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The Best Decision I Made In 2016

My friends, Happy New Year!!

Did you have a lovely New year’s celebration? I had a quiet night in, working on this video about the best decision I made in 2016, now uploaded and ready to be seen! Also, I wanted to write more in depth in this blog post about donating my hair and reflect back on this decision to change.

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2016 was the year of global woes, and change. Too many of our idols, figureheads from the great David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, Muhammad Ali, HM King RAMA IX of Thailand and Carrie Fisher has sadly passed.

Personally, for me, 2016 was a year of ventures, trials, and errors. After giving up the studio space, I donated my hair to the Little Princess Trust which I blogged about it back in June. I filmed the chop, but I was admittedly hesitant on showing the video.

I filmed the hair chop back then, but I was admittedly hesitant on showing the video. Because 1) Would anyone WANT to see it? 2) I was terrified and so I make weird faces -_- It’s a vulnerable thing to drastically change your look. Even more frightening when it’s uploaded online!15305928_354936041553693_6942633498033258496_n

I didn’t recognised myself, back then with the short bob; and finally now with the long locks. I know it’s corny but it did give me the push I needed. The confidence to show my face to the world.

The hairdresser mentioned whether I used my long hair as a security blanket. A method to hide – to be honest,  I didn’t really notice until now. I would subconsciously touch my back to see if my hair was there for three months. I supposed I did…

From working over three years in a gallery to going freelance and working for myself full time in 2015 – I had the long hairstyle over three years, intentionally growing it for my wedding day. Something clicked. This was a fun short video to create, looking back on what I achieved.

What did I achieve in 2016? In no particular order:

  • Setting up a home studio space
  • I set up my Youtube channel
  • Finally opened my Etsy Shop
  • Trying out and actually enjoying Instagram stories
  • Making new friends, online and in real life 😀
  • Live drawing at the Southbank centre and at exciting events
  • Developing my illustration style with Inktober
  • Creating my WORLD DANCE illustration series
  • Building a firm Business plan with 15K wordcount
  • So many more, I can’t think of right now….

That’s why it’s one of the best things I did in 2016. It taught me so much about myself and what I am capable of; showing who I finally am.

Of course, for the new year I intend to keep fit, be healthy, work with dream clients, take regular breaks, go on holiday, maintain a sleep routine, etc, etc, etc.

Importantly, I know and trust myself that everything will fall into place without the need to make a failed New Year’s resolution.

I know myself better than anyone, I know who I am. No new years’resolutions, just building on what I’ve learned and reapplying it.

Thanks always for reading and for watching. Hope you enjoy it.

I look forward to 2017. I wish you a very Happy New Year, may you have a prosperous one. ♥♥♥

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Illustrated Exhibition and Video review of Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibition at Tate Modern

Hello, my Friends! How I missed you.

I’d thought I switch it up, and show you my video of Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern. The film is a chance to show you the flavours of this show, and how it inspires me as an Illustrator.

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Illustration portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe

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Firstly, I’ll tell you how I stumbled about Georgia O’Keeffe. We rarely studied female artists at High school. Frida Kahlo was on the surrealist curriculum, but Georgia O’Keeffe was part of my credits for my arts exam to graduate. Yes, I was fascinated by her flower and skull paintings, I saw them as first and foremost as beautiful natural forms. Bear in mind, doing homework during the age of dial-ups internet connection was painful…

Did you study Georgia O’Keeffe at High School?

My husband’s sniggers when he sees a flower painting of Georgia O’Keeffe – I look at him eyes piercing sideways and sigh heavily. He can’t help it, nor can anyone for the matter. I think that’s the problematic and notoriety of O’Keeffe’s work. Put down upon as vulgar or subversive sexual tones, or an icon of female sexuality, this is what she is famous for. Is she purely defined by her flower paintings only? No.

It’s been over 20 years since an exhibition of Georgia O’Keeffe in the UK. Never before has any galleries in the UK has an O’Keeffe artwork acquired for public viewing, so this exhibition I can safely tell you is incredibly rare.With over 100 major works, ranging from charcoal, photography and drawings, this exhibition is beautifully and respectfully curated. I wasn’t aware she did charcoal drawings nor cityscapes.

Marking the centenary of O’Keeffe’s artist debut at the ‘291’ Gallery in New York in 1916; the exhibition welcomes you to that art scene. The exhibition at ‘291’ Gallery was curated by avant-garde photographer Alfred Stieglitz – whom she later married.
Sold at Sotheby’s auction for £28 million became the record for the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold.Recognised as a founding icon of American Modernism, O’Keeffe quietly breaks boundaries and claimed as a pioneer by female artists of the 1970s.

There’s lots of profound themes and concepts  in her work: nature, manmade, death, life, mortality, birth.Her influences with Kandinsky shows in the ethereal reverie and chroma quality to her work. She was a keen intellect and her relationship with Alfred Stieglitz considers to the key to her development in avant-garde art. It was a fruitful relationship and you can tell from the selection of photographs shot by Stieglitz. Photos modelled by O’Keeffe, you can see each artists’ influences on one another;the macro shots of fruit, hands, and landscapes.

This was a relationship of equal beauty and intellect, yet fraught with conflict at times.The last rooms of the exhibition show O’Keeffe’s profound inspiration for the landscapes of New Mexico. You can sense as her eyesight’s deteriorated, the eerily motif of death and mortality in her abstract work.

Top Tip: I highly recommend getting the Audio guide for this exhibition for the freedom to move around each room. There is plenty of useful information and commentary that is not on the wall captions.

I wished I had the opportunity to take the audioguide to be frankly honest, it would have added impact to my experience. The wall captions are scarce, which I believe is incredibly refreshing to have the freedom to move at your own pace.
This is well-thought, cohesive exhibition and the clever curatorial decision to remove the cliché of O’Keeffe’s work. If you’re expecting lots of floral painting depicting ‘genitalia’ you’ll be disappointed. In conclusion, you should be.

 

Men put me down as the best woman painter…
…I think I’m one of the best painters.Georgia O’Keeffe

Who is this Exhibition for? Especially those who: 
- Enjoy Modernist paintings 
- Wishes to learn about Georgia O'Keeffe 
- Studying American Modernism
- Likes Modern art

 What are your thoughts about Georgia O’Keeffe? Tweet me your comments, I love to hear them

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Ticket Information

Opens 6 July – 30 October 2016

Tate Modern opens daily 10.00 – 18.00 and until 22.00 on Friday and Saturday

Admissions: (concessions available). Members go free.

Adult £19 (without donation £17.20) Concession £17 (without donation £15.40) Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)


For further ticket information, please visit tate.org.uk

A photo posted by June Sees ~ Illustration (@junesees) on Jun 25, 2016 at 2:20am PDT

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