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

Feb 18, 2014

Summer Rain

I painted "Summer Rain" for a demonstration at my local art society.
It is acrylic on paper, and executed like a watercolour.

I wanted to represent a different weather event 
from the normal sunny, bright days.

90 x 55cm (approx)

Feb 8, 2014

Sydney Daylight

Charcoal sketch and painting from the Observatory Hill in Sydney. 
Unlike last time (in the bandstand) I was positioned out on the grass, and at times I had whole bus loads of tourists behind me! 
It was quite a challenge to maintain concentration. There were little children up close, so engrossed and watching every stroke. (I use big house brushes.)
But I chatted with lots of people and it was fun: like when you are walking a dog, everyone is much friendlier.

"Sydney Daylight"
55 x 90cm
Acrylic on paper

Charcoal study
44 x 50cm

Available at my next Gallery V show opening May 1

Jan 30, 2014

Three Harbour Paintings

Sydney Harbour is so vast, there are lots of nooks and crannies. You could be anywhere! 
In the wild, on an island... or in the middle of a city!

Jan 25, 2014

Haze on the Harbour

I'm changing my method of watercolour.
I've been watching a Jim Lovett video (A Queensland artist) who advocates the use of gesso as a glaze to soften colours. (I've used acrylic titanium white before, as well as gouache. But gesso seems to be more transparent.)
I've also been reading Lloyd Rees book where he talks about whitening his paintings as he became more mature, and trying to capture the light of the harbour.
Both these influences are making an impression on me.

24 x 32cm
Mixed media (watercolour and gesso) on paper.

Jan 22, 2014

White Echos

We wandered along this lane twice: once in 2012 and again in 2013: 
both times I was fascinated by the curves of the church's nave.

AUD$120 (email to purchase)
25 x 30cm
Oil on Canvas

Dec 16, 2013

Old Grandeur

An old house in the bush: built on the top of a hill and surrounded by
Australian gum trees.
I loved the red roof against the pale blue foliage.

An Original Watercolour

by Shirley Peters

Traditional technique of watercolour on heavy paper. 

Returning Home


A traditional Australian painting of an old iron-roofed house,
once a proud home, now neglected and empty.
My grandmother lived in such an isolated house, 
but in those times there were no trees, just paddocks

Traditional technique of watercolour on heavy paper. 
An original, signed, painting.
Image size: 32cm x 24cm (12.5" x 9.4")

Dec 3, 2013

Luna Park near the Bridge

An original, signed, painting on paper by Shirley Peters.
Image size is 22 x 30cm (paper is larger)

Artist watercolour on Arches Paper

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