Jul 14, 2013
Jul 11, 2013
'Reef' (Acrylic on canvas, 36cms x 46cms)
Yesterday I was thrilled when someone from our village stated her interest in one of my paintings, and we were able to negotiate a price that suited us both. It is a painting that I have always felt immense satisfaction with, although it has never attracted a buyer before whenever it has been shown publicly! It was painted 7 years ago. I delivered it to its new home today ........... but not without a pang!
May 3, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
Apr 8, 2013
Mar 30, 2013
Mar 27, 2013
Don't know about you but I sometimes get to a point with a painting when I really don't like it at whatever stage its reached at the time, and I know deep down that I am never EVER going to like it whatever I do!
Well I got to that stage recently with an acrylic of mine and today I decided to let it "morph" into something else. Of course, it is not going to do anything without a little help from me so this morning I got it started on its journey to find it's different self.
First step is done ............ a coating of binder medium, followed by a lovely squishy session of pressing crumpled tissue paper on to the wet surface. Once it is all nicely dry the next job will be to apply a base coat. Don't know yet what that will be ....... paint, gesso or a mix of the two. Will have a think.
Jan 12, 2013
Dec 9, 2012
Dec 5, 2012
Oct 11, 2012
Nov 29, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
I sometimes try painting the same subject in a different medium. I've just begun a pastel version of the painting I began in acrylic a couple of weeks ago.
Wharfside (soft pastel version on Colorfix paper)
Meanwhile I am still working on the acrylic version. The main colours have been laid down but it is not finished yet. There is still some glazing work to be done -
Wharfside 1 (acrylic version on canvas)
Oct 8, 2011
Aug 10, 2011
After letting St Paul's 'sit' for a while I decided it could do with a little more colour ..... which, as it turned out, was quite prophetic with the subsequent riots and arson in London .....
After such a long time struggling to get started on the odd painting I am feeling far more inclined to get busy! This week I started a new textured acrylic painting, an abstract, but it was a dismal failure! But I have now drawn up another picture on the canvas and that is ready for painting.
I also began a new soft pastel yesterday - this time the subject matter for both the acrylic and the pastel is a perennial favourite of mine - children on the beach. So hopefully I will get back into the swing at last!
Jul 10, 2011
Have finished this painting only to find that I am not entirely satisfied with it, - its OK but ...... (if you know what I mean!). It's so aggravating not to manage to get the look one is after! So this pic is under sentence of being obliterated with gesso!!!! In fact, that will definitely be its fate because I was working from a photograph found on the Internet. But it was a good exercise for getting this lazy-bones started again.
Snowshill lavender (Acrylic with pen)
Mar 21, 2011
Every year the Port Chalmers United Rowing Club hold a Fundraising Art Auction at the historic Carey's Bay Hotel Seafood Restaurant and Bar. This annual event is very well supported by both local people and visitors to the area, and is an opportunity for local artists to display their work in a very pleasant venue. Artists choose beforehand what proportion of the auction price obtained for their piece will go to support the PCURC.
The Hotel is a great supporter of the arts and hosts a pre-sale exhibition for two weeks prior to the Fundraising Auction proper which was held yesterday (Sunday 20th March). I was a little disappointed that my entry "Burning Bright" did not sell but am pleased to know that the amount raised towards the Rowing Club funds will be in excess of $6,000 (NZD)!
This is a similar story to last year when my entry of a small abstract did not sell either. Since then that particular painting has been hanging in the rear meeting room of Carey's Bay Hotel (for over a year) and, strangely enough, someone purchased it over the weekend!
Night Moves 2 (Acrylic 12" x 12") - has SOLD after a year!
It just goes to show how unpredictable it can be when it comes to selling art. Just like anything else a painting needs just the right person to see it at just the right time in order to effect a sale ......... But, when and if it happens, it is such an encouragement! And worth the waiting!