I have come to the end of two commissions that have occupied me for the last few weeks. Both are now complete, which means I can go back to the pieces I was working on last year. I am working on a set of urban portraits. Not sure how long it will take me....as it depends how much of the 'other things' there are going on in my life. (commissioned pieces not shown here yet)
With reasonably good autumn weather, I have also been out and about drawing and sketching on location. it helps me brush up my tan and gets me out of either the confines of the house, the local primary schools fete preparations and the studio.
There will be a few Melbourne themed framed pen, ink and watercolours available soon.
I have decided to separate my drawing/sketching page from this site. It is now back in its original home at www.drawinglife.me. It just seems better there as I am finding, it is an entity of its own.
My sporting themed pieces with image and words, I still submit to The Footy Almanac website. It's a fabulous spot for those who like to write a bit about life and sport... oh and yes, a bit of footy too. It is a unique space for its ability to share the communal experience of sport across a diverse community of writers, fans, sporting aficionados, sporting philistines and all that is in between. It's footy's own spice of life.
Currently in my studio window @ 1159 Glen Huntly Road, Glen huntly:-
Day on the Heath is racing painting at Caulfield. I have depicted the running order of place getters for the 2014 Caulfield Cup in which Admire Ratki was the winner. I think the first Caulfield Cup I painted was of the 2006 race in which Maldivian was scratched after an injury in the starting gates.
In the time since, I have consolidated my painting practise and really learnt an abundance when it comes to painting larger genre type works; both in the painting of people and in the concepts required for constructing the composition of a larger piece. I have a better understanding of perspective, although it still has a tendancy to muck with my head.
I am better placed now to move forward and experiment further, given that I have built up many grounding principles, principles applicable to all forms of art, whether it is figurative or otherwise.
In doing these paintings, I OFTEN feel like getting a big brush and slapping the paint any which way and settling for something 'abstract' and far more saleable. However, there is something in the scene, the people, the personalities and in the story that keeps pushing me forward and to see these works to their completion.
Scratching on the Heath is an example of one of the first horse racing paintings I did. It was a bright, vibrant and fun piece of work. However, when I did it I didn't really feel like I had any control over what I was doing. I just did it and a few more. A sort of beginners luck. Some where between this and my last piece, Day on the Heath above, is where I'd like to settle...easy to say, not as easy to do. It will take time.
Hopefully it will be a considered place that holds within a degree of both control and and freedom. (... a joke perhaps)
Also in the window:-
Let me know if something interests you. In the studio I have some cards available and can make some up upon request using images of paintings that I have done. $7.50 each signed.
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