Jun 30, 2015

"On the Road"

"On the Road": a painting of three early leaders in Le Tour de France. Painted today, from a scene recorded last year. The race does not start until Saturday.. can't wait!!

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Jun 29, 2015

The Lights of Le Tour

Le Tour de France starts soon, and I'm doing some pre-race exercises! I start with watercolour, and then throw in acrylic to toughen up the colours. 

I love this scene showing two anonymous riders being pushed along by the camera crew and support vehicle. They are at the "tête de la course".

Acrylic on paper
Paper size 24 x 32cm (9 3/8" x 12 1/2")
Image size is 22 x 30cm
Posted Flat 

Jun 24, 2015

Rock Garden

The wild bushland behind my home has areas of 'garden' that look designed. This is number 3 in my daily painting series, available NOW on eBay.

Acrylic on Saunders Watercolour Paper, 43cm x 58cm. 
Will be posted to buyer in a tube.

Jun 23, 2015

Storm Afternoon

Many layers are sacrificed in the creation of this painting! I started with a watercolour of carefully drawn trees; then worked over, and over with acrylic colours and calligraphy. Lots of fun.

Available for auction on eBay: http://r.ebay.com/so9Equ 
Bidding starting at AUS $20

Blue Foliage

Having just visited a recently storm-ravaged beach I am working on a series that depicts the visible destruction. The trees were torn apart and thrown down by the winds. I don't know how the local caravans would have survived.
This is watercolour and acrylic on paper, unframed.

Available on eBay:  http://r.ebay.com/5BYtXU 
Bidding starts at AUS$20 plus postage from Down-under!

Apr 23, 2015

Town Travel

It's almost time for my annual obsession: Le Tour de France.
So I found myself watching the Paris-Roubaix at Easter. What a tough one-day race that is!

Watercolour on Paper, White mat, black frame, non-reflective glass.
Image size: 54 x 38 cm
Available: $420 plus postage.

Apr 16, 2015

First visit was a total wash out!

Here is the view of the rain that ruined my first day of "plain-air". It had been sunny at first, when I climbed down to my neighbours dam. Then the clouds blew in, and the heavens opened!

Here is the result of the downpour! I like minimalism, but this not only washed off the canvas, the actual stretcher was distorting. The trees were not thick enough to hide under, so it became drenched! (I had an umbrella, but it wasn't big enough for the both of us!)

Next visit proved a lovely sunny day. As did the third. Eventually I was satisfied with my work, and was very glad to walk back home for the last time. The route to the dam is via an old fire track. It is very washed away, and only rocks remain. No vehicle could go down that track at the moment, and it was a good workout for me to have to carry a canvas and paints there and back. 

It's also a very isolated dam: and I've been watching too many murder shows lately. The iPhone is "SOS" only... so I'm glad no one appeared out of the bushes to 'do me in"!! Funny enough, I never think of snakes... a much more likely threat!

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 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.

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