Thursday, 1 December 2016

New Paintings

Near Christmas

With only a few weeks left in 2016 I can reflect on this year at the Friday group where we have gathered to paint together regularly .Our group has met consistently over the year and has gone from a relatively easy to manage number to today's maximum of 14 people.I am not sure how we will manage if the numbers keep increasing as the main studio was full today.
I have had limited time to paint in the last few weeks as there have been many other commitments.However ,as long as I can keep Fridays as my one day per week to have just for painting I will be happy.
I have painted mainly in watercolour and acrylic recently but have used ink and gouache occasionally too.My subject matter has been still life,flowers and landscapes.I painted en plein air once but will try to get out more as it is very challenging if not frustrating and rewarding if the painting works well.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016


Today's Post
I uploaded four small watercolours today.
As already mentioned ,I have been trying to use  more water in my watercolours.
I tried dropping colours in wet in wet too which I found quite effective.
When in Japan recently I went to an art exhibition of paintings done many years ago and was interested in trying to paint tonally using very little colour.I bought some graphite in somber colours and have been experimenting trying to make my painting more tonal.One of my friends today recommended using a grey scale and converting one of my photos to tones which I will try.


Pink flower

Wet in wet

White blossoms

From a Japanese painting

Monday, 15 August 2016

Pink roses




More tulips

Blowing in the breeze



Bunch of flowers


Still life


Vase of flowers

Vase of flowers

Pink flowers

A burst of colour

Still life



Gum leaves and flowers

Gum nuts and leaves

Blossoms in the distance .Japan

White flowers


Through the window

Pink lilies and bottles

Botanic Gardens Adelaide

My trip down the Nile

Pinks and reds

A Year Later

A lot has happened since I last posted my Blog.
My husband had a bad fall on our staircase and broke his ankle and foot which required hospitalisation,followed by three months in respite then weeks in rehab.He finally came home ,promising me he would always use the stair lift in future.It has been a long year with continual trips to specialists,physios and now a Diabetic counsellor.He strives on daily doing his exercises ,riding his static bike which our children gave him and eating the correct food .
Meanwhile I have tried to paint in between visits to hospitals,respite centres and even got the house painted out in case we had to sell.I managed to declutter quite a bit too,giving away furniture ,books etc.We have to cater for five walkers in various rooms of the house and outside in the Japanese garden as well as in the garage which has two steps down into it.Another is in the boot of the car.
I have been experimenting using graphite,watercolour pencils,crayons and various types of paper.Fun.Some pieces are more successful than others.
I have been inspired by my visit to Japan in May to see my daughter Julia...and hope to do more Scenes from there at some stage.I love the work of Shirley Trevena too and have been trying to compose paintings and work using her methods.Not easy to say the least.But,I will go on trying.
I have also been trying to use more water in my watercolour paintings.
If only I had more time.