Monday, 28 February 2011

Friday, 18 February 2011

Salvation Jane invasion

Picnic spot near Coonabarabran, NSW, where Salvation Jane (Patterson's Curse) is invading.

Rainforest vine

I've had a photograph of this vine for some years.  I've planned to paint it before and never had the time. And so here it is... a rainforest vine that has actually tied itself in a knot...

Monday, 14 February 2011

Paronella Park

I visited Paronella Park some years ago,  immediately after a storm.  
I made this painting from a photograph that I took on that trip.

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Painting from photographs.

After a break of a couple of days, I have been painting again.
This time I have used some photographs that I found, from my days of travelling around Queensland by myself.  I have a few photographs that I'd like to use for reference material for painting.
Rainforest near Gympie....
 and a ruin at Paronella Park....
(Still wet so that there is rather a bad reflection on the rhs.)
I have just been to have another look at these two small paintings, and they are almost like sketches. They make you look carefully at the subject to resolve the problems... and now I just need some bigger canvasses.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Still life

Still life paintings are usually a winter pursuit, but I want to try a few "Cezanne style" techniques, and so today I set up some of my usual objects and had a go...  not terribly successful yet,  but I have learned a little more.  While this is not a finished painting, and I don't know just how pleased I am with it (sometimes it takes a few days to decide whether I'll keep a painting or sand it off and paint on the canvas again.)  These are three of my old ink bottles...  unfinished, but on the way....
and this is how they are set up in the studio....

I have painted them previously.... I like these funny old things.... and from last year....
 ... and I often paint other old artifacts also....
These are both tiny paintings that I have been doing while I was constantly busy with local government, leaving little time to paint.  Others are of garden produce....
....  and most of these tiny daily paintings have been sold,  but I still have a couple of favourites.
I still need to practice some of the "Cezanne techniques" as I am having such a good time with the more limited palette and the attempt to use the colours in such a different way...  tricky, but such fun!

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Bunya pines, Qld.

Another day, another painting...
This painting was made from a photograph that I had taken several years ago, in Queensland, near Toowoomba.  I had put the picture aside (along with a number of others) to use for this very purpose... making a painting.   Once again,  I used some of Cezanne's tricks...

I have also re-painted Mt Light, from the drawing in my sketchbook....
 ... this painting has quite a different  "feel" and is quite  a bit smaller than the one that I did yesterday.

People who know me will be aware that I'm not the most organised person,  and that I usualy have quite a messy house.  It seems the only place that I keep really tidy is my painting stuff...
.... I only just noticed that they colours are even sorted into four piles...  whites, reds, yellows and blue/earths.

Monday, 7 February 2011

Mt Light

This is a drawing that I made of Mt Light several years ago.
 Today I used the drawing to make a painting of the same scene....
...  in the style of Cezanne.