Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Boats on Lake Phewa - Completed Painting

I finished and signed the painting tonight. I'm very happy with how this has turned out.

It was an interesting experiment to see how the boats turned out in a larger version than that in my 'Lake Phewa, Nepal' painting. It was certainly easier in some ways to paint the boats larger, but it also meant more focus on detail. Straight lines have to be straighter! But I love the colours of these boats. I'm sure I will revisit them in some form or other (I took more than a few photos on my trip to Nepal, so have more to work from).

Monday, August 24, 2009

Boats on Lake Phewa - WIP#4

Just some small final details to do now and revisit the steps and the water. I have class tomorrow night and this will be finished!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Boats on Lake Phewa - WIP#3

I'm slowly working my way down through the boats, drawing in the small details, adding shadow and light. It's amazing how long it can take to fill in those tiny details.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Lake Phewa, Nepal - Highly Commended

I just found out that I have received a Highly Commended for my painting 'Lake Phewa, Nepal' in the Lane Cove Art Award 2009.

I started this painting at a Colina Grant workshop, so it goes to show the value of attending workshops in your chosen media. Makes me think the Diploma of Fine Arts will have to be the go next year.

Woo hoo!

Here is a photo of the painting framed at the Art Awards:

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Boats on Lake Phewa - WIP#2

It is really interesting to feel the difference between the Colourfix paper and the Colourfix Plein Air board. The pastel definitely goes on better on the paper, but it is nice to work directly onto a board. I also prefer the texture of the paper when compared to the board, but for travelling around, the board is better.

Oh well, I'll have to keep experimenting.

I put in some water, shadows and started on a couple of the boats tonight.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Boats on Lake Phewa - WIP#1

I was so pleased with how the painting of Lake Phewa turned out I have decided to do a painting more focused on the boats/canoes on the lake. The colours on the canoes really draw the eye.

This is 30cmx30cm on Colourfix (dark blue). I drew up the sketch using charcoal pencil and I am using Rembrandt Soft Pastels so far.

Winter blooms

Red Ranunculus

The stamen of the Ranunculus is an
amazingly detailed piece of nature


Saturday, August 08, 2009

The Ranunculus are coming...

My very favourite flowers are beginning to appear in the garden, with the first bud about to bloom.

And with red my favourite colour, I'm really happy...

Also, the first daffodils are blooming...

And Rainy and Button are having lots of funny chasing each other through the garden. Rainy stills loves dipping his paw into the bird bath.

Lake Phewa, Nepal - Painting finished

This is the final photo I took of the painting just before getting it framed.

The painting is now in the hands of the Lane Cove Art Society for their Exhibition open from 14 August to 23 August, along with the painting of the golden retriever puppy I did a couple of months ago.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Landscape Painting - Pokhara Nepal - WIP#6

It's finished. Have to take a photo in daylight rather than under fluorescents, but thought I'd post this anyway. The lights have washed out the colours a bit.

I had a busy day today. I spent two hours this morning and then class time tonight to get this done so I can take it and get it framed tomorrow, ready to go into an art show on Friday.

I decided to remove the post from near the centre of the painting at the suggestion of a wonderful pastellist on Wet Canvas. I hadn't even thought to remove it, and yet it was a really good idea. Composition is something I'm still getting the hang of, so any suggestions are very welcome.

I'm really happy with the way the boats have turned out and I love the colours.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Landscape Painting - Pokhara Nepal - WIP#5

So close to finished now.

Because the board is curved, I have had to crop some of the edge into the picture so I can show the whole painting.

I still have some work on the jetty and the people to complete and I have to finish the detail on the boats. Also need to correct the curvy line around the edge of the furthest boat - I think it needs to be straighter *g*.

I am entering this is an Art show and have to hand it in by Friday or Saturday, so I need to finish this at class tomorrow night and take it in for framing on Wednesday.

I'm really happy with this one. In some ways, I hope it doesn't sell at the show as I would like to keep this one. But then, I suppose if it sells I can always paint it again.