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Red Poppies
Basecoat the canvas with the use of the 2” base coating brush with the white gesso. Allow to dry and lightly sand with the sanding block, wipe with a lint free cloth and then give the entire canvas another coat of the white gesso, a hairdryer may be
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Born Of The Thespian World
I was 17 years old when I did my apprenticeship as a commercial artist. I was taught craft, drafting and construction by artisans, reproductionists, illusionists, and masters. It was about aesthetics and technique, precision, flamboyancy, extreme, c
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Its The Interpretation That Makes It Work
Many people I speak to tell me they really enjoy painting but don’t get the time to do it. My answer is, I paint (almost every day) and sometimes don’t get the time to do other things. As a young man I had the need to draw, and I enjoyed art at schoo
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Keeping Memories
Like thousands of other retirees, I started this part of my life with lots of resolutions. I still don’t have a new bathroom or a tidy garden, and the bush that surrounds my home is still a fire-hazard, but I have achieved one aim - to become a compe
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Where the Waters Flow
I choose an image with a personal appeal. In this case I took a photo a few years ago on a visit to the South Island, New Zealand. I like the way the water twists and swerves around the rocks. I start with a mixture of Raw Umber and Prussian Blue sli
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Should We Or Shouldn’t We?
Observe, sketch, photograph, practice and plan. Blue wrens are frequent visitors to my garden, but I will never be able to capture their characteristic skips and flutters on paper. Instead, I look for a story in my painting; an element of narrative o
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Sandgate Art Society (SAS)
The brainchild of Brisbane architect John Blackley, Sandgate Art Society is a place to dedicate one night to uninterrupted artistic pursuit; which is not always easy for people who lead busy lives. SAS welcomes novices, intermediate skilled, art teac
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Art For Life
I first thought about becoming an artist when I was about 9 or 10 years of age. I grew up in the Perth Hills where there was a strong arts community, with people like Guy Grey-Smith, Robert Juniper, and George Haynes around. My parents were intereste
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Setting the Scene
Before I start, I do a photo collage with the images I have chosen, which have inspired my painting. I listen to repetitive music to get in the rhythm and let that flow through to my brush. This work is on a metal panel. I love to see the shine of th
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Red Dress, Vase and Flowers
This painting was a commission with a size restriction. The clients had seen my work at an exhibition and told me they liked the red dress, blue and white porcelain, native flora and the enamelware I used. With the size restriction and the size of th
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The Power of Colour
I was born in the USA and lived in Switzerland from the time I was three years old. My parents were both Swiss. For the last few years, I have lived in Australia. An only child, I was given drawing materials to keep me occupied, and thus began my jou
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Artist’s Hints And Tips
How the painting will look when it is finished depends upon the support (that is, the linen, panel, paper, and so on) that it is painted on. The painting process starts with the support. It is worth spending the money on good pre-primed linen or spen
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The RES - Newcastle’s Hidden Treasure
The RES is Newcastle’s #1 Reservoir. This underground treasure was constructed in 1882 and was Newcastle’s first subterranean drinking water supply. It was decommissioned in the early 1960s. Hunter Water has recently restored and opened the RES for p
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Balu
Balu is a piece I was asked to do by a friend in Germany and was completed at a size of 14 x 11 inches. My friend sent me many photos via email, and I picked the one I thought was best, showing some personality and capturing the intensity of his eyes
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Materials
• Daler-Rowney 300g/m2 Aquafine paper, A3 size • Staedtler Mars Lumograph Graphite Pencils 6H – 8B range • Paper Mate ComfortMate ULTRA Propelling Pencils 0.5mm HB & 2B • Staedtler Mars plastic eraser • Micador Group Fixative Workable Mat The main b
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Loving My Life
I was born in Penrith, NSW, and moved to Queensland in 1991 when I was about four years old with my parents and two siblings. From a young age, I can remember being creative – making toys out of cardboard, writing and illustrating short stories to be
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Revving Up In Retirement
Retiring from the workforce in mid-2013 provided me with the valuable commodity of free time. I had always wished to recommence my long dormant capacity for sketching at some point and now, being time-rich, I was able to pick up my pencils again. Whi
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Art Is A Connection To Self-Expression.
I was born in Townsville Queensland. My family spent most of my early childhood moving around for work, so I found it very difficult to make friends but I always had my drawings. I would draw on anything I could find. My father being a new Australian
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Nightlands
Prepare your canvases by giving them one good coat of Carbon Black (I used a small roller to get an even coverage). Then proceed to measure off and tape, to paint the black section. I taped off at 36 x 36 cm for the top left corner of the first canva
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Studio ARTES Northside Inc and Gallery ARTES
Studio ARTES, located within the Hornsby Shire on Sydney’s North Shore, is an independent not-for-profit organisation operating five days per week providing services in recreational and vocational training and artistic programs for people with disabi
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Essence Of The Territory
Kelli Mac was born in country Victoria and later lived in various parts of Australia including Perth and Alice Springs before finally moving to settle in Darwin in the Northern Territory. In Darwin, this lady has found a strong and renewed passion fo
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Fallen
Start with a strong all-over background colour of Phthalo Blue mixed with a touch of Phthalo Green to create a vibrant summer feel to the entire painting. Prepare your composition using reference photographs, taking care to ensure that the fallen tre
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Master Hints And Tips
• Working from photographs is great – but spend time with your subject matter. If you are doing a landscape, go bush as often as you can and study the random wonder of Nature. If painting figurative works, join a life drawing class to build your skil
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Time to Relax
Gillian Morey came to Australia in the early ’70s, from her birthplace in Suffolk, England. She is married to a farmer in the south-west of Western Australia. The couple’s farm is host to Merino sheep for fine wool, White-Faced Suffolk sheep for fat
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An Interest in Portraits
Stan Overington was born in Kojonup, a town in Western Australia’s south-west. He was the only child of parents who operated a bakery and tearooms. “Much of my childhood was spent finding things to occupy myself,” he says. “I have always loved drawin
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Schardale Summer Magic (Lexie)
With my HB pencil, I start to draw the subject on a plain piece of paper. Most times I begin with the eyes and nose to get the triangle working, but this time I started with the ears. Lexie’s ears are a main feature – typical Bull Terrier ears with a
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A Portrait of Ross
Since being introduced to Genesis paints three years ago, I’ve used no other medium. I found the simplicity of achieving subtle blending (required in my style of portrait painting) a surprise and joy which I take full advantage of. I don’t use China
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