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Step-by-Step - "Ellie" the loggerhead turtle

It’s interesting looking back on progress shots I take of some of my paintings. Do you have any to share? While we are on the road with our caravan I am concentrating on my turtle paintings so when I return home I can go back to my seascapes and prepare for an exhibition. I’ve taken quite a few progress shots of my turtles and this week I would like to share “Ellie” with you. She is a large loggerhead turtle that laid her eggs in the walkway of the Beachside Caravan Park in Yeppoon a couple of years ago. This painting now takes pride of place in the office of the Park and is named after me by her new owners :) :) I completed this painting in Atelier Interactive acrylics on watercolour paper

Inspirational Art Quotes

I love some of the art quotes on the internet! What is your favourite inspirational art quote? Here are some of my favourites ........ Creativity is contagious pass it on How true is this! Whenever I watch somebody else creating … I’m just itching to get started too :) Every Artist was first an amateur Don’t compare yourself to more experienced artists …. they have had many hours/years of practice to get where they are! A Musician must make music … I spent 7 years not painting and it was terrible … my easel finally enticed me back :) How to feel miserable as an Artist Well this speaks for itself …. some handy tips on what not to do here :) To live a creative life we must lose our fear of bei

Torrential rain and gale force winds

I love seeing progress photos of another Artist’s work. Do you ever take progress shots? Due to the horrific weather conditions we are experiencing while in our caravan at Yeppoon, Queensland, I’m posting a step-by-step of a demonstration painting I had published in the Artist’s Palette magazine …. “Wet & Wild” …. which is exactly what it is here. 180mm of rain in less than 24hrs and gale force winds making the caravan rock so much I think I’ve got a bit of motion sickness! Step by Step - "Wet & Wild" My demonstration is a painting slightly different to my usual pastel beach scenes, which are normally completed in landscape. I had taken some photos on a really cloudy day where rain was imm

8 Art Tools I can't live without - especially no 3!

These are some of my favourite art tools I have accumulated over the years. Do you have any favourites you would like to share? 1 Proportional Divider (PD) – This is definitely my most favourite art tool of all time! I am a bit of a perfectionist and paint in a realistic style. Before I came across the PD I used to use a ruler and calculator to make sure my work was accurate when enlarging an image onto my support. I still need to use this method from time-to-time for very large paintings, however 90% of the time I now use my PD. It saves me sooooo much time! 2 Tablet – This is a relatively new art tool for me and is much easier than using my laptop. I still work from a printed ima

Art Residencies

Have you completed an Art Residency? How did you apply? Did you receive a grant? I am currently working on a series of turtle paintings in support of the Reef HQ Turtle Hospital in Townsville, Queensland. In order to complete these works I have been granted permission to use the beautiful turtle images of Brisbane photographer, Colin Davis, and Daintree Eco Tour company, Ocean Safari, as reference material in support of this great cause. I appreciate the time and dedication (not to mention expensive camera equipment) taken to achieve photographs of such a high standard. I would dearly love to be able to spend time with the sea turtles in their natural environment. Unfortunately it is rather

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