I have two Still Life paintings in this exhibition that is on NOW.
....with the ingredients for Mary's Chocolate Brownies.
My trials with simpler compositions and flatter colours has continued. I have moved back to the stretched canvas's and oils after exploring the many and various possibilities with acrylic paint on paper.
The acrylics do have some advantages over the use of oils especially where drying time is concerned. For me they work well in smaller works on paper, but they don't appeal to me for use in larger works.
The very feel of oil paint moving across a freshly primed canvas still seems luxurious by comparison to acrylic paint. It allows for subtleties of tone and texture that are not as evident in acrylic, as it dries too quickly to be able to work into the paint at later stages.
Impasto areas of acrylics also seem a little too plastic for my liking whereas oil paint often maintains a natural lustre and sheen that create their own stories within the surface of the medium.
Domestic Scene with the Ingredients for Mary's Chocolate Brownies is the last in a small series of domestic scenes on canvas measuring 60cmW x 50cmH.
My next plan is to take what I have been doing here and hopefully apply to some new and larger figurative works on canvas.
Mary's Chocolate Brownies:
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
150g plain flour
90g pecan nuts
Grease 25cm square baking dish, and preheat oven to 180 degrees.
Melt chocolate and butter together over a double saucepan. Remove from stove and stir in sugar, vanilla, eggs, flour and nuts.
Stir until mixture just comes together. Pour into baking dish and level off.
Bake until the mixture is set but not dry, about 25 minutes.
DON'T OVERCOOK.......the top should be soft to touch, the brownies will firm as they cool but should remain moist and fudgy.
Cool in the pan and then cut into squares.
*Serve after school with a chocolate milkshake and a plate of fruit.
It is Monday the 6th of March. I'm at home.
I have had a good break from the desktop over the holidays. So here I am cleaning up 99 unread emails, paying bills and booking seats to the Richmond v Carlton game on the 23rd March.
And baking... The never fail Custard Powder Sponge Cake for afternoon Tea...here it is...
And back to painting... I am finally coming to the end of the Doggies work. Most of it has been A4 acrylic on canvas paper. Over the last month I have added to the collection with, at this stage about five paintings; oil on canvas. (I will put them up shortly, either here, on my shop or on Instagram. Instagram is much easier to load images than it is here. It is a lot quicker as it can all be done easily from the phone. Details will follow when they are up.)
After having worked on the smaller A4 acrylic pieces it has been good to go back to using oil on canvas. The acrylics are great for speed and quick drying time. They are a great back up if I am stuck at home due to school holidays or sickness. The acrylics are bright and vibrant and work really well when diluted with a medium. Given they are on paper they frame up well in either a simple black or white frame.
The oils on the other hand are much slower to work with in terms of drying time but this can be beneficial in that compositions can be changed and altered and scraped back as required.
The oils also have a capacity that enables you to work into them and build upon layers that can become quite sculptural, and almost velvet like in texture and lustre.
For a while now I have been wanting to paint in a way that is less dependant on either what I see directly in front of me, or on a reference photograph. So, I began by going back to my domestic scenes that I began with years ago and have worked at bringing in a newer approach that incorporates memory and imagination too, and a method that is hopefully freer and less academic in style.
Domestic Scene with the new Kitchen Aid above is the very first one I did. I have taken a similar approach with my bulldog footy images too, where the reality is diminished, the colours have been heightened and flattened; and the emphasis is on both narrative and expression.
We shall see how this progresses throughout the year. It is a process, undoubtedly.
Back soon, it's time for cake.
After a series of pen and ink and watercolour works that I did earlier in 2016, I have explored the seaside theme further by using the sketches (image below) to form the basis of a collection of small paintings. Visit the Yamba 2016/17 Gallery to view the images.
All works are available through Belinda's Store, High Street Yamba
I have been working on canvas paper these last few weeks. My youngest was home sick with a tummy bug for over a week, which meant I was stuck at home. This left me working smaller again and working with acrylics.
I wanted to work from the memories and feelings I had of the Doggies win, I think because it was such an all encompassing experience for Melbournians. The whole experience was uplifting and left us all feeling a bit Dog Mad.
Image 1. Circle of Joy, inspired by that moment right on the siren
Image 2. The Running, Jumping, Leaping, Flying Game, inspired by our prime ministers description of Aussie Rules footy last year.
Image 3. The Big men Fly, inspired by Pickens mark
The prints are a signed limited edition of 25 per image, using pigment ink on Museo Max Archival paper.
Things are a bit all over the place.
I participated in the Cityscape en plain air painting day with the Glen Eira Artists Society earlier this month. I found a spot at the back of the chemist that fronts on to Glen Huntly Rd. Tucked away it was, but I was able to park my car and not have to lug stuff too far.
Here are some progress shots:
The weather was excellent. Warm and sunny with some shade. The Elsternwick Traders put on a mini carnival down in the newly designed Elsternwick plaza so there was a great response and atmosphere on what was a leisurely Sunday afternoon.
I did a quick ink sketch to familiarise myself with the important elements of the composition; sketched up in chalk, a layer of thin paint to block in certain colour areas and then a finale of thicker paint applied quickly, in part because my back was sore, and in part to capture the sunlight and its shadows before they shifted.
I spent about 2 -3 hours between set up and pack up on the piece. It was covered insects at the end, attracted to the yellows, I think.
Exhibition: Cityscape currently on in the Annexe gallery at Glen Eira Town Hall, Glen Eira Rd, Caulfield.
26/11/2016 - 11/12/2016
Well, I am a bulldogs fan only in so far as I have jumped on the proverbial bandwagon. I suppose it is a bit of relief when your own team bombs out way before there is even a slight chance of making it.
One gets the chance to regroup and take on whoever it is that might seem like a good proposition.
I was curious to see how the Bye week would play out; would interest wane amongst the fans; would the players be affected. In Melbourne there was plenty of speculation in the lead up to the footy free weekend. A lot of it was negative...and, at a gut level, yes I would agree "A bye before the finals, how could you?'
I didn't go to any of the finals games. The closest I got was to the city and the area around Birrarung Marr on the Friday night that the Bulldogs played the Hawks in the semi final on the 16th of September.
The atmosphere in Melbourne on that night was amazing. With so many going to the game, and taking the long walk from Flinders Street Station there was a never ending stream of fans strutting the promenade.
A constant sea of red, white and blue mingled with a bit of brown and gold. The Scrays were perky, ambitious and on the cusp of daring to dream.
It was a balmy night and I found a spot down just beyond Federation square where I did a couple of ink and watercolour drawings on paper.
The distance in being a bit further away was ideal. The actual stadium fell further into darkening background. It was replaced with a cityscape of lamp poles, the lit spire of the arts centre and a variety of of buildings from the Eureka tower on the south bank to the old Herald Sun on the North side of the Yarra.
From these sketches, I was able to work up some more work. Acrylic on canvas paper as the one to the right shows.
The atmosphere in melbourne during grand final week was intoxicating. I always like the anticipation that leads up to the final game, but this year was taken to another level with the Western Bulldogs having reached this grand occaision.
I was met with many fans saying that even if they don't win that the fact they were in a grand final is ok. Such a momentous time for a team with only one premiership cup in the trophy cabinet.
There are more works in this series, in fact I'm still work ing on some now...four weeks later. I'll post some more when I feel I might be finished with the theme.