Mar 23, 2014
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.
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Mar 16, 2014
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.
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Mar 12, 2014
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
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Mar 11, 2014
Mar 7, 2014
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
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Mar 6, 2014
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.
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Mar 2, 2014
Feb 22, 2014
Feb 21, 2014
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.
Acrylic on canvas
80 x 97cm
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Feb 18, 2014
Feb 8, 2014
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.
55 x 90cm
Acrylic on paper
44 x 50cm
Available at my next Gallery V show opening May 1
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Jan 30, 2014
Jan 25, 2014
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
Dec 21, 2013
Dec 16, 2013
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")
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