Earlier this year in my pastel class we focussed on sharing our emotional reaction to the seasons in our paintings. How do we do that? What does it even mean? Put simply, painting should be more than faithfully reproducing a subject — we should be trying toshare our feelings about the subject so we can … More Painting with emotion
I needed a portable, travel plein air kit for pastels so I made one! Saved a heap of dollars and it works great. … More A little Plein Air kit
A couple of weekends ago I was a student at a Maxwell Wilks pastel workshop. I had a great time and broke out the hard pastels which was a bit of a novelty for me. Have never owned any Rembrandts before but bought a small box of half sticks and reallly enjoyed working with them. … More A colourful workshop
From the initial idea to the finished framed painting took me 6 hours and I’d been procrastinating for weeks! Sometimes it happens when it happens! … More How the muse works …(sometimes)
reflecting on some recent paintings…. … More Some recent reflections
As the sun rises on a new year ( just used that so I could tie it in with my feature photo!!)I looked back at some of my arty adventures during 2018. I joined a artist coop early in the year and have had a lot of fun sitting in the Quoll Gallery. It’s always … More Looking back on 2018….
Here is why it’s been awhile between posts… I’ve been inundated with Christmas painting commissions, am taking a pastel class and a workshop for beginners, am on the committee organising the annual Etsy Made Local Christmas market as well as trying to make stock for the market itself and trying my hand at eco printing … More It’s been awhile…
Here’s a few paintings and sketches I’ve done this trip…. I’ve enjoyed every one! This is a small palette knife painting in acrylics. I like the touch of colour amongst the green here. Lot’s of wonderful rocks I tried to capture with the palette knife again. Spent a few hours on this one and didn’t … More Some travel art….
A few small paintings – all done at Podere Pietrata near Radicofani in southern Tuscany. I just walked out the door and turned in a new direction every evening. They’re simple and not perfect – but they capture the feeling of the place – which is the whole point of plein air painting for me. … More Some small plein air paintings
Friday I got to art class early and started this one before my students arrived. I got the basics in and then finished it the next day at home. It took me right back to Arches National Park and I was there again amongst the blue green sage brush which is such a perfect foil … More Arches National Park – Landscape Arch