Friday 23 September 2016

By Design - creating the intentional page

When I plan a painting I am always very conscious of the composition. Design is at the forefront. In my sketchbooks I have tended to be more haphazard. I dive into the sketch often without much planning. That's changing rapidly. I signed up for Roz Stendhal's online course By Design - creating the intentional page. Any of you who have taken a class with Riz will know that she is a gifted teacher. The course covers everything you need to learn about designing and working with books.

Questions & Answers
If any of you have taken a course with Roz you will know that you will always get more than you anticipate. Her approach is so comprehensive. Her answers go beyond the superficial and force you to look further, explore all options making you think of every small detail.

I am learning so much from looking at other artist's posts; from their commentary about their intentions for the page; for the comments of other artists and of course comments and suggestions from Roz herself. 

When I visited Tasmania in July I began to keep a combination sketchbook/journal because I wanted to document my time in both words and sketches. I'm continuing this process now and I'm trying to put the course information into practice.

Sketchbook Pages

New Lavender in my garden - ink and watercolour in Canson Ebony sketchbook 16.5" x 6"

Lady Godiva - Ink and watercolour in The Perfect Sketchbook 14" x 10"

Remembering 9/11 -  Canson Ebony sketchbook 8" x 6"

The Gunshop Cafe`-  ink and watercolour in Canson Ebony sketchbook 16.5" x 6"

Sunday 11 September 2016

A Prize for Portraiture

Last night at the Nundah Village Art Show my portrait of Daniel received Second Prize in the Portraiture category. I had a giggle when I saw the painting displayed since the sash for the prize is almost larger than the portrait!

Portrait of a Boy - watercolour on Ampersand Claybord 250mm x 250mm 

In a recent post I discuss working on this portrait - you can read it here.

More about the process of commissioning a portrait is on the Commissioned Portraits page

Friday 9 September 2016

Nundah Village Art Show

Nundah Village Art Show

I will have four paintings on show this weekend at the Nundah Village Art Show. The art can be viewed on Saturday and Sunday at the Northside Honda Workshop, Wood Street Nundah.

The workshop is transformed into a Gallery space for the weekend. The Norris Motor Group are the sponsors for the generous prizes offered in the different categories of art work.

The SoirĂ©e is an excellent opportunity to view a wide diversity of art, meet the artists and perhaps purchase a special piece. 

Thursday 1 September 2016

TBT - a favourite painting

Today I thought I would dip into the archives. This is still a favourite painting of mine - I have it hanging in my bedroom. The format fits perfectly above the headboard. 

Pink Roses with Mirrors - oil on canvas 510mm x 1020mm