Desertscapes

How can I not love the colours and patterns of the desertscapes of America? Here’s a smattering of photos from our first few days. All exotic to a woman from a green and verdant island.

Desert evening
Desert sunset
Fire Wave
Fire Wave- Valley of Fire
Rock patterns White Pocket
Rock patterns. White Pocket
Valley of Fire
More rock patterns. Valley of Fire
Wildflowers
Desert wildflowers
Death Valley 2
Death Valley
cactus
Amazing purple cacti

All packed and ready to paint!

I’ve never had the luxury of taking a separate roll on just for my art supplies and it’s amazing!!!! Here’s what I managed to fit in….

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… and there’s still a little room left to bring home my new set of water miscible oil paints and Guerrilla pochade box.

Watch out for some holiday art in the next few weeks.

Pre holiday planning – Patreon posts.

We’re off to the US and Canada next Thursday for six glorious weeks of national parks , painting and walking and I’m knee deep in pre holiday planning. It’s not my usual pre holiday planning though. Having just started up my Patreon page  last month I’m really keen to make sure that my wonderful patrons get their monies worth while I’m away so my evenings are spent on the couch with my laptop editing videos, writing up Skill Builder worksheets and scheduling a whole raft of posts for the next 6 weeks.

Usually I’ve packed my bag by now but I haven’t even sorted out what art supplies I’m taking! There are a few piles starting to develop around the house and in the studio so maybe it’s time to fish the suitcase out from under the bed and start piling the piles in!

Just a little overview of what I have scheduled to post this month.

May is  Colour Mixing Month!

May will focus on colour mixing and I’ll be talking about colour, demonstrating techniques and  giving you lots of ideas to try out!

1st Monday – reference images for the demos later in the month + the Skill Builder and Art Inspiration copyright free reference photos.

2nd Monday- Pastel lesson– this will be a mountain scene with a focus on planning, colour mixing and creating texture.

Mountain landscape in pastel
Mountain landscape in pastel

3rd Monday- Skill Builder worksheet – I’ll be simplifying the idea of using a colour scheme and talking through the pros and cons. There’s a couple of easy but effective exercises with this Skill Builder.

4th Monday – The Acrylic demo and lesson which is an evening scene of an old jetty and some rocks. This will be in 2 parts over 2 days and will build on April’s acrylic lesson. We’ll be exploring graded washes, painting clouds and adding sunset colours to our clouds .

The Evening Jetty Acrylic painting
The Evening Jetty Acrylic painting

Last Friday – Art Inspiration rewards– I’ll be sending out the hi res images of this months demo paintings for my patrons personal use.

Hints and Tips– there’s a series of hints and tips related to colour mixing sprinkled throughout the month. Mixing neutrals,making greens, avoiding mud and how to get interesting darks will all feature. Also a feature on 5 way thumbnails can really help your art.

Neutrals mixed from Mungyo student pastels
Neutrals mixed from Mungyo student pastels

A few surprise posts– I hope to post some snippets from my US Canada holiday as my internet connection allows.

Art Challenge– yes there will be another art challenge or two during the month!

 

Drop by and see how the month unfolds…….

 

How much is that doggie in the window?

This was an unusual pet portrait commission but a lot of fun to do. I love the little wooden bird in the window . Looks like he’s having a chat with the dog. I don’t paint many interiors so I enjoyed the challenge of making interesting colour washes for the shadowed walls and capturing the highlights on the edges.

A few new paintings

I’ve been painting flatout to get a multi paint I ng commission finished before we leave for our US Canada trip. It wasnt heloed by delays in getting my canvases and then accidently using the wrong reference for the first painting!

Anyway I’m almost done. The first two are awaiting varnish and the third is still on the easel and just needs a bit more texture on the rocks. The very first will now be looking for a new home!

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Oops…

If you’ve never edited an hour plus video you probably don’t realise how long it takes……forever! By the time you cut out all the “lost for words” moments and the “totally wrong word” moments not to mention the ” absolute drivel” and ” sheer babbling” there’s a whole lot of virtual video tape littering the lounge room floor.

Then there’s all the dead time when you had to leave the room to go to another smaller room for a moment. Or when your other half walks in waving your mobile at you as it shrilling tinkles out it’s little tune. All that joins the rest of the dross in the cut bin. Then there’s a little bit of zooming in and recentering and a title and end card to make. You probably get my drift…it’s very time consuming.

My new Patreon page is up and running and a few people have found there way to it and actually signed up. So I have some paying supporters who I’ve promised to deliver video lessons to and I’ve done the painting demo, videoed the whole thing and then posted a photo of the painting with a promise to deliver the completed video lesson shortly. All good so far, until I find out 40 minutes into the edit that one of the clips is corrupted and I can’t recover it. Well, I don’t find out about the not being able to recover it until an hour later when I’ve exhausted all the online advice I can find ( and let’s be truthful here- all the online advice I could find and understand).

Now the thing with doing painting demo videos is that you can’t do a retake of a painting. If the video doesn’t work it’s pretty difficult to unpaint a finished painting. It can be done- with a tub of white paint- but I didn’t feel like doing the whole thing over so I gave it some thought.

That’s when I came up with the idea to paint another version on a very small square  right up to the spot where the video file cut out on me. I filmed the missing bit of the painting and then patched that into the existing video, zoomed it up and another 2 hours later….yes there was another problem!….I finally finished the edit and sent it off to renderland.

I have earned my sleep tonight… and am very glad I’ve only committed to two full videos each month!

PS I did enjoy both paintings. If this Patreon thing works out maybe I can hire a video editor!!!

Taking a risk.

There’s nothing like putting yourself out there to make life feel a little risky. I’ve just set myself up on Patreon and made a little intro video to launch my new venture to my public – and I feel a bit wobbly.

What if noone is interested? How will that make me feel? Probably a bit deflated and despondent , maybe it will curtail my enthusiasm for putting so much time and effort into my You Tube channel. The truth is I needed to do it because I would like to improve my video recording and editing but to do that I need better equipment and some up skilling and to do that I need some income which I don’t get from You Tube. So If I don’t put myself out there my videos won’t improve – and if none of my 4360 You Tube subscribers are interested then I guess it means they’re happy with my current production values!

What have I got to lose? Only a little self confidence and a bit of an ego bruising.

So here goes…..

Could try harder…

In my first retirement year I went a little ballistic and took on some big projects. I tried lots of new ideas and by the end of the year needed a quiet Christmas.

Twenty years ago I was into a lot of crafts and feeling that I could do many things well but nothing seriously great. It was about then I started focusing on painting and that became my passion. I stopped dabbling and concentrated my dwindling spare time and my creative budget on progressing in this one field.

Though I continue to learn and try new mediums my years of focus have given me  a certain confidence in my art skills that’s let to a successful You Tube channel and local art tutoring.

So why does my retirement report card read ” could try harder”?

Well, it’s funny how life is cyclical. Twenty years on and I’m again reminding myself I don’t have to try every new craft or technique that catches my interest. My artistic confidence and extra time have led me down that dangerous, but so enticing , dabbling path again .

I firmly told myself to get a grip and let go of all those projects…and there I was five minutes ago chatting to my sister and the whole conversation was sprinkled with new ideas for more projects. I think she might have referred to me as a dynamo or some other tightly wound object.

So- I must try harder!  To de-project, to do more of a few things, to resist the urge to splurge on those silk dyes . I must focus in and simplify my creative pathways.

Today I took the first step. I went down the paddock and picked eucalyptus leaves from three different trees, I placed them in separate tubs and covered them with water. Now I will patiently wait 4 weeks before I use these leaves in my first carefully documented eco printing experiment.

This is something I planned to do when I retired and I jumped in feet first , producing a few interesting fabrics and then a few more very uninteresting prints. Other ideas and projects got in the way and I never persued that idea. I have a habit of wanting instant results, I paint quickly, I read a book in one sitting , if I can’t sew a dress in one night it’s not worth making.

I will try harder – to start at the beginning , to work through the middle and complete my eco printing goal . I have a plan, and it’s a long term plan. I know this is something that I can’t master easily, that needs documenting as I go, that will be very rewarding if I invest the time it needs. So here’s to a year of trying harder!

 

 

“Island Summer” Mini Exhibition e- catalogue

“Island Summer”

In this exhibition of mini canvases I wanted to capture that special quality of light and colour that speaks to us of long, lazy summers spent by, or on, the water. I chose small canvases because they have that feel of a memory to me. So, these paintings are really memories of summer holidays by the sea, days spent beside a slow running river and weekend escapes up the coast. I hope some of these “memories” resonate with you.

You can see these paintings at Off Centre Gallery   from 2nd to 16th March and in the ecatalogue below

Purchase details

You can purchase from the gallery during the exhibition dates and  directly from this page pre and post exhibition. If purchasing from this page send me a message with your postage details and I’ll contact you with a delivery date estimate. You will need to purchase postage/shipping separately depending on your country.

Postage Australian addresses only

A$15.00

Postage Non Australian addresses only

A$25.00

If you would like to commission a larger version of any of these paintings just leave a  message on the contact form

Catalogue

 

No 1:  ” Summer- Huon River”     Acrylic on canvas.     15 x 15 cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. hanging hardware is attached and this painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$75.00

 

No 2. “Cloud Reflections – Huon River” 15 x 15 cm

Acrylic on canvas. Painted around the sides. Ready to hang.

A$75.00

No 3. “The Creek at Freycinet” Acrylic on canvas. 15x15cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$75.00

 

No 5. “Big Rocks at Little Gravelly Beach” Acrylic on canvas 15x20cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$80.00

15196055564671 No. 6  Yellow Dandelions                                         SOLD

 

No.7 ” Path to the Beach-Dolphin Sands” Acrylic on Canvas 15 x20cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$80.00

No 8. “The Creek- Adventure Bay” Acrylic on canvas. 20x20cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$110.00

 

Beach Reflections. Adventure Bay  No9.      beach Reflections – Bruny Island                         SOLD

Cosy Corner No 10. Cosy Corner                                                                SOLD

No 11. “Sunrise over the Hazards” Acrylic on canvas 20x20cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$110.00

No 12. ” Sunset Clouds Swansea” Acrylic on canvas 20x20cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$110.00

No13 ” Coastal Colours- Spikey Beach” acrylic on canvas 20x20cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$110.00

No 14. “Summer Colours- Rocky Cape Acrylic painting on canvas 25 x30cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$140.00

 

No15. “Beach Path- Spring Beach” acrylic on canvas 20x20cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$110.00

No 16. ” Ghost Gums at Sunset” Acrylic on canvas 20x25cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$120.00

No 17:  ” East Coast Colours”     Acrylic on canvas     20x20cm  

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and this painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$110.00

No18. ” Sunrise at Dolphin Sands” Acrylic on canvas 20 x25cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$120.00

No19. “The Beach Walk- Nine Mile Beach” Acrylic on canvas 20x25cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$120.00

Fishing Fleet Bicheno  No 20.   Fishing Fleet Bicheno                                  SOLD

No 21. “Pied Oystercatcher in the Evening Light” Acrylic on canvas 35x35cm

The painting extends around the sides so there is no need to frame. Hanging hardware is attached and the painting is ready to hang on your wall.

A$220.00

Memories of Summer No 22.  “Summer Memories”                                   SOLD

Orange Rocks. Bay of Fires No 23. “Bay of Fires Rocks”                                      SOLD

 

 

 

 

 

 

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