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Editor again

Front page Cottage Capers

I have been helping to produce a small (4 page) in house newsletter for a local aged care centre. The centre is called ada cottage, so I called the ‘paper’ Cottage Capers.

I have since become the editor, as it is a good way for me to continue in a volunteer role, without the 60km return trip to Kandos, where ada cottage is.

Here is the masthead:

ada masthead
Cottage Capers masthead

Challenging for the grey matter again, but enjoyable.

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Watercolour Painting Sold: Cudgegong Afternoon

Cudgegong-afternoon watercolour painting

I made Cudgegong Afternoon to put in the show in town. Although it took me several weeks to finish as I painted it in layers of very diluted pigments, I really enjoyed the process,

The new owners of Cudgegong Waters Park were so delighted that I consented to let them buy it, because they absolutely loved it.

Please enjoy it.

Update: Veronica called in to show me the framed painting. It looks spectacular!

Watercolour Painting Sold

Cudgegong Afternoon

Arches™ cold pressed paper, A2, watercolour tube paints from Art Spectrum (an Aussie company).

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Acrylic painting takes first prize in section

Remember my replacement acrylic painting of the lotus made for my friend? She insisted that I put it into Rylstone Agricultural Show.

Prize winning acrylic painting

Lotus Blossom  which I entered into the acrylic painting section, was hung in a really prominent position.  On Saturday it won a first prize. Very chuffed.

The judge was impressed by the way the background created reflections in the water.

Lotus Blossom acrylic painting
Lotus Blossom 24in x 36in

Also entered was a watercolour of Lake Windamere. Used Art Spectrum watercolours on Arches cold pressed A2 paper. No prize, but may be sold.

Cudgegong-afternoon
Cudgegong Afternoon on Lake Windamere

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70th birthday

70th birthday | Jan T cutting cake

In January, 2016, it was my 70th birthday!

Hard to believe isn’t it? My darling husband gave a surprise 70th birthday party (because when you turn 70 years old that is a milestone), that wasn’t a surprise because he couldn’t keep lying to me.

The girlfriends from here and in town — even one husband who is also a friend — were all here and we had a lovely afternoon.

The girls referred to on the cake are Daisy and Poppy, not my daughters!

70th birthday cake

Bob lights the candle. Only one, so we didn’t burn the house down.

70th birthday called for many candles. Bob only placed 1
70 called for many candles. Bob only placed 1

Cutting the cake.

70th birthday: cutting the cake
Cutting the cake

 

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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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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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My latest two Friendly Faces

Jan T at 2

We had to draw ourselves as a child,  and the next as an older person. Easy for me, I am older!

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I am so having fun and practice does make perfect. Almost! VBG

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My favourite page from Life Book 2013

Introspection LB 2013

One of the many favourites!

Using inkjet image and gel medium to transfer onto the dress, collaged elements surrounding the woman, and lastly waxing her with beeswax.

The last step was using melted kids crayons to decorate the edges.

Lots of new techniques which I really enjoyed.

Introspection LB 2013
Introspection LB 2013

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Experimenting with colour complements

Experiments with green blue and red orange journal page

I bought a great book, recommended by Samie Harding (journalgirl.com), called Flavor for Mixed Media by Mary Beth Shaw. (You can buy your printed copy or a Kindle version from the links at the bottom of this post. I get a small commission which I use to help pay for my website costs.)

Using two colours opposite on the colour wheel, although the exercises show three, I began to play with tints and shades. My favourite colour scheme is blue-green and red-orange in all their flavours.

The two colours were scraped onto the page and blended together, using an old credit card. I added circles in tints and tones by adding black, white or each other and then lastly, used a fat Copic to add the ‘screen’ and a white Uniball pen, as well as a fine Sharpie for the doodlings.

Here is the palette after I finished with the page.

green-blue/red-orange palette

And my finished page:

Experiments with green blue and red orange journal page

Thank you Samie for talking about this great book. More experiments to come.

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My latest art journal page

Lilies in the fields

As I worked on adding collaged GelliPlate prints and printed tissue scraps to the background, I thought of adding a person.

Sprayed blue ink through a home made silhouette stencil and then thought of clothing her.

Into my mind popped the verse from Matthew about the lilies of the field, and the page was born.

I used Prismacolor pencils, Aquarelle crayons, spray inks, collaged papers, acrylic paints, Sharpie markers.

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Be grateful

gratitude journal page

Your blessings are usually many. Remember to have gratitude.

My journal page was made with Prismacolour pencils, Gelatos, collaged elements and markers.

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