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 found this sitting in my Draft bin and realised I’d never posted it – so here’s a little story form Dec 2017. Early December amongst the manic finishing of Christmas commissions I got a very professional and pleasant email from someone purporting to work for Etsy in Australia. She asked if I would agree … More Scam or glam?
I made some progress today in meeting my self inflicted deadline to complete the sewing machine drawer project…. I wasn’t entirely happy with the art cover I made earlier so I spent some of yesterday doing some acrylic pours onto plexiglass sheets. Even though they were promising in design when I placed them over the light … More The Light Box – progress report
I’ve been coveting a set of Terry Ludwig pastels for a very long time. The trouble is they are quite expensive and you just can’t buy them in Tasmania. So by the time I’ve added postage from the US the “quite expensive” has soared to stratospheric heights of extravagance. When I retired The Writer kept … More Terry Ludwig pastels.
A little thought as I wait to start the next stage of my current painting. The sun has shone and now it’s gone The lazy cat is getting fat The wet paint drys as Tuesday flys The rain falls the cat sleeps and I wait ….
I meant to post more often once I retired but I’ve been busy…. so here’s a collection featuring my “busy” for the last little while. Mini pastel painting book I’ve been trying to figure out how to make a mini book filled with pastel paintings. The big problem is the smudge factor as the pastel is … More I’ve been busy…..
If you want to ask for feedback or advice about your own painting, or you have a question about something I haven’t covered in my You Tube videos, or you have a suggestion for a topic you would like me to cover you’re in the right place! Just leave me a comment with your question … More Feedback and questions about your paintings.
On Monday I headed down to Cygnet to drop off some paintings at an exhibition. It was a glorious sunny morning and The Writer was headed in the opposite direction to Port Arthur to take the Tasman Island cruise. I would have joined him but for the need to drop off the paintings and the fact … More Day Trip
Setting up. I like to use my Samsung Galaxy tablet to view the reference photo on as I paint because it has great colour and I can zoom in and out for detail if I need to. I just hang it up next to my paper. Then I choose the boxes of pastels I’ll be … More Painting snow in pastels.
My mum gave me this clipping of a writeup her local paper did to promote a charity fundraiser work shop I’m running for Mum. At 81 she’s doing the full head shave to raise funds for the Leukeamia Foundation and although I’m not quite brave enough to crop the locks I’m doing what I can … More Scepticism reigns supreme