Saturday, 30 August 2014

With a little help from my Friends

I told my friends (some artists and some not) about my latest interest for a series called "Infusions" and how wonderful that they think of me and call by and leave me baskets of cups and saucers, infusers, and even tea bags. Combine this with beautiful photos given to me to use by an overseas buyer of one of my watercolour florals I feel so supported.

Here is my watercolour inspired by the heady scent of a Raspberry Hibiscus Tea bag, thank you Annette xx.
Raspberry Hibiscus Tisane
Watercolour 38cm x 28.5cm
Saunders Waterford 425gsm Bright  CP White Paper

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

14 Aesop Fables

I have just finished number 14 in my Small but BIG series. I am keen to move on to my next inspiration "Infusions" and will come back every now and then and do another fable in between other works.
Here is number 13 and 14 and a collage showing all 14 together. Number 14 - The Sheep and the Dog includes some of the sheep paintings from my Pure Aussie Wool series for the Collage to help tell the story and of course a Red Kelpie for an Australian sheep dog.
The Sheep and the Dog

The Fox and the Leopard

Small but BIG
Aesop Fables 

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Quality Paper - its worth it!

Infusions 1
38cm x 28.5cm
I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for and today this was very evident as I struggled with the very last steps in this watercolour.  I did not have a "real still life set up" which would certainly have helped as I battled with the cup and saucer. The Tea tin is also a bit skewy but I can live with that. I was really pleased with the Apple blossom and as it took the best part of 5 hours painting, I just really wanted the rest of the elements to workout. I ended up so overworking what was going to be a white lightly decorated tea cup and saucer  it ended up being washed off completely down the sink twice. Thank goodness for the 425gsm Saunders Waterford paper as other than it getting a bit furry from all my scrubbing it held up to the rough treatment very well, and by painting the cup dark and the saucer in gold fluid acrylic all was not lost. Lesson here- more drawing practice required.
As I have reached number 12 in my Aesop fables series I have been thinking I need a watercolour series without collage to keep some variety and today I started with an idea in mind and this first painting is an indication of where I am going next. "Infusions" will be a series using tea and its many infusions giving me the opportunity to combine still life as in cups and saucers, tea caddies, etc but also my love of floral and fruit. Well that's the plan if I practice my drawing. When I have about 3 under my belt I will consider myself on the way with my new series.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Getting Behind

It has been 10 days since I last blogged and I must confess I have had difficulty keeping up with the all the sharing via facebook, blog and uploading new paintings to my website. Think I need a Secretary!
I have however kept up with my painting and am showing you everything I have completed in the last ten days. Looks like I don't have any other life when I look at this many works but I have in fact fitted in visiting grandchildren, going to the movies twice, nursing a three day migraine and a lovely photo shoot at a waterfall outside Normanville a town about 50km away from me, which is the subject of my watercolour just finished today.
Ingalalla Falls
Watercolour 57cm x 38cm

Reference from my photo shoot
This is the first of the falls at Ingalalla, the second would have required sturdier climbing
 shoes and someone fitter than me

My studio was once again open during the weekend and I painted two more Small but BIG Aesop fables.
The Bull and the Calf

The Lion and the Hare
For those of you who also read my newsletter you will have seen "Major Keys" already but for my blogging friends this I painted during the first weekend of Open Studios but it took me three days altogether to bring it to a close. During my open studio I told visitors I was struggling to bring the totally imaginative composition together to a finished work but after painting again on the Monday I was happy with the result. Watercolour, Gold and Silver Ink and Collage on 300gsm Arches Paper, when finished it was adhered to a Ampersand Claybord Cradled Panel.  It has had about 6 spray varnish layers as I did not want the watercolour to move like it did for me on a previous work that had sanded watercolour pencil in parts. I then applied two Polymer coats of varnish. It did require an additional two as the collage took the gloss so much more than the watercolour paper so I added the extra ones to try and bring the total finish to a more even look. I waxed the natural timber sides which really suits this work.
This was certainly a much longer project to get a finished work but I am so pleased with it I have my eye on it for our home if someone doesn't love it for theirs.
Major Keys
Mixed Media
Cradled Panel 46cm x 61cm
Apologies for this lengthy read but I felt the need to get everything in this one blog post so I can consider myself back up to date. I have my Studio open on the next two weekends so now I have to plan what I am going to have on the easel to show and demonstrate this Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Brilliant Week

Have had the best week ever-
Baby Lucinda Charlie a second daughter for my son and his wife was born on Monday morning. This meant a journey to the city for us in the afternoon and again the following day. I was at the hospital before her big sister of two was brought in by her Oma and Opa and I was able to witness the sheer delight on Matilda's face when she saw her baby sister for the very first time. This is a memory I will treasure for life. I also dressed little Lucinda in her very first clothes. How these little things become so much more important than just about anything else.

Yesterday was day 1 of my open studio as part of the SALA festival. I am opening 12.30-4.30 on each Saturday and Sunday through to August 24th. I normally am in my studio before nine and finish at 3pm and I must say this extra hour and a half tested my stamina. I continued to paint and when visitors arrived I spent time answering questions and sometimes demonstrating a little technique. Am thrilled with the first day as the very first visitors bang on 12.30 purchased two works: Kimberley Terrain and Winter Collection

We are very lucky this weekend to have the rain and wind stop for now and so I hope today will bring more visitors.

Here are some more from my latest series "Small but Big". Each in the series is supplied with a soft white Mat and foam core backing ready to pop into a standard 11" x 14" frame and are priced at $125 AUD. These are original mixed media works in watercolour and archival printed tissue collage. They can be easily posted anywhere in the world and would make unique gifts. Postage within Australia is $10 and for International $20. Please email me if you have a purchase enquiry or if you would like to commission your favourite Aesop fable.

The Peacock and the Crane

The Mischievous Dog

The Walnut Tree