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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Art after Andre Derain

The third artist we are studying with Michael Winters is Andre Derain, from the Fauve Movement - "Wild Beasts" in French. It was a loose group of early twentieth-century Modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism.

Since I love colour, this suited me really well and I have made two artworks so far - the first using pastel pencils (stronger colours than coloured pencils) and the second acrylic on canvas.  The photo I worked from was one I took near Adaminaby some years ago.

Australian landscape in Fauve style

Australian landscape in Fauve style

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

More landscape paintings

Spinifex landscape in Western Queensland.  I used scribble for the pebbles in the style of Michael Shannon

Spinifex landscape

Palette knife painting of rough textured melaleucas

Palette Knife painting

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Painting of a dead tree in the bush

I have just finished this painting today.    It is fairly large on canvas and the idea was to paint it in the style of Michael Shannon, an Australian painter whose work is generally loose, often begun with scribble.  Most of the foliage was put on with a sponge.  A palette knife was used for some white areas.  It was finished with glazing to delineate the warm and cool areas.

The dead tree

Monday, 23 March 2015

Portrait in pastel

I have finally finished  the soft pastel portrait I began in Lyn Diefenbach's class in January.  I chose to work from a photo I took of an old Indonesian woman many years ago in the Lesser Sunda Islands. I think her face has lots of character and her hair is more blond than grey, a feature of old age.

Pastel portrait

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Landscape Drawings and Painting

This semester I am doing another painting course (through the Centre for Continuing Education at ANU)  with Michael Winters, a well-known Canberra artist.  He always challenges me to push boundaries and sometimes attempt work to which I don't feel an immediate attraction.  The course is

Landscape Painting - Shape, Form Colour and Texture
We are looking at the work of three artists in this course - Dorrit Black (Australian), Michael Shannon (Australian) and Andre Derain (European).

We have just finished doing work with the influence of Dorrit Black, an Australian painter and printmaker.  We were interested in form and shape with landscapes of rolling hills with the shading of colours and tones.  I really love her work as it pushes realism into graphic and more simple forms.

I took several photos of the Canberra Arboretum with its hills and the artworks are based on these.

The first was a black and white drawing using a 2B graphite pencil.  The Margaret Whitlam Pavillion at the Arboretum was a dominant contrasting feature.


I then did another picture in black and white with a charcoal pencil showing the graphic nature of the scene.  The Telstra Tower in Canberra raises above the background hills.


The third black and white work was done in acrylic paint and was an enlarged section of a drawing.  I made at attempt at some vertical lines to show the cubist influence on Dorrit's work when she was in Europe.


Finally a canvas was used with acrylic colour to show shape and form in the landscape. I like the colours and tones in this painting.

Drawing and painting

Friday, 13 March 2015

Photobook on my Africa Overland trip

This is my latest photo book on my Overland trip through Africa in 1974-75.  Click on the arrow  and it should take you to the Blurb Bookstore where my books are available for viewing and for sale.  Hope you enjoy it.

This book has 649 photos and 240 pages with slides scanned and text gleaned from the photos and my diary.  It was an amazing adventure which I'm glad I did when in my early thirties.

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Pastel Paintings

These are two soft pastel paintings I did at Lyn Diefenbach's workshop in January.  Her demos on technique were excellent.  I'm still working on a portrait painting.

Pastel painting

From a photograph of waves breaking on sand

Pastel painting

From a photo of Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Linocuts made mainly in the last year

I have been making linocuts as well as other prints for some time so thought I would display these before my Printmaking Group starts again next week for 2015.

Linocut of Australian native plants
This first one is printed black on white and handcoloured with gouache.  It shows some Australian native plants.

Linocut abstract
This is an abstract begun years ago on a piece of really hard lino.  It is printed in red ink on green paper

Linocut abstract
An abstract based on leaves

Hot air balloons


Linocut abstract design based on a simple flower and printed in black ink


Geometric spires design.  Printed in black ink and the red is handcoloured acrylic

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Pastel Paintings

Although I am still missing Rosie, I am doing more art as this helps to keep my mind away from the sorrow of missing her.  These are the last pastels I made in 2014.  Last week I did a workshop for three days and the pastels from that are yet to be finished.

Pastel Painting
Kangaroos under trees

Pastel Painting
Northern Afghanistan mountains from Tajikistan