Nov 26, 2013

Old Sheds near Ball's Head Reserve, Sydney Harbour.

My new series of daily paintings will be based on views of Sydney Harbour.
Looking down from Ball's Head reserve, these old sheds reminded me of the 'hey' days of the northern side, when industry required water transport.

46cm x 35cm
Watercolour on Paper

Nov 14, 2013

Fresh Air Painting again, this time in Sydney.

Such a lovely day! Warm but with a cool breeze. Bob agreed to come Plein Air painting this afternoon. We drove around and around looking for a special spot at North Sydney.

Up high, not too many passing people. Great view. Perfect!
My folder lies flat and holds the paper. Paints behaved themselves.
Only problem is that I had to bend over to paint as I forgot my "extended" brush.

Back at the car, Bob is waiting for paint to dry! "It's not going in MY Subaru while still wet."

After deciding that the painting could fit in the car without having to fold it, we headed for our latest, favourite restaurant for dinner. But we needed a loo, urgently.
We found these "self cleaning" ones are under the Harbour Bridge.
I had to take a photo: clean, free, and so convenient.

What every "plein air" artist needs!!!

Speaking of which.. the bridge looked very splendid in the setting sun.

Back at home, my painting rests on the living room floor while it dries.

Finished painting. 
I'm not 'allowed' to touch it again. My rules :)
Except for removing the stones!

Nov 13, 2013

Racing Le Tour

During the European summer, I was busy painting scenes from Le Tour de France.
I was sitting up late at night (I live in Sydney, Australia) taking photographs of the TV screen as the race unfolded, and quickly sketching and painting the views. At the end of each night I would post the painting on eBay, and sell it after 5 days of (sometimes) competitive bidding.

I've been doing it for three years now. I have new buyers, and a group of 'collectors' who keep returning, and bidding. Many sales are to Americans and Canadians. 

This year, I made contact with a gallery in Amsterdam, who wanted to show my work in their window spaces around the town. So I doubled my output, and had a selection of 21 works to send over in September. They were received very well. 

Which brings me to eBay. I am now selling the paintings from that Amsterdam display.
They are 24 x 32cm (9.5" x 12.5") 
There are five available at the moment, with more being added every few days.

Nov 11, 2013

Autumn Red Lights Canal

After travelling around the south of France, I've been moved by the Impressionsists, especially Monet.   He painted these canals, and made such beautiful paintings of the trees alongside.

 I started this painting while on our barge in France, and finished it back home in Sydney.

30cm x 42cm (11" x 16")
Oil on Sheet Canvas (unstretched)