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.

Clinker Boats on the Coal River

Clinker Boats on the Coal River

Thursday, 19 March 2020

Daffodils #2

Daffodils #2

Close up of Daffodil #2

Close up of Daffodils #2

In March I had the absolute pleasure of demonstrating my painting techniques for the Pastel Society of Victoria, Australia (PSVA).  Daffodils were my chosen subject and the painting above is the finished result of what was started.

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Waratahs and Flannel Flowers

"Waratah's and Flannel Flowers''

This painting was designed to sit with 'A Garden Wonderland'.  Both paintings are bright, cheerful and oozing texture.  The techique used was to wet the first pastel layer with alcohol and then intuitively respond to that initial layer.  I have pulled out shapes according to what the underpainting presented and at times layered shapes on top to give depth.  This lively painting will keep the viewer discovering hidden delights!

A close up view of 'Waratahs and Flannel Flowers'

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Friday, 6 March 2020

Workshop with Glenroy Art Group

'Thank you Glenroy Art Group'
We had a good day exploring the effects of pastel and alcohol.  By reacting to the alcohol and pastel underpainting in an intuitive manner we were able to leave quite a bit of the underpainting exposed in the finished painting.  A little native bird sat among a flowering gum tree, surrounded by texture and soft edges adding to the intrigue of the painting. 

'A Garden Wonderland'

'A Garden Wonderland'

close-up of 'A Garden Wonderland'

Nature's Tapestry

'Nature's Tapestry'

The Frog Pond

'The Frog Pond'

Among the Gums

'Among the Gums'
To achieve a soft, layered effect in this painting I used pastel and alcohol.  My aim is to give the viewer plenty to look at as they explore this painting.