Monday, 23 December 2013

See you in 2014


No more painting now until the New Year but I would like to thank each and everyone of you for following along with my art journey in 2013. I wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas and every good wish for a fabulous 2014.

Monday, 16 December 2013

What Lies Ahead

2014 is shaping up to be a whizz bang year for me in the art world.  I thought I might wind down a bit for the holiday season but this will be short lived, I must be mad as I have signed up to do a 30 paintings in 30 day challenge in January by Leslie Saeta and since committing more exhibiting opportunities have come my way.
The idea with the challenge is to make sure you are in touch with your brushes everyday and for me this is never an issue but I rarely do little sketches(in fact never really), I always do a full blown try at a painting every time. Of course I do not get 30 good ones in 30 days so I am going to have to rethink and maybe do a combination of big and small works so I can meet my expectations. I think that I won't blog everyday of the 30 days as suggested as I worry that you lovely followers by email will not be happy to get 30 emails from in January so I will try and keep them down by posting a few days paintings at a time.
Recently I went by myself to a local wildlife park to take some reference photos and there were some great shots to be had but I am not very brave around animals and the number of large Kangaroos roaming free who just bound right up into your face gave me the frights! I lasted about an hour and came home and my husband kindly said he would go back and finish the shoot. This is one of the Kangaroos who was so happy to pose for the Camera. I painted a background to depict bushland,  using cling film for texture and added gum leaves once that was dry to give some depth. Only three colours used for this painting, Quinacridone Gold, French Ultra Marine Blue and Permanent Rose.
Not sure if this will be my last post before Christmas but just in case I wish you all a joyful time and what lies ahead in 2014 is just brilliant.
Watching You, Watching Me
Unframed size 38cm x 28.5cm

Monday, 9 December 2013

Respect

I have admired and been inspired by photographs I see on the internet and grateful to the wildlife photographers who have allowed me to paint from their images. I also respect and acknowledge their talent in what they do. A week ago I did a one day photography course at the Adelaide Zoo. It was seven hours long and 3 of those were shooting pictures and 4 was theory. I must admit I signed up to do the course to hopefully come away with some fantastic images of my own to paint but as with most things in life - it is not that easy. I have processed my images, binned more than two thirds and acknowledge I will never be a decent photographer as it must take just the same thousands of hours and dedication to achieve that status as does watercolour painting and frankly I would rather paint. I have also finished my Photoshop Elements course with Lindy Downing from Coorong Imaging and this too was full of more theory on procesing images than I will ever need but what it did provide me with was the tools to take and process better images of my own artwork, see merit in photographs I may have passed over to paint and so to me it has certainly been worthwhile. Yesterday I revisited the album of images my daughter in law Susie and her friends gave me from their trip to Africa a couple of years ago and chose this group of lions to paint. The hours I have spent in my studio improving my observation and watercolour techniques has enabled me to have this painting today when it would not have been possible back then. The artist journey is certainly a roller coaster ride but I am so grateful to be on it.
Keeping Watch
 1/2 sheet Arches Rough 140lb (300gsm)
(57cm x 38cm)
Colours: Quinacridone Gold
Raw Sienna, Indigo, Perm. Rose

Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas Feature

I am the featured artist for the month of December at Art@Goolwa. This means in addition to my normal 5 included paintings I am given an additional wall. I was so excited to get December as it meant I could release my special Christmas painting. As I am so enchanted with my Pure Aussie Wool Series it just had to be a sheep painting. I have included as part of my exhibition, packs of Christmas cards and gift tags featuring this painting and also released some boxed sets of 8 assorted greeting cards. Selections are Animals, Florals and Fruit and of course Pure Aussie Wool. 
Last week passed in a real blur with me totally revamping my website, trying to get my head around the photoshop elements course which finishes this week, setting up my feature wall and yesterday attending a 7 hour photo shoot course at the Adelaide Zoo where I had a ball. This week I hope to get back to some painting and just relax.
Wishing Ewe a Merry Christmas
28.5cm x 38cm


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Monday, 25 November 2013

Something New

Two Watercolours completed in the last week, both half sheet ( 57cm x 38cm). I have had these subjects on my to do list for quite sometime but due to my sheep flock they remained on the back burner.
No shortage of reference material for these subjects either.
Friends in Group 12
38cm x 57cm

We have plenty of herds of cows not very far from us and when Ian was driving past, this happy group was close to the fence and unlike trying to get sheep faces (they run away as soon as they see the camera), D,K, and G were happy to pose. I love the hairstyle of G it almost looks like a wig sitting on top of its head!


Magpies and Kangaroo Apple
38cm x 57cm

I did have a couple of good photos of Magpies on the lawn in our back garden but had not until now had any inspiration for a painting. For me sometimes it is because I have not found a way of incorporating them into a painting and I am not really into just doing them as a little study. I have always been an all or nothing type of girl so they sit dormant until I have the whole picture in my mind. I have combined the Magpies with a native bush, Kangaroo Apple, this has an olive looking type of berry and these purple flowers. I believe the Aborigines used it for some medicinal purposes.I had never noticed it before but where I have been attending Photoshop classes there are lots of these bushes on the property and actually it was the fruit that caught my eye and I had thought of adding them to my edible series but apparently they are not edible so using them as background for my Magpies seemed ideal.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Pearls for the Girls

Twins
Pure Aussie Wool Series
38cm x 28.5cm
This Pure Aussie Wool addition was just a joy to create. I did take my time in finishing as I had a couple of other subjects on the go too so that I did not feel my destiny was to be a sheep fanatic (which of course I am at the moment!). I added the Pearls as a final finishing touch using a little bit of pearlescent ink and a tiny bit of naples yellow watercolour. I knew they would be a perfect addition to the lovely knitted twin sets these twins are wearing.
 Have spent all of yesterday building up a new computer as my study laptop where I do most of my blog and webwork gave all the signs of blowing up, luckily I had a day old backup of everything important but most of the time was taking in how to get around windows 8 which I have never used before.
I went to bed thinking I must have lost the computer zavvy  I am known for due to my now creative life but after getting up refreshed this morning I am getting around the new computer OK. I have a windows 7 in my studio and an Ipad when I am out and about so having to jostle between the three operating systems when my head is full of art will be another challenge.
New exhibition opens this afternoon at Art@Goolwa and I am pleased to say that one of mine has already sold - Pure Aussie Wool series Bale 131.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Seems like Ages

It seems like ages since I last posted on my blog. It is due to the fact that I have really only produced more sheep paintings and felt I needed to give you a break from seeing these. I have tried quite hard to find inspiration in other subjects but alas my flock have me well and truly engaged.
I have completed two watercolours, this seal painting today and the Koala last week so I thought I would post to show that I have tried. I had three attempts at a possum too but not happy with any of them.
Beware though I have more sheep ones completed and will likely show these too!
On a Bright Day11" x 15"
thank you Caroline Williams for reference photo

Fussy Eater
15" x 11"

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Much to be Thankful For

Pleased to say that I do have some news to share even though painting has not produced much this past week. I am handling the ups and downs of the creative life much better now I understand this repeating pattern is part of the course. Creating a painting even if it comes together easily exhausts me so much more than doing a hard day at the office ever did! When I have used so much of my emotional energy I take time to recover and recharge and then I can paint again with some success.

Me and Mum
Second place Summer Art Fest
Creative Catalyst Productions USA


  • This week I received a lovely email from Creative Catalyst Productions in the USA advising I had been awarded second place for my entry in their Summer Art Fest. I entered Me and Mum as this was painted during our Australian summer.
  • I have been through a selection process and have been chosen to have 3 of my paintings included in a wildlife exhibition in Adelaide as part of the Fringe Festival in February and I will be showing Me and Mum as one of my choices.
A busy time for selections for other exhibitions too:
Summer Hideaway
one of my paintings for this new exhibtiion


  • Art @ Goolwa has a new show opening in a couple of weeks and I have to deliver 5 new pieces in a weeks time. The only one I am certain on has been included on the invitation so I now must choose 4 more.
  • The big show in January in Victor Harbor by Rotary has entries closing at the end of this month and I need to choose 3 for this. I still keep fingers crossed that I may come up with a masterpiece before then but am really pleased that  I do have a good choice of framed paintings already so no pressure if nothing new is achieved.
  • For the month of December I am the feature artist in Art@Goolwa and this means that in addition to my 5 new paintings on show from this month I have a feature wall to fill with more. 
I am three weeks in of an 8 week course on using Photo Shop and have also joined with three artist friends to work through a 13 chapter colour course by artists Stephen Quiller. Not sure how much we will do this Tuesday though as it is Melbourne Cup Day and we will join most of the nation, stopping for a lovely lunch and bubbles!

I am so grateful that I am at the place and time in my life where I can immerse myself in art and with all that is involved I understand why my painting had to lay dormant for all those years that I was in business but it was the hard work during those years that enabled me to take early retirement from the workforce and find pure joy in a creative life. I am ever thankful for your continued support.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Feeling Sheepish

I am in a quandary today as I get ready for another painting day and I cannot get sheep out of my brain. We spent yesterday photographing some black faces to add to my growing collection of sheep photographs and my head is swimming with ideas of fun paintings to create in my Pure Aussie Wool series. Try as I might I cannot get inspired to tackle anything else - is this wrong? How far do you go in a series and does it interfere with you painting other subjects? These are numbers six and seven both are watercolour and collage
Pure Aussie Wool
An Evening Performance
11" x 15"

Pure Aussie Wool
Lace on Yoke
15" x 11"

Monday, 21 October 2013

Fun adding Collage

Two paintings completed in watercolour but with added collage.
Using collage that related to my theme had me cutting up old  knitting patterns, Pianola rolls, sheet music, rice paper and then going for it. I even made up a mock wool bale stamp using my hometown of Goolwa for the brand, AAA for the grade of wool and my street number 131 for the bale number.
Pure Aussie Wool
Bale 131
22" x 15"


Coorong Melody
15" x 22"


Friday, 18 October 2013

Makes Me Smile


I will be blogging about my Pure Aussie Wool series in fits and starts in between posts of other subjects. I think this will be a series I can add to whenever I need a smile as they are so much fun finding an individual face and then choosing some garment for him or her.
We had a lot of fun finding some new faces last weekend. We took off from home and within 5 minutes spotted a animal transporter heading for a sheep shearing shed. We stalked him, waited whilst he drove into a farm and after he was given his instructions to back up to the shed the farmer looked over at us parked on the side of the road. I got out and explained what I was looking for and he said if we were quick we could go in the shearing shed and take some photos before they all exited onto the truck. Must admit they were a mottly lot but hey - I can't always be choosy.
We carried on down another dirt road and found a lady who had a paddock full of sheep but a few in a pen in the front. Ian spoke to her with his camera round his neck and she gestured for me to come over. Mary kindly picked up some of the young lambs and held them whilst Ian took photos and I held their faces in poses to help. I was surprised that the 2 week old lamb had quite coarse hair for his head and not a wooly feel at all. I think we will enjoy getting out and about for photos as much as I will choosing and painting them.
I am thrilled to add that my first Pure Aussie Wool Purl 1, Knit 1 - the ram with the green scarf sold to the USA and I now consider myself an official wool exporter. Hope these two new guys give you a smile too.


Purple Hat
15" x 11"





Mary with one of her pets
(that's my guiding hand to help get a good shot)


Baby Blue
(Marys 2 week old pet wearing his baby blue Matinee Jacket)
15" x 11"



Thursday, 17 October 2013

Cinderella Process

It is only recently really that I have started to let my paintings take their time to speak to me with what they needed for the next step or to bring it to a finish. This new found skill which has taken so long to learn has been an invaluable tool as I have often given up to easily on my work, sometimes even throwing them in the bin at an early stage.  I now know that all paintings have that beautiful first excitement when they start but this is always followed by a somewhat difficult middle bit where they can look ugly, lost and appear to be heading for disaster. Waiting for that Cinderella moment when it all starts to become beautiful and you get that adrenalin rush once again as you head for the finish with joy and confidence is what the whole journey of creating art for me is all about.
Some months back I started a painting after learning some new techniques from a Book and DVD by Karlyn Holman. She really does know how to encourage and inspire you to take some risks and have fun. At the time my painting had reached that ugly stage and I thought all was lost as I had scrubbed out much of the original ideas on the paper but I did not throw it out but it away underneath some happier results. During a sort out a couple of days I go I found this piece and started to work on it once more. I let it tell me what it needed to become like Cinderella and finish as a beauty.
Ironically after googling some info on Lotus flowers I read that they had been referred to as the Cinderella of the aquatic world due to the murky waters they bloom in.


Thanks to my friend Maria I had this reference photo she kindly sent to me from 
her visit to the Adelaide Botanical Gardens.

For my painting I have used watercolour with some bits of rice paper collage, salt and cling film for texture here and there with quite a few various colour glazes.
A Cinderella Beginning
22" x 15"



Friday, 11 October 2013

Pure Aussie Wool

I have found inspiration for a series of watercolours I have called Pure Aussie Wool.
Whilst I have painted quite a few exotic animals I have not done much with those closer to home. Sheep fall into this category as Australia has such a large wool trade and there is never of a shortage of models as my travels to the country last week confirmed.
The trick of course is finding faces that look different as often sheep just all look alike.
I decided to incorporate "knitting" into my painting as I will then have a huge choice of colours and styles for my sheep faces.
Purl 1, Knit 1
Pure Aussie Wool
SOLD
I experimented adding this green scarf to the ram I painted back in August and I am now on my way.

As each new "garment" is finished I will add the unframed paintings for sale on my website and I hope that some Pure Aussie Wool finds its way further afield

Knit 1, Purl 1
Pure Aussie Wool
15" x 11"

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

My Week in the Country

We are back from our weeks travel to Orroroo and Clare. Even though we live in a regional town about one and quarter hours from our Capital I know we are really in the country when we travel for 5 hours to get somewhere.
I attended a workshop by Anita Bentley for two days in Ororroo which is just south of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia. I am showing here a couple of images Ian took so you can see how "in the country" the location was.
Ororroo Airport
View from above the Town
start of the Flinders Ranges in the distance

I thoroughly enjoyed painting for the two days though I must say I have nothing of my own work credible enough to share. The first painting was a lovely arched doorway in France or Italy but it had a black cat in the foreground. Problem number one - I don"t do cats due to my extreme fear of them. Problem number two - I am a poor drawer due to my refusal to put in the practice time so my arched doorway was too wide and short and the cat was the size of a cow LOL. Anita stressed that drawing was an important skill to have to paint in watercolour.
I thought I would improve with the next painting but unfortunately there was not sufficient time to complete and a reference photo did not exist as we copied Anita's drawing but did not see her reference image. Once I took the painting away I did try and finish it but had no idea what it was supposed to look like.- well that's my excuse!
I have not painted with anyone else for more than a year so it was great to be with other watercolourists and I am pleased to come away with new knowledge to help me with my future work but I must admit I don't really like doing step by step type paintings as they are often disjointed and without a reference either photo or in the real it is really hard trying to capture someone else's vision.
I cannot blame my poor work on lack of attention as there were only 4 people on both days so we were able to get plenty of one on one time with Anita. The highlight for me was coming away with a purchase of lovely painting by Anita of a flower stall in Aix en Provence. She had a few of her paintings on show and I was immediately attracted to this one for its bright red umbrellas.Now I am home I can see it up against my own work and just wonder how I am going to get my own paintings to look that good!
  


We travelled on to Clare - a lovely wine district and the location for an exhibition by the South Australian Watercolour Society. I was rather pleased to see my two paintings amongst those by other amateurs and many professionals and it was the first time I had seen an exhibition of just watercolours.
Images were taken on my phone so apologies for quality.


SAWS Exhibition
Mt. Surmon Wines in Clare



















Loquats from Auburn
11" x 15"


I spent some time photographing for future use and also painted "en plein air" even though this was really just outside the Caravan. After a delicious lunch in Auburn I took back to my Caravan a little snippet from a Locquat tree and in the lovely fresh air of Clare delicately added blues and yellows randomly to compose this painting - no drawing. 
I have some great ideas gathered whilst away for future paintings and will now get busy finding ways of getting them down on paper the way they look in my head. My promise to myself is to do sketching practise too.

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Action away from my Studio

I have not had in my mind a good studio week. Too many outside commitments like minding the gallery at Art@Goolwa which should be about once a month but I have done two this week and one earlier in the month. I love meeting visitors that come and to chat about the art they like but if I am there and it is too quiet I wish I was in my studio painting.
I have also been preparing our Caravan once again for the trip we leave on very early tomorrow morning. We are travelling to Orroroo about a 5 hour drive north from us where I will be taking a watercolour class on both Tuesday and Wednesday with Anita Bentley. I first met Anita about two and half years ago when I got back into painting and had a couple of lessons with her. Her work may well be too tidy for me as it is so very neat, but best of all so clean and fresh. I hope after the two days I will find out some special secrets that can magically transform my work. I have a very clear picture in my head of what I want to achieve but when it comes to producing it it is really not quite there yet. Oh well - a few thousand more hours with the brush in my hand is what is needed.
This trip also coincides with an exhibition in the Clare Valley ( 4 hours from home) by the South Australian Watercolour Society at Mt. Surmon Wines. I have two paintings in the show and we will be able to get to the opening on Sunday October 6th.
                       
                         Fragrant Quince

Good Hair Day

I have no new paintings from my studio this week (a couple in the bin though) but would like to show these 9 little 6" x 4" paintings I did a couple of weeks ago as a challenge to myself to try and paint small. My usual smallness is 11" x 15". I kept to using my normal size brushes though. I donated these little postcard size pieces to Running With Brushes which Vandy Massey an artist in England set up to fund raise for her chosen charity by having these little works matted for sale. Check it out and see some lovely little paintings from artists all over the world.


Monday, 23 September 2013

Childhood Memories

I had no time to paint over the weekend as we had lovely family time for celebrations but I had a few things stored in my mind and was keen to paint this morning.
I used to frequently participate in the Virtual Paintout monthly location where you use Google street view to check out the designated area and choose something to paint as if actually there. I have not done this for a long time even though I do look each month. Guess I have had so many other things going on the urge was not strong enough to participate - until now. 
Septembers location was the Isle of Wight. I have lived in Australia for most of my life but was born in England and as children we would holiday every year in a caravan on the Isle of Wight. As this was half a century ago (wow) I must say I remember very little but as I wandered around using Google street view I just thoroughly enjoyed looking at places we probably did see but I was too young to recall. I just remember that Caravan. Here I am all these years later with a Caravan of my own!.

Country Post
Painting size 11" x 15"

I settled my painting view on this little red letterbox which was sitting on a country lane. I took a bit of license with the tree species as the letter box was my focus but my instinct to make more Australian trees kept getting the better of me. I have included the map reference link if you would like to take a look at where I set up my little stool, easel and painted away for about 2 hours.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Scent of Success

This blog post may contain more than some of you lovely email followers care to read and if so please scroll down and just see my paintings if you prefer. Bloggers - I hope you can stand to read all that follows, it is maybe a bit more than I would usually include in just one post.

Scent of Success was a term I applied to myself yesterday. Before you jump to the wrong conclusion and think I have made super sales of my art or been spotted by some mainstream gallery - NO it is purely describing how my day was shaped. Let me share this as it was quite full on and rarely happens like this.
I did paint for 7 hours, I started early as I had in fact been up from 3.30am due to not being able to get back to sleep. I used this time though to find out how many people from the other side of the world were actually live on FB where normally when I log on most of you are asleep. I caught up on your blog posts too until it was a reasonable time to venture out into my studio.
Fleurieu Figs
11" x 15"
Firstly - already feeling like half a day had happened I tackled the finishing touches to this painting which I had worked on and off for two days. I had experimented with using Hot Press (smooth) paper after reading Jean Lurssens blog and thought well thats another challenge for me. I did not really like the paper but had done a lot of work with this detailed painting and did not want to give up. I was pleased in the end to call it finished and signed it. It it what I call a heavy, high temperature piece and each time I have tackled figs they always end up like this so maybe thats meant to be.

What next? On Tuesday we went with a party of friends down to Bremerton Wines to take a look at my Wild Faces exhibition. On the way out I snipped off a couple of sprigs of a highly scented Jasmine growing outside the cellar door. Its lovely scent has filled my studio even from this tiny piece so you can imagine the intensity of the perfume on the actual creeper at the winery.
Little sprig to paint from life
Starting my next painting at about 9am I decided to try another new paper - 425gsm High White Saunders Waterford Cold Pressed as I thought the bright white would help me with the little white blooms of the creeper. It was lovely paper to paint with and I think my joy and free abandon comes through creating a painting in my most favourite way- no drawing and compose on the fly. I first started with it in portrait view but quickly decided to turn it landscape.
Scent of Jasmine
11" x 15"
But Still more - At this stage I did stop for some lunch and had to remain indoors as the rain was coming down so hard I would never make it back over to the studio. During this time I ventured on facebook and found a challenge ( by Memories are made with Portraits) to paint a Barn Owl. I thought yes - this would be good to work on this afternoon. Back to the studio as soon as I could.

Reference supplied by
Memories are Made with Portraits
I am showing you the reference image they provided along with my painted version where I have also worked to create my own drama and texture for a background. Hope you like him.  I was on quite a high when I finished him by 4pm totally exhausted from my 12 hour day already and so considered my day had in fact been filled with the scent of success and so I am Taking the High Position for today.
(PS thanks if you have read it to the end of my Novel!!)

Taking the High Position
15" x 11"

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Watercolour on Canvas

I have used watercolour canvas a couple of times this year but have not considered it as a preferred surface because it really is not like painting on paper to me even though the manufacturer says it is. It is almost like using Yupo because adding more paint sometimes lifts off what is underneath and it seems to be so time consuming to end up with layers or tonal variation. I have however completed today this 16" x 20" canvas and have called it finished as I have even given it two coats of matt spray and a coat of satin varnish just so I could stop fiddling.
The subject matter appeals to me immensely as both my husband and I have such great memories of our tour in Italy in 2011 and a highlight was the Amalfi coast.
Since painting my first acrylics back in May of a similar scene called Postcards 11 ,one of 3 large paintings commissioned by my son and daughter in law, I have tried a couple of times to do a similar painting for myself in watercolour on paper. I have not achieved what I wanted so had nothing to lose by trying it on the not so familiar canvas surface. It worked a treat for this type of make it up, wash it off and fix it, busy scene. Not sure I can settle on a title which is really unusual for me as I mostly have my work named within 10 minutes of starting.

Watercolour on Canvas
16" x 20"

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Back to the Studio

Well how quickly does a week go - too quickly when you are having a break and the weather is being very kind and allowing the sun to shine. Just as we were getting used to a "nothing routine" our time away quickly came to an end. Ian still works 2 days a week and needed to be back for that.
Our new Caravan behaved beautifully and everything worked well which pleased my husband no end as he was fairly disappointed with our last one which we sold after only 3 years and not much use.
I am now back to my beloved studio which was the only reason I did not mind coming home. I missed my brushes. I did a little sketching (not much and nothing worth showing) and took lots of photographs. We were lucky enough to stumble upon a Camel farm whilst out driving and Ian took some great shots for my future use.- Watch this space!!!.
I don't have any work to show you yet but thought you might like to see my Wild Faces exhibition hung the day before we went away at Bremerton Wines. I am really pleased with how my paintings looked on the really old stone walls. The exhibition is on a mezzanine area above the cellar door. People do not go there for seeing art but are looking for wine tasting but this winery also offers lovely lunches so people often stay longer and I am hoping they go up the stairs and take at look at my work.
Due to being away the first week of September and planning to be away at the end I missed the opportunity to participate in Leslie Saeta 30 paintings in 30 days but it is a real challenge keeping up with seeing all my blogging friends work as so many of you are involved. I am enjoying seeing them all even if I don't get to comment on every painting.






Sketching on a beautiful spring day outside our new Caravan

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Wild Faces

My Sala Open Studio event has now finished and considering the awful winter conditions here in Goolwa I am quite pleased with my visitor numbers. Not huge but as this was the first time I was open to the public it was a n important festival to be involved in. Sadly I did not sell any originals but quite a few prints, cards and bookmarks. It however gave me a great opportunity to have locals know where I am and what I am about.
Tomorrow I deliver 12 of my animal/bird portraits to a winery about 50kms away where they will be on exhibit for the month of September. This is a solo exhibition for me and I am hoping that there will be a lot of interstate tourists going through this wine region too and they take home at least my website details.
We are about to take a few days off to go away in our brand new Off Road Caravan to give it a bit of a shake down cruise as my husband likes to say. I will be keeping a watch on all your blogs but for me there will be no painting for at least 10 days. Wow - hope I don't forget how!

You can see the 12 paintings I have selected to exhibit here


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

100th Blog Post

Superfine
38cm x 28.5cm
I cannot believe I have actually posted one hundred times on my blog since I started. I sometimes feel I ought to do another post otherwise my friends will think I am not painting but believe me I am still at it with my brushes but with a few distractions of late. By the time I get through Friday to Sunday with my studio open (one more weekend to go) and painting from 10 - 4pm on those days I feel a need for a bit of a break. I have also taken a position on the committee of our local art gallery (I can hear you say - oh no!) but someone has to do it. I said I will give it a go but if it interferes too much with my own art then I will change my mind. It will get me out of my own space a few times a month which will be good as I can easily become an "Art Hermit" as my husband leaves me to paint all day and he keeps the home going in so many ways. I didn't get into the studio until mid afternoon today but this fine Merino came together easily, still using my limited palette and experimenting with creating texture for the wool.