A dear friend brought me this delicate nest to draw. I spent hours with it, and I love being so still to observe carefully to allow the nest to unfold its secrets. After the drawing was framed (and sold) I took a photo of the drawing under glass and played a bit more in photoshop - this explains the added tricks.
A group of us enjoyed a stunning morning, swimming, sketching, walking, fossicking, taking photos at Broken Head, lovely to share what we saw and what we drew.......
On a recent visit to the Tweed Gallery I saw this wonderful display of Tasmanian landscapes by Philip Wolfhagen. Well worth a visit. This is a retrospective exhibition with paintings from many of Wolfhagen's collections and includes, display boxes with sketchbooks, photos and paint swatches which give you an insight into his processes and how he works. This may be of interest to your own practice.
Sharing a blog that was published in verandahmagazine: How do we create more space in our day without creating more stress?
In front of the blank canvas.....
Before beginning to paint, whether starting on a new blank canvas or continuing with the next layer of paint, if we take a moment to connect with ourselves, and how we are feeling, and then make a choice to let go of all other distractions - the to-do lists and what happened yesterday - the mind settles to the task at hand and we can focus.
Painting with a level of stillness and clarity ensures that the painting will convey that energy, it won't carry emotion or drive or any need to be liked.
Have you ever noticed how you feel when looking at paintings, perhaps in a gallery or on a wall at home?
Every painting or artwork carries the energy of the maker, and knowing this and how we are affected means there is a level of responsibility with making our art.
Painting with Presence - breathing gently - will ensure the body is not stressed, the mind stays focussed, and time comes to us. This feels light and spacious in the body, and this is the quality of energy we can offer the viewer.
Hello! I live on the Gold Coast, having moved here from the Northern Rivers in 2021.
I have a wealth of experience as an artist, art educator and mentor, having worked at secondary and tertiary levels, and at the NGV and RMIT, Melbourne. I have supported adults to prepare folios for tertiary entry, and conducted art workshops from my studio. I have led field trips to the outback, and more recently conducted a course for a national health and wellbeing program.
Currently I am working with a number of clients individually, both in person and/or on-line.
Painting and drawing were natural ways to express as a child. I loved playing with watercolours, coloured pencils and paint. Making art has been a constant practice in my life, and the best way I know to respond to the beauty of nature. I have enjoyed teaching art for many years, and I would love to share the joy and playfulness of your natural expression with you.
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