Friday, 26 September 2014

Young Australian

Young Australian
Watercolour on 425 gsm Saunders Waterford CP
28.5cm x 38cm

Back in December I had a surprise visitor on our balcony, a juvenile Australian Hobby falcon. I was lucky enough to get some photos of him before he caught his breath and flew off.
In this watercolour I wanted to create a more abstract look so after developing his glaring stare I played with colour and texture to find a patterned feel to the rest of the painting.
I have been very lucky to have some time in my studio as we were spending a week getting out and about but after several gourmet lunches we both needed to stay home and have a rest and for me this gave me painting time which I am so grateful of as I have a lot of difficulty staying away from my brushes.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Letting Loose

Since my last blog post I have been on a roller coaster of emotional extremes due to a very serious health scare by my Mum. From nearly losing her a week ago she has made a remarkable recovery enough to have left hospital. Once she was on the mend I found I could paint again and decided to let loose and have fun with wet into wet creating texture and using vivid colours depicting early morning over Uluru (Ayers Rock) in central Australia. I used a tiny tube I found hiding in the bottom of my pigments, a colour I have not used before "Bright Red" from Winsor and Newton.
The Red Centre
Watercolour 57cm x 38cm

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Plenty of Tea

It seems I have not been in my studio as much this past week even though I have two new "Infusions" to show you. Each presented me with new challenges and I spent two days on each work but I learnt so much from them and it gives me confidence to know I can get the result I want if I persevere.

I have never had a cup of Chai tea but have a little sample sachet and composed this work from the idea of its ingredients list: Black tea,cloves,cardamom,cinnamon pieces, star anise, ginger pieces. Serve with Milk and Honey.

Just Peppermint from T2 is my favorite studio drink. I make many, many cups per day and probably get to drink about three and the others are stone cold by the time I remember to stop painting and pick up the cup.
With Milk and Honey

Just Peppermint

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Spring Infusions

Well Spring is officially here and what great timing for my new series Infusions. I say to myself that when I have finished three works on a theme I can say it is a series and I am now up to number 4. Spring is so helpful  for this new body of work as it will contain many florals and fruit and seeing new growth at every turn has my mind in a whirl. I am also inspired even by the names given to the many tea infusions and sometimes this is the only trigger  I need to start to a new painting.
Rosehip Infusion
Infusions in Watercolour
Unframed size 28.5cm x 38cm

Sencha Quince
Infusions in Watercolour
Unframed size 28.5cm x 38cm