Monday, 27 October 2014

My Place

My Place
 on Saunders Waterford 425gsm Bright White
28.5cm x 38cm

The Egret is a common sight where I live here on the rivers edge. They are such an elegant bird.
During open studio yesterday I started this serene watercolour and stayed past closing time as I was so keen to finish it.
Thought you might also like to see "My Place" too flying my new purple "Fleurieu Art Trail" flag in the front garden.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Bump in the Night

Painted for a facebook them event this Saturday -"things that go bump in the night".
My immediate reaction when I read this was "Possums". I am lucky that where we have lived for the past 6 years we have not had any on or in our roof but previous homes especially in leafy tree areas we had our share. They sleep all day and then come out to play at night!
I once saw one the size of a cat get into a hole the size of an egg!
We go Bump! in the night
425gsm Saunders Waterford Paper 28.5cm x 38cm

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Creating a Work from a Photo

Bountiful Blossom
425gsm Saunders Waterford Bright White Paper
28.5cm x 38cm
On Wednesday morning I painted my Christmas Card painting (kept secret to print for family and friends first)  A friend who joined me for painting that day brought along some of photos. I loved a photo she had taken sometime ago of blossom. Neither of us knew from what tree but I think it may be Cherry. I started a second painting that day and have taken another two days to finish it. I referred to the photo to get a bit of a likeness but used my imagination to fill the paper with shapes and colour until satisfied . This is my favourite way of working and a reference can be used many times over as no two works could ever be the same.

Photo reference

Monday, 13 October 2014

Spoilt for Choice

I am very fortunate to live in a beautiful South Australian town where the Murray river passes my door and flows into the sea. My current muse of experimenting more with "Scapes" means that I am spoilt for choice as I have the river, sea, hills and vines on my doorstep. I have not painted flat or graduated washes for I don't know how long but painting clear skies has made me revisit this watercolour application.
Observe the Rules
Watercolour 38cm x 2cm
4WD access to the Beach where vehicles can drive the few kilometres down to the Murray mouth where the river flows into the sea

Early Risers
Watercolour 38cm x 28,5cm
Clear start to the day over the Murray River

Tuesday, 7 October 2014


Scapes - any type land, river or sea is something I want to spend some time experimenting with. I am getting much closer to getting my idea of what I want down on paper and now I have upcoming exhibition commitments ready I have time to play.
Goolwa Wakes
425gsm Saunders Waterford CP Paper
57cm x 29cm

Taste of the Flinders
425 gsm Saunders Waterford CP Paper
57cm x 38cm

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Mother and Son

Mother and Son
Watercolour 38cm x 38cm

Thanks to Billy Dodson - Savanna Images for his inspiring photo, just what I needed to add to my collection of Mother and Baby paintings. Enjoyed creating the out of focus distance with cool colour and texture, gesso was used to create the dust.