Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Taking a Break

Many Hearts
38cm x 28.5cm
This will be my last post for a couple of weeks. I am off on Saturday to Tasmania on a 14 day painting holiday. The tutor is John Lovett  from Queensland whose work I admire and I am looking forward to learning some new tips and techniques and assistance with landscape painting. There are about 20 painters on the trip and being with like minded people should be great.
I have only found time this  past few days to fuss around a bit in the studio as I spent time considering my supplies for the trip and how to actually transport my art supplies in an easy way to travel with each day.
Here are two paintings completed. The first, something for my edible series - artichokes and it was painted in my favourite way- no drawing just straight in with water and pigment.
The second is my very first human portrait. Whilst it has a lot wrong with it (overworked for one, lost it on the eyes etc) I can see that the skills I have been using for my animal portraits (mainly the observation) over the past year has enabled me to at least end up with something that does resemble this African boy swimming in a murky waterway. It has given me some confidence to have another try.
I hope to be able to keep up with seeing your blogs and commenting if I can. Till next time - happy painting
Passing the Time
28.5cm x 38cm


11 comments:

  1. How wonderful, 2 weeks course and in Tasmania! Really enjoy yourself. Your two painting are great and yes, you should be pleased with your african boy, he is excellent for a first one.

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  2. Both fab Lorraine. Though I do prefer the artichokes only because as you know I like the looser approach with watercolour. I also know to improve and move forward we need to cover tighter more difficult subjects at times too. You have done fabulously well for a first attempt at a person. John Lovett am I jealous or what!!! A fave of mine. One of the first exercises I did in watercolour was one of his. Fabulous artist so I know you will have a fantastic time. Enjoy yourself, lucky you.

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  3. Have a wonderful painting holiday, Lorraine. With John Lovett - I'm envious! Your works are so good - you can only go in one direction from here, and I am looking forward to seeing what you bring home with you!

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  4. John Lovett.... oh what I wouldn't give to have instruction from him... Some years ago I purchased one of his books "Getting Started" He makes it all so easy to understand... Have a wonderful time..

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  5. I really love the human figure, difficult to to believe this is your first one , I don't see any flaws but only a great portrait ! Love your artichokes too and your colors are just perfect . Have a wonderful painting vacation...how I envy you :-)))

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  6. Wow! what a fabulous painting holiday. Have fun!

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  7. Dear Lorraine - this painting holiday sounds so wonderful. I am certain you will have so much fun. I think you have done a great job with your African boy. Can't believe this is the first portrait you have ever done - so good. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely trip.

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  8. I love these two pieces Lorraine! Love the artichokes' colors. You'll have so much fun with your painting holiday!

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  9. Amazing this first portrait! Nicely done and I like the feeling of the top painting, soft, delicate and cool colors. Have a wonderful trip and please have a thought for us poor miserable creatures in the cold! :)

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  10. Lovely paintings! Who would know its was your first portrait? Not me. Have a wonderful time at the class! You will be missed!

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  11. Lovely watercolour pieces.Have a great painting holiday!!!

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