I returned to Melbourne this month and visited a paint factory, watching the most luscious blue paint being made. Travelling and painting is a challenge, so I trialled cigar case paintings – the new old miniature version of painting. Easily fitting into a pocket, discreet amongst the shoppers, cute between the coffee cups, they achieved their purpose. My next exhibition will be in Melbourne. “Bright New Day” will be held at Brightspace in St Kilda next month. The first interstate workshop will be held there in the studio. It is full already and there is demand for another, so more Melbourne sojourns are being pencilled in on the calendar.
Portugal, Paris and Italy are also in the feasibility study stages for workshops. Planned for 2019 with steady interest and growing expectation coming together. If you would like to register your interest for one of these workshops please email me at email@example.com
I recently researched the "Old Masters" colours. Using a limited palette was challenging but so rewarding I applied it to my local landscape. It helps capture the winter sky on the south coast. Another limited palette that I tried was out of necessity. I was in Victoria last year and had to source my paints locally – from the one newsagent in town. There were only a few colours. All my paintings for that trip were easily identifiable. I am sure I will revert to using the full scope of colours available but it is good to push practice and use what is locally available.
A clean studio, with well organised supplies and systems has enabled me to be more creative. This month I have also taken on two studio assistants. Luke prepares the studio for workshops and Ethan packs away. He has the energy at the end of the day to clean when I am spent!
Some large commissions dominate my wall and encourage me to be bold with colour and expression. Encouraged, I find the seascapes and skies are an opportunity to use big brushes and lots of paint to good winter sky effect.