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Summer Retreat

Summer Retreat

Good Morning!

With so much news to share, its been really challenging for me to choose which topic to begin with since my return from summer break.

 

Summer

Summer?  Yes, well,  it is a wild and wet, brisk, winter here in Perth.

Refreshing, shall we say.

But it is summer, in Seattle.

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Summer, conveyed through art

 

The summer retreat at my sister’s was an opportunity,  I couldn’t waste.

We don’t see each other often. Living across the pond, as we do.

I wanted to spend her birthday with her.

 

It was a shorter holiday than planned.

But we can infuse lifetimes, into an hour, if needs be, can’t we?

 

We both made  the time count. 

Moment by moment.  Mindfully.

35 days.  To fill a well.

And so we did.

 

    LIFE  Is Art.   and,  Art… is Life. 

As an artist, and an instructor, this is  a message that is important for me to share.

The two, are one.  All of us, seem to be forgetting this.  (more on this, in upcoming posts!)

 

Most of the time, we had a fabulous summer retreat vibe going on, keeping it low key, staying in her lush green gardens.

The lawns and gardens were filled with ponds, flowers and trees.

 

Oh!  and the most delicious raspberries, that I pilfered early each morning. Yum.

Flowers… blooming right beneath my window. Incredible!

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Below my Window …. copyright debiriley

 

 

 

Mornings –   Dawn Breaks

My mornings were…  oh wait,   I’ll take you there!

 

 

 

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first light, early morning dew

Before the sun arose, I watched  the night fall away sliver by sliver, through my bedroom window.

Until the light came streaming across the dew kissed lawn for a magical few seconds, and leaving me little time to snap a photo.

I think I was more focused on the experience, than the ‘capture’ on those mornings.

yes… more on the Process;  less on the Product.

 

I was mesmerised with the peek through view of looming ranges of the Cascade Mountains, that I could get by standing on my tip toes and looking east.

For me, it seemed to add a touch of morning zen.

Thoughts of,  “oh yeah….  I remember now,  the way it was in those early summer days in the Pacific Northwest!”

 

 

 

Sunshine and Roses

Sometimes in blogs,  we get carried away.

Making it seem as if we’re living the life of Riley.

No pun intended.

 

But,  I’m going to admit…. that,  “No. Not All,  was not sunshine and roses on my summer retreat!”

It never is.

 

Dilemmas, injuries, interrogations, all the usual suspects and then some, came out to try to cause mayhem.

 

But the overriding fact is   “Love does, leave a memory  No one can steal.”

 

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Love  sign from my sister’s  garden

 

A Rose for Love

Below a rose.

Lisa’s Rose  just outside my bedroom window

 

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Rose given in love

 

Hints of subtle context, perhaps so.

Only the tips of the closest leaves are clearly seen, visible and identifiable.

The rest of the rose is so softly diffused and dissolving.

 

What mysteries the artist, could…. infer if we were,

to pause and reflect a moment?

Perhaps about the person who gave, or the person viewing, or even as a metaphor for some other and deeper things?

Who knows?

 

 

 

Summary on Summer Retreat

As artists,  we dig and delve.

We think.

We retreat.

We fill our wells so that we may create with restored vitality, fresh imagination, wild creativity once  again.

 

 

There is of course more to come about this summer trek, including cobalt teal rivers, rainbow waterfalls, and demon hordes of thirsty mozzies set to drain us within 5 minutes of reaching our destination.  Should be entertaining.  Cheers.

 

 

Gardens in Color!

Gardens in Color!

Gorgeous rich ruby red stalks splaying out in verticals and diagonals.

The reds, a perfect foil to the citrine green foliage.

Delightful Colors found in the garden.

 

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Garden Colors, ruby and citrine green

 

Illustrations….

This photograph, is one of the few, I would use as a direct source to paint from.

It would (and will)  make a lovely illustration,  for my Society 6  and Redbubble shops.

 

Generally, I’m not so keen to use one photo as a painting source.

But,  there’s always exceptions.

 

This I think would be brilliant on pure white hot pressed paper with no background whatsoever.

Or,  it might make a very strong design as a linoprint. 

 

 

Zen Strolls

Strolling about,  does, have plenty of rewards.

Had I been ‘power walking’ I’d have missed out on this beauty.

 

 

Design

The composition is especially interesting, with the verticals and diagonals.

The textural patterns within the leaf foliage, create added interest.

Leaves and stalks going gently out of the picture frame assist the design.

Making it seem less ‘crammed in.’

More open, more …. real.

 

 

 

 

Watercolors: from an ember

Watercolors: from an ember

Cobalt teal blue works its magic once more, whispering in the skies as the inferno below scorches the land.

 

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Watercolor Inferno, from an ember

 

Inspiration: sparks from just an ember

Its simple really.

Being inspired.

 

If you think about it.

 

 

 

 

Burning Drive

How would I explain this term, “inspiration?”

To be inspired  –  filled with a burning drive to express the message compelling me to do so.

 

 

Using moods, colors, events, strolls, people and ideas to create the image.

Then, Infusing each art movement and action with thoughtfull intent and purpose.

 

Stopping.

Way before you begin to imagine being even close,  to done.

Perhaps, about 20 brushstrokes …. before you think you are finished.

 

Yes, still Half done.

 

 

what…?

Its not going anywhere,  is it?

 

 

 

Let go.   Move on.  Return later.

Resolutions, fixing, finishing…. all can be more successful… done later with a fresh, unfrustrated eye and mind.

 

 

Art Ideas that Inspired:

fluidity

powerful

peace

balance

discipline

awareness

economy of movement

 

 

 

 

Ideas to Share

  • Build … an intensity of connectedness between the subject and myself   (the artist)
  • Create…. a strong,  multilayered bridge of depth  – shallowness, defeats inspiration
  • Study ….. Tony Smibert   watercolors  & acrylic paintings –  swift clarity, certainty of intent
  • Listen ….. Marconi Union  ‘Weightless’    a calm, zen,  musical piece lovely to listen to in the studio sipping some jasmine tea….

 

 

Watercolors and Oils: Doors to The Masters

Watercolors and Oils: Doors to The Masters

Three Masters: Thomas Moran, Pierre Bonnard and John Singer Sargent.

Each, presenting ‘the door’ in their own way.

 

 

Art Masters to know

 

Sargent

Sargent, with his loose and easy watercolor flair.

Seemingly just flinging color in the air; then it all,  as if by magic, comes to together.

 

The shadowed door, off to the right takes the eye in, causing us to wonder a moment.

To enter ‘their’ world.

We wonder, Who, might have lived here once, so long ago?

 

The overriding blue throughout, unifies and calms. Soft gentle ripples, tell us it is a quiet day, early in the morning.

Sargent created a calm and relaxing scene here.

But then,  was it really that peaceful upon the water highways in Venice in those days…….

 

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John Singer Sargent

 

 

 

Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard,  his oils quirky and so bright.

It is apparent, he breathed color in.

And then it was released.

 

Color,  exudes from every painting he created.

The door,  shadowed grey, in a butter yellow room, creeps open.

A figure, begins to peek in,  as ‘Marthe’ seems to try to sneak her way inside.

 

It is deliberate.

Bonnard’s choice of the door being …. only barely ajar.

As well as the green cap and green blouse.

So too the warmth of the room she  is entering into.

His choices, cause us to respond a certain way.

 

There most definitely is, content and meaning, within the objects used and all

the choices Bonnard made.

 

As we pause, and look at the painting,  I’m sure the  door, its symbolism won’t be overlooked.

Bonnard, is a fantastic artist. All you have to do to see more is Google. His work is stunning.

 

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Bonnard in oils

 

 

Moran

Thomas Moran, skilled and knowing.

His movements are purpose driven, deft and certain.

Moran, knew watercolor.

Knew their capacities and then, stretched those capacities to their farthest reaches.

Moran watercolors, Venice building and doors,
Moran, watercolor  Doors and Windows

 

Many watercolorists,  may never have heard of Moran.

Thats a shame, for his skills in this medium were amazing.

If, you’re a beginner watercolorist….. you can’t go amiss, by looking up his paintings and studying from them.

Google, Pinterest, etc.  will provide hundreds of his watercolor paintings to ogle.

More, on Thomas Moran at Smithsonian. 

 

Moran’s painting, is set further back into the distance, than Sargent’s or Bonnard’s.

We are at the same time more removed from the scene, yet we are entranced and drawn in too.

 

That warm ball of evening sun, pulls us in compellingly.

Even while the doors and windows seem cool and almost, rebuff us from trying to enter into them.

There isn’t the same feeling, of wanting to Go Inside these doors.

Not at all.

 

Moran, didn’t want us to.

 

 

 

 

Key Points ….from The Masters

  • Doors,  a symbolic element in art
  • Painting, make each action “A Purpose Driven Movement”
  • Placement of objects,  creates a story, a message
  • Color – it makes us Feel!

 

 

 

 

 

Colors of a blue blood Moon

Colors of a blue blood Moon

March 31, 1866 was the last time North America saw this eclipse, known as the blue blood moon.

The Southern Hemisphere has a more recent viewing: December 30 1982.

Still, that is a long wait either way!

 

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Blue Blood Moon, eclipse

 

Moon Inspired

 

Colors…. check.

Details….check.

My television, the Southern Sky.

 

Inked blue, the night sky glittered.

It was magical to watch.

 

My photography skills…. not quite so enchanting.

But, the job got done.

 

It was recorded, and so there were a couple of shots that were editable.

I’m certain many of you have already seen the thousands of breathtaking photographs on the web, I have.

They’re so ….. Inspiring!

 

 

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Colors of the Eclipse

 

Details in the Eclipse

The moon’s details were incredible, even looking through the old binoculars and my basic telephoto lens.

Watching as the shadows, the eclipse –  minute by minute crept over the face of the moon.

 

Especially the finish, I thought,  was most fascinating to the eye.

There were bands that seemed to appear in a wonderful abstracted pattern where the moon had been.

 

Sadly, my lens failed to show those small changes!

But,  its worth hunting down the professional’s shots to try to see this.

 

 

 

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Big Moon Rising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun at the Art Shop

Fun at the Art Shop

I’m back from the art shop.

Why, is this news?

Well…. you can save money from what I learned there, for starters!  $100 savings in paper….

 

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Fun, Creative art supplies encaustic color sticks

 

The Art… of  Shopping

 

I went up to the Oxlades Art Supply shop in the northern suburbs of Perth.

There I found some decent sales items.

First was the good, artist quality 100% cotton rag watercolor paper on sale.

Saunders cold press 300 gsm 10 pack for $70 (Australian)

Saunders cold press works brilliantly.

That was purchase #1

 

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Saunders 100% cotton rag watercolor paper Cold Press

 

I love Arches paper… BUT

The importers of Arches paper into Australia, sadly have marked up the costs.

It has risen so high now, its beyond feasible,  for many of my students.

I understand.

 

And  I can’t honestly say  that the Arches at $17.50 per watercolor sheet 300gsm

is really worth $10 more,   than the Saunders at $7 per sheet!

 

That is $100 savings if you purchased this pack of 10 vs buying  10 Arches at $17.50 per sheet.

 

 

Purchase #2

20 meter roll of Sumi paper which will come in handy in Term 1 Atwell art course “Expressive: Drawing- Printmaking- Painting.”

I’ve used it before, its sturdy enough for light washes and for printmaking techniques.

It was about $19 or so.

 

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Creative fun art supplies, color, pastels, papers

 

Purchase #3

I couldn’t resist some  Color.

 

And as we will be doing various drawing and printmaking techniques I chose the Sennelier oil pastels.

Ultra buttery soft, melting onto what ever surface they are applied to.

Superior quality, good price.

Just under $5  Australian.

 

 

The Wax encaustic sticks… a bit of an indulgence?

Naples Yellow.  Indanthrone blue.  Sage green.  White.  Quinacridone Gold.

Turquoise (or in my mind… cobalt teal)

 

These colors combine to make a gorgeous palette full of harmony.

As a bonus,  they mix together well, to create dozens more color blends.

The series 6 colors were spendy $15   –  an indulgence, yes.

 

Purchase #4

Magnani Pescia is an Italian mouldmade 100% cotton printmaking paper.

My purchase:  3  sheets,  tucked into the Saunders bag.

 

The Magnani  is a soft paper, smooth and creamy.  Great surface, lovely for lino prints, gelli prints, lithography, woodcuts.

Its fantastic for drawings.  For charcoal, pastels, inks.

I was able to buy these for about $7 each.

 

 

Purchase #5

The Encaustic metal printing plate.  $20.28 purchase price.

I heat it up, then melt the wax sticks on it in whatever design I wish.  Place my chosen printmaking paper down on the plate, lift off and voila!

A monoprint is created.

 

 

 

Finally…

All in all, I left the shop spending just a tad over $150.00

I’m sure that’s close to a record low for me, going to a proper art store.  

 

That was a lot of judicious selecting I have to say.

The selecting,  is a large part of my enjoyment.

 

There are so many new items to look at.

So many brilliant colors, papers, pastels, inks.

My eyes seemed to want so much more.

I didn’t  need,  more though.

 

It was fun, I  had fun.  I’m pretty content with what I have.

 

 

Hope you enjoyed my trip to the art store,   Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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Oxlades Art Supplies 

 

 

Cheap Joes Art Supplies 

USA  Arches paper 300gsm 10 pack $54.50      $5.40 each

 

 

Creative Art ; gelli prints 

Monoprints 

Art Materials Supplies

Haunting Magic of Nature

Haunting Magic of Nature

Nature.  The allure of those hushed and quiet spaces.

Spaces  So quiet,  yet filled to overflowing.

 

And when you leave them,

as you do –

they will always,

haunt your memories.

 

Those spaces never,  really leave you.

 

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Colors of Nature,  The Quiet Space impressionist watercolor

 

Impressionist Watercolor

A simple scene.

Pared down to a minimalist design.

 

 

Using the least amount of paints and brushstrokes possible.

Yet, striving to make each one of those,  imperative.

Required.

 

 

No more.  No less.

It is a hard task to restrain the compulsion we all seem to have ….. that calls incessantly for “More.”

 

 

But if you can do it, then the viewers’  can also see what you saw and felt:

 

That haunting magic Nature speaks through color –

in the quiet,  filled spaces. 

 

 

 

 

Make It Count

The key with this painting, was to make every thing I did, each step moment by moment…. count.

To be fully present.

From the selection of brush, paper, paints, music played, techniques used, brush stroke direction and number.

 

I made each mark relevant,  as the clock ticked.

 

 

 

Selected Partner Posts

Quiet joy in nature

Minimalism less is more 

Cobalt Teal blue

Color   moves us