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
54 x 38 cm

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.

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")
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