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!
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!
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.)