Sunday, September 27, 2009

Musings of a Wanna-Be Artist!

Well I have just been going through my photos of art works and have posted some to this blog. I look back on the many different styles I have and am still trying out. Different mediums - acrylic, pastel (chalk and oil), watercolour (paints and pencils), oil (traditional, water soluble and genesis), mixed media, charcoal, graphite; sizes from miniature to rather large and on many different supports - gallery wrap canvas, art board, papers, wood and even wet sandpaper from the hardware shop! Still find it all facinating and want to continue.

I have stepped aside from covering the role of Secretary and Treasurer for the Cooktown School of Art Society on and off over the last three years and will just do the web site and blog - visit and to see the art! Now I have no excuses! I need more brush time as an artist friend of mine says!

My Art Shed

'Hidden Splendour' - Mixed Media

Did this for 2009 Cooktown School of Art Society Annual Art Exhibition - Contemporary Section. Judge said "Like the queen said to Rolf Harris about her portrait - it is very colourful!"

The bird is a Wompoo Pigeon and we have them on our block. They are very shy birds.

It has SOLD!

Pastel Seascape from Pastel Book

Did this by following the guidelines in a pastel for beginners book but haven't been able to get it 'finished' to my satisfaction.

Pastel Portrait - 'Mr Bone'

First ever pastel portrait done in an art workshop by Maxine Thompson run in November 2006

The Gardener - Pastel Portrait

Won a Highly Commended in the 2007 Cooktown School of Art Exhibition in the Pastel Portrait Section.

Cooktown Wharf - Acrylic Painting

Where There's Smoke Acrylic Painting

This painting I did for the Art Awards in 2008 and won Highly Commended in the Cooktown Bowls Club Award. Traditional representational landscape painting – Any medium.

Captain Cook Statue in Cooktown

Acrylic Painting done several years ago. I have had postcards made up to sell from this one.

Brass Boot Acrylic Painting

Did this in art group several years ago.

We had a brass boot with plastic flowers to paint.

Many attempts and different compositions. Finally got it done to a stage I could live with! Good exercise af a still life.

Daffodil On an Art Card

Experiment with doing an Art Card using acrylic gold paint.

Cooktown Wharf Fishing - Charcoal

Charcoal on a canvas board. From a few years ago.

Cooktown Post Office Drawing 2004

Fabric Art from 2007 - 'The Giant Grouper'

Did this one for a fabric entry. Someone liked it for their childs room!

Cooktown Orchid Painting SOLD

'Open The Mind' Painting from 2008 SOLD!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Painting by Gwen Pini

Wonderfully atmospheric painting by Gwen Pini in the style of Tony Smibert. See his Web Site at and you'll see what I mean.

Flame Tree Painting - Cooktown

This painting of a Flame Tree was done by a local child! I think it is amazing!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Paradise Colours

Digital Portrait of Sammy

Have just purchased a Wacom Bamboo tablet and with the ease of use of the pen have tried it our and this is the result!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Gwen Pini Watercolour Paintings

Two watercolour paintings by Gwen Pini done as an 'exercise' in using watercolour paints.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Ustream Artist Video Figure Painting

Dave the Painting Guy Part 1
Dave the Painting Guy Part 2
Most recent two video of Dave painting a figure. Run for about 45 minutes each.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Cooktown Discovery Festival in Oil SOLD

Oil painting of a crowd at Cooktown Discovery Festival in June.

Completed this one for sale in gallery!

SOLD 15th September 2009

Dusk on Cooktown Wharf

Started another oil painting. Cooktown wharf with fishing boats. Have done the drawing using copic markers and am building up layers in oil. Early days yet!
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