My painting "Hazy Day, Parapara Range" has been selected as one of 16 finalists in the 2012 Wellington Emerging Artist awards. The awards night is tomorrow - don't want to be too optimistic but it would be nice to win something.
I finished another acrylic landscape painting. You can see it here on the acrylic page. I think I got the aerial perspective pretty much nailed on this one.
I've done two more weekend classes. The first was "Structure and Form", with the first day concentrating on the bone structure of the human form, and the second looking at drawing from life, partly using the lessons from the first day and partly using a more gestural style.
I've done three more acrylic paintings since my last piece shown here. The first is based on photos I took at Raglan when I was up there flying my model gliders earlier this year.
The second is a minimalist abstract. The canvas is painted black, with a red line near the top. The "black" paint is actually mixed from blue, red and yellow, and took four coats to achieve a good coverage.
The third started off with using up leftover paint, just creating broad strokes across the canvas, blending as I went. Once the background was finished it seemed to need a subject, so I included the petrel in silhouette. A bit of a cliché subject, but I quite like it.
See images of these pictures after the break. I've also added an "Acrylic" page to the website.
I've heard it said that artists are never completely happy with the final result of their efforts, and I think it must be true in my case at least. I find when I've "finished" a painting there's always something that I think could have been done a little better. But I also know that you can "fix" something worse than it was before, so you have to stop somewhere.
As of this week I'll be working as a fire engineer for 2 to 3 days a week. This will cut into the painting time, but will bring in some much needed cash!
I've finished another acrylic painting, see below. It is of the west coast just north of Raglan.
Degas to Dali
Last week I went to see the "Degas to Dali" exhibition of works from the National Galleries of Scotland. It's interesting to see paintings by the so-called "Masters", and I guess at the time they were done they were fairly radical and daring. But to be honest I found it to be fairly unexciting.
A major difference between acrylics and pastel is the time it takes. I've just finished the acrylic painting shown below and it took me close to three full days to do this. Maybe it will be faster when I get more used to the medium - it's still taking me quite a while to mix up the colours I need.
Continuing the exploration of acrylic paints, I did the painting shown below of the hill across the valley from my house. This one went a lot better than the last one. It's on a new canvas, rather than recycled like the previous. The paint seemed to flow onto the canvas much more easily, and I think I'm starting to get the hang of blending.
I've done another acrylic painting. Not really happy with it. The composition and drawing are ok, but I feel I have a long way to go with the techniques of using acrylic paints.
I used an old canvas that had already been used for an unsuccessful attempt at acrylic painting some years ago. I think this was a mistake as the painting ended up with too many layers of paint, to the point that the canvas weave couldn't even be seen in some places.
"The Farmer's Track" is a view across the valley from my home in Pukerua Bay. The colour and the contrast are a bit exaggerated, but I think it makes a dramatic composition. I'm not sure about the sky though - the skyline is too close to the mid height of the picture. I may yet cut off part of the sky to make it a more pleasing composition.
If you're wondering where the track is, it's the horizontal lines towards the upper right side of the hills.
I'm a self taught artist, attempting to make a living from my art. This blog will include ramblings on any subject I feel like, hopefully mostly art related.