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Fitzroy Falls NSW

Spent an afternoon at Fitzroy Falls, NSW, near Bowral. Cloudy day with patches of sunshine so it was pretty chilly at times. We’ll go back again when the weather is a bit warmer and explore some more.

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Painting – Impressionistic Landscape – Acrylic

Today we started work on an Impressionist inspired landscape. We had to start from a sketch or idea from our own  mind rather than from a photo. We have been learning about tertiary colours and colour mixing so this will be an experimental piece.

I’m quite happy with the way this has started out.


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Landscape Painting (Acrylic – Limited palette) – finished

We spent about an hour of last Painting lesson finishing off our limited palette acrylic landscape. It is not really finished but the teacher wanted us to stop so we could move onto the full range of colours and create a colour wheel.

So instead of fiddling with detail and ‘getting it right’ this is the finished painting.

Because it was a limited palette, the colours aren’t quite right but it was a great experience in getting the tone of the painting right. If I was going to finish the painting, there is still quite a bit of work to do, but I’m okay with stopping it here and moving on. Considering this is only the second acrylic painting I’ve ever done, I’m happy with it.


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Landscape Painting

Today in painting class we started using a limited colour palette – yellow oxide, burnt sienna, burnt umber and ultramarine blue.

After mixing some of the colours to find out what they can do, we started sketching out our landscape.

I took several photos along to class, unsure which one would be best. Our teacher chose one that wouldn’t have been my first choice, but it was interesting to learn why he would choose that one over others.

After sketching, we added a thin wash of acrylic mixed with water to start blocking in the colours in an underpainting.

I managed to cover the canvas in the class, but I can already see where the next layer of paint needs to go. Can’t wait until next week to get to work on this.


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Sunrise Painting – Finished

I made the final touches to this painting last night, and I’m very happy with it.

It is very different from anything I have done before, but I really enjoyed the process. I’m going to have to do a few more like this.

It is 12″x16″ on Canson Mi-Teintes TEX paper, which I haven’t used before. It was really easy to work with and feels quite different from the Art Spectrum Colourfix that I usually use.


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New Painting – back to work!

After a break of quite some time, I am back to painting again. Health issues reared their annoying head, but are hopefully out of the way now.

I had been working on a painting of a Kelpie, but didn’t feel like working on it tonight, so started a piece that I have been looking at for a while.

I have worked much looser than I usually do, which I think I needed (the dog needs quite a bit of detail work to finish it) and it was fun to come close to finishing a painting in 2 hours.

This is from a photo from the WetCanvas Image library and I loved the colours in the sunrise.

The trees still need quite a bit of work (in fact paring down would be good too!). I resisted the impulse to start blending, which is something I tend to do, and go with a less structured, directional application of the pastel.

I am using the Mi-Tex pastel surface which I haven’t used before. It feels quite good to use. And it is about 12″x16″ in size.

Even if I don’t try and sell it or enter it in competition, the experience of just losing myself for the two hours in the painting was a good one.