Friday, 21 August 2015

Ruler of the Roost

8"x6" oil on gessoboard
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My first small painting this month, I can't see me getting another four finished like I had planned! I have been too busy finishing my larger ones. I have been wanting to paint this rooster for a while...I took his photo when I was at a small zoo. He had personality plus and followed me all around the place!! I loved the black and white feathers!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Artist Appreciation Month

August is Artist Appreciation month and to celebrate I'm sharing with other artists including Patience Brewster, by sharing the names of two artists who have influenced my work. You can see Patience's fabulous work on her website, her ornaments are delightful!

Mini Chihuahua Ornament
Patience Brewster

There are many artists over the years whose work  has inspired me in one way or another, but today I would like to share two of them. One of them is Colley Whisson, a very successful  Australian Impressionist painter. I came across his beautiful light filled paintings  nearly 20 years ago and was very fortunate to be able to attend one of his 5 day workshops in Australia earlier this experience that will stay with me for a long time! He is a dedicated painter and a generous teacher.If you are not familiar with Colley's work please view it here, you will not be disappointed.

Sussex Inlet Dunes
Colley whisson

The other artist who has inspired me is Daily Painter Carol Marine who paints small 6x6in works. Her compositions and use of color are always exciting! My life changed when I discovered her daily painting blog. I was encouraged to start a blog, paint small  paintings and become part of the daily painting movement. I soon realised that I painted more than I ever thought possible, improved my skills and was also able to become a member of Daily Paintworks...a website she had launched.  I started painting small paintings 4 years ago this month and will continue to do so! You can view Carol's work here.

Glass vs Persimmons
Carol Marine

I am forever grateful to these wonderful artists and would like to take this opportunity to say ' Thank you'  for helping me to become a better painter!

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Recap of July Paintings

July 2015
I find it helpful to take a break and paint a few small ones when I am painting bigger's    good to mix things up, it keeps the boredom at bay!   This is my small lot for last month  Blue Thimble, Evening Softness, Waterlilies and Mini Pumpkins  (Sold)...might aim for five this month!!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Late Evening Softness

6"x8" Oil on gessoboard 
Another small one this week!  Some evenings we get these beautiful soft clouds over the hills, I love this particular view and the atmosphere. I painted a larger one of this scene a few years was nice to revisit!!