Monday, 28 March 2011

Gum trees

Gum trees (Eucalyptus spp) are some of the most "untidy" looking trees around.  I've been pracitcing painting them today.  This particular tree grows along a fence line in a paddock near my studio at Hamilton.
The paddocks are green (unusual for this time of the year) because of significant recent rain... and even some during the summer.

And then there is a little hill, right near Allen Creek and the Tarnma Road...
....  putting my "tree skills" into practice.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Solving problems... Hamilton style...

I have been painting several pieces that are based on pieces of Taylor's Run Road... a favourite place of mine around here.   This is my half finished painting of the old shed ruin that is half way along the road...
 I'm not really happy with it.  This is when I wish that I had some formal art education to help with some of the problems.
I went back to my usual method of solving these problems and looked at some old paintings/artists (though I often only have reproductions) and look carelully at the brush strokes and the way that they have resolved the problems.  

Today I copied part of a Corot because I really like his landscape paintings.... and his untidy trees.  The painting that I copied is in a gallery catalogue and here is the piece that I copied...
 ... unfinished,  but I have learned a lot already.

On the way home I took a couple of photographs of trees in a paddock....
 .... and a funny little hill near Allen Creek....
I am looking forward to painting tomorrow.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Hard day

I spent much of the day at the studio in Hamilton today and planned several paintings that should have been easy, but somehow,  it was all hard today.

First,  I painted a part of my lunch...  the peach...

... then one of the neighbours,

... and then I tried a painting of some sheep yards along Taylor's Run Road.    I am still trying to use the same kind of brush strokes as Cezanne,  and they can look so simple... and yet it is all very calculated.
I might go back and have another paint on this piece tomorrow.  I have also been trying the painting of another Taylor's run road piece... where the ruined shed is.  I'll  try that again tomorrow also.

Some days, it all seems very easy, and some days it is hard work.  I still think that the trick is just to perervere.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

New easel at the studio

Working part of the week for money means that I don't have as many hours for painting.  My first payment for work has been well spent though...
.... I bought a new easel... a proper studio easel... and some paint.  Here it is with
a partly painted piece from a series (or so it seems) about Taylor's Run Road (off the Tarlee Road.)

Tomorrow is a "painting" day.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

First rainy day at the studio

I've been painting at the studio again.

I have begun two paintings, as well as a couple of small sketches of parts of those paintings to try to work out how to resolve some of the tricky bits.  This is when I wish that I could have attended an art school or even to have had an art class at school...

...my camera has stopped working, but I have one tiny picture of a building as I was trying to work out how to paint a ruin...

There's much more to go....  and I need to work out what is wrong with my camera!  
Today is the first time that I've worked at the studio with rain falling in the roof... wonderful.

Friday, 18 March 2011

Taylor's Run Road

Sketch for a painting of a ruin along Taylor's Run Road.
I've been out to the studio again.
I have made this sketch to work out how I'd like to make a bigger painting.  I have several paintings to do along Taylor's Run Road,  one of my favourite spots around here.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Building at Paronella Park

This is a tiny piece of a painting that I am making to show some of the reinforced concrete buildings at Paronella Park...
..... a work in progress.

Sketch for "Lighting the Bonfire"

This bonfire was the celebration for a 10th birthday in 1989...
....  in St Kitt's, South Australia.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Friday, 11 March 2011

Road to Brady Creek

I've done another painting of the Road to Brady Creek...
... this looks more like the road up into the Tothill Ranges and I'm happier with this...
It's been hard to get back to painting after three days in the "real world."

I found some flowers in the grave yard...  growing among the weeds.  The jar was thrown into the bushes near the old gravestones, so I gave the flowers some water and made a sketch....
... definitely need somewher eto set up "still-life" subject matter out there.

I tried a ""lower north roadway" painting too,  but just couldn't manage it today.  I'll probably paint over it tomorrow.
I'd wanted to make a painting of one of the less spectacular spots in the area...  interesting try and I'll be interested to see how it looks to me tomorrow...  mmmm....

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Painting at the new studio

It's been an adventurous day... the first day that I've painted at the new studio.  I wanted to try something easy so that I could see how it would all work.  I set up my little old easel (I do need a proper studio easel now) and organised my materials much in the same way as I'd been using them in the shed.... and I began a painting of the Road to Brady Creek....
 .... not finished yet,  but partly done...
The easel is set up in the corner of the room with the very best south facing window with the palest golden glow in the glass where it's easiest to paint....
 I painted for several hours and then finished for the day...

As I left,  the view of the churchyard looked like another painterly subject....
....  for another day.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

New studio space

My new studio is an old church in Hamilton,  about 10 miles (16km) from home....
I am so happy to have somewhere to paint and it is a wonderful space....  the first few things are moved in....
 ... with a few recent paintings.....
 .... the most recent, unfinished....
 and the way out....
I like my studio.  So far, so good.