Wednesday, 29 July 2015

By Myself

The delight of a toddler on his first bike, staying on all by himself and such a special bike - its RED
By Myself
Saunders Waterford 425gsm - bright white cold press paper
40cm x 32cm
This work presented me with new challenges:
1. Painting a child from a black and white photo and getting the values to read right
2. Keeping a perfectly clean white background, tricky as I painted the bike first so any water drips
and the red would certainly have left its mark, I used greaseproof paper to lean on as I usually manage to add colour off my wet sleeve as I work around a painting.

This painting along with all my latest are included in the rehang of my studio ready for SALA - South Australias biggest arts festival which starts at the end of the week and runs right through August. I have open studio each weekend 1-4pm and am also in a group show at The Kensington Hotel, Regent Street Kensington. I will be painting during the open studio times as visitors love to see artists in action.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Game On

The title for this latest watercolour "Game On" also describes the hive of activity I have going on in my studio right now. The gallery end is not in its usual neat as a pin state as I have framing materials, finished works, all laying about as I decide what gets framed and where does it fit on the walls as the game is on very soon when the SALA (South Australian  Living Artists) festival starts in just 11 days time.. By far my biggest angst at the moment is not creating works but choosing what goes in my city exhibition and what stays here in Goolwa, I keep changing my mind.  I recently ordered 10 new frames in varying sizes and have filled 8 already, I have ordered 4 more and two of those already have works painted ready to go in them. The framing costs are the most expensive part of this fabulous hobby so when I sell a few framed works it certainly helps balance the books a bit and of course make room to frame more.
I am inspired by the wonderful images shared by generous photographers around the world and the reference source for this dog came via Pixabay a place where very good quality images are available for artists without copyright issues but the challenge is of course to create a painting that becomes uniquely yours.

Game On
on Saunders Waterford 425gsm
38cm x 28.5cm

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Message Received

This Tuesday was the last day for students in an 8 week course in my studio and I am not doing any more teaching until the new year as I have three exhibitions in August, a solo show and a group show in January to paint towards. I am a prolific artist and could easily show from many in my collection but I always like to have my latest and greatest so I just keep painting.

This work was inspired by a photo of old hands and a pigeon, it was in greyscale only but I knew the moment I saw it that it would make a special painting. It has been on my to do list for quite some weeks but I took my time in deciding how to use the kindly shared image to create a work that was uniquely mine. I felt emotionally charged throughout the painting process which I did over three days and must admit after the first two hours of painting I was going to abandon it as a bad start. Leaving it over night,  I felt so glad I left it on my easel to see when I walked in the next morning and being recharged and with fresh eyes I knew exactly where it was taking me.

Message Received
Watercolour on 425gsm Saunders Waterford CP
56cm x 43cm

Friday, 3 July 2015

Combining Reference Images

A few years back we went on a river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam.  I have a good file of professionally shot photos from this holiday as Ray, a fellow traveller kindly gave me a few hundred from the few thousand he took throughout the trip. His images have been shot at a standard I could not have done so I get the best of both here , memories of our holiday and photographed by someone who knows what he is doing.
One night some local entertainers came aboard our river boat and performed for us. I have used two of Rays images to create this work. Each entertainer had been photographed separately but together I had a my story to convey.

Voice and Violin
Watercolour on 425 gsm Saunders Waterford Medium
56cm x 43cm