Janaline created an art studio at home

”  Being an artist is simply someone who likes to create.” By that definition I am definitely an artist. As long as I can create things, paint, do ceramics, or even take photos, I am ecstatic!

If popular opinion is anything to go by, the creative sector is a huge gamble, braved only by reckless, or masochistic, individuals. A challenge has never scared me or stopped me from doing anything so it is with an open mind that I step into the art world.

The main reason I bought a two bedroom place was to transform the one bedroom into an art studio for me. Create a space where I would want to make art and be creative.  a part of your life and your self-care practice, you can find a space for it. 

The main reason I wanted my studio in my home is so that I would have the freedom of just being able to walk into the next room in my pajamas at whatever time of day or night – and do so art.

My first purchase was a table for my studio! A very sturdy table on which I would be able to work with clay without it moving. I admit the table I bought is a bit big. Even the delivery guys had trouble getting it into my little flat and broke the neighbours window in the process. I got to meet my neighbours that evening and apologise for the broken window. Probably not the best way to meet your new neighbours.

I like things to be neat and tidy and after making a couple of pottery bowls, which had to stand around on the ground I went and invested in some shelves. A friend also supplied me with some metal shelves that I cut to fit onto my huge table and it is here that I now store my paint.

I have an old singer table from my grandmother, which I painted an old white. This is the table I use as my work station while teaching English and is also in my studio. I have painted one wall with chalkboard paint and it is here that I do my planning for my ceramic bowls.

I have tried not to eat or drink in my studio, but have been guilty of breaking my own rules by drinking water or tea in my studio. And I have decided that eating popcorn while painting does not count as eating, as popcorn does nor count as food.

As I work from home, I am trying to create a separate “work” and “living” space in my flat otherwise it sometimes feels like I never leave work. I now also have a rule that I am not allowed to spend the whole day in my studio, I have to go outside at least once!

If I don’t take care I might just turn into a hermit….

Janaline starts her ART journey!

I have been addicted to travelling, seeing the world and doing art as long as I can remember. I grew up in a small place called Mposa, near Richards bay, in South-Africa. I grew up surrounded by art as my mother did ceramics, organized art exhibitions and encourage us to paint and draw. I did ceramics with my mom throughout my school days and loved every moment of it. My favourite subject at school was art and I devoured every book about art that I could lay my hands on. I developed a love for oil painting and before I left for University I had already sold 2 paintings.

I fell in love with art at a very early age but was torn between my love for art and my desire to travel and see the world.

After University I decided to travel while I am young and unattached, before I focus on my art again. I travelled and worked my way around the world for more than a decade before returning to South-Africa, and have had some amazing experiences along the way. When you live in a country you get to experience it from a different view than that of the ordinary tourist, I think it’s the people of the country and the little crazy everyday things that keep it interesting. These travels have changed me and my view of the world.

I loved travelling and exploring all these foreign countries and cultures but have reached a point where I want to focus a bit on my art and not have to move around for the next couple of years.  I found it quite difficult to find time and space to be creative while travelling. Actually, I think that taking photos and blogging about my travels was my artistic outlet while travelling.

I have made the big move back to South Africa where I now teach English online and have a lot of time to focus on my art! I have family in the Western Cape area of South-Africa and decided to buy a little place of my own in Cape Town. While looking for a place of my own I stayed with my aunt, Karen Kieviet, on their small wine farm in Stellenbosch. Karen has her own ceramic studio and it is here that I again uncovered my love for ceramics and working with clay. I had forgotten how much fun it is to create something with your hands from scratch and seeing how it takes form. The end product is either surprisingly beautiful or not what you had in mind but with a beauty of its own.

Once I started it was all I wanted to do again. I couldn’t think of anything else but pottery, painting and art! So I bought a two bedroom flat in Parklands, 8 min drive from Blouberg strand, and converted the one bedroom into a studio for myself.

I now teach English 4 days a week and in between and the rest of the time I either do ceramics or paint something. Every Friday I drive through from Cape Town to Stellenbosch where I spend the weekend working with Karen Kieviet in her studio on Aan de Vliet farm. At first it was only for fun until Karen suggested that I should start selling my bowls.

Travelling to so many countries and experiencing all these different cultures has changed the way I do art and I am sure you can see the colourful influence of the world in my art now.

The thought of actually making money with my art has always been a very distant dream and I always thought it was something that might happen in the far off future. I didn’t really think that my bowls were that good yet and wanted to wait a bit until I felt they looked a bit better. But my aunt convinced me to take a chance and see if they sell.

Karen Kieviet has been selling her art in a couple of different art galleries for years now and with her help I got my ceramic bowls into two galleries. It was and is a dream come true!! I am actually making some money with my art!

I have been doing ceramics with Karen Kieviet for a bit over a year now and working from my own little studio the past 6 months, and I love every moment of it.

My First Art Exhibition!!

I am taking part in my first ever Art Exhibition!!!

Janaline's Art
Studio de Vliet Art Exhibition Invite

Studio De Vliet is holding its annual exhibition of the works of some very talented local artists. You will also get to meet the artist of various forms as all of them have consented to be present for the opening and most of the exhibition days!

These are some of my ceramic pieces!! I am so excited I havent been able to sleep for the past 2 weeks. I just hope it all goes very well and that I do sell a couple of pieces.

The exhibition features Oil paintings, Ceramics and other handwork by the artists; Karen Kieviet, Janaline Smalman, Reinet Stander, Pera Schillings, Maryna de Wit, Chrismi Kirsten, Chimene Tison and Elsabe Nortje.
Exhibition is at Aan De Vliet, Blaauwklippen Road, Stellenbosch.
The opening is on Wednesday 9 November.
Exhibition hours: 10 – 12 November 2016, 10:00 – 18:00
We hope to see you all there!!