Princess Alexandra Parrots

I was privileged to see these beautiful parrots on a holiday in Tamworth NSW. They were named after Princess Alexandra of Denmark who married Edward VII and went on to become Queen of the UK. They are incredibly pretty birds. Unfortunately this species is listed as threatened or vulnerable in Australia. I wanted to capture…

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Regent Parrot Painting

This beautiful bird is a Regent Parrot. While visiting Tamworth, I was so fortunate to see him in all his glory. He had no concerns about me taking his photograph. Talk about blessed. This is an acrylic work on an airbrushed background. This incredible parrot is on the endangered list. How sad it would be…

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Getting Involved at Hazelhurst in the Sutherland Shire.

Recently I was invited to have 6 of my artworks hung on the Wall of Art, Sutherland Library for all of June. It does the soul good to have my work acknowledged in this way. I was then invited to speak about my art journey to a small group at the Cottage, Hazelhurst in Gymea.…

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Lesson 6 with TH. Using Images and Looking at Focal Points.

Using this photo TH sketched a likeness and transferred it to the surface she chose to paint. She used a number of acrylic colours as well as black to achieve the interesting background effect. Then after checking out the tree bark of the old gum she used a pallet knife to build the branch. Lots…

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The End of a Chapter in my Arts’ Journey

Six years ago, Joanna Watkins, a brilliant young woman working in Marketing with the Oatley family Lifestyle Resorts, approached the Oatley 101 Society of Artists with her vision for a high quality art exhibition at the Waterbrook Resort in Yowie Bay, NSW. On behalf of the society I met with Joanna to discuss this vision.…

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Lesson 5: Shape and Form. Introducing Some Drawing Tools.

TH knows 2D shapes and 3D forms. The task was to see shape in form. This ink jug was ideal. She drew a large 2D drawing using a HB pencil on sketch paper – rectangle and triangle. Then curves were added. I asked her to leave the 2D lines so that she could see the…

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Art Purchases from My Gallery

I had a lovely time yesterday when a family visiting my gallery purchased 3 artworks. They are going to a lovely home. It might sound a tad cliched but it feels so good when your art is wanted so much by other people. Encouragement to paint more.

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Two young Tawney Frogmouths Painted in Acrylic.

Am playing around with acrylic painted on gessoed timber. This little painting of two tawney frogmouths. They are such quirky, delightful posers and make excellent subjects to paint. I get so much joy out of this “job”!

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Young Kookaburra Painting in Acrylic

Young kookaburra in acrylic[/caption] This young kookaburra is a new visitor to our garden. He was not at all perturbed by the noisy miners screeching at him or trying to bomb dive him. I used his gentle look and put it into this restful environment. The background is airbrushed to enhance that feeling of calm…

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