Sunday, 26 February 2017

Finding Your Way

There is always so many decisions to make before starting a painting and as we all experience when we actually start out some ideas may have to be abandon as the watercolour makes some decisions of its own and its best not to resist but work with it.
This painting started out for me as a way of demonstrating to my class last week how I might use negative painting in the background but after an hour of painting it was left 90% unfinished. Some days later I started on it again making more of those considered decisions as to how to paint basically black and white birds and have them tell a story. I used a very limited palette of French Ultra Marine Blue, Permanent Rose and Burnt Sienna which gave me interesting blacks. Using just these colours in the background enabled the Willy Wagtails to be the stars but kept the whole painting in harmony.  It required more thought as to how I might bring the two birds more together so the decision to add the darker panels was made. Weaving the branches in and out helped with the design. The negative space was enhanced with some old script stamping which helped me find my way to tell the paintings story

You Kept My Letters
56cm x 30cm unframed size

Monday, 20 February 2017

Too Cute

I have been thinking of painting the little fairy penguin for a while but somehow something else jumps the queue and they have had to wait until now.

I'm glad they have been patient as with all my "make me smile" works there is always a story.

We have a small colony of these little cuties not far from where I live and I have seen them just a couple of times in the past few years but I did take some great photos of the ones at our Adelaide Zoo last year. When looking through photos I see them waddling with their feet at different angles and I immediately thought of that saying "with a hop skip and a jump" and then I knew how this would work so well for my painting. One is jumping in the air, one is skipping and the other is hopping.

Am looking forward to seeing this framed and on the studio wall.

A Little Hop, Skip and Jump
Unframed size 56cm x 30cm



Thursday, 9 February 2017

The Wine District

Just played and created my latest abstract. I have already framed it and have it on the studio wall as I love its bright colourful look.
Playing with abstracts in watercolour is very time consuming but lots of fun as there is no fixed result in mind. I often find bits of other media to add bringing it to a finished work. This time I used some silver leaf (not real silver), that I purchased whilst in Italy last year and a silver web spray. To ensure its bright longevity I spray a mat spray varnish over those areas.
My solo show where I released my first abstracts finishes this weekend but the fabulous feed back (and sales) I have received gives me confidence that abstracts in watercolour are worth the play.
Try it!


The Wine District
56cm x 38cm on Saunders Waterford Cold Press 425gsm

Framed size 75cm x 57cm

Friday, 27 January 2017

Revisit and Tweak

I am presently painting new work but also revisiting watercolours that are stored away in my file drawer. They are there and not binned because I liked them when finished but for some reason they never made it to a frame. I may not have seen back then that they needed something extra but with a fresh look and more brush mile experience some of these works can be tweaked and made special enough to frame. You have to be prepared to try additional work without fear, knowing that if it doesn't work they will head for the bin but its from the tweaking process that much is learnt. Here are a couple of florals that are now framed ready to show.

A Dozen in Pink

All about the Blossom

The before's

                           
                             Filed away in 2013    
Filed away in 2014