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Latest painting, sold

layers of my life

Layers of my life

Since I was two and a half years old, my life has been fill of loss and sadness. The black areas of the work symbolise this darkness.

But there have been many bright times, happy and joyful. Colour fills my days, as in the painting.

Threaded through all this has been my strong faith, which helped me cope with the really bad times, and rejoice in the great times — thus the cross.

I asked friends to give me a word to describe me. Some said they needed more than one! These are the words in the painting — me through their eyes.

Lastly, the eye is others seeing me and my life in colourful detail.

layers of my life
Mixed media on canvas

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What is your favourite art medium?

Gift of art supplies

Mine is all of my media! Whatever I am currently painting with.

I have painted with acrylics for more than 35 years, because when I enrolled in a paining class at TAFE im 1980, I was so allergic to the other artists' oil paints, my eyes swelled shut and my asthma flared up. Sadly, I had to leave the class.

Acrylic paints to the rescue

Back then, the quality of the readily available acrylic paints was not so hot, but still made painting an enjoyable pastime. Student colours by Chroma are now pretty good quality, and are used by quite well known artists here in Australia.

student acrylic paint

Watercolours have no strong smell

My favourite watercolour paint comes from Art Spectrum. These Aussie paints are juicy and full of pigment. The range has many colours that I know you will love. There is a Landscape set, and a Starter set, both of which I have bought. The Starter set incudes a mixing palette, 12 tubes of colour, sponge, assorted brushes, all in a lovely wooden box.

I painted the picture at right, and lots of others, with these delicious paints.

If you are wanting to buy some wonderful, juicy, watercolours, you would be extremely happy with these.
More of my favourite painting media next time.

Read what some renowned artists say about their favourites

Art Spectrum™ watercolour tube paints

Art Spectrum™ watercolour tube paints

Abstract watercolour

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Art supplies gift

Gift of art supplies

My friends who were the ones who commissioned Lotus Blossom, who offered to pay me. I refused that and said they could buy me a couple of tubes of paint. My lovely friends gave me a wonderful gift on Sunday.

A bag full to the top with art supply goodies and a pocharde. I have been tossing up whether that was a “need to have” or a “nice to have”.

Also in the pocharde were more good things: a wooden artist’s mannequin and another palette.

Aren’t I lucky?

Gift of art supplies

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Lotus Blossom 2

When I attempted to varnish the original lotus painting,  I had a disaster.

After watching several videos online on varnishing paintings, I started to do it. The red and pink paints rolled up with the roller. I was beside myself.

I tried to overpaint, but wasn’t at all satisfied, so I bought a new canvas, and started again.

Lotus Blossom

Lotus Blossom
Lotus Blossom 24in x 36in SOLD

Mixed media 24in x 36in

Texture using gel medium and texture paste on stencils.

The magic happened then and here’s the new Lotus Blossom.

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All the exhibition artworks

Zooming | Acrylic painting

Art Show Entries

Kandos NSW celebrates its centenary this year and I entered Cementa Art Show

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Challenge

Every month we have a challenge, one of which was fantasy. Since I’m not into fairies and ghosts, I painted an angel in mixed media on mount board.

Believe In Angels

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Two more paintings

Pink Mums

Loved painting this one on canvas in acrylics.
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Aussie Gums

Mixed media on paper mounted on canvas.

Aussie Gums
Aussie Gums

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More artwork

Look Beneath

Watercolour is my current obsession!
I am discovering the joys of using some delicious Australian watercolours. Made by Art Spectrum, they are so juicy and vibrant.
Primoses is on A4 Stonehenge watercolour paper

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Look Beneath is 15cm x 20cm approx, and on Arches 300gsm cold pressed paper.

Look Beneath
Look Beneath

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Exhibition artworks

Zooming | Acrylic painting

Our painting group is mounting an exhibition in Kandos, NSW, this weekend, in conjunction with Cementa 15.
I have chosen six pieces to display.
Here is a non-objective canvas entitled “Zooming”.

Zooming

Acrylic on canvas, 45cm x 45cm.

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Lotus Glow

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Acrylic on wrapped canvas for a friend who loves lotus blossoms.
18in x 24in

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Latest paintings

Kandos Painters group had an exhibition over the centenary of Kandos weekend in October. I sold a painting on opening night. My first real attempt at abstract art which is my current fascination. image Entitled “Desert Skins”, it has several different textural media in the background, which reminded me of snake skins, sand, bark, etcetera. One of the members who also sold a painting on opening night, said later, “Now we are real artists!” Other paintings I entered in the show were these: image image image I am back painting again after a stressful time with my mother’s and my health issues. Feels good!

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The Red Tree, a beginning acrylics painting course

I joined an online acrylic painting course, as I needed some guidance in using different brushes, and strokes.
Karen Ilari, the artist tutor is very easy to follow and to listen to on the videos.
This is the reference photo we were given, and as Karen painted, she explained how she did what she did,  and why.

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I spent the week painting it on 300gsm rough finish water colour paper, and am pleased with the result.

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You can check Karen out at Paint with Karen Ilari