Thursday, 31 December 2015

Goodbye 2015

Here are a couple of watercolours finished just in time to include in a solo show at the Pruners Hut in McLaren Flat. I was able to show 16 paintings and after hanging them yesterday morning I was pleased to get a phone call just as I arrived home to say one had already been sold to an overseas tourist.
As it is the last day of 2015 I had an add up from my records of how many paintings I completed this year. A whopping 103 frameable paintings and when you add all the 52 weeks of wash posts I did for Wash a Week Challenge, demos for my class, donations for Running with Brushes I can see why I am in my studio for most of my life. Guess what - I hope 2016 will be just as fulfilling.
Wishing you all a great end to the year and a fantastic 2016. Thanks for your company here on my blog.
Pruners Hut Exhibition Jan 1 - Feb 14

The Barista
300gsm Hot Press Arches Square 38cm

Pigeon Pair
300gsm Hot Press Arches Square 38cm

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Have a Great Christmas

Thank you to all my blogging friends, and all the lovely supportive followers of my art journey.
2015 has been a real busy buzz and 2016 is shaping up to be even more so.

My Christmas painting this year incorporates tissue collage for the carols and watercolour for the Aussie Critters on Saunders Waterford 300gsm Cold Press Paper. 28.5cm 38cm

I wish you and your families a wonderful time over Christmas and health and happiness in 2016.
If you are a fellow painter I wish you a year ahead filled with inspiration and magical creations.

The Carol Singers

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Winding Down

I love it when family and friends time get in the way of painting time, without these interruptions I would be 24/7 in my studio.
I have a very busy start with exhibitions from January 1st so with all commitments met for these, my time now is without any pressure so I can splash around as much as I like without a thought of making a painting.
Many times this type of play results in a fresh understated painting that may never have happened with over planning and hours of painting. I think this little riverscape fits that scenario perfectly. Using a limited palette of three colours: Indigo, Bloodstone Genuine and Raw Sienna and no more than 2 hours painting start to finish.
I avoid riverscapes and landscapes, I am yet to find my style in capturing beautiful scenes where I think I have added something of me, my head tells me it is just that I don't do enough but my heart still avoids them. Maybe this will be my 2016 challenge.

Last Flight Home
56cm x 33xm Unframed size
on 425gsm Saunders Waterford CP Paper

Monday, 7 December 2015

Lots of White

Thanks for your comments last week on my Geese painting.
Here is a painting with Sulphur Crested Cockatoos where I have lots of white paper. I often find in my work that I don't leave enough unpainted bits but when the subjects are white and paper has to be left I seem to also leave white paper elsewhere.  I did three little colour studies first before starting this work and settled on 4 colours: Winsor Lemon, Quinacridone Violet, Managnese Blue, Bloodstone Genuine.
I imagined the two girls with the well coiffed hair whispering whether to share their hairdresser with the girl at the top.

Shall We Tell?
on 425gsm Bright White, Saunders Waterford CP Paper
Unframed size 56cm x 42cm

Friday, 4 December 2015

Shall We Gossip?

Shall We Gossip
1/2 sheet unframed size
Framed 76cm x 55cm

This week has been busy spent framing new works and rehanging my studio. I'm glad I will get to see it for a little while before it is dismantled for a six week exhibition for January 1st.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Using My travel Images

On our recent Queensland month caravan holiday we took between my husband and I quite a number of images. I photographed some unusual things never knowing where they might come in handy. Our first stop from leaving home was at Loxton in the Riverland of South Australia where there is a fabulous historical village filled with much memorabilia. There were a few pegboards with lots of taps attached and I used one of these in this painting. I started with no drawing just intrigued whether I could get an old feel to the brass. Feeling pleased I thought how about adding a bird on top but I had not left enough room and this can happen when going straight in with paint and not a lot of planning. Not giving up I added some old pipe and then looked through Ian's images as I knew he captured a lovely Blue Wren skitting around on the ground when we visited Dubbo Zoo a week later.The background was designed last.
Tap Dancing
425gsm Saunders Waterford CP Paper
Unframed size 28.5cm x 38cm