Friday 30 April 2010
Wednesday 28 April 2010
Wednesday is becoming a ritual painting day at Ian's studio. Today we did still life painting and I was really happy with how the painting in my journal turned out (top photo). The style reminded me of some of my favorite paintings I have done called The Chaotic Kitchen from 2006.
Above is an attempt at an oil painting of flowers in the grass, inspired by flowers I saw growing at Cambridge. I find using oil paint difficult and I am not used to using the medium anymore. I think I prefer acrylics with the fast drying, easy over painting and dry brush effects you can get.
Monday 26 April 2010
The Bridge of Sighs is in Cambridge and I went punting under it during my visit there yesterday. I liked Cambridge in the spring time. The college gardens and architecture are beautiful and I found many subjects to draw and photograph for potential paintings.
Thursday 22 April 2010
This Willow tree is at my favorite park next to a lake. I was fortunate to be there when a swan swam up and started to eat leaves from the tree, and in that moment I had a painting.
This painting is 70 x 90cm and acrylic on canvas. Click on the image to enlarge for details.
Tuesday 20 April 2010
Once a week Ian and I like to get together and do some painting. It is nice to work in a real studio and Ian is stocked up big time with art supplies! But I still bring my own stuff and sometimes other artists come along. Bashar (the girl in the middle photo) was working on a picture of a space city with a moon and other planets around it. She said she likes painting because she finds it relaxing and she doesn't think to much, kind of like meditation. Ian is working on a big picture of a bird on a branch a tree looking at the sunset. And today I finished a picture that was specially requested and art directed by my Mother.
Friday 16 April 2010
Today was my first day trying out my print stall at Greenwich market on a Friday. It was a bit slow and I sold 1 print which was able to cover the stall cost. But if anything at least it is advertising my artwork and letting people know I sell originals at the market on a Sunday as well. I may do a few more Fridays because it is quiet cheap and you never know I might get that lucky strike that I could well do with!
Thursday 15 April 2010
I painted this picture in my friend Ian's art studio as part of our weekly oil painting art day. It has been a longtime since I have used this type of paint. It is quiet smelly but working with it is a luxury. This picture is called 27 and is apart of an idea I have of doing 1 self portrait each year. So when I put them next to each other I can see how I have gradually aged throughout my life.
Tuesday 13 April 2010
Friday 9 April 2010
I found the purple flower on the ground near the storage area at Greenwich market and the orchid I found in the gutter on Haymarket st in London CBD. I like picking up lost or discarded flowers and putting them in water. It is like giving them a second life. You get to seem them bloom and draw them.
Thursday 8 April 2010
Wednesday 7 April 2010
This above painting on paper is a development of an old painting of my long lost coffee pot I had in Melbourne around 2006. I have reproduced this image to make a print to sell at the markets. I think a lot of people can relate to this image and see coffee as their friend in the morning that helps them wake up. But truth be told I am really a tea man and one of the first things I do when I get up in the morning is make one.
Sunday 4 April 2010
After finding this article (collaged on image) I was inspired to put my little twist on it. I had a brief exploration into all the possibilities of different types of fresh air you can put into jars.
Click on the image to be able to read the article.