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

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.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

New E Newsletter

My studio has now been opened for SALA festival for two weekends and I have invited interested visitors to subscribe to a monthly E Newsletter delivered free each month to your inbox.
I am currently working on my first edition showing what I have been up to in my studio, what is coming up in the way of exhibitions, showing paintings that may never have been blogged about and more.
For my kind followers who subscribe to my posts by email and also to those who follow my blog I invite you to also subscribe. Of course you can opt out at anytime.

Subscribe to my E Newsletter

Friday, 9 August 2013

Lessons Learnt

Venice at Rest
28.5cm x 38cm
(thanks to Ruth Archer for peaceful reference photo)
This is the latest painting (completed today) where I have used the lessons learnt from the recently completed Paint with Colour Confidence course. Over the six weeks of study and homework I formed a new palette of just six primaries 2 yellow, 2 red and 2 blue. I have continued with my selection and have found I have been able to create such a big range of colours and values so that I have not had to open any of my other dozens of pigment.
I think the idea is to work with the same colours and get to know them so well and then maybe change one or two of your choices for a whole new range. I am including this image that shows six very different paintings that I have created in the last couple of weeks using this palette of Quinacrodone Gold, Winsor Yellow, Winsor Red, Permanent Rose, French Ultra Marine Blue and Antwerp Blue.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

SALA - 2 days In

The SALA festival opened on Friday and I have just locked my studio door at the end of the second day. Both days the weather has been frightful, cold, blustery and raining. I did not have any visitors on Friday but today lots of people ventured out to do the rounds - I guess the weekends will always be busier than a week day. It has been a strange feeling to paint knowing that someone can walk in at any time and at first I was a bit nervous but visitors have been very friendly and genuinely interested in the process taken on various paintings. I have had to really think hard how to explain a result as you know sometimes it just happens instinctively, by happy accident etc. I have painted a lot too this past week, I will share today two very different paintings - an abstract on Yupo using inks and creating texture and also a pure watercolour. One I call painting the other I call creating - either way I just love the whole process
Reef View I
Watermedia on Yupo
38cm x 57cm

We are Family
Watercolour on 300gsm Paper
38cm x 28.5
(thank you Nicola B for great reference photo)