Thursday, 27 December 2012

Yellow Rose in oils

When I started this painting  I was getting rather confused with all the petals so I ended up just painting one petal at a time which worked really well.  Planning on painting some more roses as I  enjoyed the challenge of painting all the petals and it was rather fun to paint. 

6 x 6 inches on Ampersand Gessobord.


Many thanks to Barbara Swinton for the reference photo.

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Baby Elephant in pencils

Really enjoyed drawing this little elephant. Decided on a pencil drawing vs a painting as I was a bit busy this week with Christmas preparations  so it was easier just to work on it when I had a bit of free time.   The shops are rather hectic at the moment - will have to go early on Monday to avoid the crowds.  I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 Baby elephant is drawn on Art Spectrum 210 gsm acid free paper and measures 7.5 x 5.2 inches.

Many thanks to David Stribbling for the reference photo.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Tea and Cherries in oils

Another one painted on the 5 x 5 inch Ampersand Gessobord.  Was rather fun to paint -  a bit of a challenge painting a white teacup.  Playing around with a few ideas for my next still life - just haven't found the right combination yet but something will eventually fall into place. 


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Cherries 2 in oils

This is the next still life that I set up.  Rather like how I managed to position the two cherries .  Took ages to find the right position.  Sometimes  it feels like it  takes longer to set up a still life than it takes to paint it.  Painted this one on the 5 x 5 inches Ampersand Gessobord panel


Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Vegetable Still Life 1 in oils

Really enjoyed painting this one.  Love all the bright colours.  I thought the cherry tomatoes were an excellent addition to the still life - actually been ages since I have bought cherry tomatoes as they have been too expensive.  A couple of months ago we were paying nearly $10/kg for tomatoes!!!! Fortunately they have come back down to a more reasonably price just in time for summer salads.  The painting  measures 6 x 6 inches on Ampersand Gessobord.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Nelsons Bay 2 in oils

This is the second painting that I have done of this lovely seascape scene.  I took the  reference photo when on holiday  at Nelsons Bay a few years ago.  Nelsons Bay is in New South Wales (near Newcastle).  It was a lovely sunny day so managed to get some excellent reference photos.  It is 5 x 7 inches on Ampersand Gessobord.

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Coffee Break in oils

I found my still life box - it was stuck right at the back of the top cupboard - I probably should have waited for someone to come and help me as I have 9 foot ceilings so standing on a ladder trying to pull it out from the back of the cupboard was not the smartest thing to do but I managed to get it down.  So this is the first still life I set up.  A cup of coffee in my mug and a biscuit (a Delta Cream by Arnotts).  On the weekend, I went and bought some satin material for my next one which will be a vegetable still life.  Rather fun doing my own still life's so there will be more to come.

It is 6 x 6 inches on Ampersand Gessobord.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Humming Bird in Acrylics

I love the  colours of the humming bird so bright and colourful.  I don't get that many colourful birds visiting my garden so I love to  paint them instead.  Australia does have some beautiful birds but they just don't visit my garden - probably to built up for them.  I have seen some lovely little blue wrens on my walk down to the lake but they tend to stay down by the water and the trees.  I want to try and get a good photo of them but they move so quickly so not sure if they will ever sit still long enough for me to get a good photo reference.  Will just have to keep trying - I might be lucky one day.

Humming Bird is painted on 6 x 6 inches Ampersand gessobord.

Many thanks to Michael D Utin for the reference photo.