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

A New Series

Today I ‘released’ the first butterfly painting from my new series – Butterflies and Flowers.

Beyond the Cocoon – Pen and Wash on 300gsm Arches Hot Press Cotton Paper, 42 x 30 cms. More detailed images and information are available at BlueThumb Online Gallery .

I am so thoroughly enjoying working on this series. The paintings will be available online at Bluethumb. As it will not be hung as a complete series in an exhibition or gallery I have taken the liberty of creating the works in a variety of sizes and mediums, but maintaining the theme of butterflies and flowers. I hope you enjoy viewing them as the come online.

Over the years I have created quite a few Series of artworks. The first one was in the early 80’s and was part of my first solo exhibition. They were uniform in size, frame, and style; Pen and Wash paintings under the themed title, Life Wasn’t Meant to be Easy – famous words partly quoted from PM Malcom Fraser’s comments. They were all from my personal experiences and observations. I had my first three children under three years, so this little painting was definitely a personal one.

The last series I did was in 2015 – Whispers From My Soul. A Solo Exhibition, Window Installation, at the Pine Rivers Regional Gallery.

The complete series of eight oil paintings on canvas/board (Individual sizes: 25.5W x 30.5W cms) is available here at my website, unframed. More information about my Art for Alzheimer’s visit Share-Time Pictures.

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.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)