Friday, March 30, 2007

International Art Magazine

Are you aware that the International Art site has a new web address? This is their new website.

For the first time since I have been away I managed to do some work on the grisaille oil painting with the sky now completed and more work done on the water. I don't have time to take a photo and edit it but should have one for tomorrows post.

If you haven't done so yet, do take a look at my SnapShots blog with photos being added of my trip interstate. I do hope they make up for the lack images here. Well I must dash and onto the next job, cheers for now!

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Monday, March 12, 2007

Chambers Gorge Rock Pool “WIP” four

Nope the grisaille isn't finished much to my own disgust. Never mind it will be waiting for me when I get back from a two week break in New South Wales. Hubby and I are leaving tomorrow morning with our caravan in tow.

Some of the areas called Outback and Heart of Country in New South Wales are the places Malcolm and myself will be visiting. I wish we could visit all the clickable areas on the map but it just will not happen because two weeks isn't enough time to do so, which is approximately the time we are taking away from home for this caravanning holiday.

Thankfully we have a son and his partner that will look after the farm while we are away. It is very handy having them living a stones throw away.

Well dear friends, this is the last post until my return. Take care and I will catch you all on Arts and Stuff when I arrive home. Oh yes and it isn't impossible that I may post a snapshot over on my other blog while we are away. razz

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Sunday, March 11, 2007

Welcome to the March 11, 2007 edition of Arts and Stuff Carnival

Welcome to the March 11, 2007 edition of Arts and Stuff Carnival.

Art Creativity

Ruth Mitchell presents New Art - Ancient Technique posted at Buy Outside the Box, saying,
"Ancient rock painting technique sets this work apart."

admin presents Todd Schorr - An Artistic Journey posted at, saying,

"Todd Schorr’s artistic journey is one that hardly conforms to the time-honored stereotype of Bohemian artist. It is rather a post-war tale bracketed by an America infatuated with the limitless potential of consumerism."

Miscellaneous Art

Blue presents | How to Make Political Cartoons with a Computer posted at, saying,
"Everyone has something to say, and political cartoons are a great way to say it. In this tutorial for beginners I show how to make political cartoons with a computer from start to finish. Have fun!"
David Trager presents Sky by *trenchmaker posted at Feel Good Vibes, saying
"Here is another one from my new good friend over on deviant art, trenchmaker! As one of her viewers said in her comments section, “Makes my eyes happy”. The birds, the sky, and the confident look on the girl really portrays a sense of freedom and confidence. Gotta love it."

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of
arts and stuff carnival using our carnival submission form.

Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

Upcoming Edition Dates:
Submissions deadline: April 8, 2007
Next edition will be post on Arts & Stuff: April 11, 2007

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Chambers Gorge Rock Pool “WIP” three

The grisaille is coming along really well but slowly as there are so many variants of tones to consider. One thing that surprises me, at this stage there is little paint used.

Because I am not working the whole painting at once I am able to sit, which is good for my leg that is still giving me trouble although on the mend as long as I rest it. Maybe trying my hand out with a grisaille technique is timely to keep me off my feet.

Not really sure when my next post will be. Once more there is a trip to Port Pirie tomorrow. This time it is in preparation with a two week trip interstate so need to get our vehicle serviced plus tucker shopping and other odds and ends done. Sadly we have a funeral to attend this week as well.

Anyway Malcolm (husband) and I are not heading off with our van in tow for another week yet. With a bit of luck I hope to get the grisaille stage of this painting finished before we leave so that it dries properly before I start adding colour.

Well I better go and clean my brushes....... that is where I miss using my pastels as I can't just leave things as they are until the painting is completed.

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Chambers Gorge Rock Pool “WIP” two

My studio has an atmosphere of the outdoors today. No air-conditioner needed to cool things down so my door and large window is open to the East. The Magpie also is warbling a beautiful song just outside of my window as I paint.

Because this work is so big (840 x 960 mm canvas) I am more comfortable getting the rock areas worked up ahead of the rest of the Grisaille. That is one of the reasons that I didn’t post yesterday, it was along day and yet I felt there wasn’t a lot to show and tell from the previous post.

For those that are wondering what my paint mix is, it is equal parts of Raw Umber and Ivory Black which makes a lovely dark.

Uh oh, there is a family domestic going on now amongst the magpies, now that is not relaxing!

I am now getting right into the swing of the Grisaille knowing that the tonal map will be completed before I start adding colour and basically all the hard work will be done. I am fully aware that Grisaille are best suited for a Still Life and because of this, when I do start adding colour there will be some brushwork introduced as one would expect in a landscape. The water on the other hand is very smooth and transparent and that is where I am going to make the most with my glazes.

When looking at the image on my monitor I realised the yellow is a little on the strong side to what it really is so be aware of that when you view this sample of todays work.

Well it is Saturday in Aussie land and once I have updated my blog, and a couple other jobs, it is then time to put my feet up and have a glass of red with my husband.

Cheers!!! wink

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Chambers Gorge Rock Pool “WIP”

Jeepers I must be mad!!! I have never done a Grisaille with oil before and I go and do a large one. As you can see I haven’t finished the first layer and yet more to be done. The correct values will be that much closer to what I want in the next pass and fined tuned in the third.

The board was already primed with the yellow background so went with it for the Grisaille as that was all I had. The yellow has been very successful with my drier technique with oils so we will see how it goes with glazes.

Well I better post this and then go and clean my brushes and pack my paints away…… catch ya tomorrow!

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