Pearls of Wisdom for Keon and the Rest of Us

Art Partners had been keen to spend more time with protégé Keon Hall from Collie.  He’s an aspiring artist with whom we had done some creative bits and pieces in 2013.

Thus, on April 16, we enticed him up from Collie to spend the day with us.

Setting the Tone with Andrew Frazer

The first trick up our sleeve was to have Keon rendezvous with artist Andrew Frazer, the creative head behind the Re.Discover mural project in Bunbury’s CBD.  Keon and Andrew met up in Bianco on Victoria Street to view Keon’s portfolio.

Keon in discussion with Andrew Frazer in Bianco

Keon in discussion with Andrew Frazer in Bianco

Andrew – a wise and generous man and a masterful conversationalist – had several practical pearls of wisdom for Keon (and the rest of us).  He encouraged Keon to keep a note pad handy, to pull it out to make a quick scribble if something came to mind, and to tuck it away for future consideration.  Andrew, who emphasized that even a scribble can be powerful, presented Keon with a note pad as a gift to encourage this easy and practical way of capturing ideas.

Re.Discover Murals

The two then strolled around the CBD to have a close look at a few of the murals that had been painted by Andrew and Kyle Hughes-Odgers.

Keon and Andrew Frazer discussing a mural by Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Keon and Andrew Frazer discussing a mural by Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Keon was intrigued by the vibrant colours and size of the murals.  At one point, he used his hands to create a telescopic effect to help him zero in on details.

Keon examining a detail of a mural by Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Keon examining a detail of a mural by Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Portrait Painting with Simon

Keen to support the portrait category in the upcoming Dardanup Art Spectacular (May 16-18), Keon’s afternoon was dedicated to completing a painting.

Art Partners Consulting Artist Helen Seiver hosted a mini-workshop in her Capel studio, and Bunbury water colourist Simon Hemsley was invited to mentor Keon.  Simon is a patient man with an exuberance for life and art which we thought would be an ideal compliment for Keon.

Keon with Helen Seiver and Simon Hemsley in Helen's Capel studio

Keon with Helen Seiver and Simon Hemsley in Helen’s Capel studio

With a volunteer model wearing a colourful orange beanie, and encouragement from Simon, Keon began the art exercise by using charcoal to capture the essential qualities of the subject.

Keon then switched to acrylics on a canvas hand-built by Helen.  Although he was relatively new to the workshop’s medium of acrylics, he was an attentive listener and responsive student.

Keon at the easel with Simon Hemsley

Keon at the easel with Simon Hemsley

It was clear that Simon’s pearl of wisdom – his oft repeated refrain throughout the process – was quite simply:  “look at the model,” “look back at the model,” and “don’t forget to look at the model.”  This bit of wisdom is a great reminder to all of us.  How often are we looking, but not really looking.

Keon in discussion with Simon Hemsley

Keon in discussion with Simon Hemsley

Keon painted a fabulous portrait.  Simon also completed a portrait of the model using the same colour pallet.  The two completed works have been called Girl in a Beanie (I) and (II).

Keon Hall signing Girl in a Beanie (I)

Keon Hall signing Girl in a Beanie (I)

High Energy

Keon had a remarkable level of energy that didn’t appear to waver as the day wore on.  We suspect that this enviable state of being is related to his youth, but also to his level of fitness.  Quite simple, he rides his bike.  He has a vitality that comes from huffing and puffing a little (or a lot), and this served him very well during his day with us.  Needless to say, remembering to huff and puff is a great pearl of wisdom for all of us.

What’s Next?

Girl in a Beanie (I) and (II) will be on display at the Dardanup Art Spectacular taking place on May 16, 17 and 18 at the Dardanup Hall with an Art Trail through the Ferguson Valley.  The opening and awards night is on Friday, May 16 ($20 or $35 per couple).  All works will be for sale.  Tickets for the opening and awards night are available at the door and include local wines and a light supper.

Portraits by Simon Hemsley and Keon Hall

Portraits by Simon Hemsley and Keon Hall

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26 thoughts on “Pearls of Wisdom for Keon and the Rest of Us

  1. Lynne Mitchell

    Well done Keon and Art Partners! What a wonderful result!
    I can’t wait to see the paintings in person on friday at the Opening night in the Dardanup Hall. Good luck with all your entries.
    I loved reading this to share Keons journey and how brilliant to have ‘pearls of wisdom’ passed on by 2 wonderfully different and experienced artists.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you so much Lynne for all your support. We have appreciated our collaboration with the Dardanup Art Spectacular committee, and we’re looking forward to seeing our work up and about this evening at the opening. Best wishes.

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  2. Ros Gardiner

    Congratulations Keon. You have achieved so much. Good luck for your future in pursuing this talent you have. We will track your story and progress through the Youth Group at Collie Adult Day Centre. We love the Girl in The Beanie. Keep up the great work. From Everyone at Collie Adult Day Centre.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Ros for popping by the blog post. I’m sure Keon has seen your comment, but on behalf of all of us at Art Partners, thank you for your support and encouragement. Collie does seem quite a ways away, but your efforts reduce the miles. Thanks from all of us!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Lyndendale Gallery, It’s always great to know that you are following our narrative. We look forward to seeing you tonight at the opening of the Dardanup Art Spectacular.

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  3. helenseiver

    Hi Keon,
    I really enjoyed the time you and Simon (and of course Wanda) spent in my studio that day. You were amazing considering it was all totally new to you. I hope you continue to paint and learn.
    I will go to Dardanup to see the work over the weekend.
    congratulations
    Helen

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Helen! On behalf of Keon and the rest of us, thanks for your ongoing support and endorsement. We definitely couldn’t do what we’re doing without you. Bring on the next workshop series!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      On behalf of Keon and the Art Partners team, thanks so much Simon for being part of this journey. You’ve made such a wonderful contribution to our work. We’re already looking forward to getting you and Keon together again for more painting celebrations!

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  4. Leighton

    Hey Keon and everyone else involved, this is a fantastic story and these are two really good art pieces. Congratulations to both Keon and Simon on exhibiting them at the Dardanup Art Spectacular. I was hoping to make it there this weekend, but unfortunately, it isn’t to be. I hope you do well and that you enjoy seeing your work on display with others admiring it. I can’t believe you haven’t painted with acrylics before now Keon. Both you and Art Partners are VERY inspiring! Thanks for the timely pearls of wisdom.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Leighton! The portraits by Keon and Simon are really beautiful, and the Art Partners gang is looking forward to seeing them this evening along with work by Roslyn Burns, Janine Egan and Daniel Marinovich. Cheers and thanks for commenting on this special post.

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  5. Louis Ariano

    Hi Keon: I viewed your painting and I am very impressed. I wish you well at the display in Dardanup Hall. I am sure that your painting will be recognized and appreciated.
    I am Wanda’s dad and she was thoughtful to send me the photos of your work. Once again, congratulations on your fine and remarkable achievements.
    Best Wishes,

    Louis Ariano

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hello from Australia! It’s great that you enjoyed seeing Keon’s portrait. His acrylic portrait, along with the one done by mentor Simon Hemsley, looked just super hanging alongside each other at the Dardanup Art Spectacular. Both portraits are now on display in the City of Bunbury Main Administration Building as part of the Art in the City exhibition series. Stay in touch! Wanda and the Art Partners.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Southern Picture Framers! We hope you enjoyed the Dardanup Art Spectacular as much as we did. What a great weekend filled with art and visits to studios of working artists. As always, thanks for following our story.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Awesome pictures is right. Thanks for logging on and adding a comment Keon. Yes, the photos are just super aren’t they! Special thanks to Helen for her photographic genius that really helped make this post truly special. Go team!

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    2. Renee

      Your final piece is fantastic Keon, what an exciting use of colour; so expressive! I hope there’s more of your work you can share with us sometime?

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      1. Art Partners Post author

        Hello Renee! I thought you’d appreciate knowing that Keon’s ‘Girl in a Beanie (I)’ will be on show at the Social Work and Community Services Expo at ECU on Tuesday, October 14. Maybe we’ll see you there!

  6. Johanna

    What a wonderful story. I read from start to finish with great interest. It was fabulous to hear about Keon’s creative talent, the journey his mentors took him along (and the pearls of wisdom offered), along with photos of what he created. I am so looking forward to getting out and about to see all the wonderful street-art-murals in Bunbury. What a creative community we live in.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much for stopping by Jo. We’re delighted that you enjoyed the pearls of wisdom. We hope that by now you’ve seen a few of the murals that have clearly delighted Keon.

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