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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