Saturday, 25 February 2012

2012 Art rewards continue....

I am thrilled to announce that I am joining the artists at the Off The Slate Gallery at Willunga to exhibit and sell my watercolours.
The process required an assessment of several of my recent paintings by their members who vote on your work before offering a place in the collective.
My first works will join the new exhibition there starting the beginning of April.
I now have a busy time ahead as April 1st brings about two other exhibitions that I am taking part in.As soon as I have the exhibition opening details I will post them here, I hope you will be able to come to one  

Eucalypt Jewels
This interesting little composition was painted as a memento to a felled tree that had to go to make way for building a new house in our street. I was taken with the unusual seed pods and large yellow/lime flowers and wanted to capture them before it was too late

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

A Flower Week

I have had a lot of fun experimenting with my floral works and with Valentines day this week it was an ideal time for painting flowers, also the chosen location for this months challenge on Virtual Paintout was Elba Italy and after many hours on google street view looking for an inspiring challenge to paint I found this Oleander bush so was able to continue with my current fascination for flowers

On the Island of Elba Italy I chose the Oleander bush for my Virtual Paintout painting
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I wanted to capture the delicacy of these gentle white blooms so kept the
background light and airy whereas the Climbing Rose and Lilies I used bold strokes and texture to create impact

Rambling Rose

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Busy Time Ahead

I am busy painting for two exhibitions coming up - both the first 2 weeks of April and both in Goolwa.
I have until end of next week to make my choice for the 2012 Alexandrina Art Exhibition and a little longer for Mother Nature at Ibis Siding.

I have spent a few days experimenting with flowers using colour incorporating textural elements and I have enjoyed the process and hope to explore this more.

This painting of Magnolias inspired by the lovely trees we have in bloom right now in our garden is a result of using some of these textural elements

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Spoilt for Choice

My choice of subjects to paint this past week or so have been very varied as I try and hone my skills in florals and local scenery of which I am so spoilt for choice. Working with watercolour is so interesting because try as you might to control it, the water mixed with the pigment has ideas of its own and at the end of the day you have to work around the resting place it has chosen - so unpredictable and exciting especially with what we call painting loose!
Mixed Poppies

Always such a fun flower to paint, bright and cheery and lends itself to a nice loose style

What's Down There?

These Pelicans were on a jetty on Hindmarsh Island opposite our home - just left of centre and the little Birks Harbour to the left of the painting