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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

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 and peacefulness.

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Lesson 4: Painting in Acrylics for 10 yr old TH.

Toady TH and I talked about what could be seen outside. We looked at perspective and vanishing points. TH drew 2 quick pencil sketches to illustrate what we had discussed and then got stuck into a created landscape. Much of what she incorporated came from prior lessons. Her decisions re the subject content were all…

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Lesson 3 in Acrylics With Three Young Artists

On a very hot Tuesday (thank goodness for air con) three young artists used fresh flowers as inspiration to develop design concepts. Using vibrant colours (mainly warm) they drew, cut and traced the shapes they wished to use. They then selected background for impact and painted these incredible works – all in 2 hours. Throughout…

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Lesson 2. Investigating Line, Shape and a Limited Colour Palette

I was asked to tutor a lovely young lady in creative art. TH loves art….any art. I do not teach art. What I do is provide a process, a series of experiences which allow the young artist to be in control of their own creativity. They are able to plan their artwork and decide on…

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Some Achievements as President of the Oatley 101 Society of Artists

I have had some time to reflect on the 5 years I invested in the Oatley 101 Society of Artists as President, retiring in November 2018 from a full time volunteer job. A position I look back on with a great deal of pride. Those people who are really passionate about whatever they take on…

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