Dec 15, 2012

Boat Portraits on Demand!

I am painting Boat Portraits! A new series of commissions from people who would like to have their boat immortalised.
I have a new blog just for these, so please hop across if you'd like to know more.

floating-studio.blogspot.com.au

Dec 14, 2012

Mist in the Morning


My friend Mark commissioned this work: he took a photograph of this scene early one morning, and asked for a painting. Not my normal subject, but it was fun.


Oil on Canvas
33 x 21"

Dec 3, 2012

On the internet!




Yesterday I had a call from an artist in Colombus, Ohio. He has a series of podcasts where he chats with artists and people about all sorts of things. We chatted about art, my work, and a bit of politics!

I'm in the ground.





My photo is of me... in an empty reservoir... helping my husband Bob Peters with a photography assignment. That space was pure magic.. and it has become my muse.

The reservoir is emptied only once every twenty years for maintenance. They commission photography for their records, and we were lucky enough to be chosen. We were lowered in through a man hole, just to add to the drama!

I am doing a series of large works based on the experience... watch this space!




Nov 10, 2012

Mangroves II




Another sketch from my ride: the sun was behind clouds (again!) but the composition and the dramatic angles of the trunks appealed to me.


Wetland Reeds




I rode my bike to our nearby wetland and did some 'en plein air' sketching. It was my first time riding alone, and was fun... freedom to stop as often as I wanted.



Nov 6, 2012

Wetland Challenge: the city's edge


This painting is a little different ...!

Sydney Harbour has many inlets, and they are all interesting and surprising. This area is the fish markets at Pyrmont, with concrete silos, busy bridges, and the city encroaching on the wet environment.

1m x 1m
Oil on canvas
nfs

Nov 3, 2012

Mangrove Sketching


This morning I ventured out to the bottom of my street, and sat a sketched the mangroves for 2 hours. It was low tide, and overcast. Not the most picturesque of scenery. But it was quiet, and fun. Here are my scribbles. (pastel, charcoal and oils)

Oct 19, 2012

On the dark side - The Rocks, Sydney




This is the largest painting I have done so far. I wanted to feel that I could walk into it, up and down. There is a touch of Escher in there...



In reality it is an impression of many views of The Rocks... Sydney's old town.

Oct 2, 2012

Sep 28, 2012

Bridge to Lock


In Nerac, the river was a golden brown from the recent rains. It meandered down under bridges and through locks. This gentle movement has influenced my technique and subject in this series of works.
Oil on Canvas 120cm  x 100cm

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Flood Way Home



Medieval towns in the south of France: I have a special fondness for this one: Nerac
Oil on Canvas 120 x 120cm

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Sep 18, 2012

The Green Lights of Agen


Agen café owners had pushed their chairs under the awning, as a heavy downpour had just drenched the town.
70cm x 90cm Oil on Canvas


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Aug 29, 2012

I'll go this way



Myself in the centre, my sister, Carmel on the right. A stranger on the left. 120 x 90cm Oil on Canvas


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Jun 24, 2012

Over Nerac


This is my first "studio" work from my France trip. I loved Nerac, and was overwhelmed by the abundance of old buildings that have been preserved. The river was a green-brown from the recent heavy rain, so that colour has influenced my memories. I will continue to work on this piece and more from the same area. Thank you for looking! (Sold)

May 30, 2012

The Grand Tour

We have been to the further most corner of the world from my home down under: working backwards... Bergen (Norway), Oslo, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Paris and various towns in south France.
We have sketched and painted and photographed so many wonderful cityscapes and villages. Also, visited fantastic museums which housed works that I had studied in school and at college.
We stayed with friends in Helsinki, and explored Stockholm with Swedish mates.
A Grand Tour if ever there was one. It was so interesting and inspiring.
Bob and I have more than 10,000 images to manage: some are for painting reference, others for use in a Photographic Exhibition, and quite a few happy snaps, of course!
I painted while on the canal boat, and sometimes from the bank. Impressionism inspired the texture on this painting.
Click here to go to my South of France Blog

Apr 8, 2012

Daily Burden


A view of the miller taking his grain off to the local market.

Oil on Canvas
90 x 65 cm (36" x 24")
Available on Ebay: Click here to bid

Mar 15, 2012

Renaissance influence.



Just having some fun copying a Renaissance Madonna and Child. Our National Gallery in Canberra is currently hosting a show from Renaissance Italy, and after having visited it with my sister in law, I thought I'd do a copy for the exercise in fine motor skills! I'm painting this on canvas board, which gives more control than stretched canvas.
(I'm halfway through. I'll replace these pics with the final version... soon.)


Feb 18, 2012

First Save


A work that follows my favourite subject: Junior life savers in Rome, when the great flood arrives. 


Stage 15 Mountains

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...