First layer completed!
I’m wrecked now but in a really happy way. This is the first oil painting I have started in almost a year.
I had forgotten how wonderful it is to work in oil paint. Though both my drawing and painting tend to be figurative, I do find that they are both very different and to now have both back in my life is a huge relief.
It rained a lot today, my little girl and I painted in the shed.
I am very pleased to announce that my painting, 33 weeks, has been shortlisted for the Benalla Nude 2014 award. The award is to the value $50,000 (non-acquisitive) !!!
Benalla Nude is an award for a work depicting a naked human figure as subject matter.
I am really excited and honoured and cannot wait to see the exhibition! The winner will be announced April 10th and the exhibition runs from April 11th to July 13th.
Thanks to everyone who emailed, tweeted and texted me that I should enter.
I just finished a new painting – 33 weeks. This painting is oil on board, I did it very differently to how I have previously painted and enjoyed it immensely.
I’ve posted some of the developmental sketches and the beginnings of this painting: here.
What is different about this is it is from life and from memory. I did a sitting with the model and developed most of this painting with the sketches and my memory from that sitting. I took some photos for a buffer – but I in no way relied on the photographs like I have in previous works.
Recently I purchased what I refer to as ‘proper paints’ – they are amazing. ( David Hockney uses them, I was told by the lovely man in the art store.) So this was a good opportunity to try them out. I was in my painting shed for hours just blissing out on both of these amazing new experiences!
Portrait of Lucy Dyson, 40 x 50cm, oil on canvas
Owl (Pete Uhlenbruch) 40 x 50 cm, oil on canvas
Christian Rothenhagen, 40 x 50cm, oil on canvas
This is the first one complete.