Friday, 27 January 2017

Revisit and Tweak

I am presently painting new work but also revisiting watercolours that are stored away in my file drawer. They are there and not binned because I liked them when finished but for some reason they never made it to a frame. I may not have seen back then that they needed something extra but with a fresh look and more brush mile experience some of these works can be tweaked and made special enough to frame. You have to be prepared to try additional work without fear, knowing that if it doesn't work they will head for the bin but its from the tweaking process that much is learnt. Here are a couple of florals that are now framed ready to show.

A Dozen in Pink

All about the Blossom

The before's

                             Filed away in 2013    
Filed away in 2014

Monday, 23 January 2017

Abstract Play

One Bright Day 
Watercolour Abstract
56cm x 34cm
My solo show is on in my home town of Goolwa and is called Limitless Watercolour and runs until February 12th. The opening was fabulous and I was heartened by the comments about my abstracts created especially for the show. It has given me confidence to continue to play and experiment with them. Of course I am still going to paint my feel good subjects but having nothing but colour and shape when playing with paint makes for a lot of fun. Today with One Bright Day I tried for a more simple approach but of course its always tricky knowing when its done.


Saturday, 7 January 2017

From the Opera

Inspiration finds us in many ways and sometimes it is as simple as colour. I reaquainted myself before Christmas with two tubes amongst the many in my collection. Opera Rose by Winsor and Newton and Opera Pink by Daniel Smith. They are really the same pigment but do behave slightly differently wet into wet. When I first purchased them I thought them too fluro and didn't enjoy using them but with the past few paintings that has changed. I have used this vibrant colour in my last 4 paintings (including The Devil in Pink from my last post) so maybe I will now look for a new inspiring colour.
Pretty Flamingo
56 x 43cm

Such a Special Day
50 x 30cm

Opera Glads
56cm x 38cm

Monday, 2 January 2017

Happy New Year

The Devil in Pink
25cm x 25cm

The Tasmanian Devil is not the most charming looking animal so I used the sassy Opera Pink shade to bring out
her best looks!

Wishing you all a fabulous 2017 and for my fellow artists, lots of fun and success with your watercolours.