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
Of all the seasons Spring is the most abundant, full of new growth, flowers bursting forth and covering the landscape with massed colour. It can sometimes be a bit of a sensory overload when it comes to trying to capture all that riotous growth in a painting. You can see what I mean here…the desert … More Painting Spring Landscapes
My life is pretty hectic at the moment and I haven’t made the time to post in quite awhile so here’s what’s been going on in the last 5 weeks: Some travel. You might not count that as busy work but I did drive almost 7000 km in just under3 weeks so pretty busy! We … More An artist’s busy life
I’ve been so busy enjoying life, painting, travelling around my lovely island home and sorting out my studio I just haven’t made time to post . Here’s a few pics from my last 3 months… What have you been up to?
It’s been awhile since my last post because I’ve been so busy with commissions, teaching a pastel class and being a student in a printmaking class that there’s been little time left over for anything else. I’ll post some of my favourite commissions after Christmas when all should be happily gifted and it’s safe to … More printmaking – my new obsession
I’ve been dabbling with my eco printing again. I invested in some timber and built a small bench and shelves outside the laundry area so I can keep my soaking leaf collection and dye pots in some sort of order! It should be complete ORDER but I get too carried way with the excitement of … More A bit of ecoprinting…
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 … More Could try harder…
All packed up and ready to head off in the morning for a few days at Swansea- a lovely little seaside town on Tasmania’s east coast. I can’t believe how much I’ve packed! Every time I travel I promise myself next time will be different- I’ll only take the essentials, I’ll pack light, every second … More Off to the seaside!
As with most things there are pros and cons to taking on painting commissions. Mostly I enjoy the challenge of painting to achieve an agreed result and it’s certainly helped me improve my realism as I’ve taken on new subjects such as aviation art. The downside is not having enough time to explore and loosen up … More Loosening up with ink.
It’s difficult to put into words how and why some art moves me so. I’ve often seen reproductions of pre historic cave paintings and found them interesting. Interesting is such a bland kind of word and accurately describes my reactions to these reproductions. I admired the semi accuracy of the bison and horses, I idly … More The pre historic artist.