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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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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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All the exhibition artworks

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Art Show Entries

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

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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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Colour swatch challenge on Journal 52

I joined a free year long journalling group which has weekly prompts. Since I joined late, I still have to catch up, but am really enjoying the challenges, and am using them to experiment with some new techniques (for me!).

Week 9 was to select three swatches of colour, and create a page, so no point in choosing favourites, is there?

Inspired by a Diane R Nelson painting with two sisters in it, I painted a face that’s partly missing, a la Nelson’s painting, and used my own experimental techniques with Neocolor II water soluble pastels to make the page.

All in all, very satisfying!

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We haven’t left Rylstone behind

Golf course view - Rylstone 2012

We keep returning to Rylstone (the last place we lived) so we can go to our doctor.

In a recent visit, I painted a small picture in acrylics on gessoed acrylic paper of the view overlooking the golf course beside the caravan park.

Golf course view - Rylstone 2012
Golf course view – Rylstone 2012