I love this little beach in the south of Tasmania – Drip beach seems such a humdrum name for such a gem of a place ! I painted this over the weekend and tried my hand at a time lapse video which I’m trying to edit to post on YouTube this week. Apparantly it’s very simple – … More Light and Shadow – beach painting.
I’ve been doing a lot of commission paintings lately of wonderful, verdant landscapes. Forests, mountainsides covered with pines, flowering grassy meadows, homes set in expanses of green, green lawns surrounded by stately trees. It’s just not that easy to paint a subject with such a lot of green. You can fill the canvas or paper … More To paraphrase Kermit – “It’s not easy painting green”
My last post wasn’t very positive – it was positively negative. I’ve lost a lot of reference photos but I’ve decided I just need to get over it and get painting. So here’s my latest. I enjoyed painting a flower portrait for a change. There’s so much complexity and symmetry in floral subjects so they lend themselves … More Moving on
The Windows 10 debacle has left me in despair. Thousands of photos from years of travel have all gone. I backed them up before deleting Windows 10 and when I went to copy them back the files were there. I copied all my backup files back to the laptop but when I checked tonight my … More No more pictures
Heart Song Surf washes in on silver sand blood pounds as I leap the gaps of lichen covered rocks the sea breeze races in hurling stinging sand against my skin I taste salt in the air I feel alive heart sings! *********************************************************************** The Bay of Fires on Tasmania’s east coast remains one of my favourite places to visit, … More Emotography week 6 Heart Song
You know how my tagline is “life is art and art is life”? Well life this week has been a bit like one of those paintings that start out with a good idea, the sketch goes well , I lay in the first washes and think to myself ” this is going well!” Of course that’s the … More Windows 10 – I want to go back!
Seeking higher ground. Sometimes the fog rolls in, the rain beats down and I cannot see the way. At times like these I seek higher ground the distant vista opens out before me and I am found again.
After my post on how to make a concertina sketchbook I decided to try a little variation and whipped up a small panorama concertina sketch book with a window opening on the front. I added a brown leather cord to tie it shut and filled it with sketches from a recent trip to some iconic USA national … More USA National Parks Sketchbook
Sometimes I see something and think ” I like this, I could buy it or I could make it myself”. This happened just last weekend when I popped into my local art supply shop to pick up some canvas and spotted a very desirable little concertina sketchbook on a shelf in the corner. I could … More How to make a concertina sketchbook.
Over the last few years I’ve done quite a lot of commissioned paintings. In lots of ways it’s very rewarding but it can also be a bit of a sticky wicket if you don’t manage the process well from the very outset. I was reading a great article by by Lori McNee that covers this topic from go … More The joys and pitfalls of commission painting.