Monthly Archives: December 2010

MAKING MINIATURES


I rarely ever ‘bin’ drawings that I consider a failure. It has to be bad to go in the re-cycling bin. No matter how ‘sound’ one’s planning is, there will be occasions when things don’t go right. If this occurs, … Continue reading

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LANDSCAPE SPIRIT


One theme that I have particularly enjoyed across a range of mediums is what I call the Spirit of the Landscape. Whatever you believe in, I am convinced that there is someone or something behind the creation of ourselves and … Continue reading

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DESIGN IN NATURE


My interest in sticks and stones has not only been a part of my drawing with coloured pencils. This subject has also played a prominent role in my graphic art, whether for commercial uses, or as part of some of … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING ABSTRACTION 2.


Have you read last Friday’s post on abstraction? I featured the same set of images as I have done today, that being digitally altered images of bird poo. Yes, bird poo! Do you think differently now about this set of … Continue reading

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FRENCH OIL PASTELS


The other day I visited one of my favourite art shops, Philcam, intending to buy some Daler Rowney mount board. I was unsuccessful, but noticed some sets of oil pastels that I had not seen before. Wow, didn’t they look … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING ABSTRACT ART


Teaching an appreciation and understanding of abstract art is not an easy task. I have held a number of workshops over the past few years with very pleasing results. These workshops were ‘process driven’, but in most cases they resulted … Continue reading

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NEGATIVE ABSTRACTION 6.


Today’s artworks from last Saturday’s workshop are quite varied. I’m not sure why, but vertical compositions were more popular than horizontals. I wonder why? The original task was to ‘peel’ the design from a rock, that meant drawing from one … Continue reading

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NEGATIVE ABSTRACTION 5.


Let’s have a look at some of the finished paintings from Saturday’s workshop. The first thing that you will notice is the individuality of each of the artworks. It’s always important that your art is your own, expressed in your … Continue reading

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NEGATIVE ABSTRACTION 4.


Saturday’s second workshop was a great success. The participants had been set ‘homework’ after the previous Saturday’s session and I was looking forward to what they brought with them. I wasn’t disappointed with what they presented. Everyone had made decisions … Continue reading

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OIL PASTELS


Oil pastels are not the most popular art medium here in Tasmania. The art shops carry enough stock, but there’s little advertising and very few examples make it to the local galleries. Why? Soft pastels are very popular here and … Continue reading

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