Apr 16, 2015

Silence After Noon

I had to trek deep into the gully behind my house in Mulgoa for this project. Three times I visited.. the first time was a total wash-out, with the sunny day turning dark and stormy, and the rain bucketing down!! The wet acrylic paint washed off the surface, and I was left with some minimalist marks.
On the second trip I forgot my palette, so I had to use paint squeezed straight from the tubes. It produced some interesting, strong colours!
The third time was OK. The air was so still, the sun started setting behind the trees and the water turned dark and glassy. 
So I have a lot of emotion tied up with this work, not to mention sweat and tears from the (climbing) downs and ups!

"Silence After Noon" by Shirley Peters
Acrylic on Canvas 
90 cm x 90 cm
AUS $1500 
plus postage international, 
free postage within Australia.

Mar 26, 2015

"At The Bend"

This small waterhole was a surprise find when my sister Barbara and I were walking in the wild bushland. We had had rain, and it was great to see the bush greening up. I had three visits to the site (twice with the large canvas, and once just to photograph) and the inevitable happened: I punctured the canvas! But I was committed to the work, so it was patched on the rear, and painted over on the front. No-one will pick it! :)

Mar 8, 2015

How to "own" your work

Some artists are hesitant to upload images of their work as they might be stolen and the attribution lost. To overcome this problem there is an easy way to keep your name with your painting, no-matter how many times it is copied or shared.

You add your name to the "metadata" of the image before you upload it.

This information will be invisible, but it remains in the background.

You will need Photoshop for my method.

Follow these links and you will find a pop up window:

Photoshop > File > File Info>

It is a blank form that you fill in:

Fill in any of these sections that you want. 

Here is a sample of an info-form with my details added.

In the future, anyone opening a photo of my paintings could have all this information, if they know where to look!

  • A copyright symbol will appear in the title bar if you select "copyrighted".
  • Under the keywords box, the term "multiple values" is geek-speak for "words". 
  • Add LOTS of keywords here: e.g. painting, American, Landscape, blue, sky, running, stream, green, grass... etc etc. (Keep a list of keywords somewhere else, and copy and paste into this section.)
  • The term "author" should read "Creator" in this case.
  • Advanced: I have added this procedure to an "action" so that my details are added automatically when I play that action. You will need to google "How to do Actions in Photoshop": well worth the effort!
  • Check out the other tabs that exist within this pop-up window. It's a minefield of data that your camera records.
Let me know if this was useful!
Check out other peoples photos by opening them in Photoshop and see if they have added any info! A. Not many people know about this! :) B: I sometimes forget to do this myself... !

Mar 6, 2015

"Light on the Floor": see "technique" page for progress photos.

I painted this work over two sessions: both in the afternoon.
In fact, it was a bit hot today, and although I wear sunscreen, I feel a tad burnt! (I was wearing a hat though! :))
I love dramatic shadows of this view, and the messy forest floor is a fun, graphic subject.

I have taken progress photos which can be seen on another page in this blog.

Backyard Dam at Mulgoa

I have an amazing new 'back yard' with a chook shed and a dam, and an acre of natural bush. So my next few painting subjects will be close to home! Here is the dam. It has a slow leak, and therefore goes down then up, depending on the recent rainfall. Fortunately we don't need it for anything practical, so the level is not important. Yesterday I saw a tortoise in it! I thought it was a dinner plate under the water, until it swam away! We suspect there are yabbies in there as well, as the occasional crab-like claw has been found on the muddy edge.

I painted this 'en plain air' painting over a few days. I had many attempts... but each time I worked on it the light changed in temperature and position. So I see it as a conglomerate of four days over summer.

Feb 26, 2015

Running Cool and Deep

I loved the tall, soft grass and the intense detail in the foliage in this view at Macquarie Woods. But it was very hot, and I had set up my table in the open very early. Soon the sun was overhead and I was sweltering! And the acrylic paint was drying as it touched the canvas.

So the finishing was done on my verandah, this afternoon.

I can't use my studio yet, as it is not finished! I have pics of its progress on my other blog: onepaintingeveryotherday.blogspot.com.au.

"Running Cool and Deep" by Shirley Peters
Acrylic on Canvas
60cm x 90cm

Feb 13, 2015

Gold Light in the Afternoon

Macquarie Woods, NSW, is a 'demonstration' pine plantation in country NSW. A section of the property is reserved for camping. We spent our first night there in our brand-new motorhome. There were no facilities like electricity or wi-fi. It was just us, parked beside this small lake. 
The warm afternoon light on the distant hills, and the large expanse of reflective water was so inviting, I painted it till sunset.

We had a steep leaning curve that night: parking on a level spot was important if you wanted a good night's sleep. Also the electrical outlets didn't work if your van is not plugged in to 240 volts: so no coffee!

"Gold Light in the Afternoon"
by Shirley Peters
Acrylic on Watercolor Paper 300gsm 50cm x 38cm

Aug 2, 2014

Breakaway Caught

Le Tour de France
Watercolour painting 
Approx 24 x 32cm on paper

The tour is over, but I'm still addicted to painting the riders and the action.

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")
Available on

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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