Tag: Western Australia

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. 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

The Wild and Beautiful – Indian Ocean

The Wild and Beautiful – Indian Ocean

In breathtaking indigo, cobalt, ultramarine blues and turquoise, the Indian Ocean captivates.

A wild tempest, lashing cyclones off the shores of Western Australia one day;  a sweet kitten the next.

So wild. So beautiful.

 

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“Four Faces -The Indian Ocean”     ….debiriley.com      Canon photographs

 

 

 

Beautiful Ocean

 

With a myriad of faces and a dazzling display of hues,  the Indian Ocean has me content in artist paradise.

 

 

 

Creative Inspirations

 

For insight, into my art  image I thought I’d share some of my thoughts.

Some of the creative and artistic  processes, images, feelings, that were going on at the time.

 

I was inspired in this creation,  Four Faces of the Indian Ocean by a number of things:

 

 

 

 

 

 

They each –  played a subtle role, influencing me.

Their faces filtering in as I reinterpreted my adventures along,  The Wild and Beautiful Indian Ocean.

 

 

 

 

Wildflower Trail

Wildflower Trail

On the trail.  Travelling deep into W.A. wildflower country.

Finding so many blossoms of lovely colors, its just hard to choose one!

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Flowers of the Australian Outback, digital art, debiriley.com

 

 

Digital Dots

 

Lilacs and Purples all speckled and dotted!

 

I chose to create a digital painting emphasising dots.

 

 

This of course, ties in to some cultural aspects here in Western Australia.

Many Indigenous folk and elders continue tradition,  with their dot painting style.

 

 

 

This digital Wildflower art piece I created has been created in respect for the local,  original land owners.

As a person with Native American heritage in my own background, I did want to show respect for the first peoples and the extraordinary and ancient land we share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Posts

The previous post Kalbarri Trail, revealed multitudes of lovely lilac colored blossoms.

The post Speckles and Splatters ties in perfectly with this post as well.

Purple  in the garden

 

 

 

 

 

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 Trails, debiriley.com

 

 

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.

 

lilac wildflowers Kalbarri Gorges, Western Australia, sightseeing near Perth, Kalbarri Gorges, debiriley.com
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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silly Saturday: Yellow and Greens

Silly Saturday: Yellow and Greens

A Silly take on last Saturday’s whirlwind trip. I’ve created an Abstract acrylic painting on canvas using the palette knife in fun swirls of yellow, greens, blues.  A bit of silliness, never hurts!

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Yellow and Green

 

My interpretation and explanation for  ‘Silly’ today, is simply that the yellow represents the lovely yellow shirt our granddaughter wore when trekking through the The Valley of the Giants,  Western Australia.

The Swirling greens represent the lush foliage canopy and the deep gully below.

 

A kaleidoscopic perspective of last Saturday’s Silly spur of the moment adventure is perfect for today’s…..Silly Saturday.

Wacky and Fun.