Using Sand in Acrylic Paintings

Posted in Art on September 7, 2010 by Tamara @ Zoona Nova

Texture is a major element in my paintings.  One of the ways  I achieve texture is by using sand.

In Italy I use a brand of sand “made” specifically for artists;  Fratazzato Tipo “Venezia” Grana F ine – Bianco. I won’t be able to take this product back to Malawi in my suitcase – it’s far too heavy, and I use tons of it.  Instead, I’ll have to try mixing Lake Malawi sand with white paint.

A great thing about being an artist in two different places is that it forces you to stay inventive!  There’s no danger of getting stuck in an artistic rut when you’re constantly looking for new ways to do things.   (That’s me looking at the bright side of life.)

In this video you can see me using sand in one of my paintings.

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There’s no place like home!

Posted in Life in Italy, Life in Malawi with tags on August 31, 2010 by Tamara @ Zoona Nova

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The amazing view from my balcony in Italy.  Thank God my landlord didn’t factor this stunning panorama into my rent…

I’m in the tiny village of Oneta (something like 600 people) until October – then headed back to Balaka, Malawi and my “real life”.   Spending seven months in Europe was quite a shock after 9 years in Malawi.  I had been to Oneta on short vacations (staying with my husband Andrea’s family) but never for such a long period of time – and of course, having your own apartment is an entirely different experience.  There was the language to learn, the culture to understand, and a series of painting to create…

I can get by with Italian now,  I should study more (the verbs! the verbs!) but being conversational was my goal – not sounding like a native.  The culture is endlessly fascinating once you get past the “tourist” phase and can understand what the people are talking about.   And painting – it’s hard not to be inspired by all this beauty, art and history.

But in the end, home is Malawi – and I’m looking forward to going back.  It takes being away from something to appreciate how much it means to you – and that certainly happened to me on this 7 month “Out of Africa” experience.

At home in Balaka, Malawi

From the Oneta Studio

Posted in Art with tags on August 31, 2010 by Tamara @ Zoona Nova

Paintings from the “Identity 2010” series.

© 2010 Image Copyright Tamara Hudson

Tamara Hudson, At Sea, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 69 cm, collection of the artist

© 2010 Image Copyright Tamara Hudson

Tamara Hudson, Conversation, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 69 cm, collection of the artist

© 2010 Image Copyright Tamara Hudson

Tamara Hudson, The Meeting, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 69 cm, collection of the artist

© 2010 Image Copyright Tamara Hudson

Tamara Hudson, The Wave, 2010,  acrylic on canvas, 50 x 69 cm, collection of the artist

Art in Progress…

Posted in Art with tags on August 29, 2010 by Tamara @ Zoona Nova

Art In Progress…

I’m an artist, not a techno person – so the last 3 days have been torture. Instead of spending time in my studio I was fighting with my new video camera (a Panasonic) that shoots video in .MOD format – a type of file not recognized by most editing software, including Windows Movie Maker. I say “most” software, because I read somewhere that Adobe Premiere might work – but who knows… I don’t have that software and I don’t feel like forking out more Euros for something that may or may not do the job.

It seemed impossible to me that a respected brand like Panasonic would use a format like .MOD – especially when there are so many other formats being used these days. Some web research revealed that Sony and JVC also use this mega frustrating file format. But after all that research I still don’t understand why.

In the end I used the rinky dink bare bones software that came with the video camera (VideoCam Suite 2.0) as it was my only option. I had no other way of pasting together the clips, and no other way of changing the format into something YouTube would recognize.

You can change the file format manually from .MOD to something like .AVI but Windows Movie Maker didn’t want to save any of my manually modified files (that was really frustrating after spending time editing). I also noticed that the video sized changed from its original 16×9 to a squished up 4×3.

The whole time I was going through this unpleasant process I vowed that if I ever succeeded in creating an edited video for YouTube with my Panasonic video camera I would post how I did it. I didn’t want anyone else to go through the same torture.

I wish I had more information to share – in the end I didn’t really resolve anything. I guess I should have kept painting and spent less time worrying about making cool videos with nice editing software.

Five hours left till the clock strikes midnight – after that I go back to being an artist. But if anyone has anything to share on this .MOD topic, please do post below. There must be an answer out there somewhere….