The new year is here. I hope it has been a great start for you all. I have begun the art year by experimenting with floral tableaux combined with light and shadow compositions. I have been looking to add a “new string to my bow” for a while and I am finding still life as exciting as my landscape work. Teamed with my wife’s love of flowers, my duty to buy them each week and a new direction… the results have been pleasing. The new paintings seem to be received well by the comments sent my way and thank you to all who have provided feedback.
Summer workshops in Shellharbour have begun. The two so far have been blessed by suitable weather, fantastic scenery and happy participants. It is amazing to see so many different paintings from similar vantage points! Everyone worked hard and pushed themselves to explore new techniques and styles. All went home armed with vigour and resolve to be better at what they do and celebrate their successes.
I celebrated my son’s thirtieth birthday this weekend. I painted two seascapes at Stanwell Park while we were all away together as a family. Coastal inspiration continues, further north and higher up. The travel will continue this year with the USA, Portugal, Melbourne and Sydney planned. A little more of Australia is a possibility... thinking... thinking. Looking forward to meeting more new and old friends this year at workshops and exhibitions too! Keep in touch and don’t forget to follow @mystudiodoor on Instagram for those wanting a peek behind the scenes into my artistic practice.
Some work from this month: