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May 15, 2010

The One That Got Away.

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I found this photo on my computer today, was pretty disappointed though, this is one I started back at the house and had to leave there. Its unfinished as you can see, but I was really liking how it was coming along. Its done in soft pastels on that paper thats like sandpaper, have to watch out for your finger tips on that one though.   I do like it and maybe when I get some more of the same paper I might do it again and get to finish it.

Gloves, yes, I have to invest in a pair, the last couple of nights its even been too cold to sit at the computer, even though the heaters only 3 feet away. Your hands just freeze up. We’ve had a cold snap, the night before last I’ve never seen so much ice on a car in Australia ever, not just a smear of it but quite thick,  I didn’t believe it could get that cold. Even with two sleeping bags on me and my coat I froze all night, and sleep just wasn’t happening very much at all. I was worried my dog would turn and toss his blankets off and lay there shivering, which he did, the silly bugger. But it was just the fact I was shivering all night myself that kept me awake. I didn’t feel sorry at all for those in Alaska that night it was too much like it.

I fell in love with the beauty of this little town when I drove through, I didn’t know at the time we were right next to the coldest place in the state.  It also didn’t help when I realised the caravan vent up the top is open and won’t close, haha, no wonder the heater was so inefficient. The above little one in blue and white is an aceo,  miniature, it was an excercise I was doing last night from a watercolour book.  Trying  dry brushing, for the shade on the snow.  The trees in the background are supposed to look like that for effects, but think my effects could look lots better. I love watercolour, find it a lot of fun, you never know what your going to get when starting off with it, well I never do, makes it kind of interesting.  I did this on the caravan floor in really low light half way under the table, wasn’t any room any where else, so didn’t know what it looked like til this morning actually, it was too “B” cold to leave the heater and sit at the table, haha.  Now know when they say “drybrushing” it must mean really dry brush, shall ask “lesliepaints.”  Wow can that lady paint.  Anyway, have decided to buy some gloves, the ones with the fingers chopped out.  Stuffed a jumper of mine around the top vent and has it made a difference already.

Wasn’t going to put any watercolours on as usually just tear them up when finished them, but kseverny asked so that ones for you.  And will put more of them on when I do them.

February 18, 2010

Acrylic and Pastel Paintings.

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The top painting I did in acrylics, “Waiting in the Storm”, and the other is in soft pastels “After the Storm”.  I had a lot of trouble trying to get the right light and colours to show up properly in the photo in the pastel one, its ok but still hasn’t showed the colours up properly.

These were both done awhile ago, and the acrylic one sold very quickly so was lucky, helped to buy more supplies.

January 20, 2010

PASTEL. THE OLD SHACK.

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This is done in soft pastel on pastel paper. The old shack still standing.  Somewhere in The Flinders Ranges, abandoned for a long time. I have always sprayed my pastels with fixative, but after watching a video the other day, and totally agreeing on the fact that fixative does dull the colours I think I will leave them from now on and just wrap them in tissue paper when finished.  You tend to lose too much of the vibrant colours associated with pastels.

I’ve just finished putting a bandage and a sock on my dogs paw, the poor bugger has been limping this afternoon, and after making him lay and roll so I could look, he’s taken skin off the underside of his paw.  He’s such the macho man and never complains about anything, so know its really bothering him.  He really is quite simply beautiful. In the morning I can get something proper to bathe it with, and a proper bandage also. Hopefully this makes it a little more comfortable for him to walk on.

January 18, 2010

Graphite and Pastels.

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Just popped another couple drawings on, the first one is a large one done in graphite, the cigarette lady, the second is an aceo after Craig Nelson, who does some of the most amazing pastel paintings out, this is done in pastels also, the third one is after Vincent Van Gogh,  another little aceo, done in pastels.

Thank you for the well wishes that were left for me, I got over the pneumonia, but feels like am getting it back again. It was funny but about a week before I got it I was talking to someone on the phone saying I kept smelling and tasting pesticides into my home, which would have to come from the adjoining half house. Then both my dog and I started vomitting every day. In the end I couldn’t breathe anymore and called the doctor out, and they said it was “chemical pneumonia”  I looked this up and it is caused from pesticides, so don’t think I was too far wrong in what I had said on the phone before actually getting it.

I have hardly done any painting now for awhile, been so tired, but have checked most of the blogs I follow each day, as I really love looking at other peoples art, it gives me such pleasure.

December 29, 2009

Graphite Art

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These are a couple of graphite drawings I did, I really am a sucker for graphite and charcoal art.

http://www.dueysdrawings.com/links.html

This is an incredible link I found for graphite and charcoal work,  he has many links of different artists on there.  The talent is absolutely amazing.  If you get the time its worth checking out. Also some really beautiful paintings there as well. The talent around never ceases to amaze me, and I never tire of looking at it.

Well Xmas has come and gone, and now the preparations for New Years will be well underway for most people. We’re in for a blistering one for the next few days with temps up around the 40 degree mark again, think its about 105-6 in the old temps.  So will be really glad when the cooler change comes in. I have been looking at a few sites from across the other side of the world, and wow the snow they have had. Some of the photos I’ve looked through are incredible. It must be so hard to walk through it at times. I’ve never seen snow myself, but it looks so beautiful, must have its down side as well.

December 21, 2009

MERRY XMAS.

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I found this on the internet, and just wanted to put it on, tried some others but I’m not terribly computer savvy, some you had to do all these different things to be able to download them and keep them. So simple and straight to the point,  MERRY XMAS AND A HAPPY AND SAFE NEW YEAR.

Just sitting with a coffee, and been looking through the blogs I follow and some new ones also.  The coffee’s great and so are most of the blogs.  My biscuit pinching dog is asleep on the floor near me. Quite probably disappointed I only have the coffee and nothing else.  I don’t think it would hurt him to lose a kilo or two anyway.  I’ve gotten into the bad habit of when I have something he always gets a taste of it to, have to stop this. It’s not fair on him.

We’re in for a couple of scorchers over the next couple of days, but then thankfully it will drop right back down to the mid 20’s for Xmas. A perfect day weather wise.  Went for a drive around the neighborhood the other night and saw the different houses with their Xmas lights up and on, it was so beautiful. They had an older gentleman on the Today Tonight show a few nights ago who every year decorates the front of his home for the children (and parents) to come and see, someone had deliberately driven right over all his trees and decorations destroying them all. He was heartbroken, he saves up each year a little out of each pension day to add to what he’s got, and as he said he could never replace them for Xmas and would take a few years anyway. They had him back on the show again last night, Bunnings, the local store had chipped in and delivered to him all the decorations he needed to get it all going again. The joy in that mans face was unbelievable, with tears of joy to go with it.  Xmas comes again to his house. And what a lovely thing for Bunnings to do.  I truly don’t believe the mentality of some people.

I dearly want to finish my other pastel painting, and hope to over the next couple of days.

December 19, 2009

ACEO’s For Sale – Miniature Artworks.

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Hi, hope your day is going great and productive in whatever way you wish. I have just had my umpteenth cup of coffee, minus my biscuit, which I just put on the plate on the lounge, walked out the room to turn the light out and back again and guess who’s sitting there wagging his tail and licking his lips when I came back in.  Normally when he knows he’s done anything naughty he gives a naughty wag of the tail, just the last couple of inches of it, but this time they were chocolate chip cookies, and man did they taste good for him, not one speck of remorse was shown. The tail was going full bore, waiting for more.

The coffee’s certainly help  to get through the day.  Have some sleep deprivation going on, with only about 3-4 hours  this morning so hope to get some more later.

I have added some of the ACEO’s  I have been doing lately, I found out about these art collectors cards a few months ago. All ACEO’s measure 2.5 x 3.5 inches, miniature artworks. The popularity of these little artworks is spreading worldwide as another form of collecting original works from artists. They make wonderful gifts to put inside a card, or to ad to your own aceo collection. Some are done in acrylic, some oil, and some coloured pencil and graphite.

My photographic skills are really up the creek and can say these really do look better in person, with better colours also.

All of these are for sale, the prices range from $10-$18.00 Postage is $2.50. Nearly all art works on my site are for sale except those already in private collections. I have been trying to ad a paypal buy now button, but am having problems trying to get this done.

For any enquiries and if you would like to purchase anything please email me at thepaintedbrush@Safe-mail.net  and I will contact you straight back.

Thanks for stopping by.

December 17, 2009

Old Man Wind.

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The first pastel painting of the Flinders I finished and it ended up a Xmas gift to someone, am just happy they like it,  I haven’t finished the second one yet, so time to pull the proverbial  finger out and get stuck into it. We just had another couple of incredibly hot days, yesterday the heat was fierce, but how wonderful to be able to turn an air con on and cool the room down. I couldn’t believe it, a respite from the heat. Was glorious. My dog absolutely loved it also, and spent most of the day laying on the floor lapping it up.  I owe a huge thank you to someone who helped me get the air con, wouldn’t have been able to do it without their help, as pension doesn’t afford such luxuries, hope can sell more art to pay them back.  Early last night still nearly 40 degrees, the show of heat lightning was unreal, with the huge rolls of thunder to go with it. Must have been about 1 0r 2 am when the cool change came in properly,  boy did it come in a whoosh, instantaneous. My dog was laying near the front door, scared the crap out of him and myself,  he ran into my room, I ran out of it the same time, to see what the noise was, was old man wind absolutely  howling through.  What a noise, was a squall that just ripped through suddenly.

Today is heaven, with rain and about 24 degrees.

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.

November 4, 2009

Pastel Paintings

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Two of these I did some time ago and one just recently, I am half way through a tiger pastel painting at the moment, he’s quite a large one compared to what I have been doing lately. Hopefully will have him finished the end of this week.

100_4550 The pastel of the tomatoes isn’t quite finished yet either, so another to do this week.

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