I am really enjoying using soft pastel at the moment, and this little still life is a mix of different pictures that I saw and my imagination. It certainly is becoming my favourite medium to use in regards to drawing.
I was going to put in a little vase, but not only was I struggling to draw it, but it just looked wrong and didn’t suit. So I cut it out and added another fruit instead.
I’m not sure how I do it, but this is usually what I look like after a few hours of painting. Accidently ruined quite a few items of clothing too. Takes a fair bit of scrubbing for me to get back to normal.
My first painting for 2015. Took six weeks, but I was moving studio’s as well which added to the time it took to paint it.
I found this photo years ago of poppies and fell in love with it, telling myself that someday I would paint it. Well, here it is. First off the rank for 2015.
The painting has been given the name “Glad Song”, which I think is very fitting. I have to admit, I found this painting difficult mostly in regards to the shades of yellow and the background. It is very different to anything I have ever done before. Since going to Toowoomba my painting style has changed dramatically, and I believe I have finally found the style of painting that suits me best. As for the subject? Well, that will vary quite a bit. I’m not the kind of artist that can be squeezed into a small, predictable box. I like to surprise myself and others.
You will find the official image of Glad Song under “Paintings”.
In mid September and start of October 2014 I went to Toowoomba for part holiday, part art course. I attended the McGregor Spring School and learnt how to paint seascapes thanks to artist and teacher Don Milner – http://www.donmilnerart.com/ . I documented my work throughout the course. Here is my final painting:
I had never painted water and rocks before, so it was a very interesting yet challenging course.
I have to admit, I was surprised with how well it turned out considering I had no past experience in this subject of painting. But Don Milner was an excellent teacher and guide. If anyone wants to see the final image of the finished painting, just click on the page titled ‘Paintings’ and you can see it better. This painting is not for sale because it was a gift for a family member.