Friday, 26 June 2015

When Less Means More

It is only a few weeks before the annual arts festival here called SALA (South Australian Living Artists) which this year is on for the whole month of August.
I had already registered my own studio event to open each of the weekends and whilst away in England I was invited to join three other artists by a city hotel who are being part of SALA.
Art is on in hundreds of galleries, hotels, cafes, banks and business exhibiting more than 4000 artists. I know I have ample work to exhibit but we all know how much we like to showcase our latest and greatest. With this in mind I am working towards about 10 new pieces but have slowed my pace to consider each works progress and this has resulted in some pieces taking me two or three painting sessions to complete. This is quite different from the fast pace I normally work at but as I am stretching myself out of my comfort zone I am enjoying every brush stroke.

Stepping Out
on Saunders Waterford 300gsm Rough
Unframed size 40cm x 31cm

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Scenes that Inspire

Two scenes from the other side of the world that required a little initial drawing, something I don't do much of as I try to keep a "loose" feel to my work. I am really not into drawing and painting between the lines as the neatness and precision does not attract me. Both these scenes are adaptions using references from Paint my Photo that I found inspiring as they are scenes I have seen in my travels.
I do love to add my own bits and pieces to create something unique to me.

Dine In or Take Away
Watercolour on 300gsm Saunders Waterford
38cm x 38cm

The Venice Line
Watercolour on 300gsm Saunders Waterford
38cm x 28.5cm

Friday, 12 June 2015

Correct Tension

Back in 2013 I painted a whole series of "Pure Aussie Wool" works where I combined watercolour with collage from vintage knitting patterns. Several of these were sold both here in Australia and the USA.  Last weekend I had the urge to create another but with dark faces. The process of creating a work starts from how many sheep I want in my painting. I decide on a colour palette and then look through my vintage knitting patterns for some suitable bits and pieces. Sometimes a word jumps out while I am flipping through the patterns and with this in mind I get to play. I push and pull with shapes and colour until I get something that pleases me and I feel is a finished piece. I find this a very rewarding way of creating and many hours get lost in the process. This work was done over several days interrupted by my Tuesday class schedule, a couple of lunches out, shopping etc. but this meant I could enjoy each step and consider where to go to next as the finish work is never in my mind when I start. I am looking forward to having this framed and hung in my studio soon.

Correct Tension
Watercolour and Collage
Unframed size 57cm x38cm

Wednesday, 10 June 2015


My Tuesday class this week was about creating interesting texture and brushstrokes to capture the essence of a pet and each student brought along their own reference. We practised eyes, noses and scaling up the size required for a painting. I am keen to see their finished doggie portraits next week.

For me I chose to paint two little doggies I have met and adore.
Meet Monty and Teddy.
Monty resides here in South Australia and Teddy hails from Essex in the UK. Both are such sweet natured, placid little doggies and everyone they meet are in love with them.

38cm x 28cm

38cm x 28cm

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

In the Right Place

A little while back I started a series of 1/4 sheet watercolours called Infusions. My inspiration was from either tasting or researching from the hundreds of wonderful concoctions available.
This month I am pleased to be able to hang 5 of these works in a local cafe "Lime" which really is the perfect spot for them. I am so pleased they get exposure and don't have to just sit in my ever growing pile of work.