Evocative Texture – Part I

One of the reasons I love to paint is I can use the paper, canvas,  paints and mediums to create a ‘nearly’ sculptural form that can be felt;  literally and figuratively. When I Photograph, I use the same guidelines generally, but with  different technical approaches. Adjusting shutter speeds, f stops, my own position of sittingContinue reading “Evocative Texture – Part I”

Sunset Windswept Clouds: Photography

Sunset photo with a powerful design. Its steep diagonal Light tone is angled nearly to a vertical.  The Dark sea foreground acts as the horizontal to anchor it. I love this  photograph, and had to post it separately from clouds.   The drama here is created primarily from the 3 directionals. The Most dominant beingContinue reading “Sunset Windswept Clouds: Photography”

Inspired by The Clouds

Clouds….. The artist’s candy store!   What lovely inspirational things clouds are.  Filled with gold and silver. Bright and bold. Even the plain jane grey clouds can become magnificent purple blacks with rosy inflections.     Georgia O’Keefe has a brilliant quote, “I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’tContinue reading “Inspired by The Clouds”

Clouds: The Impressionist Approach

Colourful, bold, Impressionist cloud painting in watercolours captures the mood of the day near Warwick, Queensland. A limited palette of three tubes of paint  and mixing  them has provided more than enough colours to create a lovely sense of aerial perspective. Notice the warmer orange browns are in the foreground and the cooler colours,  greyContinue reading “Clouds: The Impressionist Approach”

Into The Light: Value of Tone

Success in any painting has meant that I have created adequate tonal value nuances of light and dark. When I find areas that seem ‘flat,’ without depth, not very interesting, without shape or form;  I always discover I have not created enough tonal variations in that area.     The very basic, minimum I canContinue reading “Into The Light: Value of Tone”

Resolving An Old Painting

A few weeks ago I posted  Good News about Epic Art Failures filled with several exuberant images that were not yet resolved. I had a bit of a think and reassessed the mountain created with watercolours using a palette knife.   I determined that the perimeters needed quite a bit of softening, which was done veryContinue reading “Resolving An Old Painting”

Igniting the Fires of Creativity: art workshops

Igniting the fires of the imagination is a subject close to my heart.  I firmly believe we all have been given a form of creativity,  though as the years progress, for many of us,  it may have gone into hiding.  This post features several students’  imaginative and original art pieces created in class.   ItsContinue reading “Igniting the Fires of Creativity: art workshops”

Insights into Drawing on the Imagination

Drawing on your imagination initially may present some challenges, but with practice it becomes second nature. i.e.  you learn as you go!   From this first image of the banksia,   I developed the concept of a circular form; deciding to pair up the golden amber with soft mossy greens. The next “springboard”  for myContinue reading “Insights into Drawing on the Imagination”