I recently presented a watercolor demonstration at the Southern Cross Art Society. I chose to paint a figurative work, as it would provide a teaching opportunity for those in attendance: that imagination is key.
I first sketch in the main figures and elements. But as watercolor is a fluid medium, moving across your page, you have to make room for the painting to develop on its own. I don’t draw in every cup, saucer, shelf. These things I see as the negative shape is created around them.
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!
I have had a very stressful year. And this subsequent to this, it also effected my art.
Watercolour is a medium, in which you have to be on the ball during the painting process. I do not have a “layer-by-layer” technique, but what should be a fast pace, to correspond with the movements of the water.
Adding to the above, I got a little bored as well…and started going back to my roots of drawing.
Although a lead pencil used to be my paintbrush, I instead picked up sticks (i.e pastel and charcoal). I didn’t draw with any expectations, however, some how or another, they have ended up in my forthcoming exhibitions.
And they are more on the easel as we speak!
This has also made me miss my watercolour and also that break improved my work. I guess, like in any relationship, a little space helps the relationship become stronger…
“My Usual Please…”, (charcoal on paper)
The Jamison Valley, (pastel on paper)
Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, (although watercolour, it was a feather by feather approach, so more relaxing)
Did I mention my art is being used for the next Drummoyne Art show…?
I have enjoyed my painting experiences of late and have made a new pact with myself – When I visit a new location, I must paint the scene (that I am so excited about!!) the following week. This way, I still have a good memory of how I felt there, before Mr Time makes me forget all about it!
I have been running my brushes across landscapes of late and hope to do some more. I am a great lover of the Blue Mountains (and who wouldn’t be!)
Jamison Valley Sunrise, Blue Mountains
I have had some great conversations with buyers of my work – such as my buyer from the Royal Easter Show this year. It is great to hear why they connected with the story of the painting and in fact, gives the painting one half of its meaning.
I was also fortunate to be merited a VERY HIGHLY COMMENDED award at the Drummoyne Open Art Awards, that are currently running in inner city. The award was for my painting of the Canada Bay district, titled ‘Lyons Rd, Drummoyne’.
Lyons Road, Drummoyne
Next up, is my delivery for the Hunters Hill show. Cross your fingers that I get in this year!
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.