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December 4, 2009

Unfinished Pastel Paintings.

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Finally back to my blog and some paintings, these two have just started a few days ago and hope to finish them this weekend. They are of The Flinders Ranges areas in South Australia,  I have been doing some miniature oils of the red centre in this style and decided to do some of the Flinders after the same style and colours, abstracty. I love the colours we have through the centre and outback of Australia, so vibrant and earthy.

I got my airconditioner installed the other day, naturally the weather turned as soon as I got it and heaters came back out, but I will take the colder weather any day over the heat But wow, what a thought, to know there will be some respite for the next lot of heatwaves we have.  The weather really knocked me for awhile, (getting too old for it, haha,)  and was so good to start with the pastels again.

I’ve made an early New Years Resolution to myself, to take out an unfinished art piece each day and add a bit more to it until its completed.  Now all I have to do is stick to it,  a bit more self discipline is needed.

Have just been looking through a few blogs, and an apology to people who have left comments and not had an answer I hope I have answered all and not missed any. Thank you so much for stopping by. Also have a few more to catch up on reading.


  1. Nice, I always enjoy seeing progress work and finals.
    I love the colors, every time I attempt to do this I end up back to the realistic colors. I’m going to break that mode someday.
    I didn’t know your in Aussy country, I have always been fascinated by your country ever since I had a pen pal from there in the late 1960’s. Such wonderful people, culture, animals and history.

    Comment by asmalltowndad — December 4, 2009 @ 7:40 pm |Reply

    • Hi smalltowndad thanks for stopping by. Yes its taken me decades (embarassing) to break out of the traditional colours and methods and am only just beginning to do it over the last 12 months or so. Yes it is a beautiful vast country, what I found interesting was when I got on the net and looked through your countryside, there are so many places not unlike our arid plains, with similar colours etc. Really beautiful.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — December 5, 2009 @ 1:47 pm |Reply

      • sometime you will have to look up fall foliage of southern indiana (where I’m from) or kentucky. The rolling hills and amazing colors will inspire you, I think.

        Comment by asmalltowndad — December 9, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

  2. I like those colors too. I look forward to seeing the progress that comes from that great resolution. Yeah for you!

    Comment by Yousei Hime — December 4, 2009 @ 8:41 pm |Reply

    • Hi Yousei, thank you, I only hope it continues along ok and I don’t stuff it up towards the end, always seems to be the part where if I’m going to make really obvious mistakes its always there. Fingers crossed.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — December 5, 2009 @ 1:49 pm |Reply

  3. The shapes in these are what caught my eye painted brush. You have wonderful color here and a nice division of space. Hope to see them when they are finished.

    Comment by lesliepaints — December 4, 2009 @ 11:21 pm |Reply

    • Hi lesliepaints, love the colours also, so far am pleased with it, but a bit nervous about finishing it, must be the reason I have so many unfinished ones, seem to get so far and I think I freeze up about mistakes I might make and leave them like that instead of taking the chance and finishing them. Need more confidence in my self, I love painting so much.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — December 5, 2009 @ 1:52 pm |Reply

  4. Hi paintedbrush. Finish them placing no restrictions on the outcome. The fact that we want things to be perfect makes us fear the outcome of our creations. Rarely does a finished work look like what I intended when I finish, but they look a lot better than had I left them undone. You could always start your paintings at the chosen center of interest and work outward slowly fading to the edges and maybe you would be more comfortable. There are many artists who choose vignettes. Something like that might please you more than detailing the entire surface. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by lesliepaints — December 6, 2009 @ 2:40 am |Reply

    • Thanks lesliepaints, you are SO right in your answer here, fearing the outcome. Over 60 and still fear if its not perfect will get rapped over the knuckles or told am no good. I see so many paintings and love them because they are not perfect, it gives them their own style and character, but can’t relax the rules within myself. I do hope even at my age I can overcome this barrier. I’m actually such a detail person, right down to the very last hair, and am trying so hard to change my style to loose and relaxed. Thank you so much for the ever so helpful tip above, this is something I am really going to give a try at.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — December 6, 2009 @ 3:24 am |Reply

  5. Working on two at once is quite ambitious! I agree with you on the colors you must have there, my sister just spent 5 months there working for her company and I was always asking that she take pictures everywhere she went, for photo references. Unfortunately, she is not really a camera freak, and I haven’t seen much, other than Melbourne, which is still cool. Anyway, great work, pastel isn’t easy.

    Comment by dissengallery — December 6, 2009 @ 1:05 pm |Reply

    • Hi dissengallery, so right on having a couple going at once, have actually got a couple of small ones also to finish. It would be lovely to spend a couple of weeks outback and along the river just painting and camping, (no camping gear though) and enjoying all the glorious colours out there. Maybe in the not too distant future. You have to try and train your sister better with her camera, haha. Thanks for your comment and visiting.

      Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — December 7, 2009 @ 1:02 pm |Reply

  6. Hey There!!! I’m so glad the whole airconditioner thing got sorted, albeit a little later than was hoped. What a marvelous sense of humour You have! I love these pictures! I would SOOOOOOOO love to go there. The deep, rich red earth and the sky, particularly the sky You painted on the right, reminds me greatly of where I grew up in Georgia here in the USA. I swear. I look at those pictures and I can smell the earth. Very cool. And….okay….You’ve thrown down a GREAT gauntlet. Picking up a piece of unfinished art a day and working on it. I need to do that as well. Good idea!!! Thank You and Cheers and Namaste. 🙂

    Comment by blissbait — December 7, 2009 @ 2:49 pm |Reply

  7. Hi blissbait, I go into your blog each day and it really brightens the whole day for me. Your paintings, so beautiful, bright and cheery. You must make so many people happy, God bless you.

    Comment by artbythepaintedbrush — December 20, 2009 @ 12:45 pm |Reply

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