Inspiration finds us in many ways and sometimes it is as simple as colour. I reaquainted myself before Christmas with two tubes amongst the many in my collection. Opera Rose by Winsor and Newton and Opera Pink by Daniel Smith. They are really the same pigment but do behave slightly differently wet into wet. When I first purchased them I thought them too fluro and didn't enjoy using them but with the past few paintings that has changed. I have used this vibrant colour in my last 4 paintings (including The Devil in Pink from my last post) so maybe I will now look for a new inspiring colour.
Each year I create a painting just for my Christmas card and I start thinking from late October what it might be. Along came a visitor one breakfast time, a rare one to my place on the edge of the river in South Australia. I knew I had my subject for this years card after my excited photo opportunity, following her as she went on her way, me still in my PJ's
Wishing you all a wonderful, peaceful and joyful Christmas xx
In the bird world the male is often the colourful one and the female less so. In Australia we have several species of fairy wrens are these are the"Superb Blue Wren". I am lucky to have them visit my garden. Often one male and females with youngsters. Pretty as the male is with his blue finery the female is having the last word! (not so different from u mere mortals)
I painted this over a week as I had a lot of away from studio time. I was not sure I would pull it together with so many stop and starts but within 24 hours of it being finished and shown on my facebook page it had enquiries from around the world. When this happens I worry how to handle a sale but in the end it just has to come down to who confirms first. Is there a fairer way to handle multiple offers? Please let me know if you have one
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Winner drawn on December 20th and notified by email to make their choice