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Recent Watercolour Demonstration

I recently conducted a watercolour demonstration at the Bankstown Art Society.

I took a regular every day suburban street with shops and tried to show how that you can take anything for inspiration and transform it into a painting.

It does take practice! I too, sometimes believe there is a painting there, but, I can’t get it to work. I leave it and come back to it (after a long period of time – not the next day)

Using your imagination and artistic license – you create a story in the scene, keeping true to the identity of the location.

Thanks to all who came out!

Half complete work

Finished street scene

 

Southern Cross Art Society Demonstration

Last week I had the pleasure of demonstrating my watercolour technique to the Southern Cross Art Society. What a friendly group of people! 

For the demo I painted a rainy day street scene of Sydney. I was very pleased with the results! I hope that everyone who attended learnt a thing or two. 

I am busy getting ready for my upcoming shows which include the Royal Easter Show and the Drummoyne Art Awards. Please also check my website for new paintings I have available for sale, which I am updated now more frequently.

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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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A busy month of May…

May was a busy (and pleasing) month!

Back in January, I received a phone call from 2 women wanting to use my artwork as a wallpaper feature wall. They were part of a TV show and it was not hard to guess they were contestants on HOUSE RULES on Channel 7.

They initially has asked if I could go and paint one of my paintings on a feature wall. I advised them, that unfortunately this can not be done with watercolour (as they wanted a watercolour work). So instead, I provided them with an image that they could use to blow up and make into a wallpaper.

This episode was aired on the 21st-22nd May, revealing to the NSW contestants my Harbour Bridge Sunset painting, which featured in their new Lounge Room.

On another note, I was accepted as one of the 350 finalists at this months Hunters Hill Art Exhibition. 1000 artworks are submitted, so I was very pleased I made the shortlist.

I later found out that I also received a ‘Highly Commended’ award for one of my pieces and also sold two of my works during the show 🙂

And finally, I had success at the Oyster Bay Art & Craft Festival, selling one of my cafe street scenes.

I had a busy month and now can collect myself (and paint a lot more!) in the 2 month break until my next exhibition.

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A New Year

A new year and things just run away from you. It’s nearly May and that means we’re nearly half way through the year. Time flies and I just have noticed that I haven’t posted in a looonnng time!

I recently received 2 Commendations for my work, at the Drummoyne Art Awards + 2 sales. Yippee!

Plus 3 Sales at the Royal Easter Show last week.

I would like to say a big “thank you” to my buyers out there! I appreciate the support you provide for my work and hope you enjoy my art on your walls for years to come!

‘Boats on the Bay’, Commended in Canada Bay District Artwork. Judge’s comments: “Nicely handled watercolour”

‘Lets meet at Town Hall’, Commended in Watercolour. Judge’s comments: “Lively and well observed art work”

Busy with Commission works

I have been head down, completing commission pieces of late. Most being framed and given as Christmas presents, which is not far away now!

The below watercolor commission, was sent to the USA last week. Selected from a painting on my online gallery, I repainted the piece, including elements that only the gift giver and receiver would understand. I’m glad to be able to capture a special family memory for them.

A family memory commission, 36cm x 27cm/ 14″ x 10.5″ watercolor

I also have completed the following painting for a client, capturing a loved house and it’s amazing surroundings.

36cm x 27cm/ 14″ x 10.5″ watercolor

I was asked to paint a second version ‘Paradise for Kids’ fundraising piece. Which I also have completed recently.

74cm x 37cm/ 29″ x 14.5″ Watercolor

If you would like to inquire about a commission piece, you can contact me here. I also repaint pieces, currently available. Thank you.

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