A Bluethumb Gallery Pick

How exciting šŸ˜Š

My artwork ‘Garden Party in the Grevillea‘ has been selected by Bluethumb Online Art Gallery as a Daily Pick by Staff last Friday (19th) – thank you Bluethumb Team šŸ’

All the details are here: https://bluethumb.com.au/…/garden-party-in-the-grevillea

Sketching up a Design

This tip is for working on canvas with a smooth primed finish:

To keep the colours fresh for acrylic painting I usually sketch the composition in pastel. The colours blend in easily with the acrylic washes…. and the best part is that it can be wiped off with a damp rag should – there be an error šŸ™‚ whereas charcoal may stain and graphite is difficult to remove.

The two images below show the pastel and acrylic washes as I constructed the painting, and then the finished oil painting Rununculi Medley.


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.Ā  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. Iā€™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)

Mixing Acrylic Paints

Today I’ve been adding more thin layers to a rain forest painting – inspired by my recent walk/resource gathering at Mary Cairncross Reserve, Maleny. I’m working on beautiful W & N stretched cotton canvas, 20 x 20 inch, and using artist quality acrylic paints and mediums. The cotton really lends itself to this light style I have been using.

Something that I have done for years is use a variety of china dishes for mixing acrylic and watercolour paints. I find they’re easier to hold and maneuver than a traditional large palette, especially when working on a table rather than an easel. I can place them on a dry area and work closely when adding detail to a piece. I wipe them clean easily with a tissue or paper towel and wash in soapy water, then rinse. It feels quite luxurious to mix in them and they are quite cheap, from AU$1.25, and sometimes on sale too. It’s a shopping treat to buy even one or two.

Storing mixed paint colours in an airtight jar is handy for reworking an area and being sure you have the same colour mix. Label clearly if needs be (I have different style jars for watercolours), and be sure they don’t go back to the kitchen šŸ™‚ Store away from heat and sunlight.

Tomorrow I’m off to a friend’s studio where a few of us will be painting together – I love these casual days of coffee, painting, art talk and inspiration šŸ™‚

Cheers, Judi