Tuesday, September 29, 2009
John likes to use Windsor and Newton Artists Oils, the colours he loves include Rose Madder Genuine and Cerulean Blue, you cannot replace them with anything else as there is nothing like it.Just those two small tubes sets you back around 110$AU, not a typing error. We use only pure gum turpentine as the thinning medium
The painting is from a photo around Hartley NSW in the Blue Mountains region.The image is of Johns easl and the first stage set up of the painting. More in my next blog
Saturday, September 12, 2009
I was thrilled to receive a phone call on Friday informing me that I had won First prize in the Traditional section of the Noosa Show.
As an artist it is a great feeling to receive recognition for your efforts. I love to paint in many styles but traditional seems what Im best at .
The John Wilson Master workshop Im attending in a few weeks will give me more skills in oils so the win give me a real boost as I have been feeling a bit of the artist doldrums lately and have had difficulty focusing on the direction I want to take with my painting
This is the beach I swam at today and is very beautiful. I painted it from a photo I took early in the morning
Monday, September 7, 2009
A great way to improve your observation and drawing skills is to carry a small 6x6 inch A5 sketch book along with a a few pencils, felt pens,a small #3 sable brush and pocket water colour box, plastic water jar. I take this on hikes, camping and around town. Ive recently discovered a white charcoal pencil which is good for highlights , branches, and tree trunks. Working on a small scale forces you to pick out the most important bits and not get absorbed with detail. Give it a try
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Paintings for Sale at Pomona Qld 12th and 13th September 09
Noosa Beach $800 oil 120x61cms
Today I delivered my 6 paintings for exhibition at the Pomona
,a small country town in the hinterland of Noosa where each year on the 12 and 13 Sept,
the show is held .The organisers today told me that 75% of exhibitors this year are new.
This does not surprise me as there are very few outlets for local artists to show their work at a reasonable price
.Many gift shops and galleries have closed down during the past two years leaving many talented artsits with nowhere to show their work.
Please support your local show or visit if you are in the area, a very beautiful part of the world.61x77cmsNoosa Sunset 850$ 120x61cms