I have been working on a magpie painting with an idea in my head of how it should look. It was a disaster!
Nothing seemed to be going right with my painting but after some encouragement to continue, I went in slightly different direction and was really happy with the result.
After posting the painting on Facebook, it sold that same night.
Ah…the magic of social media!
The Linhay Gallery in Auburn had a great idea for an exhibition ‘Galah Gala for SALA’. The galah theme proved to be a lot of fun with galah curtains to walk through at the entrance, galah noises within the gallery with galah cupcakes, a live galah to chat to while looking at all of the galah inspired artworks. I’m sure you get the idea…
Two of my artworks were on display during the month with the larger one, ‘What the…?’, selling before the opening event. It was very exciting to walk into the opening and see a red dot beneath my painting.
The Journey Studio’s art group are holding an exhibition for SALA titled ‘Mini to Massive’ which will run for the whole of August.
The official opening will be held on Saturday 1st August at 2pm at Vine Art Studio and Gallery at Leasingham. There will be nibbles and some fantastic local wine generously donated by Claymore Wines.
The art group have worked together dividing up images into smaller (mini) sections to make some interesting artworks made up of various styles and interpretations to recreate the original picture. Along with these three collaborations there will also be individual pieces of various styles and subject including jewellery from two of our talented members.
My current favourite medium is Matisse artist quality acrylic ink. The colours are vibrant, can be used as a wash to slowly build up colours or, for intense colour, can be used undiluted from the bottle. Here is my current work in progress – ‘Edmund’.
As a rule the eye is always painted first in my paintings of birds or animals as they have the most detail in the painting.
The rest is then lightly painted in with a wash with the colour slowly getting added as the layers build up. At this stage of the painting Edmund looks a bit messy and unrefined.
More layering is needed which is best to do slowly so not to overdo it. When I’m happy with the overall shape I start adding some darker colours in my sketchy style to suggest detail. This is the really fun part as I get to just let go and splash the ink around.
Here is the completed Edmund on the right. All ready to go in a nice white frame.
He is off to the Clare Rotary Art Exhibition where he will be available for sale.
The exhibition will run from 15-21 May.