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.
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.
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.
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
Look Beneath is 15cm x 20cm approx, and on Arches 300gsm cold pressed paper.
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. 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: I am back painting again after a stressful time with my mother’s and my health issues. Feels good!
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.
I spent the week painting it on 300gsm rough finish water colour paper, and am pleased with the result.