Monday, December 20, 2010

Keep Your Serenity Over Christmas!

Christmas in Australia falls in the middle of summer with soaring temperatures. As Aussies we all have family traditions we hold dear.  Maybe the BBQ with friends, the comfort food we eat, the desserts we bake and when and how we open our presents. Each year the familiar events that take place are the gift we give our children - teaching them the true meaning of Christmas - spending time and sharing with the people closest to you.  May your Christmas be filled with serenity and happy memories!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Cooktown Top Pub Painting in Acrylic

Started a new painting today.  Still working on seascape but this gives me variety and makes painting more interesting.  So far have just laid in the under-painting following the tonal values and some colour indicators.  When looking at the painting against the photo I can pick up errors in perspective and shapes but I still like the overall 'feel' of the painting over the photo.  More painterly!  You can see the dark red ground that I used in sealing the canvas showing in unpainted areas of the canvas which made it easier to decide on tonal values. 

Acrylic Seascape - Ross Franzi Art Workshop - Progressing!

Have made some progress on the acrylic seascape painting from the Ross Franzi Art Workshop. I need to complete more detail in the foliage and do more contrasting tonals and finish with more highlights. Process takes time. Will post another pic when done!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Life Drawing Class - Week V - Tonal Values

This weeks Life Drawing Class was the final one for 2010.  We'll commence again after Christmas and New Year starting on Monday 17th January at 7pm in the gallery.  I am enjoying the life model and find it much more fun than photos or still life in improving my drawings.  Still have a way to go but this weeks I was happy with  some improvement in contours of head, hands and feet.  

We used ceiling spotlights to create more shadows and tried to do 3D modelling using values of dark, light and mid tones.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Acrylic Seascape Progress - Darks of Foreground

After a week and a half feeling ill I have finally been able to return to the foreground of the acrylic seascape started at the Ross Franzi Art Workshop on Sat 27th & Sun 28th November! 

So without the benefit of a teacher I am following the technique Ross taught us in laying in the darks first.  I started on the dark foliage but then noticed I was just 'blobbing' away with the brush which will NOT make realistic shapes.  I got my head sorted and started to concentrate on placing the dark leaves by looking at the negative spaces.  I will post updates as I go.

Monday, November 29, 2010

First Life Drawing Class Week Three

Had two ten minute poses and a 20 minute pose again this week. 

It was soooo hot in the gallery at class this evening. Humidity and no breeze getting in. It was a real hot-house of artistic creativity!!



Sunday, November 28, 2010

Cooktown Week-end Acrylic Painting Workshop

A Cooktown Acrylic Art Workshop titled 'Values in Pencil and Paint' by local Artist Ross Franzi of Black Cockatoo Gallery, Bloomfield.  Techniques covered include an introduction to light effects, tonal values, composition, painting backgrounds, subject, shadows and highlights.  How to get realism. 

Tree added using Photoshop to my painting.  Have to make it the same!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Life Drawing Class - Week II - Contor Drawing and Proportions

We had our second life drawing class last night.  We are all enjoying the class and the chance to have a live model.  Our model can hold a pose wonderfully well which makes it a little easier for budding artists! 

We did three short 5 minute poses to warm up then a longer 20 minute pose to try and get a more complete figure drawing.  We concentrated on contours and proportions this week and some tonal shading.  I had such trouble with the hands, feet and face but overall I felt happy with the figure pose though mostly the proportions kept changing - it is all one model - she gained or lost weight instantly?! 

It is still a lot of fun and I can't wait to continue next week!

At Saturday Markets Cooktown - Rapid Gesture Drawing Random People

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday's Life Drawing Homework

For some reason Pixie dog was very interested!

Thursdays Life Drawing Homework

Looking at these I can see how the proportions are off but will persist as am enjoying the drawing practice.  Again the ideas for these drawings came from art books and are not original or from a live model!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Life Drawing Home Work

I used gesture drawing to capture line of action of the pose, then filled in the contours with some tonal shading.  Taken from a picture of a live model on the internet so not as good as having the live model in front of you and having to draw from a small image is different but the exercises we'ver done in the class have helped.  It was easier than others I've done in the past.  Mmmmm I think the art books may be right about learning to draw from figure drawing being very useful.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

First Life Drawing Class - Gesture Drawing

Attended Life Drawing Class yesterday evening at Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery. It was a good way to free up my drawing.For this first class we did gesture drawing - quick studies to capture a series of poses by the model in a short amount of time. A good exercise to begin. The model held a pose for 30 seconds up to several minutes. By doing quick scribbles to show the movement of the body we were able to loosely record the entire figure and hopefully capture action, structure and overall orientation rather than any specific details.  It is so tempting to go for detailed contours and harder than I thought it would be to do less detail.  Will have to do more homework!


Monday, August 30, 2010

Grinding Away!

I have a new grinder that I have every intention of using to create relief carving in craft board. Well intentions are one thing and doing is another! Procrastination is the name of this game! Anyone else out there in the 'art' world have this problem.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

August Almost Over!

What happened to 2010!

Sunday, August 8, 2010


Tide washes in
Dissolving our footprints
All is renewed

Rush of the surf
Sounds in our ears
Clearing thoughts

Salt on the tongue
Sharp and dry
Tasting of life

Places that heal
Recharge, energise
Place of our birth

Monday, July 26, 2010

Copy Auguste Rodin Nude

Nude After Rodin
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