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Traditional Landscape and Still Life Artist
With a garden full of blossoming roses, camellias and azaleas, South Australian artist John McCartin never needs to look for inspiration to paint. Red brown chooks and white ducks fossick free range in nearby farmyards. Around the corner are country
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Onkaparinga Morning
The complexity of this composition calls for a detailed charcoal drawing in preparation for the large painting. This process highlights potential pitfalls and avoids the problem of having to rework the composition if things go wrong. A small colour
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Materials
• Brushes – Select the right size and type of brush for what it is you are painting. Filberts are good for general brushwork and for softening edges. I often use them in portraiture and still life painting. Flat brushes are useful in achieving a bold
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The Bare Bones
Before any toning of a drawing can begin you have to first get to what I call the ‘bare bones’ stage (the bare bones of the drawing) which is laying down all the features of the composition that can reasonably be represented by an outline as accurate
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Art Tours
Art tours combine a holiday with art tuition and travelling with like-minded people. They are suitable for all skill levels and for all ages and are done at a relaxed pace with some free time to enjoy as you wish. The tours cater for small groups and
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Hints And Tips
• Try to stay fresh throughout the painting if you don’t want the painting to appear as tired as you are. • Stepping away from the painting for a few days is helpful. Looking at the painting upside down or in a mirror will show any obvious faults tha
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The Ben Roberts Cafe and Gallery
The Ben Roberts Cafe and Gallery is a new art venue in the Blue Mountains. Owner Carolynne Skinner has a long history of arts publishing and running galleries. She tells here how her new gallery came about … Many people, including those living here,
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Handling the Tools
I’ve noticed in my freehand drawing workshops lately that although I supply and explain the use of all six of the essential tools required for freehand drawing the same basic handling errors come up over and over again. Despite their having been two
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Back To School And University
Get the feel, opacity and translucence of traditional oils minus the drying time, ‘hard to clean’ mess, and that smell … Genesis Heat Set Oils are an easy to use painting system. They are similar to traditional oils in feel and application, yet the p
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Temple entrance at Tirtagangga Water Palace, Bali
Draw a light pencil border the size you would like your sketch. This is particularly helpful if you want to do several small sketches on the one page. The border also prevents you sketching to the edge of your paper and the sketch becoming a finished
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Heading The Desire to Experiment
Ian Reardon first became interested in art through his grandfather who worked in pencil and watercolours and also painted window-front signs for shops in Grafton. Ian took art as a subject at the Southport school on Queensland’s Gold Coast when he wa
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Spotlighting Patrick’s Exhibition Crash Paintings Contributed
Born in Melbourne in 1985 and raised in Sydney, Patrick attended The College of Fine Arts, experimenting with several mediums including film, video, sculpture and sound, before settling on painting. With two solo shows, both in 2008, Patrick discusse
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Drawing What You See
In this article I want to explore one of the all time and most important golden rules of freehand drawing, which is “draw what you see, not what you think you see or want to see”. It all comes back to your own perceptions of reality and gaining a dee
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Brush Strokes
There’s something about making discoveries artistically that leads to discovering that waste is not at all attractive. For those of you who are afflicted with that same sentiment, this article is for you. There comes a time that we must say goodbye t
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Wash Away the Doldrums
We all suffer from inspirational block during our artistic lives and sometimes the lulls are just too long: “So what do we do about it”? To get out of this type of rut, I visit galleries for inspiration then wander off to some beautiful part of Austr
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Repeatability
The keyword for this issue is “repeatability”. The FreeOnlineDictionary gives as one of it’s explanations – “To do, experience, or produce again”. Have you ever had one of those moments when you have looked at your work and said, “I really like that
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Love Of Art Rekindled By Chance
Donna has been involved in the arts most of her life; coming from an artistic family she flourished in the performing arts throughout her youth, taking ballet lessons at one of Sydney’s most prestigious academies, the Scully Borovansky. Singing lesso
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Colour in Flight
Using saral paper and the line drawing transferred onto tracing paper apply the design to the canvas. Squeeze generous quantities of paint onto your palette, as this style of painting requires plenty of paint. Line up Cadmium Yellow Medium, Pthalo Gr
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Waterdrops
Before painting the waterdrop, observe the reaction of water on the plant surface. Different surfaces hold different shaped drops and some surfaces repel water so no drops form. Take some water and drop it on to the leaf surface and observe the shape
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5 Stages of Line Drawing
When talking about the nature of the actual lines that are used when drawing any freehand composition, there are to my way of thinking five clearly separate stages you go through to take your layout from a blank piece of paper to the precise and accu
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Christmas Buyers’ Guide Contributed
Are you looking for a Christmas present with a difference? Genesis Artists Supplies may be able to help you. We are now stocking metal measuring spoons, ultra fine brushes and high quality colour shapers as well as our usual range of brushes and Gene
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Mandy’s Sundrenched Studio Contributed
Situated on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, Mandy’s Sundrenched Studio is an inviting gallery space and home to the amazing creative work of artist Amanda Shadforth. “As an artist selling work in galleries, you often don’t get to hear the stor
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A Wing And A Prayer
With Darling Ranges as a back drop and the upper reaches of the Swan River and Swan Valley just a short drive west from my studio in Wanneroo. I have historical towns, vineyards and the Perth hills on my doorstep and this area has much to offer an ar
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Man of Many Mediums
Canberra born Graham W. Smith (now of Wynnum in Brisbane) commenced his artistic life with a pencil drawing of a racing car (at under five years of age). The artist still has it in his possession today. At the age of 14 he was doing perspective drawi
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Umbrellas in Brisbane
The first stage was to lay out the four photographs taken at the street corner. I cut and pasted some of the figures from each shot until I compiled a pleasing mix of action in the rain. Once done, I gridded the photograph and transposed the images f
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Removing Paint From Watercolour Paper
Watercolour paper can be very forgiving. Once you learn how to manipulate the paper, you will be able to effectively remove any paint spills or splatters on your work. As a botanical artist, my work is done with no painted background, so any dropped
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Shades of Grey
I have written about hatching and crosshatching before (issue 2-1) but I am going to keep adding to it as we go along as it’s such an important and integral part of my style of freehand drawing. I’ve developed my own particular way of drawing natural
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Back To The Future Contributed
The Queensland Wildlife Artists Society recently presented the Faber-Castell 250th Anniversary exhibition at the Richard Randall Studio Gallery, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Toowong, Brisbane. Count Andreas and Countess Virginia von Faber-Castell a
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Brush Strokes
Somewhere (perhaps in these pages in this magazine) I devoted an article to understanding your paintbrushes. I made a suggestion that there were three “fundamental” processes that affected the marks made by almost all paintbrushes. • The amount of pr
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Setting Up Your Space Part 2 - On The Road
In Part one of ‘Setting Up Your Space’ I talked about how to organise your home to accommodate a studio, well in this article I would like to talk about setting up a mobile ‘plein air’ kit for those outdoor projects. In July this year I set off on a
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