Monday, October 20, 2014

My Garden this spring

I have not posted for a long time - largely because I have been away for several weeks on a trip in Central Asia.  I have yet to organise my pictures and make a photo book.  But my garden has been looking nice this spring so thought I would post some photos here.


My deck with hanging baskets
My back deck - the hanging baskets were only just planted.
View from back deck into the garden

Colombines

Back courtyard and bluebells

Pond and pots in back garden

My house and garden

Azaleas at the side gate

Azaleas


Front path in my garden

Monday, August 25, 2014

My Photobook on South America

I have just finished my photobook on South America where with two Aussie friends, Janice and Val,  I spent three months travelling, partly on our own and partly on a Penn Overland trip by bus.  We also had 10 days on an old boat seeing the Galapagos Islands.  This was in 1973.  I have scanned all my slides and have 635 photos in the book.

We had been teaching in Canada for three years and were finally moving again to see more of the world,  as Australians often did in those days.

Hope you enjoy this book.  It can be purchased on the  Blurb website
by entering my name in the search box.  All my books are available for viewing and purchasing there. 

The book is best viewed here in fullscreen mode which is available with the far right icon below.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Recent pastel paintings

These are two soft pastel paintings I have done recently on Wednesdays when I meet with others to paint.  I am enjoying returning to pastels, my favourite medium.

I photographed this still life set up under the trees at Floriade many years ago and decided to paint my interpretation of it with bright colours which I love.

Still life




This grevillea flower closeup was waiting to be painted.

Part of a grevillea flower

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Some Mixed Media Paintings

My canvas was covered in glue and sand sprinkled on it  to give a rough texture when painted with acrylic paints.  The idea was to give a feeling of Edward Hopper's work.  He was a mainly urban painter and often at dusk or night.  I only had a photo of houses in the daytime so I have attempted here to give a night look by making the sky dark and light in the windows.  It was fun to do.

Urban view in early evening

I had covered a canvas with crushed tissue paper and painted the whole area in yellow ochre.  It had been sitting around for a few months.  I was searching for a design idea and began drawing flasks.  To contrast with the curves of the flasks I began drawing triangles and using different colours for decoration. Most of the yellow ochre was covered although this was not the original intention. Another piece of work that was fun to do.

Fun with flasks


This collage was made for the Squares Exhibition that has just finished at Strathnairn Gallery.  I always love this opportunity each year to do something different on a small canvas.  I decided to do a collage using all the advertising stuff that comes in the mailbox and newspaper every day. The  background at the top has painted paper covered with semitransparent Lutradur polyester sheet.  I have called it Baubles Collage. 


Baubles collage

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Tiffany Lampshade in 'Poppy' Design

I have been making this lampshade for over three years but finally I mounted it on a stand today and put the lights on. Although there are some things not quite right as it was hard to make, these all fade into the background when it is lit up.  I am very pleased.  The diameter is about 52cm so it is quite large with three globes.

While cutting and foiling the glass it was impossible to know just what the colours would be like with proper light behind.  I had problems with oxidation of the solder as I hadn't realised it was not good to have some of the panels exposed to air for years.  Using fine steel wool over all the seams to get it off was really hard and the result not perfect.  Then it was hard to get the black patina to take well too.  But the colours work and that's all that matters in the end.

Tiffany Lampshade 'Poppy' design

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Photobook on Mexico, Guatemala, Curacao & St Kitts





Mexico and Guatemala by Ruth Lathlean | Make Your Own Book

This is my seventh photo book thast I have made using Blurb BookSmart software.  Gradually I am scanning many of my slides from my travels and making books.

You can view this book in fullscreen and it is also for sale in the Blurb.com bookstore. 

Friday, May 9, 2014

Tryptich painting - after Matisse

I've been working on this huge tryptich for the last 6 weeks.  Michael Winter's class is looking at the work and style of Henri Matisse.  We were to paint an interior with at least one person in it.  Most were looking at photos of home but I decided to use a quirky photo I took in 2006 when I was in the medieval city of Carcasonne in the south of France.  I was alone and looking for a place for dinner but I think I was the only person eating - everyone else was drinking!

We were to join 3 canvases together to make a tryptich. The size influences the way one sees and paints. It was quite an experience.  The final size is 2.3m x 1m  (or 90" x 40").  Even balancing the canvases on the easel was hard with clamps used at the back.

The painting was drawn in charcoal and painted in acrylic using six tertiary colours which were harmonious.  I feel that the painting is more about colour than anything else - and Matisse also used unusual colours.  I made areas of impasto/texture and also flat areas with emphasis of line in places.  It was great fun to make this painting and I've already decided what to move and where to put it on a  high wall in my house.

Click on photo to see a larger size.

Tryptich painting - after Matisse

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Still life painting & tapestry weaving

This was a small still life acrylic painting I did a month ago when there were plenty of peaches around.  I looked at Itten's Elements of Colour" and tried some unusual harmonious tertiary colours as my palette.  I was about to start a huge tryptich and wanted to experiment with colour.  The theme is Matisse's indoor compositions and paintings - lots of colour and pattern. The large one is still in progress 1m x 2.2m in size.


Acrylic painting - after Matisse


This is a small woven tapestry on the theme Light and Shade that I have just entered in the annual tapestry challenge that is exhibited in New Zealand and Australia. Images are eventually all shown on Flickr.

Light and shade

Monday, March 17, 2014

Morocco - my latest book

This is my latest Blurb book on Morocco.  You can see the whole book here.  Just click the arrow.


 
   
   
   
   
   
   
     
   

 

 
 

 

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Some Acrylic Paintings

This semester I am doing an art course called "Matisse - from his room to yours" with Michael Winters.  I always enjoy his courses as he pushes my boundaries and I do things I never thought I could do or even wanted to do. This course looks at Matisse's paintings of indoors scenes and the way he composes, uses colours and applies paints.

At first we photographed lots of angles in our own home that might be appropriate.  We converted these to black and white so we were not influenced by reality colours.  We chose two of these initially and did graphite and coloured pencil drawings on A3.  They were then converted into small canvas paintings in acrylic.  Things were to be stylised, one was to have a border, and one was to have one colour used for 80% of the painting.


Art course on Matisse's indoor paintings

Art course on Matisse's indoor paintings





Art course on Matisse's indoor paintings I then painted this somewhat larger still life made from a cluttered arrangement of objects on a patterned textile. Matisse used pattern and textiles a lot. It was first painted loosely in burnt umber and white. Acrylic glazes were then added to it giving some colour but allowing the background to show through.