Monday, 23 March 2015

Colley Whisson Workshop

I thoroughly enjoyed Colley Whisson's workshop and it was even better that I met up with fellow blogger Helen Cooper from Australia.   I have always loved her paintings....then I  found out she was going a couple of months before and we ended up staying at the same place!!

These are two of the five paintings I did at the workshop, the top one is Scotts Point...
it is the first time I have been plein air painting all day and I loved it!! I will be going out more...
there is nothing quite like having to paint quickly and using big brushes, it certainly helps to loosen you up! It was interesting watching how he edited the scene, then the darks were painted boldly and loosely before defining the other shapes and adding lighter values. Less is more!!!


This still life proved to be a bit tricky, even though it was indoors with a light box, I was standing with light coming in through a doorway behind me and halfway through the painting the light changed and I needed help from Colley to fix it up...and he added the lime. Learned a lot from this one!


He is an amazing lucky I could get to learn from him and I am hoping to incorporate some of the techniques in my work!!!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Summer Wine

6'x6' Oil on gessoboard

I love summer, I love grapes, I love wine...not much more to be said about this!! I did this one before I left for Colley Whisson's  5 day workshop in Australia....  I absolutely loved every minute of it and now I'm back  I will post more about it later.  I was completely out of my comfort zone, but to learn and grow I had to be!!

Friday, 6 March 2015

Cup of Cherries

6"x6" Oil on gessoboard

I love these sweet cherries!! They are a different variety than the ones I usually buy...a much lighter and brighter red. The clay cup they are in is actually a tea cup (without a handle) gifted to me  from a Korean friend. Colors in this are a bit off, the cup has come out blue looking instead of a greyish white!

Monday, 2 March 2015

Recap of February and packing for Australia.

All 6"x6"- Available on my website

I managed another four paintings in February...still slow going....and below I am getting my art supplies ready for Australia when I go to Colley Whissons workshop! It will be the highlight of the year  so far, I have followed his work for over fifteen years. I can't wait!!!