Monday, June 15, 2009

Group Challenges on Red Bubble

Layered with Texture - Challenge: Extreme Mixed Media

The work Spiritual Journey was entered into a Red Bubble Group Challenge. The RB group set the challenge of Extreme Mixed Media.  (Click on this link and you can view a total of 14 entries along with the challenge criteria and the final voting results.)

Spiritual Journey by Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch ©2006
Materials: Mixed media - acrylic, pastel, fabric, linen thread, leaf, butterfly wing, banana fibre, paper.
Canvas support. Size: 8 x 6 inches.

Techniques: painting, drawing, collage, coiling and stitching, basketry assemblage.

The original work sold through one of the end of year fundraising Cairns Regional Gallery Postcard Exhibitions. Usually up to 100 selected regional artists are invited to exhibit in the show each year.

For those not familiar with the RB group set up, there is both an entry and voting time schedule put on each of the challenges by a volunteer group host. Those with the most votes usually get a feature on the group's front page and runners up, in the top 10, are listed and displayed on the challenge page.
*Note, an artist cannot vote for their own work and there are other codes of fair conduct to be respected by all those on the RB site.

It is a wonderful way to get artists involved, actively thinking about and displaying their 'best' work in various groups and for other community members too, to get involved, meeting and connecting with others.

Another artwork Sanguine Nude was entered into the Challenge - 2 Colours with Works on Paper group. This one had a much larger total number of 58 works entered.

Medium:  Gesso, sanguine pastel on Arches 300gsm rag paper
Size: 76×56 cm (30×22”)

Description: Worked directly from a life model in my studio gallery, this work combines both drawing and painting skills. I have a love/passion for embellishing, building up a surface with both actual and implied textural qualities.

Also Sanguine Nude earned a Monthly June feature at the home page of the group Life Session Expressions. This was achieved by being voted in the 'top ten' of a challenge for 'No. Favouritings' - see here.

It is indeed a pleasure, after many years of solitary art practice in an isolated regional rural community in Far North Queensland, to have the tools and to be able to be involved in marketing oneself directly via the internet, to show work that would otherwise probably never be seen except by a select few.

Thanks for visiting.


  1. Hi there, Kerryn...just wanted to say that I love your Sanguine Nude study. It's beautifully done. Your colour choices in your other works are also appealing. Very nice work : )

  2. Thanks very much Kim. Really appreciate the feedback.