Acrylic Paint: Achieving Textural Effects

Acrylics with impasto and gel mediums create superb contrasts of rough and smooth, peaks and valleys that I find quite beautiful and useful in many landscape and abstract paintings. This type of texture works great for tree bark, building walls, hills, ocean waves, even certain flowers lend well to this approach. I mixed the acrylicsContinue reading “Acrylic Paint: Achieving Textural Effects”

Evocative Texture II

Colour, Tone and Texture play important roles in my art making processes. I want my Art to evoke a heartfelt response both within myself and the viewer. Using texture, tone and colour seem to work best for me to achieve that. Choosing subjects that are personal, those that I love and wish to tell aContinue reading “Evocative Texture II”

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”

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”

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”

Oil Abstract with Landscape Theme

Landscape in oils: my interpretation of looking down from the air at the arid terrain of Western Australia.   Used 2 colours plus white, rubbing the paint into the canvas with cotton cloth. No brushes. Fun, Relaxing to create and paint. By rubbing the oil paint into the canvas it helps the oils to dryContinue reading “Oil Abstract with Landscape Theme”

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”

Experimental Art Processes

The last few weeks have been quite prolific with a number of experimental drawing and painting workshops.  The themes ranged from Klee, Degas, to music, to landforms and then to pure imagination –  wonderful art creations  emerged though out the workshop processes!   Two of the key points in each of the workshops was (1)Continue reading “Experimental Art Processes”

Zen of Colour

Snippets of just a few of the styles and media planned for my  upcoming  “Zen of Colour”  creative art course at Atwell Gallery, Perth   Term 1     2015.   I will also be conducting a demo preview for this course at the Jackson’s Art Supplies  Alfred Cove, Perth  Thursday January  29,  2015 ColoursContinue reading “Zen of Colour”

The Feeling of the Land

The Feeling of the Land. I love the land, its colours, textures, shapes, layers and the richness of its dialogue.  Its more important to me, to convey the feeling of the place, its spirit rather than the precise exact details. When I paint, I feel it. I rely more on my creative intuition than onContinue reading “The Feeling of the Land”