Happy New Year – NEW BEGINNINGS

HAPPY 2021!!

The past weeks since I last blogged seemed to have sped by. Time with family and friends over the Christmas and New Year have been wonderful. I love the whole season, the shopping, the gift giving, the food preparations, the partying and celebrations, and just being together. I hope your Christmas holidays were special too. It is lovely to be back in my studio this past week

In early December I started a series of new paintings on the the theme of butterflies and flowers. As you’d know butterflies symbolize so many things, such as, hope, happiness, new life, to mention a few. This is an unusual subject for me, I know, but it has been on my “Gonna Paint It’ list for a decade of so, LOL (better late than never). These are all from my own photographs over the years. Some are on my iStock/Getty portfolio, others appear in my DVD movies and Picture Books for the Care Industry. Some I’m using artistic license and repeating some of the butterflies onto other  photos of flowers in my garden over the years. Today I signed off on the second finished painting. I’ll be releasing (pardon the pun) the Butterflies series when several are completed.

Having given up oils a year ago for my health I’m surprised to say that I am no longer missing them! Oh joy – and I’m really embracing the freedom and variety of water-based media 🙂 With this new series I’m working with acrylics on canvas, and on Arches 300gsm cotton papers just watercolours, and also Mixed Media that includes watercolours, gouache and inks. All works will be available at my Bluethumb Portfolio – if you ‘Follow’ me there you’ll receive a note regarding new works when they’re added. Cheers, Judi

SNEAK PEEKS: A few phone-snaps of works in progress …

 

New Cyanotypes Coming!

I’ve been so inspired by my recent walk through Mary Cairncross rain forest in Maleny. I have two more large cyanotypes and some smaller ones set-up – then re-arranged, and re-arranged again. LOL!! Designing these takes me a while, nutting out the theme, design, and how the design will balance with the amount of blocked out exposure to filtered sunlight through semi-transparent flora. A lovely switch for my brain between, painting, drawing, photography, and cyanotypes.

A few days ago I got up to see this python tail skin blowing from the eaves. Guessing we have a Boarder in the roof 😳 I was pretty chuffed non-the-less I must say as I had been wanting one for the images – as long as I don’t bump in to its original owner 🙂

Next week I’ll share my entries and details for the Botanica Exhibition being held at Mary Cairncross Reserve in November for members of Arts Connect Inc. The paintings I’ve been working on are varnished and dry now. I’m also drawing up a new canvas (not a rain forest, but trees) – hence the Tip for drawing this week 🙂

Step-by-Step

I’ve been working on this painting for nearly three weeks now. The layering of colours takes time as some layers need to cure for days before the next layers are added. It is from my walk last month through the beautiful Mary Cairncross Rainforest at Maleny.  I have started off very lightly with graphite and then pale colours, building coloured layers separately to avoid the colours bleeding into each other. It’s time consuming but I am enjoying it.

The Palm Grove was just so exciting and bursting with life, it has been challenging to capture that feeling. In the early stages of the painting I felt I was loosing that feeling, so I’ve added a Tip that I use for checking tonal values. I’m using Atelier acrylic paints, binder, glazes and varnishes on a W&N stretched cotton canvas 51x51cm (20x20in). It is curing again now before I add isolation layers and varnishes.

Looking back at some of my acrylic works using layers and glazes. I’m enjoying my return to acrylic paints. Safe Harbour – 1994 – shown at PELICAN PERSPECTIVE, a solo exhibition on the Gold Coast the following year. I started experimenting with this technique in 1993 as part of my BFA, VA at Queensdsland College of Art Griffith University. Mixed Media on stretched canvas 4 x 3 ft ( pastel, acrylic, impasto, glazes, varnishes)