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A Recent Commission

I recently completed a commission piece for a client wanting to create a 18th birthday gift to remember! A scene around Circular Quay, that most of us are familiar with: the buskers, the ferries, harbour bridge and the people! A favourite spot of the family, I tried to capture their memory in my own style. Hope you like it!

Joseph Zbukvic Watercolour workshop

I was fortunate enough to participate in a Master Z (aka Joseph Zbukvic) workshop last month, my second workshop with him.

Doing the workshop second time around was beneficial, as I had forgotten a couple of things and it also allowed me to experience the painting process at a developed level.

To all budding watercolourists, a class with Z is recommended – but make sure that you:

  1. Find his works inspirational (you would be surprised!)
  2. Have painted with watercolour for a couple of years, with a firm grasp of the techniques of  the medium.

We went out plein air painting this time around. It was good to observe him in the element that he loves most (and recommends most to paint in – the outdoors). His work sold….my work was in the bin! But all good for the experience!

Here are some photos…. Thank you Z, I learned so much from you and your hard work is so admirable!

Joseph Zbukvic Plein Air Lesson

Thanks Joseph!

 

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Bits n Pieces

It’s been a busy two weeks since I last posted. February is already over and a very busy March is around the corner!

I wanted to paint another hydrangea in a larger format. Here it is…not quite finished. I find the subject of flowers quite relaxing 🙂

In progress...

In progress…

While we’re in my studio…

Reviewing my street scenes side by side, and as a collective in my studio

Reviewing my street scenes side by side, and as a collective in my studio

A small painting of the Rocks I completed…

Cafe scene in the Rocks, Sydney

Eating out @ the Rocks, Sydney

This week I delivered my paintings down to Yowie Bay at the Waterbrook resort annual exhibition. It was a rainy day, but it has cleared up so people can visit over the weekend.

Rainy day delivery work to Waterbrook

Rainy day delivery work to Waterbrook

A big congratulations to my original and great watercolour teacher, Joe Cartwright. He has recently published his own book, to continue what he does best: help people with this medium in a simple and easy to learn method. A big PLUG here for his book, which you can purchase as a paperback or ebook! (click image to be directed to the site)

indexI’m off to the Gold Coast next weekend for a special birthday, so I will update my blog when I get back!

~Chrysovalantou

Rainy weather work

An end to another week and the first month of the year! How time flies!

This week saw the close of a very wet Art of Sydney exhibition at the Maritime Museum. By Tuesday, when I was on duty, it was not only pouring down…but there was also electricity failures and leaks in the venue that staff attending to, making their morning very unexpectedly busy!

My art society, the Nepean Art Society, was featured on the front cover of local press, along with my awarded work and that of other members on a full-page inside. 🙂

Mention in Nepean News local paper

Mention in Nepean News local paper

Nepean Art Society on front cover

Nepean Art Society on front cover

Used the long weekend (and rainy stay-indoor-weather!) to complete two new pieces. Leave a reply, if you would like to leave feedback!

The first is a large watercolour painting of sunflowers (I’m loving flowers at the moment!) and the second a Sydney Harbour Bridge street scene painting. You can view these in my gallery and are also now available in my shop.

A row of sunflowers in watercolor

The sunny side of things

Sydney Harbour street scene painting

Sydney Coat Hanger View

I’m getting ready for the Waterbrook exhibition this week (details on the front page of my site) and completing a couple of small pieces that I will display next week!

Until then….Thanks for coming by and having a look 🙂

~ Chrysovalantou

Upscaling

I’ve had a very productive week, which I am happy about.

I attempted my first full sheet painting – and was happy with my first attempt on such a large scale.

So…of course I did a second full sheet and ..I’m liking working on such a large scale! It’s actually more fun than I would of imagined.

I also completed the following half sheet dedicated to… Sydney’s weather. I enjoy painting wet street scene paintings.

wet Sydney street scene watercolor

Stop/Start.

Next weekend will be the Art of Sydney Exhibition at the Maritime Museum – come down and have a look if you have a chance! It’s free entry all weekend, with extended hours (which you can see on my right menu bar) and 5 of my works on display.

 

Art Of Sydney awards

I’m also getting ready for the Royal Easter Show which needs entries in this week (an insight of how early we work ahead!)

And now…the weekend!

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I had a great weekend.

I had no idea that I had won second prize at the Blackheath Rhododendron Art Show, until I got there after a 1.5 hour drive. A nice surprise indeed!! The tiredness of the drive definitely disappeared…especially when even better news was given: that I sold 2/3 paintings exhibited! “YAY!”, became my favourite phrase of the day 🙂

Second prize in Watercolour/Pastel section

Second prize in Watercolour/Pastel section

Surprised me with winning and sold painting

Surprised me with winning and sold painting

My sold painting - YAY!

My sold painting – YAY!

The week has been a week of experimenting with new subjects, disasters that I will have to learn from and organising new workshops, websites, pages and learning a lot of new web jargon!

My friend Joe Cartwright  dropped off my paintings at the Blue Mountains Artfest at Wentworth Falls that is on this weekend. Balmain Art and Craft show is on at the same time and are the last shows for me for this year – PHEW! Hope you can check them out!

Some work on display this weekend…

sunrise over Venice, Italy

Venice Sunrise

Wet Sydney city street scene watercolour

‘I don’t like Mondays’