Winter has suddenly hit us with a bang and out came the soups of which onion soup is a favorite. The secret of a good onion soup rests on a good stock (preferably homemade) and of course the slow, deep caramelizing of the onions. If you want a quick soup for dinner, this is not […]
Whether we love it or hate it, it needs to be done. Laundry. Washing. Some of us are lucky enough to just fill the laundry basket and someone else does the washing. And the ironing. Some of us do it all ourselves. I am one of those. Partly by choice and partly by force. Laundry […]
Our postcard project this year seems to be spluttering along a bit erratically, but to see a colourful rectangle in the postbox is always a thrill. This time it was one of Liz's wonderful rock-and-beach scenes from her recent holiday at Port Macquarie (fairly recent, as I've taken a while to get to posting this!) I had been thoroughly enjoying see […]
Occasionally I treat myself to an online class. Without a doubt, the courses taught by the very talented Misty Mawn have been my favorites. She gives 1,000% of her time, talent and knowledge to teach in a very approachable way her form of art. Personally, I have learned a great deal from her classes. She shares her research, expertise, pdfs, links to furt […]
Really enjoyed working on the strong contrast of lights and darks in this painting of the very large church in Brailes. It's from a photo during a sunny August, however we are enjoying some very August like sunny weather here at the moment so I hope to get out amongst the lanes and fields with the easel this week.St Georges Church in Brailes. Oil 6 x 8 […]
I want to thank everyone who has visited my blog and left comments over the years. It's been loads of fun and given me motivation and inspiration to keep drawing. The time to close this blog is well overdue though, and I feel sad to leave it behind. My drawings and paintings are over on my other blog, Sketches by Fiz.
Seagull by West Coast Artist Marie Theron, part of a commissioned set of four. 8x8 inches (250mm x 250mmWhere I live, of course, we see seagulls all the time. It is not a picnic area or even a well-known beach, so the seagulls never misbehave. When dark thunder is on its way, like it often has been for months, the seagulls would fly circles over my roof. But […]
Songs of the SoldiersJo ReimerCollage on Paper7.5" x 7.5" On a recent week at the coast I determined to limit my art supplies and took only a small box of compost with an assortment of black and white and a limited palette of colored papers and supports. It was a good decision that forced me to seek variety within limits. I learned that it's […]
Little Metal Jug A bunch of little oil paintings that will be for sale at the gallery from Thursday. I am looking forward to seeing them framed. All I have to do now is hang the exhibition and make a million mince pies.Old Colander and Wooden Rice PaddlePetit-Four MouldsPlates on and Old TableSake CupsTea and RosesGold Lustre
I sketched (except for the text) this fall bouquet with dry twigs, Chinese ink and watercolor. After reading Ch'ng Kiah Kiean's Tutorial from USk 2013 in Barcelona, I gathered a handfull of twigs then whittled them with an X-acto knife hunched over a wastebasket in the gallery.
Perinone MineWatercolor, 7 x 10"One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important." ― Bertrand RussellSo little time... I forced myself to take last weekend off. What a concept. Last Wednesday and Thursday, I kept popping at the proverbial seams and wondering why. I didn't have to […]
Bolsa Chica Salt MarshInk on paperThis was a beautiful California spring day with clear sky and a slight breeze. I walked the path for about an hour, sketching about every 20 or 30 minuets. This one is with the ocean behind me facing north/east.
THURSDAY DECEMBER 05 ’13 Hello’ it’s Christy here. I thought even though Erin was in class today, I’d do today’s write up, as the rest of this week and next will be covered by us tutors, by either Vivianne or myself and with the lovely Judy in attendance as she continues to shadow the whole tutoring process. The class today was in full swing even before the […]
I came across a version of this painting that I did a couple of years ago when I was cleaning my office and decided to try it again, taking more care with lighting and adding a background to the new … Continue reading →