The blog of Chelle Destefano and her art – updating everyone on what is happening in my art world
An Australian Deaf internationally-known artist who draws and paints using many different mediums. Art is my world and everything. I also have a love for VW beetles and kombies as well as odd things like rubix cubes and small old fashioned birdcages (not for the use of them! Rather for the look of them - I don't like locking up animals in small cages or confinements).
I currently have an art book going for fundraiser and this art book is the Vdub artworks of mine turned into an art book. I am very excited about this! The book features all my vdub artworks from the last 10 years and new vdub artworks, the story on how I began painting vdubs in different places and situations – all for the lighthearted fun and laughs you will get from Taxi Bug the loveable yellow bug’s adventures with his vdub friends.
Who would love a copy of this book? If you do, head over to this page Kickstarter here (or click on the image below) where I am raising funds to get the first print run of Volksy’s Adventures Art book printed and to send some of the artworks to Berlin!
I have also some other exciting vdub-art rewards on offer at my Kickstarter fundraiser so check those out too. All the rewards including the book are on the right side column of the Kickstarter page.
See some of my vdub artworks and images of the book that is in production currently, below.
Berlin! – I am going to Berlin in October on an Arts Exchange program with Arts Access Australia who are sending me along with 7 other Australian artists to Berlin to work with artists from Berlin as part of the Arts Festival. This is an exciting time for me as an artist and my career, and a pivotal turning point for my arts. I will be teaching a workshop with a Berlin artist to a group of people who are interested in learning our mixed medium works and I will also be having an exhibition afterwards!
After Berlin, I am heading to Rome to be in an exhibition for the Rome Arts Expo which will be an exciting opportunity for me to meet other artists and network.
I recently set up an arts group on Facebook as the arts page I have was not getting much traffic so I was unable to engage much with my followers, due to Facebook’s sweeping changes to their algorithms!
Read on below to get more information.
My arts group is for my artworks and arts, where I update everyone on a new artwork I have finished or an update on what is happening in my arts career and I have found it works so much better! I find I am engaging so much more with my followers and they equally love the engagement. It is important to me to engage with all my followers who support my arts so they all feel they are part of my arts and I just LOVE my supporters! 🙂
Additionally I have an arts newsletter, so come and join! I sometimes do giveaways and competitions and often have many stories about what is happening in my arts! Join my newsletter at this link!
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My latest artwork that I did as a commission (and part of the new Enchanted series) below is of a boat in stormy seas and I was delighted with how the stormy sea turned out, considering I have never painted a stormy sea before and I had fun with the techniques of painting the waves, the blues and the white froths, and then the sky with the lovely lightning, and of course the detailed boat!
The artwork is now titled “Ancient Memories – 6 of Cups”, being an artwork for a tarot deck collaborated by 78 artists all over the world that do a card assigned to them each year to make a full deck – themed. This year’s theme is Astral. I spoke a bit about the story in the previous blog post but I’m going to go into some depth on the story in this post.
Old memories are being accessed by the moon, and as the old wise moon moves past, he stops to look over his back/shoulder and watches a relive of his memory as a kid-moon being presented with one of the cups of flowers that would help pave the way in his life. The ancient alien is the passer of the cups, a memory record and Egypt was the first place where ancient people used to teleport from to other parts of the world through the Giza pyramid. Wise moon was reliving old good nostalgic memories as he passed through “town” and onto the rest of his life, moving on from old times to new. Can you spot the 4 crystals in the artwork? A turquoise on the Chelle-Alien’s necklace, an aquamarine in Kid Moon’s hand, two behind him on the ground (amethyst and citrine)
After this artwork, I have begun new artworks for the Enchanted series, one about Earth, and more others about blue roses, dreams, fairies, forests, dragons, angels, wands, fruity trees among the seas, mists and all. A lot to look forward to. Oh and those artworks will include a real crystal or few in them. The Enchanted series is stories about the awakening that is happening right now all over the world….. not just fantasy, but a dimension higher than ours that is becoming real. Among the Enchanted series, I have started to expand the mediums to sculpture and mystic wands with crystals through them and the wands are made of natural wood found on the grounds around the woods, bushes, backyards and on the beach. I hope each artwork will bring insight, inspiration, provoke thought and conversation, connection, and some healing for those awakening to the changes in the world, through the images, sculptures and the crystals.
Below you can see my finished artwork and the template of the artwork in the card for the deck done by the wonderful 78 Tarot team leaders.
Hello, I’m overdue to update this blog 😉 I have been busily developing a new collection and finishing commissions all at the same time. The new collection is called Enchanted and involves the enlightenment of the world and new generations that are moving towards a spiritual existence and involves crystals – real crystals, in my artworks and the subjects in the artworks includes nature’s forests and the like, thunderstorms, dimensions, characters that are not your usual ones, aliens, fairies, angels, water, etc.
Below is my latest work in progress which also ties in as a tarot card (6 of cups) but the main subjects are the alien (me as an alien), the baby moon and the grown up moon, Egypt, and the crystals that will be placed in parts of the artwork (one on the main cup and one on the alien’s necklace and possibly one in Baby Moon’s hand). The rainbow blotch in the top corner is a galaxy in the sky and the rest of the sky will be dark blue / black mottled with many stars among it and across the galaxy. The pyramids will be coloured darker later today. The artwork is in “ugly stage” which is not a bad thing and will progress quickly fro this point on. I am very excited about this artwork as it will cement the very start of the Enchanted Collection!
Last year in September I travelled to Europe for my solo exhibitions in Paris and the UK. The Paris exhibition at Galerie Metanoia was a great success with a good turn out of people who I had not met before and who enjoyed discussing with me my artworks, their stories and why I painted those artworks.
The artworks that were most popular in the exhibition were the Babel Tower, Wall Street and Red Moon works. Their stories amplified what is happening in the world currently, with all the changes, corruption, financial war and many other issues, and along with the yearning to see peace coming. The fact that many French including the Parisians feel strongly about the world issues and living a better life without war made them attuned to the Babel Tower for its truth about corrupt governments giving global elitists higher preference over every day people and trying to play God when they should not, and the Wall Street for its obvious visual on the rich elitists taking money like reptiles attacking the financial side of the world, and Red Moon for its warning to all that change is coming to this world.
The UK art exhibition in Bath was a fabulous opportunity coupled with meeting a group at Action On Hearing to do a talk on my art and career (and hopefully inspired many in the group!). After the talk at Action On Hearing, we headed to the place where my art would be shown at the Chapter One Pub owned by the lovely duo Michael and Emma – and it’s not just any pub but a place where everyone meets to enjoy a natter and real social gatherings. The night my artworks were opened in one of the rooms, many people turned out to see my artworks and bought a couple of my artworks.
My artworks were also due to be shown at the Australian Embassy, but this has been postponed to another time, and in late March this year my artworks will be in the London Biennale which is very exciting!
The photos of the Paris exhibition is shown below. UK ones will come later to be added.
Coming up on 23rd September is my solo exhibition in Paris. I’m just about to send my artworks off tomorrow to Paris and then I fly over from Australia to Paris in the next week. My exhibition opening night will be 23rd September, 6 pm at Galerie Metanoia. If anyone is in Paris at the time, please come into the gallery and see my exhibition, and you will meet me at the opening night as well. Check out their website here.
The entry is Free and my artworks are for sale. Some of my artworks that will be in my exhibition are shown below to give you an idea of which artworks will be there and the type of artwork I do. There will be more of my other artworks though than below! 😉
The artwork is finally finished! It has been framed beautifully by Leeza Peters and Peter Bates of Artisan Custom Framing Gallery (in 1099 South Road, Melrose Place, South Australia, Australia). A beautiful black matt with gold trimming, and a gold frame to finish it off! This artwork is off to London to be in my solo exhibition at the Australian Embassy on 25th October. The opening night will be on 25th October, 6 pm so if you are in London, come to my exhibition and see my artworks on show and meet me, the artist!