Thursday, 14 May 2020

Online Zoom Class 'Pay as You Go'

Online Zoom Class Wednesday
This is a fun, relaxed, tutored pastel painting class held weekly.  The class is run using the Zoom platform.  Download the ap and you are one click away from an art class in your own art space.  Go to the above menu for more information about times, cost etc.

You only pay for sessions you attend.

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

One Moment

'One Moment'
The painting 'One Moment' was created on a textured board that I made myself using Art Spectrum Primer (great product).  It is a very textural painting that captures a very misty day on the Frog Pond in Tasmania.  Knowing when to stop is the challenge doing a painting like this! 

Friday, 17 April 2020

'Hidden Enemy'
As the world wages the Covid 19 war many of us can only sit at home which does not feel as if we are contributing, even though it is the best thing we can do.  I have been designing this painting in my mind for the past few weeks and as my concepts became more concrete I was able to express my thoughts in my painting.

There are three subtle Chinese dragons covertly surrounding the green and gold vase.  The vase is beautiful, full of life and light and represents this extraordinary country I call home (Australia). It seems the dragons are closing in as a Chinese flag enters from the right.  There is a bull which gives a nod to Europe in this pandemic.  Even the fruits of our labour are under threat as the dragons approach.  A heavy subject but beauty reigns.

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Bargue Plate Torso

Bargue Plate Torso
On the right is my drawing of the Bargue Plate.  This is the third Plate I have drawn and they will only get better as I do more.... and that is the point.  Fastidiously coping Bargue Plates has been a painstaking exercise for serious artists since the development of a drawing system by Charles Bargue in the 1800's.  Thank you Ben Winspear for introducing me to the Atelier methods.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Ornamental Bowl with Tecoma

'Ornamental Bowl with Tecoma'
As the weather starts to cool the Tecoma vine is loosing it's beautiful pink blooms.  Before they were all ruined by wind and rain I was determined to feature them in a painting.   The first layer of this painting is watercolour followed by pastel with alcohol and lastly dry pastel.

Closeup of
'Ornamental Bowl with Tecoma'


Sunday, 29 March 2020

Nature's Whisper

'Nature's Whisper'
When creating this painting I imagined people taking time to explore its layers and intricacies, pondering over what techniques I may have used to achieve a range of different effects.  I hope to give you something beautiful to look at that detracts from all the negatives in the world; if only for a moment.  I have used several techniques to create texture and interest as I sculptured the flower shapes from the background.  There are areas of intense colour and interest and in contrast, areas for the eye to rest as the viewer moves around the painting.

The Flowering Gum Trees are adorned with flowers at this time of year and I was determined to paint them before they disappear.  The still life I setup displayed three different colours of flowers but I prefer the rhythm of the composition only using two.

A Close up of 'Nature's Whisper'

Friday, 20 March 2020

Sunday Morning

Sunday Morning
After painting  'Among the Gums' I have been wondering how a square version of this subject would look.  I wanted to make the bird a stronger focal point which I felt could be achieved by a square composition.  To my eye it works!  I have called this painting 'Sunday Morning' as this bird displayed such a confident and relaxed little attitude like someone enjoying a no stress Sunday morning.  Perhaps he knew it was Sunday.