Painting Spent Banksia
So thrilled to be a Finalist in the ‘Local Artist – Local Content’ Art Prize 2021. My painting Spent Banksia is one of 40 Finalists from the Sunshine Coast region.
It is such an honor to be exhibiting Spent Banksia with so many amazing works by local artists. You can view all the Final Entries at the Caloundra Regional Gallery website. Exhibition dates: 19 March to 2 May 2021
I’m especially thrilled at being selected as this painting is part of my new mixed media style that I have worked on since giving up oil paints for health reasons. More information is in my first Blog post New Directions
This method can be a bit tedious as the graphite bleeds easily into the wet acrylic washes. That’s great, and effective, when one wants that reaction, but I don’t for some works. So to avoid that bleeding I seal every line with Binder medium by using a fine brush. I must say the tedium turns to relaxation very quickly.
The charcoal scrapings/dust were sealed with washes of Binder medium. The acrylic paint was applied using traditional watercolour methods. The branch was from friends’ garden at Mapleton, just across the Sunshine Coast hinterland range from us. I used it for reference as I chose to omit the vase and position of a traditional still life arrangement.
Happy New Year – NEW BEGINNINGS
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 …
Botanica Exhibition at The Mary Cairncross Reserve, Maleny (details below).
I’m one of nineteen ACI artists exhibiting at the beautiful gallery space at Mary Cairncross. We have all been inspired by the natural rain forest environment and I’m looking forward to exhibiting with these talented artists. I’m entering two paintings.
Since ‘giving-up’ my oil paints I’ve been working with watercolours, inks, and acrylics, and often I add dry media. Combining dry and water-based mediums in a semi-abstract style allows me to explore concepts, composition, and my response to the environment or subject in a new way, instead of the traditional technique I was taught for oil painting. One feels very insignificant in the rain forest world. Spending time in the majestic Mary Cairncross rain forest with its ebb and flow of nature suggests to me an endless theatre. On a pleasant day the stage is set with dappled sunlight, with silent players towering, gently whispering with shimmering hula skirts dancing high. As an artist my challenge was to portray that feeling.
Centre Stage – Mixed Media on stretched canvas 50.7cm (W) x 50.7cm (H) x 4.2cm (D) Artist’s quality acrylic paint, graphite, pastel, binders, layered varnishes, and cotton canvas. Finished with semi-gloss varnish.
Dance of the Picabeen Trees – Acrylic Paint, 50.7cm (W) x 50.7cm (H) x 4.2cm (D) Artist’s quality acrylic paint, graphite, binders, layered varnishes, and cotton canvas. Finished with semi-gloss varnish. My step-by-step image for this painting is in a previous post.
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