Sunday, May 30, 2010

Abandoned - WIP#10 (Old Car Pastel Painting)

I can't believe I'm up to 10 painting sessions with this one - but then I can as it is soooo detailed.

Almost there!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Watercolour Class #4

I have had a few weeks break from watercolour class due to various family crises, but I was back on Tuesday night. It felt like I'd forgotten everything and was back to square one, but as my instructor said, these paintings are just to get me used to using a brush and mixing colour.

I feel like I have no idea what I am doing. I am so used to pastel where I can add, blend, brush out and start again, and great intensity of colour. Watercolour is so different. So many rules and one mistake and you can scrap the whole thing. Although at this early stage there are so many mistakes that if I had to scrap it I'd go through too much paper and paint!

Monochrome landscape for this one. So easy to see where I went wrong.

I wonder if I'll last all this term or if my fingers will itch too much for the pastels?

Saturday, May 08, 2010

St Bartholomew's Open Day

K. and I had an enjoyable couple of hours at St Bartholomews, Prospect, this afternoon. It was really warm and  sunny so it was a great day for wandering around amongst the old graves. The church has been restored by the local council and will be used for functions. The Friends of St Bartholomews are still working on restoring grave sites.

The church sits up on a hill between the Great Western Highway and the M4 motorway. Most people wouldn't even realise that it is one of the oldest churches in NSW, built in 1841 as they drive past at high speed towards the Blue Mountains.

The Historical Society put small signs up near the gravestones explaining some of the personal history of some of residents. One of the earliest graves was of a woman who was convicted of highway robbery and sentenced to transportation in 1807. Try explaining highway robbery to a 5yo who can read all the words on signs now!

Someone had placed an Australian flag over a grave, another was almost covered in brightly coloured plastic flowers and many others had fresh flowers placed by family. There were quite a few people searching for the gravesites of their ancestors. I wasn't - I don't have any buried in this graveyard, but my family does have a connection through a baptism to the church.

The Rotary Association has placed a couple of benches under a tree near the top of the hill overlooking the newer section of the graveyard. We sat there for a while looking out at the view. The skyscrapers of Sydney were off in the distance, and we could see Chatswood as well.

K's favourite part of the day was sitting in the shade of the Moreton Bay Fig tree eating home-made cupcakes - one raspberry velvet, the other vanilla.I didn't get much of either one, really.

Just inside the church someone has placed a wishing well. If you place a coin in the well, you can ring the church bells as you make a wish. It is a pity that the bell-pull just disappears up through the plaster - you can't see the bells ring, just hear them. But it was fun all the same.

We'll probably go back again next year, if only to donate something towards saving this little bit of history in Blacktown.

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Abandoned - WIP#8 (Old Car Pastel Painting)

I can't believe how long this painting is taking. Of course, having 4 weeks off since last touching it doesn't help, but I know I am getting bogged down in the detail.
The headlights have improved and are slowly looking like they should, the logo is now marked in on the radiator and I have added in a few of the lights that were needed. I spent quite a bit of time straightening some of the metal frame and that is so fiddly to do. But two hours passes so quickly (the amount of time I spend each time I work on this painting) and I probably need to sit down and work for a longer period to get this done.

Knitting - Beanies for Charity

As it is getting colder, knitting is a craft of choice, especially in the evening when sitting watching a favourite show on TV. I have continued knitting the beanies for premature babies that Blacktown Arts & Crafts Group will donate to the local hospital.

They are so cute and so tiny. other knitters in the group are working on these too, but this batch is just the ones I have completed so far.