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Paint and Paint some more…

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

Merited Award

Next up, is my delivery for the Hunters Hill show. Cross your fingers that I get in this year!

Until next time 🙂

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Summer florals

I’ve had a nice break over Christmas and the New Year. Long over due maybe.

Before I took a break from painting, I was happy to end the year with a piece I was happy with. I haven’t painted many flower paintings, due to a lot of difficulties I had with them earlier in my learning the medium. So, I thought it was time to tackle the subject and after many failed attempts, I pushed through to complete the following painting of the Fuschia Lord Byron from my garden.

Lord Byron Fuchsia flower painting in watercolor

Fuchsia Lord Byron

Coming back to my easel, palette and window (where I paint at) after my break, (it felt like I hadn’t painted in months!) I decided to attempt my first rose. We don’t have much success growing roses in our backyard, but when we grew this lilac rose a couple of years ago, I was sure to snap a photo! It came in handy now, and I am very pleased with the result. I hope to do many more flower watercolor paintings in the future.

Stay tuned!

Rose watercolor painting

Lilac beauty

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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’

 

artist diary…007

Last weekend I poked my head up to Queensland, so I missed writing in here last week!

I have been delivery my paintings to various shows, which will be my last shows for the year.

I dropped my and another artist work to the friendly girls at the Balmain Art and Craft Show. I will have four of my works exhibiting here, although I think they will be shown one at a time! It seems like a very busy show. I look forward to visiting it for the first time.

Took the nice long trip to Blackheath to deliver 3 works for the Blackheath Rhododendron Art  Show. It was my first time to Blackheath and enjoyed exploring the area.

Dropping off work to picturesque Blackheath

Dropping off work to picturesque Blackheath

I went up to Queensland where I was able to get some reference photos of horses for upcoming paintings. It will definitely be a challenge to capture their graceful movement!

My friend sent me this photo to show me her new purchased items she received in the mail. This year she decided to swap sending traditional Christmas cards and instead send my art cards which she bought from my Redbubble store – YAY!

My friend's purchase

My friend’s purchase

Finished 2 paintings which have been buzzing in my head…

Street scene painting of Sydney's Martin Place

Martin Place, Sydney

Bustling Circular Quay, Sydney watercolor painting

Brunch with a view

Blackheath show is still running until this weekend 2nd November and my last two shows are Wentworth Falls Blue Mountains Artfest and Balmain Art and Craft Show.

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I wasn’t able to post last week, as I had thrown my back out and was in recovery mode (or in a-lot-of-pain mode). But I’ve tried to get back into routine this week.

I completed my watercolor painting of the horse (I mentioned I started concepting in my last entry). I am happy with it’s result.

Horse looking out of stable

Curious

I also launched my very own Pinterest page! For those who do not know what Pinterest is about…it is another avenue where I can share my art with those who wish to follow my work (and others). They can in turn pin their favourites on their own board (like you would a cork board at home). Get it…? Have a look if your interested.
Chrysovalantou Mavroudis Watercolor Artist


I delivered my paintings to the Richmond School of Arts for the Macquarie Towns Art Society Exhibition this weekend. Come along and check it out, I have 5 works on show.

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While I was out there, I joined the Nepean plein air group and started my adventure of working outside the studio.

Chrysovalantou plein air painting

Plein air painting at Phugh’s Lagoon

I also finished 2 more paintings this week. The paintings contrast in style and subject matter, but that is how I like to work… by mixing things up.

Sydney city street scene at peak hour

Morning rush

Colorful rusty old car

Treasure Trove

Up next I am delivering to the Blackheath Exhibition on the weekend and also getting ready for the Balmain show 🙂