I love orange


I have never thought of myself as a big fan of orange. Is it a new post-cataract surgery colour vision thing?. Is it the hot weather making me subconsciously feel I have to paint the heat? I really don’t know but these are two recent small works on canvas.

“Industrial” is true mixed media… I almost threw everything at it. Starting with acrylic, partly applied with a palette knife  in impasto style with texture media and some mica paste, I then used encaustic and a few spots of gold leaf. I love the textures… some flat, thin passages, others thick and luscious with the richness of pigmented beeswax.

“Global warming?” is a luminous acrylic where I have experimented with new ways of applying the paint using, in part, crackle medium which did not work the way it should. That was great as I love the way the surface is subtly broken in places. I would love to repeat this in a larger work but I think it is truly a one-off as I don’t know if the same “mistakes” will happen again!!! It possibly works better smaller anyway as small encourages the viewer to look more closely at that textural surface.

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Oil Pastel Painting


Wow these colours are bright…..maybe over the top…. but being someone who often uses a touch of a complimentary colour in a mix  to slightly neutralize the colours in my traditional landscape works, I find this contrasting style rather stunning. A different support this time tends to give stronger colour. Get the old oil pastels out and try it! I will have to do a workshop on this technique I reckon. If you are a community or art group who want to host one, please talk to me. All those in my classes so far have enjoyed this process and been impressed with their results …. and the materials are not expensive.  Best suited to flower field type works but I have ideas for other subjects (along with thousands of other art ideas which may or may not be born). This one was inspired by sunset in our Tassie mountain areas and the plains that are covered with our whites native iris ( I was thinking of visits to Lake Lea up Cradle Mt way but it is not topographically acurate at all)