Painting in Miniature

This week I have said goodbye to a number of artworks. The ink and watercolour wash painting of the old hut at Arm River was collected by happy Jen from Penguin. The prize which I offered to a randomly selected “liker” of my Facebook page was delivered to Barbara from Ulverstone (and I enjoyed a chat and cuppa and looking at her art works…. a couple of which were painted when she attended my workshops). Alana collected the acrylic of Base Camp, Mt Everest to give to her husband for his birthday in memory of their amazing trek. And today I sent three miniatures to their new home in Hobart.
Forest Stream is done in an unusual medium for a miniature work…. oil pastel. If you have worked with oil pastel you may wonder about the choice of this medium for work which is about detail. The reason was the intensity and freshness of the colour especially the lush lime greens and yellows for the sunlit patches. Thickly pressing the colours to the surface and blending in some areas such as the moving water, I laid my base colours. The next step was to scratch into this with various tools…. etching tool, toothpick, blade. This way a layered, almost 3D effect, was achieved and fine details added, even using a pin for some of the finest linear marks. I do love exploring different media but am careful to chose a suitable subject. I think for this forest stream scene oil pastel was perfect. Forest stream oil pastel miniature
Mt Oakleigh and Tarkine Coast are both painted with H2Oils on foamcore. I have found this to be a wonderful combination for miniature work as the smooth surface allows fine detail, smoothly blended passages or dry brush scumbling. In these landscapes the challenge is to suggest the vastness of our wilderness areas on a painting surface measuring about 6×6 cm. They are intimate little works which hang well as a group on a wall, or sit comfortably in the hand while you sit in a chair allowing the image to “transport” you to our wilderness grandeur. Mt Oakleigh is in Cradle Mt, Lake St Clair National Park and the Tarkine is a threatened area of Tasmania’s West coast.Tarkine Coast Oil Miniature
Mt Oakleigh H2Oil Miniature

Oil pastel session.

Only two peolple at the oil pastel workshop today. We had a good time working with the vibrant colours and you can see the results here I still think that a field of flowers is the best subject for this technique where the oil pastel is softened in the heat of a candle to apply luscious spots of

colour in relief on the surface. I have found oil painting canvas paper the best surface for this technique

latest worlshops and classes

Yesterday I worked on a watercolour of one of my favourite subjects… the energy and movement of the sea as it impacts on rocks… a painting which always makes me feel alive as I do it as I “feel” the movement of the wave and the solidity and strength of the rock. The people present did  not see the finished work as we had several activities going. Theo and Arthur explored Inktense pencils…… both visiting Tassie in motorhomes, the medium is perfect for those on the move. Arthur also discovered the advantage of a solid sumi ink stick and stone…. no spills and it lasts “forever”.  Being a good at drawing, ink and inktense wash suits the style of these men.

Lynne did magnificantly vibrant bookmarks, full of colour. Not having done art before, she bravely explored wet in wwet watercolour with koh-i-noor intense colours.

Sue, an experienced artist, bravely painted the sea wave explosion on Fabriano torchon extra rough paper. She came to learn about the textural effects which can be obtained on the surface. So different to her usual Saunders Waterford paper.

The slide show is of some other students’ works in oil pastel, Inktense (including one on silk) and Watercolour (using the pouring technique for the background). Unfortunately I am usually to busy to remember to phtograph work. at classes and workshops.

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