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Looking back on 2018….

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 nice to meet the people who buy my paintings and they love to meet the artist! I’ve also met a lot of other artists who , like me, love to check out galleries wherever I travel.

Sharing an idea from the Gallery on my Patreon page.

My Patreon page was a bit of a risk because I knew it would eat up my time. It’s been artistically rewarding as I’ve met wonderful people from all walks of life with a love of art in common. I have a small bunch of subscribers which has allowed me to interact with them more and really get to know them and their artistic aspirations and I’ve enjoyed the exchanges we have. Because it’s small I can spent time critiquing their paintings for them and answering their questions which I think would be impossible with a really large group. As I prepare the lessons and exercises it’s made me reflect more about my own art practices and I think it ‘s improved me as a teacher and an artist. Each month I concentrate on a theme and here’s one of the painting demos and lessons I did last month for our “Using Darks Effectively” theme.

Using black paper with pastels

I travelled to the USA, Canada, Italy, France and Switzerland and had a blast. Got a lot of painting done, hiked, swam, snorkeled, ate, photographed and soaked up the scenery. Don’t ask me what was my favourite place because I just can’t narrow it down! Here’s a few paintings I did while travelling.  

Also a video of me getting into a bit of palette knife painting in the Vanoise region of France while Trevor did a hike.

Palette Knife Mountain painting.

Then there was the Etsy Christmas Market that I was on the organising committee for. It went fantastically but sure took up a lot of time.! Here’s a photo of one of the happy stall holders taken by Raven Jay Photography.

I’ve also been teaching a pastel class at one of our local art groups, Colour Circle.  It’s been great seeing the students try new techniques , experiment, move out of their comfort zone and improve their skills. This year I’ll be adding a mixed media class which promises to be great fun!

A lesson on how to choose the paper colour
Some of my pastel collection for the class to ty.

Then there was all that busy , busy commission painting for Christmas.

One of my fave commissions this year.

It’s been a great year and now I’m looking forward to seeing what 2019 will bring. What did you do in 2018? What are you looking forward to in 2019?

Aviation art

This is my first venture into the world of aviation art and it was a lot of fun. The hardest part was getting  the lettering right – I must have done it a dozen times! I’m really happy with the painting overall and especially like the little spots of light on shining on the propellor housings. I just learn so much when I take on a new subject – who knew painting a plane could be so much fun!

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Aviation art

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Propellors up close

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Blue sky days

Artbooks

I promised I would show you what I did with some of those hand made concertina art books I made earlier so here are a few pics.

 

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Some of the completed art books I’ve made.

I decided to add some little windows to the basic design so I could have an image on the front when it’s closed. I also experimented with different numbers and shapes of the windows and different types of ribbons and cords for tying the books closed. I’m loving the leather strip just wrapped around the plain book several times ! I’m now offering a custom book making service since I enjoy making them so much.

 

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Here you can see how I’ve used the windows to paint tiny pictures to hint at what’s inside. The open book shows a series of seed pod studies from seeds I picked up in my garden and daily walk.

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The books have strong enough covers that you can stand them up on a shelf to display the paintings – this one features colourful Australian birds. I don’t have enough shelves to display all the artbooks I’m making so they’r off to my Etsy shop. where I’ll be offering custom paintings in a custom artbook .

Window concertina sketchbook 2

This is the one I made for The Writer for his birthday – it’s filled with small watercolours of iconic US national parks we visited on our last holiday. He absolutely loves it and keeps it open on the shelf above his computer station.

I’d like to try one filled with flowers for Mother’s Day or some poetry with just a touch of artwork  and maybe one with vintage cars, or cats, or ……..the possibilities are endless!

So that’s what I’ve done with mine – what have you done with yours?