Jul 13, 2014

"On Their Own"


This is one of my annual series of Le Tour de France paintings. 
I try to paint at least one every day of the tour.
If you want to see me painting, search for my name, and you will find me in an episode of "Colour in Your Life".

Watercolor on paper 24 cm x 32 cm (9.4" x 12.6")
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Jul 12, 2014

Giant-Shimano Team Joy


An Original Painting of Le Tour de France
by Shirley Peters

Perfect finish for Kittel is being celebrated by his lead out man at the back. Very exciting!!

Watercolor on paper 24 cm x 32 cm (9.4" x 12.6")
Posted Flat, supported with foam core board.
Painted on 8th July 2014

This is the second in my annual series of Le Tour de France paintings. 
I try to paint at least one every day of the tour.
If you want to see me painting, search for my name, and you will find me in an episode of "Colour in Your Life".

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Stage 2- On The Turn



An Original Painting of Le Tour de France
by Shirley Peters

Stage two was spectacular: such huge crowds! And a frantic pace in the last half of the race.
This view of a breakaway cyclist typifies the individual nature of cycling: 
such personal effort as shown here, even though it is a team event.

Watercolor on paper 24 cm x 32 cm (9.4" x 12.6")
Posted Flat, supported with foam core board.
Painted on 8th July 2014

This is the second in my annual series of Le Tour de France paintings. 
I try to paint at least one every day of the tour.
If you want to see me painting, search for my name, and you will find me in an episode of "Colour in Your Life".

Sold 
PS: The painting will fit a standard Ikea frame. "Riba"

Jun 20, 2014

Big brush easy painting technique




Graeme Stevenson's TV show (Season 7 episode 11) featuring ME! Who'd a thought?

Jun 14, 2014

My painting demo on TV (in Australia)



Just a quick post to say that I will be on TV on Sunday night (Eastern Australian Time +10), painting  a view of the harbour from Lavender Bay. The show is called "Colour in Your Life" and it is on Free-to-Air  Channel 4ME at 6.30 pm But you can watch it (now or anytime) from the Colour In Your Life web site: http://www.colourinyourlife.com.au/tv-show/item/264-shirley-peters


Jun 10, 2014

The Traverse


I have been retouching this work that I started in 2010. It was spotted on my web site, and requested by email. It's Murphy's Law that if you remove only some paintings from their stretchers and roll the canvases for storage, one of these paintings will be chosen for viewing by a client!! So I stapled it back onto a stretcher, and delivered it to the new home to see if they liked it. They did, so I fetched it back, retouched the paintwork to my now higher standard, and it's ready to be professionally framed.  I really like the subject, as it is where I used to ski in Perisher, NSW. So glad that it is going to a new, stylish home.

Size: 150cm x 95cm (approx) Oil on Canvas. Sold.

Jun 5, 2014

30 minutes of fame!!


"Colour in my Life"



Here I am being filmed by a TV production company 
that makes the "Colour in Your Life"  TV Series. 
My episode will be aired June 15th 2014. 

Initially I was going to be painting in our boat: but it ended up being too small for the crew, so I arrived and left via the boat, and painted on the shore. It was fun chatting to the host, Graeme Stevenson, while I was painting. But, I have no idea how it will turn out!

Jun 1, 2014

After Warm


Watercolour 54 cm x 38 cm
We left the main highway between Bathurst and Orange, 
and travelled up a lane at Macquarie Wood. (NSW Australia) 
We discovered this wide vista beyond the rise. The sun was low, but strong.



May 10, 2014

Boats on Sydney Harbour


Had such fun painting this from our small boat.

Acrylic on paper: 30 cm x 40cm (approx) Seascape

May 6, 2014

Bondi Beach


I have a 'plein air' harbour painting on my wall at the moment, and it lifts me when I look at the bright colours and splashes of paint. I think that these are 'slap happy' paintings.

This Bondi Beach is one of my favourites: painted on a large sheet of watercolour paper, which I then mount onto canvas. I will be describing my 'mount' technique soon. I think it's a winner, so I'll share. :)





Mar 25, 2014

Settler's Arms Inn, St Albans


Nestled in a valley between large mountains sits an old Inn, a popular destination for day trips from Sydney. I was there last Sunday, and I painted "en plein air" from the beer garden.

Watercolour 32 x 40cm (approx)

Mar 23, 2014

Boat Studio


It's taken almost a lifetime, but we have finally bought a small boat. Which I am using as a floating easel. Here I am painting the Gladesville Bridge. I have used big brushes for the main areas. This little brush is just the finishing accents in white.


(above) Finished painting: I try not to touch it again, so that it retains the freshness of the "Plein Air"...


And of course, it is always an inaccurate rendering of the real thing! In hindsight, and with the benefit of photography, I can see that I have exaggerated the bridge. Ha, obviously it seemed more important to me! But I don't mind being 'wrong', as that shows a personal interpretation of the scene. 


Mar 16, 2014

Same beach, same scene


This alcove was just made for me! It is a viewing platform on the road beside Bondi Beach. I spread out a plastic sheet and start painting the surf.  Perfect!

But at the moment my dilemma is how to frame or mount the large paintings. They are on watercolour paper (185gsm) which is tough, but needs a heavy perspex frame.
I am going to try mounting the paper onto canvas using lots of wet bondcrete.
Fingers crossed!


Mar 12, 2014

Bondi Beach under the Sun


Bob and I visited Bondi yesterday for some fresh-air painting, but I only managed a sketch. It was hot, busy, and I did not have any swimmers with me!

So I did a sketch, painted it up last night with watercolour, and will go back later today on my own. One thing: the colours really were this bright. I took lots of photos with the 'good' Canon, just in case the weather turned and I was unable to return. It takes about 30 minutes to get through the traffic from home to the beach. 

On a related topic, I have to go to the skin-cancer-clinic for a check-up today.  Aussies are supposed to have very high skin-cancer victims. Our fair skin under 6 months of burning sun rays.

Watercolour on paper
38cm x 37cm 

Mar 11, 2014

Ebb Tide


Watercolour 42 x 59cm

Mangroves have inner beauty. Old and spindly, they cope with everything
the river throws up.. so to speak.



Mar 7, 2014

Turning Tide


This is a possible new direction for me: It is watercolour, but is also an unusual composition.
It was the pale light shining through the pale trunks that attracted me. I photographed it just after a king tide, where the water had flooded over the path. Please leave a comment if you like... :)
42 cm x 60 cm
Watercolor on paper

Mar 6, 2014

The Hidden Beach


I was exploring my favourite park for some painting inspiration, and I discovered a sandy beach section, with moss covered rocks, and sea shells! This is the Parramatta river, about 13 km in from the sea. I was taking lots of shots, and a big cloud appeared from the west.
I used one of these pics for a demonstration painting at The Castle Hill Art Society last night, and this is my result.
Acrylic on paper about 60 cm x 100 cm.

Mar 2, 2014

River Life



This is a view from Putney Park. (warming up for a demo on Wed. night.)
River Life. 
Acrylic on paper 58 x 78cm

Feb 22, 2014

Huge Fig Tree


This tree was very big, and very old. 
It lives in a park near my house in Putney.
I have not noticed it before, but I will make up for
 that oversight with a lot of attention in the future!

40cm x 60cm
Acrylic on paper

Feb 21, 2014

Summer Hues at the Point


My house is near a river, which is actually the western edge of Sydney Harbour. We have many parks along its edge, and lately I have joined with a few other artists to paint in these parks in the hot sunshine! Today was perfect weather, with a cool breeze. This work is on canvas, but not stretched. My Facebook page shows an "in situ" photograph. It will be shown in my next exhibition on May 1.

Sydney, Australia

Acrylic on canvas
80 x 97cm
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