristlenose print at the Blackwood art show. Sold many paintings and exhibited as well, it is good to recover some of the funds I’ve dedicated to this passion. For a list of all the exhibitions I participated visit my CV on this blog. Oh, I also listed some of my paintings on the online portals for art sales which have a wonderful exposure. You have to keep up with the new technologies don’t you.

I have enjoyed very much the last year with my passion and hobby, it is very positive to have won prizes and have people recognize the achievements and buy some of my paintings with their hard earned money. They are buying a piece of my creativity and dreams and exhibiting proudly at their homes, this is the ultimate recognition for an artist.

This year: it has kick started already with a couple of online sales through the art portal: Bluethumb (https://www.bluethumb.com.au/artworks/search/Camilo).

Also my first solo exhibition of the year with 17 of my best artworks at 360 Gradi Pizzeria and Trattoria located in Magill Rd. A great venue to enjoy authentic Italian pizzas and wonderful pasta, and of course to buy some artwork!! The exhibition will be there until the 1st of March.

I participated as well with the Victor Harbor Art Show and the Port Adelaide Art Show, two great events organised by the Rotarians, such a great job they’ve done here. http://www.portartexhibition.com.au/

http://www.victorharborartshow.com.au/

In the Victor Harbor art show there were just over 1000 artworks with approximately 300 sold! And more than $30,000 of money on prizes.

I donated one of my paintings from the Marine World Series to the annual diner held by the Graham Foundation to be live  auctioned and it raised over $400. The Graham Foundation works with the humanities, peace, and arts and do such a great job! For more info visit their website on: http://artspeacefoundation.org/

I’ve been busy painting, printing and framing through the holiday brake and on my free time as I have a day job on Education and artist on the weekend and until late hours of the night.

Some of the new finished paintings are below and in the gallery, have a look and see if you’re interested in acquiring one of these wonderful pieces of art. I have also prints available on photographic paper up to A2 size. And also on canvas.

Til next….

Another busy month in the world of arts in little Adelaide….

A lot has been happening in the art world in Adelaide this month, many exhibitions opened including art prizes, print-exchange, Royal South Australian Society of Arts turning 160 years, sea market at the Yacht Club, copy cats themed art prize and exhibition, and many more…. who would have thought! Of course I have put in my paintings in as many as I could! With some success in some and many good comments and congratulations for my work, this keeps me motivated so that I can continue with my dreams of becoming an exceptional artist and share my message of conservation and love for Mother Nature.

I submitted ¨Time for Meow Meow¨ for the Copy Cats competition at Cats in The Loft in Port Adelaide: http://www.catsintheloft.com.au/copy-cats-art-competition. (Cover photo)

I participated with 5 of my artworks in the Walkerville Art Show 2016, an amazing selection including 399 of  some of the best artists from the city and all around. The opening was great and generous including amazing canapés and plenty of  wine followed by music and very generous awards: http://walkervilleartshow.com.au/


I have the oil painting entitled ¨Shallow waters¨ exhibited at the North Adelaide Community Centre as part of the Solar Arts Exhibition.


A finalist to exhibit as part of the 160th birthday of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts with the painting ¨Banana fish¨ http://www.rsasarts.com.au/


 I´m also participating with Feed me on the print exchange Bears and Blooms 2 organised by Julia Wakefield from Bittondi Printmakers Association which I joined last week!!!! The proceedings of this exhibition will be donated to the foundation Free the Bears, It is exhibiting at Urban Cow in the City: http://www.urbancow.com.au/exhibitions.html


I hired a stall at the Seven Seas Squadron Market at the Yacht Club in the Outer Harbour last Sunday the 9th of October, even though the weather was rough and the wind was blowing strongly, I sold a few works and did some good old bartering for jewellery from Half a Billion. All the proceedings from the market organisation were donated to the Cancer Council. https://www.facebook.com/events/687935288022610/ 


 
And these are some of the paintings and   I have been experimenting with, I have been working with mixed media and digital works adding layers to some of the photos of my paintings. Enjoy and stay tuned!!

NEW PAINTINGS!!!

A selection of some of my new paintings and new frames. If interested in any of these artworks please contact me on my phone 0433432338.

ENJOY!!!

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