Landscape painting from the imagination…. winter


Winter (imagined)

Winter (imagined)

On Friday I took a small workshop on introduction to abstract art in acrylics. We discussed abstract art and googled images to see the diversity and degrees of abstraction. This is a painting I did on canvas board. “Winter”… the mountains just appeared… abstracted? This is not based on any real place or even an intention to paint mountains and snow. it just evolved ….. whenever I play with paint I am likely to end up with something suggesting a landscape. It is hardly realism but does it meet “abstraction”. I prefer the term” landscapes from the imagination” and as this started to emerge from the canvas I was reminded of a painting done about this time last year of Everest Base Camp. What I most wanted participants to do was to explore a multitude of ways to apply paint to a surface. This was primarily done with the palette knife. It is such FUN and even as adults we should give ourselves permission to “play” and “waste” materials as it is through doing this that we learn.

Abstraction or realism? (Photography)


These photos are of patterns created by moving water at the coast, and one of clouds.They have not been altered apart from a little tweaking of levels/ contrast.
When teaching about abstract art (painting), many of the students initially had the idea that the artwork had to be created completely from the imagination. While that is one way, there are plenty of natural sources of inspiration. It is more about looking for pattern and shape and removing the need to identify a subject. These photos were taken because I loved the patterns. shapes, colours, contrasts and light. They would be good references for the painter of abstracts

dancing weed

dancing weed

clouds

clouds

surface tesselations

surface tesselations

crystal clear

crystal clear

… or can be considered abstract art (photography as the medium) in themselves… but they are also realism. Do you consider that a contradiction of terms?

Encaustic Pendants


Over Christmas/New year I sold out of my encaustic art pendants so I have been doing more after finally obtaining the antique look, oval pendant trays I prefer.
Each pendant contains one of my small original encaustic art paintings…. a painting made using melted pigmented wax. I have protected the artwork with a domed clear glass cabochon which, in effect, acts as a magnifier for the image. The oval image is 1.8 by 2.5 cm. The whole pendant is 3 by 3.7 cm and attached to a matching, coloured silk cord or a silver snake chain. Encaustic allows great depth depiction and within the abstracted shapes the viewer discovers there own meaning. It is so special to wear one off original paintings as a jewellery item and I certainly get a lot of positive comments when I wear them. These are for sale at $25 each, which includes postage. Contact me or to make things easier, over winter I hope to get my Etsy shop organised. encaustic pendant cool blue

encaustic pendant flesh copy

Encaustic pendant Sienna copy

encaustic pendant pink jpg copy

Encaustic for Wonders of Wynyard


It is a while since I have done any encaustic art and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring this medium again to create some colourful, abstracted, textural works for my TOUCH exhibition to be held at Wonders of Wynyard over the month of September 2012. The wax glides beautifully onto the gloss paper substrate and with theapplied  heat it can  be manipulated into various thicknesses and patterns. In much of my art work  I love soft edges which dissipate into a distant haze but in encaustic what appeals is  crisp well defined edges and strong contrast in a bold approach. I do not give these works a title which suggests what one should see in them but rather leave the viewer to make their own discoveries.

Handmade Artist’s Book


MAKE YOUR OWN BOOK WITH ME at a workshop a Sheffield Working Artspace (TRAK) on April 21st. Follow the  link to their blog for more info.

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 This is an activity I ran at the recent Scouts Jamboree held in Tasmania (more photos of participants’ work to come). The pages are of handmade paper onto which I have done some ink painting, pasted in some Tasmania in Miniature actual size prints of my paintings and incorporated snippets of abstract acrylic monoprints. The book measures only 105 x125 mm so fits comfortable in the hand for a personal interaction.