Sunday, May 31, 2009

Challenge for JUNE 1st - 7th.


1. You must change one object in this picture. That means remove one object in the reference picture, and replace it for something of your choice.

2. You must change the colour of one thing in this picture. That means, you must change the colour of one entire object in the reference picture.

Paintings to be posted on MONDAY 8th June

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Accidental Abstract

This started out as a third try at a background for my cylinder idea. I posted a similat one on WC today. Acrylic 16X20 on canvas.

It''s ..... it's a cat ....yes that's what it is ....a startled cat .....

This is my fourth attempt at this kind of art ....I really enjoyed trying this out and while I was doing them all I thought they would look ok .....but they ended up not looking ok at all ..... maybe if I practice a bit more..... I did find it very relaxing ....
Thank you Ree for the excellent challenge ...... lucky I had some oil pastels here .....
3" X 4"

On the Lookout. (Ree's scratchart challenge)

This is painted on 8"x12" mat-board. I had so much fun, I laughed all the way through the scratching. Ree will testify to that she was on the phone to me while I was doing it.

The laying of the colour was easy enough, but laying the black on top was hard work, but really worth it. I love these guys, and they look so neat in a frame..

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

6 Tips on How to Draw Accurately by M. Stephen Doherty. American Artist Magazine.

1. Start by drawing shapes, not identifiable objects. You'll hear this advice over and over again in art classes and workshops. To understand what it really means, think about the way children draw faces. They know that a face has two eyes, two ears, a centered nose, and two lips. No matter how the person facing them is posed, children will insist on including all the features, even if they can only see one eye, one ear, and a protruding nose. They draw what they know, not what they see. To some extent, adults do exactly the same thing.

2. Consider the negative shapes as much as you do the positive shapes. Students often find it difficult to determine how to draw an arm that extends away from a model's body or the distance between two objects sitting on a table. The way to do that is to imagine that the negative space,” or the open space between the model's body and her arm, is a solid object with a height, width, and length. The same technique can be used when trying to determine how far one building is from another or how high a head is above a model's shoulders. It helps to deal with the negative space in the same way you deal with the positive shapes.

3. Visualize and draw the lines you can't see in order to draw the visible lines accurately. Sometimes the best way to draw something that is partially concealed from your view is to continue the lines as if you could actually see it. For example, if you want to determine the curvature of a bowl filled with fruit, draw the complete circular top as if the bowl were empty, and then erase the sections that are obstructed. And if you want to know how far a leg extends beyond a person's waistline, drop an imaginary plumb line from the waist to the floor, and then evaluate the shape of the triangle formed by the leg, floor, and plumb line.

4. Draw connected shapes, not disconnected shapes. It's very difficult to calculate how far a person's head is from the bottom of his or her feet, the distance from one ear to the other, or the distance from a far tree to one in the foreground unless you draw all the shapes in between. That is, after guessing at the total height of a standing figure and establishing a scale for the drawing so that it fits on the sheet of paper, work your way down from the head to the shoulders, from there to the waist, on to the knees, etc., so you can judge each shape in relationship to the others.

5. Draw light guidelines between shapes to better judge the distances between them. Artist Robert Liberace recently issued the first of five instructional DVDs on drawing, and in it he provides lots of useful information. Among the artist's recommendations is to start by making very light, straight lines between all the component parts of the figure or still life objects to guide your hand as you begin to refine the drawing. Then gradually add more lines using Conté crayons, graphite, charcoal, or Prismacolor Verithin pencils to darken the edges of the shapes and the shadow patterns in between.

6. Start by drawing the lightest values and build to the darkest. Most artists find that it makes sense to gradually build from the lightest areas of their drawings to the darkest so they have an opportunity to make adjustments along the way without damaging the surface of the paper or creating ugly smudges where they have erased inaccurate lines.

M. Stephen Doherty

Monday, May 25, 2009

Work in progress

This is what I am working on at present. Acrylic, gallery wrapped canvas 18"x18". I have the water done, now just need to put the boats in.. :-)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Flooded Studio :-((

Brisbane's average rainfall is around 1200 mm. a year. We received 106mm of that rain in the last 24 hours, and a good portion of that is in my studio! Talk about suffering for my art. I had my housemates steel capped work boots on to paint in today. I started to mop up, but that bucket is a killer for my back. See how the water runs out the front door? I am trying to talk my housemate into going down there and mopping for me. Don't like my chances. It is every man for himself in this house..

There is plenty more rain to come. Right up until Friday..

On the Bay

16" x 12" acrylic on canvas. What do you think, is it too stark? There were two yachts in the reference photo, and I was thinking of adding one of them, but I am not sure ?


This is a blue-black and white, 8X10" acrylic on canvas. I showed it to my wife today as I finished it and she hated it so much, she took it to her office tonite to hang. Now I am current agian. Next? :-}

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

My monochromatic painting ....

This one is also in Ult Marine Blue and white and is also M Graham acrylics .... about 5" X 6"

Soul Providor in Monochrome for Annes Challenge

I painted this in Ultramarine Blue. M.Graham acrylic, and white. 12"x16"

Monday, May 18, 2009

Heron Challenge

Late I know, but I told ya'll that I was catching up. Tonite I start the Momochrome challenge.

This is 8X10". acrylic on Canvas.

You know I said I'd never do another pointy painting, but I was in the mood to play. I tried hard to combi9ne colours to get another, but no way I could get brown easily. I went back to the Surat he3ad shot and blew it up and discovered to my dismay that he used fair amounts of yellow ochre and raw umber, in various mixes to get his overall colours. He used blue dots for the chin shadow and green and red in the hair to make it blackish.

But I wanted to try this one since the composition was simple. Unfortunatly the bird's bum kinda disappeared in the ground, it was not easy trying to get a greyish on the sand. I should have made the sand darker around the bird.

And this is what I did to the gift for my wife on our ninth anniversary (this week) I put two photos together and she is further back tahn me and JJ, the thing on my lap is a camera bag. 16X20" acrylic on canvas.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

I sold two paintings today.

The boats, a man bought for his friend, as the boat on the left, with the red trim belongs to his friend!!

The frog I sold to a young girl around 12 years old maybe. That id 4 paintings I have sold to kids. It makes me very happy to see them buying art..

Saturday, May 16, 2009


This is closer to the original painting, just the boom isn't that white.

I started this yesterday, pretty much finished it too, just need to paint in the lines and tinker a little today.
12"x16" Acrylic

Saturdays paintings.

Something different. I painted these two trinket boxes. The are craft boxes made of very strong cardboard. I will take them to the market tomorrow, who knows...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Pepper, apple, cucumber,tomato and strawberries ..... or simple A Still Life ....

I did this one before from Bruce's photograph but I did it on unprepared board as I thought it would be a hash of a painting. As it turned out I really liked the painting but because I didn't gesso the board I fear it will and maybe is already showing through the paint .... so I have done another one on properly primed board.
Acrylic on wood 15" X 16

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

I Got the Point !!!

Late, but not forgotten, acrylic on canvas, 8X10 ".

I got started on this after breakfast and dropping off kids, etc. Took 2 hours of teeth grinding effort. There's a reason pointalism doesn't appeal to a lot of people. This isn't nearly as good as Ree's, but you never answered my requests girl, so here is my shot at it.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


This weeks challenge is easy ...... choose your own picture to paint ..... but ...... it has to be a monochromatic painting.

Under The Shade of a Coolabah Tree......

Well maybe it's nor a coolabah tree ......but I am sure you Australians will soon let me know if it isn't ......
I too loved painting this gorgeous bird ....a wonderful challenge .....thanks Colleen ....

White Heron

I had an absolute ball painting this guy. I love the photo, the lights were magical, David is a great photographer!
I painted this on single thickness gallery canvas 12" x 16" in acrylics.

It's Sunday evening. Time to post. I have used the photo to practise watercolour wet-in-wet technique, something that really interests me.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Where is everybody?

You are all very quiet? I hope that means you are flat out painting Colleen's reference :-))))

I have finished mine, roll on Sunday!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tuesdays and Wednesdays paintings

Both acrylics, both 12"x16"

I took the photo a few years ago. There were two dinghy's on the Wynnum waterfront, a blue one, and a yellow one. I have painted them many times in watercolour, now I am doing some in acrylics for the market. This is a fun scene to paint.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Pelican IV

This one I painted last night to replace the one I sold last Sunday!! 10"x12" Knife and acrylic

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I am Reece. I painted a still life for my Mum

I am JJ's grandson, and I am 11 years old. I painted this still life for my Mum for Mothers day. This is my first serious still life painting, I thought you all would like to see it.. Acrylic on canvas 10" x 12"

I have chosen this reference photo for three reasons: 1. the light, 2. the challenge of painting white tones and 3. I hope the portrait artists among us will be encouraged to accept the challenge. Please post on Sunday evening 10 May (local time). Enjoy! Colleen