on AS Colourful Smooth
Thursday, 29 December 2016
Monday, 17 October 2016
|'Pansies and a Jug '|
on AS textured ground.
Loosing edges and working on texture continue to be my focus lately. In this little painting I have explored both concepts. My aim is to leave much to the imagination of the viewer rather than explaining all.
Saturday, 1 October 2016
Lavendula, just out of Daylesford is a beautiful place to spend the day. Visitors enjoy Lavender fields, stone buildings surrounded by beautiful gardens, a fantastic gift shop... the list goes on. This painting is my impression of one of the fields of Lavender. I hope to return during the harvest season.
|"The Sweet Scent of Spring"|
It is impossible to not enjoy the wisteria that is in full bloom in early spring. It seems to grow even where it is not cared for. I picked a big bunch from a local service station and this is my impression of wisteria in spring. My art room was filled with a heady floral scent that was intoxicating as I painted. It is wonderful to see, feel and smell the subject of a painting and get lost in the moment.
Thursday, 15 September 2016
Sunday, 21 August 2016
'The Little Blue Bowl'
on AS Colourfix Smooth
(46cm X 66cm)
Best Pastel Strathdon Art Show 2017
Best in Show King Lake November 2016
Highly Commended Hobsons Bay Art Show 2016
Sunday, 14 August 2016
Sunday, 1 May 2016
Saturday, 30 April 2016
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Thursday, 3 March 2016
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Sunday, 28 February 2016
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
|"A Quiet Corner - Montsalvat"|
on homemade sanded paper 40cm x 25cm
Recently I spent a day at Monsalvat with a group of fellow pastelists from the Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia. The light improved as the day went on and I captured this tranquil little corner. The shadows were as luring as the old louvers and textured walls. I can imagine sitting here with a friend for a chat and relaxing for hours.
Thursday, 14 January 2016
Pastel on Black Mi Teintes Paper
18cm x 25cm
Having so many inspiring photos of Montsalvat, I soon became fired up to paint more of this beautiful place. It really is an amazing place that has the ability to transport you to somewhere a million miles away from Eltham Victoria. The texture of the stone walls contrast beautifully with the foliage that drapes them.
“Don’t Leave Me”
Pastel on home made board, burnt umber
46cm x 38cm
Standing at the car, saying goodbye to our hosts in Lorne, the family dog meandered up to the property boundary. His owner yelled out “get back here” and he slowly turned as if contemplating his choices. He is a beautiful fully grown sheep dog, so fluffy and with bounding energy. Since taking the photo I have had the painting in my head.
The texture of the surface shows through the pastel adding a lovely dimension to the painting.
“No Laughing Matter” SOLD
Pastel on Mi Teintes paper
37cm x 29cm
My family and I were exploring Lorne on a beautiful sunny day. We were being closely watched by a Kookaburra who sat high on the edge of a roof. It has been well over a year since I painted on anything without a sanded surface, so I was looking forward to experimenting with the texture of his feathers and making the back ground soft and suggestive. I used a Canson paper and kept my pastel layers thin. I enjoyed getting the pastel pencils out too.
Pastel on Mi Teintes paper
30cm x 40cm
Whilst in Lorne I had the delightful experience of sitting on a balcony surrounded by native birds right at feeding time. Talk about being in the right place at the right time! This cockatoo sat nestled amongst the chewed leaves.
I have just purchased some pastel pencils in a set of 72, using a voucher that I won at the Pastel Society of Victoria , Australia. I was able to enhance the texture of the feathers using the fine point of the pencils.