Monday, 19 November 2012

Good Distractions



A busy past week fitting in painting whilst doing preparations for big family weekend for my husbands birthday. Our new grandchildren (and the mums and dads) came for their very first sleepover. Much fun was had by all, the babies behaved beautifully and Sunday finished off with the "Summer Magic"exhibition opening at ART@GOOLWA and my family were able to have a sneak peek just before the crowds arrived.
Summer Magic Exhibition
ART@GOOLWA

Just Chatting
Unframed size 28.5cm x 38cm

Reefscape 1
Unframed size 28.5cm x 38cm
These are two paintings I did manage to complete last week.
The first with the Galahs was an experiment where I painted a background using clingfilm for texture by dropping in colour behind it and then leaving it to dry.The next day working with what had appeared from this process you choose a subject that would work. I had three clear white paper spaces left luckily in good positions where the heads could go so I was able to paint my birds. I wanted to try and be loose in my approach but as time went on I did get a bit fussy but overall I am happy with the feel of this one. I prepared another background in different colours and am in the process of using this for a floral piece. I like this approach because it makes you think outside the square and work with what you have and get creative which is really what this fabulous pastime's all about!

The butterfly fish enabled me to have fun and be very colourful and what better subjects for colour can you find than the fish and flora that we have in our wonderful Australian reefs.

8 comments:

  1. Love the Galahs Lorraine, you are so right about this way of painting.... starting with the bg you can just see what inspires you and take it from there and I think the more we do it the better we'll get at "seeing" and developing things from it.

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  2. Thanks Judith pleased you like my Galahs, I hope I get to practice this approach some more but with so many techniques to try out it is easy to jump around trying everything at the moment but gosh it is fun

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  3. Hello Lorraine:) What a lovely grandchildren. So adorable! I hope you have a good exhibition. The paintings look wonderful against the red wall.
    Your paintings are both beautiful. That fish is so colorful. Beautiful!

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  4. Hi Renate so pleased you like these two paintings and appreciate your comments. I am new to grandparenting and it has taken a while to get over such a big weekend and I have missed my brushes, hope to be back to painting today

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  5. Lovely family photos, Lorraine and a "Happy Birthday" to your husband. It's my husband's birthday tomorrow and we are having the family over for a birthday meal. Your paintings are super and I love the clingfilm effects. :)

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  6. Hello Ingrid, thank you for taking the time to leave your lovely comments after looking at my paintings and wishing your family a lovely celebration too

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  7. These paintings are just splendid, Lorraine. I am particularly fond of the Galah birds (I don't think I've ever seen this species before). I love seeing your new grandchildren too, and what a wonderful time in your life! Happy for you.

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  8. Hi Terry, thanks for kind comments, Galahs are a very common bird here, lovely pink and greys

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