As mentioned in my previous post, I am going to upload some of my recent paintings. Today’s painting is called Turquoise Static. This was painted in acrylic on a stretched canvas. I have used my usual technique of laying down multiple layers of paint and many bright colours to create this energetic image – turquoise, orange and white with pops of green and blue. It literally zings off the canvas. This crisp bright little piece of art was fun to paint. It makes me happy.
Life has been busy however I will try and be more regular with my pieces.
As I have been very busy painting and playing with different methods and new mediums, I realised that I have a quite a few pieces that I can share with interested followers.
I have been taking many on line workshops and have discovered a new medium for oil paint so I am happy to say that I have fallen back in love with my oil paints. I stopped using oils for the various reasons that many artists stop using them – the strong smell of turpentine and its various mediums, plus the long drying time etc. etc.
The medium I discovered and have been playing with is Gamblin cold wax. What a wonderful medium, it enables the artist to play and explore and achieve many interesting results in their work. It is easy to use, does not smell and the oil paint dries much faster that it does with usual oil mediums. It is great fun.
Not all the art I have been doing recently is only with oils, I still use my acrylic paints. they have their strengths and enable you to create and produce very quick results. So I will commence uploading my new pieces soon and will try and be more regular with my posting.
I’ve added a photo of my work desk after I have cleaned it up, but believe me it does not look so tidy when I am painting, it is normally organized chaos; actually I’ll upload a photo of what my workspace is like when I am working – when I remember! it looks totally different.
Ive been working on some of the pieces of driftwood from my collection in my studio. These pieces of wood are collected whilst on my daily beach walks. Unfortunately the number of pieces that I find are diminishing at the moment. It will take another huge storm to provide me with fresh stock.
It has been quite a while since I have got out my oil paints – maybe years! I had always loved painting with the rich and creamy oil paint but the length of the drying time was the reason I went to acrylic paint. I was always in a hurry to complete my works.
Don’t get me wrong, I love acrylic paint – they are so versatile and fast drying but OILS are just wonderful and the oil colour is so vibrant and the texture is so silky and organic – I have fallen in love with Oils again!
SO I will just have to get used to taking life at a slower pace when I work in Oil. Naturally I will continue to paint in acrylics as well.
Below is the first large oil painting I have finished since my return to this medium.
I have been working on a very large canvas to go on the living room wall in our home. Our living room opens to the front balcony which is up among the treetops of a beautiful leopard tree and lovely poinsettia tree. It is such a lovely retreat to sit on the deck and be surrounded by waiving leafy branches away from the rest of the world.
So when I was trying to decide on a suitable subject matter for this large painting, it took quite a while. Did I want to do a colourful abstract? I wasn’t sure and as I don’t paint in a traditional style, a landscape was out. One day whilst reading out on the deck, it finally dawned on me, paint my treetops!
I took some photos looking upwards into my treetops and then played around with them in Photoshop until I settled on a suitable composition.
First sketch the tree trunk and branches.
Then I had to paint in the tree canopy and all of the leaves. This took quite a while until I was happy with the composition.
It was quite a task to hang this large painting as it had to be hung in a very high position above our staircase. This involved ladders, tressels and the help of a builder; however it is finally up and looks great. What do you think?
I have just opened up my new AnimalFaces Shop on Etsy which will feature animal art aimed initially for children’s nurseries. When you have a moment please visit and let me know what you think of it, just clink on the link below
As everyone knows I love painting animals, especially Australian flora and fauna. My friends are starting to call me the bird lady!
So for fun, I thought I would invent a Family of Australian Wood Ducks. Where we lived on a canal, in our last house, we had these cheeky little fellas who used to swim up to our boundary and we greatly enjoyed feeding them and their little babies.
So I have created the McDuck Family.
Please meet Mr and Mrs McDuck and their 3 children – Tilly, Ellie and Liam. Mum and Dad are very proud of their children; Tilly loves to shop (she particularly likes shoes and is always adding to her collection), Ellie loves the beach and is wearing her new polka dot bikini and Liam spends all his free time down at the skate park.
As times goes I imagine that I will introduce more members of the family eg Grandma and Grandpa and I’m sure that as the children grow, they will and have boy and girlfriends, get married, have children!
Over the years I see myself adding to these family portraits and maybe maybe writing a story about their lives.
I hope that children become to love them and would like them on the walls of their bedrooms.
I have had a client asking for a large black and white geometrical piece for their front hallway, to match their front floor mat! What I have always called this type of art is ‘Interior Decor’ art and I haven’t been a fan of this type of work but it seems growing in popularity.
I must also admit that I don’t usually do geometrical as my art is more organic and flowing but I chose to rise to the occasion and accept the challenge.
The customer wanted a very simple pattern so initially I was not able to include any embellishments. Being large and all the straight lines and corners, it took ages! However I found it a lesson in concentration and precision and great practice in painting straight lines. The repetition I found to be mind relaxing as I was simply following the pattern and filling in the spaces.
I was however able to convince the client to allow me to include a quirky addition to the painting to give it some soul – a climbing man.
The reason I haven’t done geometric in the past is that I have always thought that it wasn’t artistically exciting enough. However I was slightly surprised hat after finishing the piece that I am now incentivised to try to experiment with some geometric patterns in my work. It will be interesting to so where it eventuates over time.