The Pain of Big Paintings
This is a little TIP that I’ll pass on – you probably do it anyway 🙂 .
When I’m working on a large, or detailed art piece, over a long period of time, I break the monotony, and the strain on my senior body, and mind, by working on some smaller projects. I find the changes of physical position and visual input keeps my attention fresh, and the aches and pains at bay.
While I’m working on this large canvas of flowers I’m also painting smaller watercolours and acrylics, designing a couple of cyanotypes, and doing some photography.
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 🙂 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.
A Day at the Botanica Exhibition
Yesterday was my duty day at the Arts Connect Inc members’ exhibition at Mary Cairncross Reserve in Maleny. My husband Greg shared the responsibilities with me. We met so many lovely visitors, some locals, others were travelers, and some were re-visiting with different friends which is a great compliment to the quality of the exhibition. There were many comments on the high standard of artwork presented. People were genuinely interested and spent a lot of time viewing works, and there was a keen interest and inquiry in to the techniques and materials that our members had used.
I took along just a few leaves and feathers, from my collections of found flora, wings, insects, and feathers etc., with the intention of sketching some. There wasn’t much sketching completed which was all good 🙂 as many visitors were interested in the cyanotype processes I use, and as I mentioned other artists’ media. So the box of samples ended up being the perfect support for describing some of the techniques for my cyanotypes that were on display. I was also asked to do a workshop for an art group, and others asked if I teach drawing, which I might get back to doing in the future. Please let me know if you are interested in a workshop in 2021 and I’ll keep you in the loop. Happy to say that I sold three small cyanotypes, and several printed cards.
The show closes Sunday, so if you haven’t been along then do try and pop in. Beautiful paintings in various media, prints, wood carving, ceramics, to name a few. Lunch or coffee at the Mountain View Cafe is a perfect addition to your visit, or BYO picnic to the gardens 🙂
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
(first floor exhibition space)
148 Mountain View Road
Maleny Qld 4552
Exhibition Dates and Times
Friday 6 November–Sunday 22 November 2020