I recently completed a commission to paint a European Christmas scene for the packaging for ‘The Tea Nomad’ Limited Edition ‘Noël’ tea. The artworks, which included painting the ingredients, were used across several different packaging items. The tea based on the inspiration of European mulled wine (a popular Christmas drink) is now available here.
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.
Here is how the painting turned out.
I recently was faced with a dilemma. What gift do I get a recently engaged couple, who already live together and have everything that they need?
They have a dog they love as a child and I thought to myself…a painting may be a good idea. It’s unique, one of a kind and there is NO risk of anyone else getting the same gift 🙂 Instead of searching the shops, all I need to do is spend some time in my studio painting this little guy.
So here he is. This is Ziggy. And yes, the idea worked and they loved it!
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!
Many of you may not be aware of the life of an artist. Here is a quick insight of the logistics of selling at shows.
Firstly, an artist enters a show to have their work shown to a wider audience and hopefully make a sale. Their first hurdle is framing. Framing is expensive and there is a very high chance the frame will get damaged during the setting up of a show. You watch organisers holding your work in an unsafe way and your filled with dread and nerves!
Secondly, there are the fees to enter a show – per painting! Sometimes your work gets rejected and so you lose you entry money (its a gamble I tell you!)
Okay – so your work gets in. PHEW! Your work is on the walls and someone buys it. WOOHOO! What a great feeling! (It no doubt is). So the cost of hours of work on the piece, the materials, frames, fees, delivering and picking up adds up right? Yes! But a percentage 20-35% of that sale goes straight back to the show.
But what about the paintings that did not sell? Lucky artist! You’re not allowed to enter them in the same show again! Nor will they except a work painted over a year ago (or a year and a half). They didn’t sell because they were bad works, maybe it was because there wasn’t enough people who attended the show or the right person didn’t cross its path (among other factors).
So, what do you do? You have to enter them somewhere else (which means more fees and more travel). So the artwork literally plays a ring-a-ring-a-rosey game (and expensive one), until it finds its owner or its time of being “shown” (the 1 year- 1.5years) is up.
The great painting gets taken out of its frame, for another. And the circle of artwork begins.
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!