Hello again everyone, and thanks again for stopping by!
The year has kicked off with some rather extraordinary weather here on the south coast of NSW... squally, scudding skies, big sunsets and passing showers. I have never really been a painter of skies but, in a new development of my work, I seem to have taken to it with vengeance! I just never realised how much was actually going on when you look up. So... I have dropped my horizon line almost to the bottom of the canvas in an attempt to capture the many moods of mother nature.
I have another rather exciting announcement... I have started a new blog called StudioDoor. I do get asked a lot of questions, so this will be a deep dive into all aspects of my art practice including painting techniques, how I run my art business, random thoughts, travel stories, my daily routine... and more! If you are an artist I'm sure you will get a lot out of this as I explain the various aspects of my process. You can subscribe to receive a weekly update of the blog here or follow the blog on Instagram @mystudiodoor.
Also this month I have been to Victoria painting in the wonderful Yarra Valley. This will result in a series of paintings I will be showing in Melbourne later this year. While I was in Melbourne I also took the opportunity to research possible venues for this exhibition, and I have a big announcement regarding that coming up in my next newsletter. So until then... stay creative and keep being inspired!
Here's a selection of south coast scenes I have been working on so far this year...
As the calendar winds down for 2017 I'd just like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic holiday season.
It's been an amazing finish to the year with the success of my Secret Sydney exhibition at Aro Gallery. With a total of 37 paintings sold and the opportunity to meet some of my wonderful supporters, it really has been one of the highlights of my career so far. Located smack bang in the arts precinct of East Sydney, the excellent lighting system, combined with the extraordinary expertise of my professional hanger Richard Butlin ensured that Aro Gallery was the perfect location to showcase my work. I have learned that being surrounded by professionals, right down to gallery staff and sign installers is the best way of allowing a show to run smoothly. Big shout out to all the great people involved!
As the year draws to a close it's time to contemplate what the new year holds for me. I always look forward to the start of the year as I am staring at a blank canvas, literally and professionally, with so many exciting opportunities ahead! Loads of new paintings to come, workshops and a couple of surprise projects as well... please stay tuned as the details are released.
Thanks again for the incredible support in 2017. I never take that for granted... it's the generosity of your comments and likes which keep me showing up in my studio every day. Please have a wonderful, safe Christmas and New Year and I look forward to catching up with everyone in 2018!
Here's a few photos from the show!
PS. There a still a couple of great paintings left in the catalogue here Sydney Catalogue
Just a quick note to let you know that the catalogue for my Secret Sydney exhibition is now available here:
Secret Sydney Catalogue.
This year I have been scouring the harbour foreshore for hidden glimpses of our wonderful city. From Woolloomooloo to Middle Head, from Lavender Bay to Mosman Bay… it has been a journey by foot and paintbrush to uncover the sparkling gems of Sydney Harbour. Also featured… recent paintings from France and of course, the toffee tin paintings!
In my only show in Sydney for the year I am thrilled to be exhibiting at Aro Gallery in Darlinghurst. I welcome old and new friends to again celebrate with a glass of wine on Wednesday, November 22nd from 6-8pm. The show goes from November 22nd – December 3rd so please put this one in your diary now! Hope to see you all there…
Another fantastic trip to France and plenty of new paintings! This time we travelled light, starting in Paris then catching the train to the Cote d'Azur via the Provence town of Uzes... before heading north to the stunning Alsatian town of Colmar on the border of Germany. Wowza!
Highlights included exploring the Bastille area of Paris where we stayed, a wonderful cooking course in Uzes, basking on the pebble beaches of Nice, catching the train to Italy for lunch, and finally a canal ride around the "Petite Venice" of Colmar whilst listening to piano accordion music. My senses are still so seriously overloded that even now I am trying to make sense of it all!
For the first time I dabbled with an acrylic palette, and I think you will agree from the results below...the results are remarkably "oil-like" whilst having the advantage of speedy drying time which is an absolute godsend when painting on the road. First stop in Paris was my favourite art store where I stocked up big on boxes of oil paints which I shipped home... so much cheaper to buy good quality oils in France!
Welcome also to my series of miniature paintings in toffee tins... you can see one below showing the wonderful rooftops on Nice. With a little square of French linen for a palette, and some very cool art deco pictures on the outside... I developed quite a liking (all right, obsession) for these pocket size paintboxes... to the point where I have bought many antique French biscuit tins and the like to continue my little series at home. Come along to my exhibition at Aro Gallery in Sydney next month to see my full range of tiny tin paintings!
Hope you enjoy the paintings below... and to see the full range of my latest Paris and France paintings which are currently available please head to my website at richardclaremont.com/paris--france
Well it's mid September already and that can mean only one thing...my annual trip to France is here!! In what has become an annual indulgence we will be returning to France to paint in Paris and sunny Provence... including Nice and the Cote D'Azur which will be a first! The Provencale town of Uzes is also on the itinerary and final stop will be the Alsatian town of Colmar on the border of Germany. Can't wait!
In what will be another first, the little paintings I do along the way will be available for purchase as I paint them...so if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram please keep an eye out for the daily paintings. Painting on the road is always a challenge... slow drying paint, weather, ridiculously distracting scenery...with all these factors I will have to stay focussed and organized. For the first time we will also be travelling the entire trip by train, so who knows... I may even be tempted to paint the gorgeous French countryside as it is rushing by!
In other news I am thrilled that this year I am again a finalist in the NSW Parliament Plein Air Prize with my painting of Echo Point.
In the meantime my Secret Sydney series continues for my show in November, smattered with a few of my remembered landscapes of Bathurst. Please enjoy some of this month's work below and I will catch up with you all when I return from France!
With my Sydney show now just over three months away I am working hard to make it all happen! What started as an occasional day trip to the harbour city has now become a fortnightly ritual...packing up my paints, booking some accommodation on Airbnb, and then uncovering the Sydney foreshore one beautiful bay at a time.
Although I grew up in Sydney I am discovering some little pockets I never knew about before...such as the beautiful Lavender Bay where I have just painted Wendy Whiteley's Secret Garden. Apart from favourites such as Mosman and Bradleys Head I have also set up my easel in Balmain and picturesque Lady Martins beach at Point Piper. If you have any suggestions for more of Sydney's hidden gems, please let me know!
Just a quick note for those who have been asking about my show at L1 Studios earlier this month... I am thrilled to say it was my most successful show yet with a total of 16 paintings finding new homes over the weekend. It was fantastic to catch up with my Melbourne friends from last year and as well meet some of my newest supporters who have been following me on social media.
Sincere thanks to everyone who was able to come, and despite having no voice for the entire weekend (Melbourne weather or nerves...I still don't know!) I somehow managed to make some great new friends. I am definitely coming back to Melbourne next year, and for those that weren't able to make it, there are still some great paintings left in my catalogue here www.richardclaremont.com/melbourne-catalogue
Here's some photos from the show!
For those who have been asking, the catalogue with all the latest work for my upcoming show is now available here:
For purchase enquiries please respond directly to this email. If you live in the Melbourne area, I would love to see you at the show...starts Saturday!
It's been a hectic month here in the studio preparing for my Melbourne show. If you live in the Melbourne area I would love you to save these dates:
This show will go for just one weekend (sorry folks, but hiring a venue like this is expensive!) There will be a full online catalogue available towards the end of next week for those who can't make the show.
This year I spent a memorable week in Victoria on the Bellarine Peninsula. I had come to paint the glorious sunny skies and autumn weather but what I experienced was actually quite different…a week of moody shifting skies, storms, fleeting light and scudding clouds. In this series I was forced to review the way I see the landscape, to push myself into territory I had not been before…a world of low horizons and big skies.
I am thrilled to return to L1 Studios for my only show in Victoria for the year. I welcome old and new friends to again celebrate with a glass of wine on Saturday afternoon, July 8th at 2pm…the show goes for just one weekend (July 8-9) so please put this one in your diary now! Hope to see you all there…
Meanwhile here's a sneak peek at some of the work that will be available for purchase:
Quote I have been pondering this month: "Don't call it a dream. Call it a plan."
Well this year's spectacular skies continue! As I continue to paint for my Melbourne show in July I am constantly amazed by the variety of skies on display every night...pink, rosy clouds...stormy Paynes grey wispy clouds...dramatic upswirling pavilions of light. Glorious!
This series is beginning to challenge me artistically as well as I find I am developing an array of techniques not used before...most notably, underpainting...layering has not been a feature of my recent work as I favour a more spontaneous "all or nothing" approach, but I'm discovering the advantages of constructing a painting in nuanced degrees where I can change direction mid painting.
Quote I am pondering this month: "What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?"
Settling into life as a full time artist continues and I am discovering the value of leading a balanced healthy lifestyle. In between sessions of painting I am enjoying swimming at my local beach every day, cycling into town for an afternoon coffee, and having a lot more time for family. Important I think! So easy for creatives to lose that sense of perspective...I always return refreshed and inspired by my outings, brimming with new painting directions and ideas about life in general. My current mantra is simple..."good things happen when you go out"...
Meanwhile here's some of the offerings from my studio this month. Thanks for stopping by! :)