Thursday, February 19, 2009


This is my art group. We have called our selves Innovision. There are two members missing from the pictures Wendi and Yumee. We are having an exhibition commencing Sunday the 1st of March at 5.00pm at the Lady Hawke Cafe, Mount Dandenong. If anyone is local and reads my blog please come to the opening. The more the merrier. I am just in the process of trying to work out what paintings to have at the exhibition as it will be up for a month.

The address is 1365 Dandenong Tourist Road, Mount Dandenong (Mel.66 G1). The exhibition will continue from Sun 1st March to Sun 30th March, 9am to 5 pm. Open Thursday to Monday. Closed Tues and Wednesday.

Rush Hour

I really enjoy trying new methods of painting. This one was really fun. Some people in my art group had been to a work shop in this method and so we all tried it. The results were fun and really varied. You first analyse the picture you are to paint. Then you work out two colors for the underpainting. This is painted on white colorfix paper. For dramatic results go for the complimentary colors. Work them in heavily with pastel just blocking in the shapes. Then get a large paint brush soaked in metholated spirits and paint the pastel. Use more metho if you wish to have runs and splash marks in your work. Wait for the under painting to dry. Then you work your painting on top of the underpainting.

I used orange and green for my under painting and then worked red browns and blue over these colors. I liked the fact that the under painting could be used to block in your big shapes. It gives the painting an interconnection.

Try it,it's lots of fun!!!

Life Drawing

Life drawing is such a good discipline. I wish I could always have the time to go. The time limitations, observation techniques required and the wish to create something that half resembles the model makes life drawing exciting and requires great concentration.

This model had a lovely voluptious body which made the painting of her more fun.