Sparrow Study

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Sparrow detail, BeardyMan, work in progress, Kellie Jagoe 2017, acrylic on canvas board

Focus on what you love and work hard at it.

This is a close up of the first sparrow in the Beard Man painting. I have been trying to photograph sparrows for months but had little luck getting a clear picture. Recently while eating breakfast in a Melbourne cafe I had the perfect opportunity to take photos close up of  the sparrows who were also having breakfast on the tables around me. City birds have less fear of humans I suppose, so it was easy to take some quick snaps. Enough detail, especially in the eyes to complete sketches and then spent a while on this first painted edition. There will be several more sparrows added to the beard hedge.

Beard Love.

 

Wake in Flight

 

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Wake in Flight, Kellie Jagoe 2017

An expression of the art of combating anxiety, fleeing the trap of a tight chest and shallow breath. Originally I had drawn a rib cage in the background but I felt it was too obvious. I wanted the bird to be pictured truly free.  I used non toxic paint stripper and a scraper to carve out the image and set the bird to the fore, the background dropping away to expose raw wood and rough paint remains. The painting is about freedom from suffering, not the act of suffering itself.

The heart beats strong and calm when you keep your eyes on the skies ❤

This piece sold at the recent Small Works Art Prize at Brunswick St Gallery in Fitzroy. (2017)

 

 

 

bones n dreams

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2 fold, Kellie Jagoe 2107, mixed media, work in progress, mixed media on wood.

Self portrait, examining totems, dreams, space/time/existance…

One of three in series….

I’ve also been designing a tattoo for cool colleague, and have started work on a large scale diptych for music industry client involving beautfiul piano parts… breathing new life…

Managing to reclaim and rebuild my own work ethic, healthy standards and boundaries… and maintain.

In Spirit

 

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Messengers in Spirit, detail. copyright Kellie Jagoe 2016

 

 

Brunswick Street Gallery 40 x 40 Art Prize 2106 – 2017

11 dec – 21 jan, opening night 16 Dec 6pm, group exhibition

Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne

 

The days and nights

redeem themselves with

rest and sighs

fresh air, good vibes.

 

My heart it beats

within, without

the ties that

bore me here.

 

Don’t look back

any time soon

the thread is

fresh

off the loom.

 

kj 2016