Friday, September 22, 2017

Just to round out the week

Just to round out the week here's a small oil study from yesterday morning ( 2.5mm MDF 200mm x 250mm) ..... 
Unless someone can come up with a better name I'll call it "Deep in thought"



With today's temperature set to reach 30 degrees C I took the opportunity to fast dry it by leaving it under the back window of the car out in the sun.   

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Recent works from classes and demos.....

This is a sequence of images of my painting of St. Teresa of Calcutta (her saint day was just recently celebrated).  Painted on brown packing paper about A4 size.






Professor Einstein from the class demo. We are painting Famous People and animals not so famous (not so frequently painted)


.... and Albert Einstein again - a more detailed study ... once more on brown packing paper.



.... and finally a Lurcher painted in my studio and a Camel demo from yesterday's class.



If you're not having fun - then why paint?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A wrap up of a wonderful week or so....

started on Friday with a three day workshop with the internationally acclaimed watercolourist Keiko Tanabe. A great intro to landscape watercolour and a program that both challenged and inspired us. Thanks to SAWS and Adelaide Art Society and of course Keiko. ( I couldn't resist doing a quick sketch as she was demonstrating the final landscape.)



Monday it was session three of six with the Burnside Painters where I'm currently taking members through the joys of painting animals in watercolour with the occasional diversion into the use of mobile technology to help in creating art.


Tuesday it was delivery time for the portrait I completed as part of the RSASA Portrait Prize demonstrations. I hope my oil painting will be well received at the opening on Sunday.



 (I also entered an animal sculpture for consideration in the Solar Art Prize at the RSASA organised by Pip Fletcher)...

 then it was off to Pepper St Art Centre to submit my entries for the SAWS Members' Exhibition "A Wash of Colour" opening this Friday at 6.30pm and continuing until end of September.
I'll be doing a live demonstration there this Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Please come along if you have the time. If you are interested in doing a short 6 week course with me at Pepper St starting on 17th September you'd better hurry - only a couple of places are left. (see Pepper St website for details).

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Three days this week.....

The week started with the SAWS AGM and the twenty minute demo below....

Followed by a sprint to the Port Adelaide Community Centre opening of the latest exhibition, "Fusion"....  where my painting of the boy in the hat was awarded a merit... as was my elephant statue.   WOW


Then while sitting in at the Gallery on Wednesday morning I painted a couple of extra works. The one below was my favourite.


So this morning at the Elizabeth Art Society ANEAS I painted the small oil below in preparation for a larger piece.


SALA festival in Adelaide is always a busy time but I didn't realise just how busy until this year.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The week that was... and coming stuff

So what's new?....
So what's new?....
Well Mike Barr organised an article for all four Amigos ( Mike Barr, Bill Truslove, Alan Louis and I) to appear in the August 2017 edition of Australian Artist magazine and its out.... thanks Mike.(Bruce Weir took the photos .. thanks Bruce.) I am once again chuffed.
Last week's output included these watercolours...all on brown packing paper.
BTW my September/October class at Pepper St is filling quickly...
if you want more details.  Numbers strictly limited.






and more stuff...

The sculpture of Brian Cox (see earlier post) has been fired and mounted on a rustic wooden base. I decided to leave it in its terra cotta state without trying to colourize it or simulate a patina. The natural state has more honest integrity and shows up all the texturing well. It will be on show during the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Portrait Prize Exhibition for which it has been selected as a finalist. 
I'll be part of a portrait painting demonstration there on Tuesday 
8 August from 11am to 1pm - bookings are essential, contact RSASA.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Week just gone

Well - I've been doing heaps this week ... but I'm only showing the watercolour paintings... please enjoy.
BTW - I'll be sitting in at the fabulous SAWS - South Australian Watercolour Society exhibition at the Black Diamond Gallery at Port Adelaide (next to the Visitor Information Centre, Commercial Rd) from 10am to about 4pm tomorrow only (Fri 16th June) . Drop by and say "Hi".
The paintings are all about A4 - Brian Cox is from the sketch book, the guy in the cap, the forlorn, lost looking lady and the chap with the mo are on packing paper and the hirsute gentleman is on Arches rough 300.





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What's in store for this old man?
After pushing clay around for a couple of hours this morning this is what I have ended up with. But it's not finished.
If you'd like to see what happens next you can attend a demonstration at ANEAS - ArtsNorth Elizabeth Art Society 7 Judd Rd Elizabeth from 10am to 1pm Wednesday 7th June, where I shall be taking up where I have left off with this bloke.
But I'll also be showing/demonstrating a heap of other stuff in relation to clay modelling.
All welcome.


BTW - Thank you to Clare Rotary Art Show - my little elephant "Dignity" was awarded 1st Prize in the Indoor Sculpture Section.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Dignity

Dignity - Bronze 31cmH x 20cmW x 18cmD Weight approx 8.2kg


This recently completed little elephant is mounted on a black nylon pad and square jarrah base.  It is my homage to the many elephants so harshly mistreated in the name of entertainment.  (Google "Anne - the last British circus elephant" to see what I mean.) Thankfully that era is rapidly disappearing although mistreatment still abounds in other countries. 
The dignity these magnificent creatures appear to display is what prompted my naming of this work.  It is going on display for the first time at the upcoming Clare Rotary Art Exhibition. 
I will be conducting a wide ranging clay modelling demonstration at ANEAS on Wednesday 7th June at Judd House, 7 Judd Rd  Elizabeth from 10am to 1pm.
(See right for details)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Recent Watercolours

Heart Breaker - Watercolour on primed plywood panel 15cm x 20cm 


Done for a small community gallery fundraiser.

Male Study Watercolour on brown packing paper 20cm x 20cm 




Man in a cap Watercolour on brown packing paper 20cm x 20cm 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FUN FUN FUN in watercolour

From the just completed classes at Pepper St 
.... a demo piece I painted yesterday.....


Size about A3 - on medium paper
That's just a sample of the sort of work and fun you could have this Sunday at the 
HEADS UP      Animals and People Workshop
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SPECIAL
Are you a teacher?  Do you want to expand your art skills?
Want to paint animal and people portraits in watercolour?

Numbers are limited -  
Workshop is 50% booked so don't delay.

10am to 2pm Sunday 23rd April
Marchant Community Centre  338 Gorge Rd  Athelstone

Cost $60

FREE COFFEE & TEA
Contact me for details grit@iprimus.com.au

(of course some of the works may be a little more charming).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ANNOUNCEMENT

HEADS UP      Animals and People Workshop
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS SPECIAL
Are you a teacher?  Do you want to expand your art skills?
Want to paint animal and people portraits in watercolour?

Numbers are limited -  
Workshop is 50% booked so don't delay.

10am to 2pm Sunday 23rd April
Marchant Community Centre  338 Gorge Rd  Athelstone

Cost $60

FREE COFFEE & TEA
Contact me for details grit@iprimus.com.au









Saturday, March 18, 2017

Today ... at the SAWS Saturday session.

I usually go to my art group sessions without any real plan of what I want to paint. 
That was the case today and I started out painting a gentleman with a red bow tie on some paper Lynda Fanshaw asked me to try out. We both agreed the paper was so so. 
Then I saw Steven Lush 's post of his grandmother on Face Book - he was most gracious to allow me try to paint her. The result, on brown wrapping paper, is below. Thanks Steven, I tried to keep in sympathy with the look of the old photograph.
 Finally, with a few minutes left, I got out the sketch book and added the small painting of the little boy. 

They are all about 20cm x 25cm.

Tomorrow the workshop at Art Stretchers on Light Square.




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Innocent

Innocent - Watercolour on Fabriano rough A3



In a world full of "In your face" confrontational art I like to present an alternative ... it's the softer side of me emerging.

BTW the Pepper St class "Feathers, Fur and Fins" is fully booked - thank you to those who are coming - I'm sure it's going to be fun and I'm looking forward to it.

This Sunday 19th March I'll be hosting a Watercolour Portrait Workshop at Art Spectrum.
Details from Angela at Art Stretchers 82122711.

Happy painting.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The week that was...


Saturday night my little elephant was awarded 2nd prize in oils at Tea Tree Gully Art Show.



I didn't have time to paint until Thursday morning when I did three small oils
all approx 12cm x 18cm .....

The Blacksmith - oil on canvas sheet

Child study - oil on mat board (unprimed)


Head of a woman - oil on primed MDF board


Then yesterday morning I tried a watercolour on some paper a dear friend had given me.

Fisherman - watercolour on Blue Lake handmade toned paper from Mt.Gambier. approx 30cm x 40cm



and then in the afternoon when I went to pick up my work from the Tea Tree Gully exhibition I had a lovely surprise.
My small terra cotta had been accorded, what some artist friends regard as the ultimate accolade, a People's Choice Award.

Winston in the garden - terra cotta and australian oak - approx 30cm x 20cm x 15cm




Perhaps colleagues are right - I really haven't got anything to complain about. 

BTW - the watercolour portrait workshop at Art Stretchers on March 19th still has a few vacancies - contact Angela on 82122711 for details.