Tag: Perth

Unity….. imagine

I love this photograph of a pelican my daughter took while at the Perth zoo.

It almost looked like an eagle’s wing, at first.  Massive and beautiful.

The wing,  filled with black and white feathers joined together.

 

Imagine…….

 

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Unity

 

 

The day wasn’t  bright nor shining.

No.

More the kind that haunts in a dark looming way.

 

But,

even in the darkness,

the evidence of hope

within those entwined and linked feathers

-heedless of their differences-

is there, for us to see.

 

 

 

And

we can

imagine –

 

Unity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Storms in Blue

Storms in Blue

Dark Storms thundered across the Perth sky, putting on an amazing show at Scarborough Beach.

Inspiring.  Delightful.

Stirring the imagination!

 

 

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Beautiful Dark Storms, oil painting  on board

 

 

Beautiful Dark Storms

 

No picture perfect, pretty blue skies today.

Nor tropical turquoise waters lapping so softly upon the glittering golden warm sands.

No.

Moody.  Ominous.  Storms and seas lashing out in wild fury.  …… so it seemed.

 

 

 

The Painting

I was inspired.  My imagination freed.

The canvas of sky and sea was spectacular.

And regardless of whether I “do it justice” or not; still, I will do what I’m being stirred to do.

The rapidly changing faces of the sea and sky needed to be recorded, needed photographed, and needed to be painted.

 

 

This oil painting was completed fairly quickly, from memory.

Not on the spot.

(Nor while looking at the photos. I felt that if I could not convey the Feeling of the scene, from my heart felt remembrance of the scene, and stir the viewers to an emotional response,  then perhaps I need to do better next time!)

 

 

We  just returned from a quick little break at Scarborough Beach.   

While there,  were treated to some mid winter wild storms.

The vibe of the beach was vastly different to what we see 90% of the time here in Perth.

And that very difference..  made the gloom, greyness, biting cold, the squalls, the skies  – so much more Intriguing!

 

 

 

I kept this simple, with a monochromatic theme.

Less,  being More.

 

Employing too many colors, would be a recipe for Chaos.

For a lack of clarity.

And while that very element is required to some degree for this painting to work, Chaos must not reign out of control.

It must be harnessed.

Channeled.

I must ‘direct’ it.

As the artist/creator,  I must direct where the eyes will go.

 

And you can I hope,  see that the eye is being led.

From the lower right hand corner, diagonally up and left. Towards the shelf of buff and The White that is butted up against the deep dark richness of Prussian Blue in its very darkest.

 

(This Contrast of Light against Dark is a lovely tool to use in your paintings.)

 

 

 

Oil Paints Used

Colors used were,  primarily my Blues:  Prussian Blue,  Cobalt Teal Blue,  White,  Buff Titanium,  and a bit of Cerulean.

 

 

 

Surface Used

I chose to use a prepared wood board.  Its solid, heavy and would allow the brush marks to remain visible if and where I so chose to do so.

The sturdy feel of these wood wrap around boards is very enjoyable to use. But it is rather expensive here, so I keep them for ‘treats.’

 

 

 

A side note…. for those in Perth going to Scarborough Beach – The Wild Fig cafe/restaurant certainly has my vote for delicious food.

Everything we ate while there, was great.   And their GF Fig Cake was incredible. 

 

 

 

Of All Places….

Of All Places….

The Zoo.  A place to go for “lions, tigers and bears.”

Ok, snakes, zebras, penguins and kangaroos, too.

 

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Invitations to the zoo

 

Busy Perth Zoo

The crowds are large.

Jostling.

Pushing.

Tapping.

 

 

Tailgaters every where.

Its not just the roads they’re on anymore.

I wonder,  at their big rush… at the zoo.

Of all places.

Curious at such burning need for speed that their need, excuses their tailgating “incidents and accidents.”

 

 

Zen Time,  Zoo Time

The enjoyment for me is to take my time and not be rushed, here at the zoo.

 

Smell the roses.

(Violets in the case of Perth Zoo.)

 

Doing it all, in one afternoon is overwhelming.

And sucks the enjoyment out.

Photos are horrible.

Feet are sore.

Things get grumpy.

And, I never really get to  “know”  ie get a personalized view on any of the subjects.

 

 

 

Choose a Focal Point

In life, as it is in art.

 

I like to choose a target area and spend most of my time … at that location.

That’s my “Theme.”

I’ll spend some time getting acquainted with the exhibit, the subject, the location.

 

Yep. I know.

That – is the artist, coming out in me.

 

I just keep in mind,  that next time, I can choose another area to focus on.

Simple, really.

 

 

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Zen Greens at the zoo

 

 

 

Simplicity and Zen – at the Zoo?

Yes.  It is possible!

 

 

I thoroughly enjoy searching for the unexpected and the unlikely in places that you wouldn’t typically link together.

Looking for, the something that is that little bit  Different.

 

Finding zen at the zoo.

Of All Places.

 

It is my way, of finding calm,  of creating calm from out of life’s chaos and busy 24-7 we’re all now lodged firmly within.

 

Not all my zoo pics are plants and zen. I don’t have a photo shortage of emu, giraffe, koala, zebra and numbats, etc. Not at all.

Far too many……  But thats part of the enjoyment of going too.

 

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zoo meditations

 

 

 

 

Perth Zoo, Western Australia     a wonderful, easy to walk zoo.

Surrounded by beautifully green shade trees. There is enough to do and see to inspire me to have purchased my annual pass.  Once, certainly is not enough.

Spring and Autumn are lovely. I do enjoy the Winter days as well, on a warm sunny afternoon, it is perfect!

 

 

contemplative photography

finding calm, creating calm, soft greens

the quiet joy of nature 

Perth zoo the Violets…. 

Choose a Focal Point, a center of interest 

close your eyes for just a minute 

 

 

 

I chose these 3 photographs because of the light;  and that sense of  “invitation”  was just fantastic.

This, was just meters from the front entrance.

I loved it. With those deep jade greens that were brightened by the beautiful branch of light gold green… beckoning.

Zen at the Zoo.

Of all places.

 

 

New Watercolor Brush

New Watercolor Brush

I made a purchase I thought I’d most likely regret.

But for $12.99 I was willing to take the risk!

 

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Watercolor Brush Holcroft Sapphire #2

 

 

Watercolor Brushes

I’ve been using and recommending the Rekab 320s #2 squirrel watercolor brush for 20+ years. Many of my Art Basics,  watercolor posts have the brush mentioned, frequently.

 

 

New Brush to Try

A local art store has just released a watercolor brush ‘Holcroft Sapphire synthetic’ watercolor brush.  (Riot Arts and Craft, in  Perth Australia)

I had a look. A second look. And decided to try it.

Perhaps it might be a useful brush if students wanted to wait a bit to purchase the $28- $30 Rekab.  It was worth a test. So I made the purchase.

 

 

Thoughts on Holcroft #2

After a few experiments with the new synthetic Holcroft I have a few thoughts!

  • For the $12.99 it is a decent brush.
  • The brush has quite a delicate fine tip, which I like.
  • Its carrying capacity, ability to hold lots of paint – is decent.
  • This means, there is NO ‘dobbing’ of the paint.
  • The paint brush stroke is Long, fluid and flowing.
  • I’m able to come close, to what I can achieve with the Rekab.
  • Not 100% but maybe 80% which is pretty good for a synthetic.
  • Its long handle, has a good feel – sensitive.
  • Not clunky.
  • Acrylics in a wet, fluid form can be used with the brush.
  • Make sure though, to keep the brush rinsed clean, constantly.

 

 

I can recommend this brush.

But, I honestly still…. prefer the lovely sensitivity of the Rekab 320s better.

Its great to have options.      $12.99   as a ‘tide me over’   and  $28 as a ‘special birthday gift’   Sounds reasonable to me!

 

 

 

 

 

Kalbarri Trail

Kalbarri Trail

Kalbarri, W.A. that’s  Western Australia not Washington.

Its very different indeed from my Pacific Northwest background. Though there areas, can look similar to east of the Cascade ranges….

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Kalbarri Trail Gorges

 

Magnificent contrasts of bold cobalt blue sky and rich layers of terracotta red orange; accented with flashes of lilac and olive greens!

 

 

Magic.

It was worth the climb down.

And, of course.

Back  up.

 

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Wildflowers, Kalbarri W.A. debiriley.com

 

 

 

 

Yesterday’s  post  “Eye on the Prize”  watercolor landscape,   featured the terrain and climate of WA … Washington, USA.    The day was:  Wet, muddy, brushy, swampy. Dark and gloomy. What a contrast!

Eye On the Prize    …..the Painting’s Story

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Eye on the Prize, watercolor landscape, WA.  debiriley.com

 

 

 

Today’s post –  Kalbarri, Western Australia   (W.A.)

Trivia fact.

Kalbarri is 9,135 miles from Seattle, Washington.  Thats  14, 701  kilometers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Western Australia Posts of  Interest:

 

Kalbarri  red hot watercolor landscape

Kalbarri W.A., watercolor landscape, debiriley.com
Kalbarri Gorges, Western Australia, debiriley.com

 

 

 

 

 

There was so much to see and do in Kalbarri, I’ve decided to create a mini series for the Western Australia adventure.  Its just too much beauty to try to put in one post!

 

 

 

Black and White Patterns

Black and White Patterns

Lines of abstraction and Lines of uniqueness. The zebra is stamped with individuality. No two patterns are ever, replicated.  I Love that….. Nature is so clever!

 

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Patterns Within

 

Perth Zoo

Discoveries made, with 2 excited explorer helpers, provided us all with lots of photos and a treasury of fun memories. Giraffe, brolga, tiger, hyena, wild dog, iguana and tortoise all had great designs and patterns that merit further study.

 

But it was the black and white patterning of the zebra that especially draws my interest. Why?

  •  the lines of abstraction  are so bold
  •  black and white, it  simplifies and compels
  •  the lines have variation within each one
  •  the pattern itself, has so much versatility as a Design
  •  I am a fan of equines

 

 

Process

The processing of this photo involved a fair  bit cropping as you’d imagine. With additional blacking out of the background. Further emphasis on the contrasts, using “digital brushes” and tools was needed as well to enhance the shot.  Taken as just a ‘happy snap’ in a crowd, without the good lens – I wanted to optimise its assets as much as I could.

 

 

Summary

By concentrating on monochromatic,  black and white palettes I can intensify a design. If I get the design and pattern right – it will easily go from black and white to nearly any other color plus white.

Thus, I’ve tripled my use out of the one design!   Value, versatility.  Usefulness.

 

 

Nature provides a brilliant place to get ideas.  The Perth Zoo was perfect.