Sunday, 11 September 2016
Another piece in my Nocturne series. I tried something really different this time. I used Canson Printmaking paper which I have never tried before. I'm not sure if I like it or not, it's very smooth, but once I got used to it, it started to grow on me :)I then fooled around with my Liquitex inks and Pitt pens with a little white Gelly Roll thrown in, oh and some micron of course. Then I felt like it really need something else so I went to town with my wood burning tool. I've been wanting to play with this tool for ages but I didn't really know what to do with it. Well now I know it's really good at burning paper...that's opened up Pandora's box for me! I then mounted it on a starry background, I really like how all the little holes make shadows on the under layer. Any way, I'm so excited as this piece won 3 prizes at the Newdegate Field Day Exhibition last week - First prize in the Drawing section, the Rural Bank Prize and the Lake Grace Shire Acquisitive Prize! I couldn't believe it, this has been a really exciting year art wise. I've really enjoyed trying new things and playing with new materials...I LOVE Mixed Media :)...cheers for now!
Sunday, 4 September 2016
This is a detail shot of the first painting I completed this year. At the time I was really happy with it, but the background bothered me a little. So up it went, back onto the easel and had a really successful rework, but in my usual style, I sent it off for an exhibition without taking a photo! I really need to organise my photo taking properly, a few weeks ago this piece, which I retitled 'Australian Song 2', won the open aquisitive prize at the Morawa Art Awards. I was so excited, the Aquisitive awards are really special as not only do you get a really nice cash prize, but you have the satisfaction of your painting going to be hung in a public forum where it will be seen by many for years to come. Now I'll have to try and wrangle a picture of this one somehow! Cheers for now :)
Wednesday, 10 August 2016
|The Bird in Borrowed Feathers 1m x 1.2m Mixed Media on panel|
I don't know how many people are familiar with this old fable...it's been attributed to several authors but it's generally thought of as one of Aesops Fables. The short explanation of it is that the crow spots the fancy peacocks struttin' their stuff in the King's garden and thinks he'd like to be one of them instead of a boring old crow (personally I love crows). So he picks up some of their fallen feathers and puts them in amongst his own, he then joins in with the general strutting and showing off. The Peacocks quickly spot the imposter and promptly pull out the 'borrowed feathers' and some of his own to boot. The crow flies away in shame, back to the other crows, who decide they don't want him around either if he thinks he's too good for them! Originally it was a cautionary tale about not reaching beyond your station or 'punching above your weight' or something along those lines. To me though, it feels more like the Peacocks are the bad guys in this, too insecure to share the limelight. I feel like all the 'crows' out there should remember that it's what's underneath those feathers that is your true measure :) I placed the semi hidden eyes in the background to represent myself and all the other 'crows' out there, Cheers!
Monday, 18 July 2016
Saturday, 16 July 2016
Sunday, 5 June 2016
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Saturday, 28 May 2016
|Nocturne 2 Graphite, collage, acrylic and gold leaf on cradled panel|
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
Thursday, 17 March 2016
|The Poet's Garden|
Saturday, 27 February 2016
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Sunday, 14 February 2016
Thursday, 11 February 2016
I could make excuses about my husband being home on holidays, or the rotten heatwave that we have been enduring blah blah blah. But no-one wants to hear that, so let's not dwell on how far behind I have already gotten this year with new work! Let's talk about the best husband in the world who knocked up these fabulous cradled panels for me. Stretched canvas has reached it's use by date for my painting process. My pieces have become heavier with texture and assemblage elements lately and I need to move on to something sturdier. Fortunately my other half is a bit of a whiz in the shed and is now making these panels for me. It's great, any size I want and I don't have to give a weeks notice to have a canvas stretched! I managed to hunt down some premium grade ply panels that don't require sanding, just a bit of sealing before painting. Even that is optional with acrylic paint.
Monday, 4 January 2016
|Cosmos - Acrylic, collage and Gold leaf 30 x 40 canvas|
So right now you're thinking I don't understand...Magpies in space? Well there is a little story behind the inspiration for this one. We have a family of Maggies that frequent our backyard and they have become quite tame. They are all recognizable by their markings and so of course they all end up with nicknames :) The male Maggies have very clean sharp markings, their backs are always pure white. The females are a bit scruffier and instead of white backs they have black with various white markings. Mostly these look a little bit like lace, and some have less, some have more. Last year though, a new female turned up and she was almost pure black except for the usual white marking on the back of the neck that they all have and some tiny little white spots on her back which looked just like stars. So I started calling her Cosmos. She turned out to be a real character and would hang around whenever we where outside, almost like she enjoyed the company. Cosmos raised a couple of babies this spring and then promptly went back to wherever she came from (apparently it's not uncommon for females to move sometimes, I suppose to prevent in-breeding) Anyway, her babies now hang out in our yard and one of them has very similar markings. So she now has the very imaginative name of Cosmos' baby :) Hence...Magpies in space, I'm sure that really cleared thing up :) Cheers