Aug 20, 2010
The Little Dancer at The Great Wall
Oil on Canvas 120 cm x 95 cm
Always good to be able to post a finished painting.
I wanted to make a dramatic statement that relates to the tragedy of the building of the Great Wall, which was constructed on the Northern border of China in the Ming Dynasty. Thousands of men died making this wall, and it was unsuccessful in stopping the nomadic tribes from invading. I found it sad and beautiful.
Within this setting I have put the 'Little Dancer of Fourteen Years', a bronze sculpture by Edward Degas. It is a subjective link that pulls this great desolate garrison into the civilised world of French Art, or takes the little dancer to impossibly far corners of the earth.
I previous posts I have shown the original sketch and early photos of this work.
Aug 6, 2010
I'm paraphrasing Eric Fiscl here...
There's a difference between a painting of one person, two people, or a painting of three or more people. A painting of one person is a one-to-one relationship. You look at the single figure ... is she/he confronting you or turning away, or luring you?
A painting of two people makes you, the viewer, a voyeur. You can be witnessing the dynamic between them.
Three or more people can become a dynamic... it can be a family group, a work environment, or just people on the street. You can become one of the many, or removed from them like being in a coffee shop, looking out a window.
Jul 23, 2010
Surfing the Canals: Timeout
By S. Peters
75 x 90cm
Oil on (triple primed) Canvas
Here is the latest painting for 'Fresh" Exhibition.
I have already hung all the other works, but this one looked so underdone. So I bought it home and repainted it. I'm happy with it now. Of course, it will still be wet when hanging at the gallery, but not to worry. We didn't call it "Fresh" for nothing!
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Feb 14, 2010
First in a series of four... "Beach" Series.
880mm x 530mm
Oil on canvas.
Brunswick Street Gallery
Fitzroy Vic 2065
26th February - 11 March
Feb 5, 2010
I'm getting closer to finishing "Strange Arcade"... I have my paints out ready to go... but instead I need to drive across town and deliver a camera to our IT guy...!!
This shows one of the benefits of oils, I guess. They'll be waiting for me when I return!
Jan 27, 2010
I'm working on a new painting, and watching the tennis at the same time. (possible!) I thought I'd post this photo even though it is a fair way from being finished.
I'm also enjoying the warm night, and looking forward to waking up tomorrow and hearing that Apple have announced the new "iTap". (my guess for the unnamed tablet...)
Jan 25, 2010
I have just returned from three weeks touring China. We (husband, son, sister and brother-in-law) visited modern artists collective studios like 798 in Beijing, and M50 in Shanghai, as well as Traditional Art Museums. It was in one of these museums (in Guilin) that we had a worksop experience: a local artist gave a demonstration, and then we were invited to 'have a go'. It was fun.
Sometimes the scenery becomes the star of the show! One of the main reasons TDF is so popular is those rolling hills! This was 3...
A changeable day produced a mess of a watercolour! But I kinda like it, rain drops and all. Jimmy's Beach Seascape, 30 x 42...
Sitting next to this lovely grove of ti-trees I was happily painting, with hubby taking photos. The manager drove passed looking co...