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Oct 27, 2014


"All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ”
-Pablo Picasso

Through Lifelines and my pop-up Champagne & Charcoal classes, I would like to give grown-ups who may have strayed from their childhood creative selves, an opportunity to rediscover what it feels like to be an artist whilst confronting their hesitations of drawing the human form ... armed with charcoal in one hand, and a glass of bubbly in the other.

The classes are guided and offer individuals the opportunity to challenge not only their drawing skills, but how they look and see things in a completely uncompetitive environment. 

Classes are suitable for ALL levels of experience, with novices possibly finding the most surprising outcomes.

If you would like to find out more, feel free to get in touch.

If you might be interested in upcoming classes or short courses, please register your interest.
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"Aneta’s teaching method’s were unique and effective. She challenged everyone to open their mind, and to see things in light and shade, rather than simply in conventional borders.

I walked in to the class as a drawer, and I think it’s not too bold to say that when I walked out, I was on my way to becoming an artist, or at least understanding art.

It is not often that one can see – quite literally – how much has been learned in the space of a couple of hours. I think this is valuable because it proves that people can develop skills completely outside of their comfort zone.

I expect that I will draw on this experience for confidence when I am next faced with performing a task that is outside my comfort zone.

I really enjoyed the class and I would be keen do a course. I think that doing things that are completely out of step with the rest of your daily routine helps to ensure a broad experience of life.

And of course, live art is a great reminder that beauty comes in many shapes and sizes."

-Kim, Highgate

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Nov 21, 2013

ARTICLE : Lifelines at the Art Gallery of WA - part two

"Art Within Art: Lifelines by Aneta Wnek, Part Two

It is Sunday afternoon at AGWA and Lifelines artist Aneta Wnek is carefully choosing her next subject. While slowly wandering through the Van Gogh, Dalí and Beyond exhibition she spies a young man sitting alone on a black leather bench. He could be absorbing the arrangement of sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, Julio González and David Smith or just taking a rest from viewing over a hundred artworks. No doubt to his surprise, he is about to be approached by an artist who will ask him to become a work of art.   >> read rest of the story

CommentsCategories ARTICLE Tags Art within Art, Art Gallery of WA, article, Aneta, Wnek,

Sep 13, 2013

ARTICLE : Lifelines at the Art Gallery of WA - part one

It's always fascinating (and nervewrecking) to see how someone other than myself might interpret Lifelines ... here's how the Art Gallery of Western Australia's put it in their recent blog about the Lifelines CollaborART project at the Art Gallery ...

 "Art Within Art: Lifelines by Aneta Wnek

Aneta Wnek loves strangers. Her visual art project Lifelines depends on the willingness of unsuspecting passers-by to sit for her drawings. Lifelines began on a whim during a trip to Thailand in 2004. Fast forward to 2013, Wnek is continuing the project as a CollaborART Partner at AGWA within the Van Gogh, Dalí and Beyond exhibition space.

To become the subject of art is the last thing one would expect when visiting Van Gogh, Dalí and Beyond, but Wnek has been ‘endlessly moved and surprised’ by  >> read rest of the story

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Aug 15, 2013

Special THANK YOU!

Lifelines portraits is a self-funded projects
... so getting a little help from friends goes a long way.
    A huge THANKS to ...

Amit Shah & Quality Press for sponsoring the printing of the Lifelines business cards.

Geoff Earl & Spicers for sponsoring the Freelife Vellum paper used for creating the Lifelines portraits.


Jul 10, 2013

Lifelines of the Art Gallery of Western Australia ...

Who would have thought that drawing my friends and people we met along the way whilst on holidays a few years back in Thailand, were in fact the beginnings of an incredible journey which along it's path, would lead me to this ...

During the course of the current Art Gallery of Western Australia's MoMA Series exhibition, Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond ... I am making a series of appearances as a CollaborART Partner, and drawing a collection of Lifelines Portraits of some of the individuals who cross my path in among these incredible Masterpieces.

Today I am making my third appearance .. but already the experience has been amazing having met and spent time with the first 12 characters whos portraits you can now see featured on the dedicated section on this website.

Be sure to also check out the dedicated blog where you will already find a couple of videos with some of the people I've met, their portraits as well as hear what they have to say about the experience.

There are no set times or dates for my appearances .. these like the Lifelines Portraits, will be spontaneous and serendipitous ... but I will be posting on Facebook and on Twitter on the days of my appearances so follow me if you'd like to stay in the loop ...

Hope you can join me some time over the coming months while I hang-out with Van Gogh, Dali and Beyond.

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890), The Olive Trees, Saint Rémy, June-July 1889, Oil on canvas, 28 5/8 × 36" (72.6 × 91.4 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest.    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1864- 1901), La Goulue at the Moulin Rouge, 1891- 92, Oil on board, 31 1/4 × 23 1/4" (79.4 × 59 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gift of Mrs. David M. Levy.    Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862- 1918), The Park, 1910 or earlier, Oil on canvas, 43 1/2 × 43 1/2" (110.4 × 110.4 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gertrud A. Mellon Fund.    Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906), Still Life with Ginger Jar, Sugar Bowl, and, Oranges, 1902-06, Oil on canvas, 23 7/8 x 28 7/8" (60.6 x 73.3 cm), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Lillie P. Bliss Collection

CommentsCategories Art Gallery of Western Australia Exhibition Invitation MoMA Series Portraits Serendipity Video

May 2, 2013

FEATURE STORY – Remembering Dr. Eloy Linares Málaga

In so many ways, what I love the most about the initial serendipitous moments of meeting someone, is having no real idea of who they are ... In that lack of insight, we get to see each and every character purely for whom they present in that short time we share.

Dr Eloy Linares Málaga was just a friendly elderly gentlemen in a Peruvian cafe when I first met him ... it wasn't until after I drew him that I found out he  ...   >>more>>

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Apr 25, 2013

Pete Robertson is back ... and as intense as ever.

Awesome to see Pete Robertson resurface in the limelight hungry for more gold. 

I managed to get him to sit still for me long enough to do a Lifelines portrait session at the 2010 Beaufort Street Festival ... and here he is gracing the cover of the current Triathlon Magazine.

3 time ITU World Champion 2001, 2003 and 2005.
2 time Olympian 2000 and 2004. 

Portraits from the Beaufort Street Festivals.
Photos from the Beaufort Street Festivals. 

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Dec 2, 2012

Festival magic on Beaufort Street

What a rush!

This year's Beaufort St Festival was a massive event with over 100,000 people attending despite the rather roasty conditions.

Interestingly for me, the experience of being part of the Festival started not with the event on the day, but meeting the people who helped me create my space and those engaged in running the Event. 

Despite the pressures of the massive task undertaken, even at the eleventh hour, their faces beaming contagious smiles.

A huge thank you goes out to Lee at Discus who helped me with the printing of my display, as well as Brody MacLeod and Marissa Glas for their support helping me find a home for it on the day ... and of course my priceless setup helpers Angela Pownell and Jacky Coglan who's elbow grease meant that things went up, and came down without a hitch.

The Festival itself was all I could have hoped for making sure I was more then entertained ... with a spectrum of charismatic characters pausing in the chaos of the streets to share a little time, and entrust me with their Lifelines.

Check out the Lifelines Portraits and photos from the day.

CommentsCategories Beaufort Street Festival Exhibition Opening Night Serendipity

Nov 18, 2012

Mattams Pool - a Fountain of Youth

I run past it regularly throughout the year, and in the warmer months, it's waters motivate me to run a little harder knowing that as reward, I will be refreshed instantly at the end ... Even when the currents are still frosty, my overheating body welcomes the brisk bite of the cold before the numbing makes for a pleasant swim.

It is known locally, and beyond, for it's protective, fish filled reef which shapes and shelters the pool from harsh waves ... and in more recent times, calms the mind about the potential of becoming a snack for one of Perth's more notorious Great White visitors.

I suppose it is for these reasons it also attracts to it a complete cross section of characters who come to bathe, snorkel, surf and generally soak up the sun all year round. I actually find it remarkable that even in the harshest of months there is almost a guarantee there will be someone bobbing in among the waves.

Some of the most memorable of characters are it's regular Polar-Bears. I'm not actually sure if this term applies to this set of individuals, but it certainly would not be out of place.

I can only presume at this point in time that they are a group of retirees who ritually leap into the waters of this curious place. But despite their years, it is hard not to be inspired by these Elders through their zest for life and to find a little something in this that is aspirational – a gentle reminder of living in the moment and making most of the awesome that is immediately and effortlessly under our noses.

I feel like I want to discover what is behind some of these characters. I have wanted to know ever since I remember first watching them and their hard core routines – some of which certainly put my fitness level to shame.

I know from my brief encounters with them I have noted a variety of accents. One disciplined German woman with Mischka her adopted golden retriever, sporting her cap and navy cozi – I can't imagine has missed a day at the beach.

Mostly they are up and at it from early hours of the morning, but it has also amused me to observe what could be seen as yester-year attitudes to the sun – although seeing how vitalised and happy these people are, one could raise a few questions about paranoia, balance and the effects of vitamin D on the soul.

There are extremes of course ... There is one gentleman in particular, I think also German, who surrenders himself daily to the Sun-God to receive a yet darker coating to his already crispy cocoa tan – to the degree which if spotted by any Slip-Slop-Slap ambassador, would be enough to drain any melanin found in their cheeks.

Today I observed yet another feast for the eyes ... spotting a pair of perfectly straight legs protruding above the waterline sporting a pair of water-shoes executing an obviously well practiced underwater hand-stand. I couldn't help myself but to stick around and see who they belong to .. and it made me laugh to find myself NOT actually surprised it was an elderly bold gentleman who popped out of the water at the other end.

Beyond the pool to the right, surfers sit on their boards waiting for an offering of a wave ... The odd kayak and paddle boarder play with the surf, and there's no shortage of less regular visitors of every other description; from beach-babes, young families to a full kaleidoscope of tourists that join in in the frolicking.

I feel my curiosity getting the better of me, and I think I might need to brave some closer inspection ... My mind is playing with my imagination to see if maybe I could capture a sense of place through my Lifelines portraits .... and eventually perhaps even share its magic through an exhibition.

To be continued.

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Oct 31, 2012

You're Invited! ... Lifelines Organic Gallery at Beaufort Street Festival


Lifelines portraits by aneta will be sprouting an Organic Gallery at the Beaufort Street Festival!

Live, spontaneous portraits will be drawn at The Festival and exhibited progressively on the day, transforming the front of the Pony Club into a pop-up exhibition.

when  :  Saturday, 17th November.  12–6pm.

where  :  Front of the Pony Club, 620 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley

There is no need to RSVP, but if you'd like to let me know you're coming,
let me know on Facebook here.

Save the date and see you there!

CommentsCategories Organic Gallery Invitation Beaufort Street Festival Exhibition Tags Lifelines Organic Gallery Beaufort Street Festival Portrait Aneta Wnek

Sep 13, 2012

Beaufort Street Festival 2012

Im excited to say, I got the news yesterday that Beaufort Street Festival would like me to part of the event again this year, and after meeting up with Brody, the festival Art Director today, my brain is buzzing with ideas ... watch this space!

CommentsCategories New Category Beaufort Street Festival

Sep 8, 2012

Startup Weekend adventure

It is not often that I am reminded of the power of 'the journey' rather than the destination.

I am writing this at 7am after 3 hour sleep on the third day of the Startup Weekend at Spacecubed.

My team of 6 have now been at our 'business startup development' for over 30 hours. We've 'pivoted' at least 6 times and our heads are spinning. We lost 2 members along the way who'd given up hope ... and I myself was left wondering how mad I probably was taking this 'leap into the future'.

Yet, here I am actually completely buzzing and excited this morning eager to see how all this will eventuate.

I still laugh at the fact that we started "predicting the future of events" like sport and politics ... somehow pivoting to designing virtual change rooms for 15 year old girls ... And now, we're feeding the egos of fashionistas.  

It is worth pointing out that I am the only girl on our team- and no I did not propose this theme of fashion!

Bring on today .. What a journey ... What a ride... But more importantly - how much fun am I having!

Through the madness, frustration and confusion .. I find 'for now', I still love my crazy team of Pivot boys (Kevin, Paul, Alfred, Carl & Jo) ... Can't wait to see how day 3 unfolds! 

UPDATE >> check out SUPERMODELme final presentation here.

CommentsCategories Startup Weekend Tags Startup Weekend Perth Spacecubed

Jun 21, 2012

Friday 29th June ... Lifelines Organic Gallery is off to support a great cause - Artillery!

I'm very excited to announce that Ill be taking Lifelines to support another one of Artillery's worthy events ... 'AT ARMS LENGTH'

Come along to support them, check out the arts and be entertained ... and let me add your Lifelines to the Organic Gallery Ill be creating on the night ....  

6pm, Friday, 29 June 2012
Four5Nine Bar, Rosemount Hotel
459 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth
"'AT ARM'S LENGTH' takes this idea to the creative extreme and uses the Arts to explore one of the world's most pressing issues, arms trade, from a truly Australian perspective. Also it's a great excuse for us to make puns, because here at ARTilleryfest, we use ART as
our ARTillery to fight for human rights."

Heres some of the results from the last time I got involved with them
... hope to see you on the night!

CommentsCategories Artillery - Amnesty International Exhibition Invitation Opening Night Organic Gallery Tags aneta wnek artillery amnesty international organic gallery 29 june 2012 At arm's length Perth Rosemount hotel drawing portraits

Apr 23, 2012

Life-drawing progress

Iv'e drawn at a couple of sessions now since my return to life-drawing ...  check out the progress and let me know what you think ! ...

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Feb 21, 2012

Lifelines in life-drawing

I've been meaning to get back into life-drawing for quite some time ... so when I came across the sessions run by Christian at UWA, I just had to sign up!

check out todays efforts ..

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Jan 28, 2012

Lazy surf'n sun inspiration

Perth is experiencing a record-breaking heatwave!

We've had a run of 40˚c+ temperatures, spectacular unforecast storms and humidity which saps the very life from you the minute you step out of your air-conditioned bubble.

You would think we were all permanently in nothing more than tiny bits of cloth covering barely the essentials with all this heat ... in actual fact, I find myself grateful for my cardigan most days when in the office - irrelevant what the season outside might be.

But yes, the bikini's get their fair share of time in the sun. We do love the outdoors here ... and where better to run to during a scorcher weekend than one of our gorgeous beaches - even if recent rumors would suggest they are shark-infested!

I threw the sketchbook into my beach-bag as I ran out the door this morning ... turned out the laziness of Cottesloe was just right to catch Jacky still for long enough to get the drawing and capture the mood of our summer beach sessions ...

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CommentsCategories Cottesloe Beach Serendipity Tags Cottesloe Beach Jacky Coglan heatwave summer Perth

Aug 16, 2011

FINALIST in City of Subiaco Photographic Awards!!

UPDATE : Turns out that of the nearly 300 entries received, Bhutanese Children - Sense of Wonder was awarded a Highly commended recognition ... think the kiddies would be happy with that :)

What a fantastic surprise getting an email today from City of Subiaco ...

Dear Aneta
Congratulations, you have been chosen as a finalist in the City of Subiaco Photographic Awards 2011. Your image, Bhutanese Children - Sense of Wonder, will be displayed in the open category in the exhibition. The exhibition of finalists will be held at Subiaco Library from Monday 12 September until Sunday 25 September 2011.

It's actually a photo that means a great deal to me personally.

It captures the beginning of one of my favourite serendipitous encounters ... I have no doubt we left an impression on these these little curious faces ... but at about this point we had no idea the impact they would have on us - welcoming us, total strangers, into their home and celebrations.

There's so much to be told about this special day ... consider it a 'work in progress' :)

But check out the rest of my Bhutan Photos and the Lifelines Portraits of some of the extraordinary people I met along the way.

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CommentsCategories Photography Award Tags City of Subiaco Photographic Awards Finalist Bhutanese Children Sense of wonder

Jul 26, 2011

Bogusia & Kazik Herudzinski

It's funny how the people closest to you are often the most difficult to draw ... it's harder to just see the form of what's in front of you ... familiarity means that what you 'think you know' tries sneaking in ...

The Herudzinski's are family friends whos paths have crossed ours many a time over the years - right across the globe.

I took a quick opportunity to draw Bogusia & Kazik a little while ago and have finally added them to the Perth gallery ... Im not sure they knew quite what they were signing up for sitting for me ... so here goes ... thank you and welcome :)

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CommentsCategories Portraits THOUGHTS + REFLECTIONS Serendipity Tags Bogusia Kazik Herudzinski

Jul 22, 2011

Europe calling ...

It's been brewing for an understated 'while' ...

I've had more near misses getting back there than I dare to admit ... but it would seem the exotic lure of the Americas and Asia have kept this one postponed a little longer than I had intended ... 9 years!

Yet, here it is ... the time for planning my next cultural adventure is upon me ...

Perhaps Im looking for that contrast from what might seem so familiar now .... but it might just be that Im just a little homesick for the landscapes from my childhood.

I hope the time apart and the loss of familiarity will allow me to see this part of the world with new eyes ... to see what I no longer noticed ... and, as with any journey - to find fresh inspiration in wonderful people and places ...  to discover their lifelines and share some of their stories.

Let the planning begin!

CommentsCategories Travel THOUGHTS REFLECTIONS Tags Europe

Apr 22, 2011

Vince Fantauzzo and a serendipitous exchange

Who would have thought the streets of Perth ... literally ... would have delivered a crossing of paths with Archibald winner Vince Fantauzzo. As it turns out, that is exactly what happen ...

... and it was fun to have Vince add to the growing collection of portraits in 'aneta by' ...

CommentsCategories Vince Fantauzzo Portraits Serendipity Tags Vince Fantauzzo Portrait Serendipity Archibald

Jan 30, 2011

four days to go ... things are looking smok'n ?!

Yes, only four days before we are due to fly to Bali .... but it would appear Indonesia is warming up for our arrival in perhaps a more dramatic a fashion then we would like to anticipate .... Mount Bromo, a 2,300 metre volcano in eastern Java has decided to take up smoking in recent days, currently stranding around 1,500 passengers.

Im not sure that it’s particularly serious - however the ash cloud could quite easily create a few issues for our planned arrival ... hmm ... I guess we wait and see what comes of this bizarre predicament.

Closer to home it would also appear mother nature is planning to put on another show with Cyclone Bianca heading directly for Perth ... what started as a category 3 cyclone forecast as potentially the worst in 40 years for Perth, has thankfully now been scaled down to a category 1 which is still harsh but supposedly much less damaging. Its due to hit us in the next several hours .... awesome.

In the meantime thinking positive ... last minute organising still 100% go !

CommentsCategories Bali Travel Tags Bail Mt Bromo

Jan 13, 2011

Bali planning ... a taste of extremes to come

Coming up in just a couple of weeks, I am heading to Bali!

Despite being only a 3 hour flight from Perth, and relatively cheap - probably cheaper than heading over to any other Australian destination if you pick your timing right ... this will be my first trip over. I guess I've always figured if Im going to go somewhere, it might as well be one of the places on the top of my list.

This is not to say I haven't wanted to go, it would just seem that it's a destination that is best visited with a group of friends  .... exactly how we are planning this trip.

I guess the twist comes in that we are planning to spend the first portion of the holiday in 5 star villas celebrating a friends birthday ... and the second half, experiencing the shocking third world truths of life there for certain locals ... behind the scenes ... away from the plush tourist villages.

I am joining a friend who is a reporter here in Perth who is taking the opportunity to write a story or two whilst over there. One covering the mistreatment of mentally ill individuals and one Doctors plight to bring treatment to these individuals and education to the communities. The other about the efforts of a couple of big-hearted women, I believe originally from Perth, who are fighting to maintain an orphanage they started.

I can't say I am all that prepared for what may await, especially in that second portion. But I hope to be able to capture something of these people to bring to my website at the very least. I go with simply an open mind armed with my sketch books and pens .... and a hell of a lot of mozzie spray to keep that Dengi Fever at bay! ... 

Eat, Pray, Love?

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Nov 27, 2010

a Beaufort Street experience

A little nervous about the lack of time for my setup at the Beaufort Street Art Festival, but mostly excited ... I made my debut into the world of public art I guess. It was such a fantastic day.

An 8.30 start (with a little help from my friends Fi + Fleur), in the theme of the Laundromat across the road from my setup, I had my little bit of street decked out with clothes lines, pegs, socks + undies and a small selection of samples from the real Lifelines encounters ...It was only at about 2pm I realised I hadn’t even taken a sip of water since getting there ... adrenaline was keeping me buzzing ... and I couldn’t let go of the momentum till I finally started to feel dizzy ... and my lunch-break saviours arrived.

By around 7pm I completed 31 portraits ... and gained 6 masterpieces of me for my collection.

One of the portraits I did towards the end of the day, Lexy Scott, was to offer me my next appointment ... The opening of the Artillery Festival (Amnisty International) later in the week. 

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CommentsCategories Artillery - Amnesty International Beaufort Street Festival Exhibition Organic Gallery Portraits Serendipity