Thursday, 2 November 2017

Black and White

Yesterday was week 4 for students in my 6 week foundation course and our main focus was painting black and white. I show how to mix interesting blacks on the paper rather than a flat mix in the palette and of course how we don't use white but retain the clean white of the paper for our whites.
Our Australian Magpie is a perfect subject for black and white. After class I added some colour for a simple background.
At the end of our morning class there was time for a quick 30 minute demo. With just three little pencil marks for the eyes and placement of the nostril this powerful Jaguar started to magically race towards me on the paper.  I was able to show how to have black spots and marks look part of the fur by painting them first and then adding orange and grey colours on top. This ensures some of them fuse a bit and a more natural look is achieved.
This demo was one of those magic moments in the studio, it seemed little effort but its results like this that shows just how magical this medium is. It doesn't always have to take days to paint but of course you have to know when to stop. Lucky for me my 30 minutes were up.

Unframed size 38cm x 28.5cm
Saunders Waterford 425gsm Hot Press Paper

100 km/h
Unframed size 56cm x 38cm
Saunders Waterford  300gsm Cold Press Paper

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

When the Sun Shines

When the Sun Shines
Unframed size 56cm x 43cm

Who doesn't feel good when the sun shines. Today I painted roses using the very first bloom to appear in our garden. This particular bush rose had been out shadowed in the garden by a weeping tree and some lavender so at the start of winter my husband moved it to an open position in the rose bed. How happy it must have been to get some sun as it showed the rest of the roses how beautiful it can be as soon as the Spring sun arrived.
I enjoyed continuing experimenting with my new colours from Da Vinci and beside the yellows I have already tried this painting included Fire Ball and Kathmandu Alizarin - such exciting pigments and such fantastic names.

Friday, 29 September 2017


I have just returned from a three break away touring country Victoria and the start of spring has really been a bit of a lingering winter. We saw snow on the mountain peaks but also enjoyed the hints of spring. The area we visited is perfect for magnificent Camellia and Magnolia and I took so many images. The first blooms to greet us however were thousands of daffodils everywhere.

As this is only my second day back in my studio and I'm still finding my rhythm I was also happy to  experiment with some new colours that had arrived from the USA whilst I was away.

The new colours are from Da Vinci - Paul Jackson Signature colours. I am liking how vibrant they are. I also used a new Green Gold purchase from Daniel Smith. This is so different to the Winsor and Newton Green Gold and again I love its vibrancy.

Great colours for Daffodils

Friday, 22 September 2017

Painting Giveaway

Gosh it has been far too long since I blogged. I have had such a busy art schedule this year that sometimes something has got to give and it looks like it has been my blog.
I am doing a thank you of supporting my art journey giveaway draw on October 10th randomly drawn from the email list of subscribers to my newsletter. I write one each month and as it is linked to my website its easy to include all my latest works. It's not too late to signup if you want the chance to win an original watercolour, unmatted, posted free anywhere in the world.
I have chosen my Kookaburra as the prize painting. He is in a serious mood waiting to see where in the world he will fly off to.
I Can be Serious
38cm x 28.5cm unmatted

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