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-- 29 May, 2007 --

Divine Inspiration


Divine Inspiration
Gouache on canvas board..

Inspiration for art can come from all sorts of places and the readings at Year 12 Form Mass provided the ideas for this painting.

I knew what I wanted the painting to say and I knew how I wanted it to look but it was so hard to make it look the way it did in my head. This is the second version of the painting. The first one will end up where all of my other failures have gone, never to see the light of day again. I'm not sure what will happen to this one.

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-- 19 May, 2007 --

Curve of the Bay


Curve of the Bay
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.

Yes ... I actually did take my painting for a drive.

My first larger scale gouache painting was destined for the pile of rejects but The Poet saw it and decided it was worth the money of a frame and a position in his wall. Of course, I forgot to photog it before dropping it off at the framers. My only option was to use my phone cam in the carpark.

I had thought to trim the photo but why spoil a good story?

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-- 21 October, 2006 --

Other Than Paper ATC


Other Than Paper ATC
Originally uploaded by ** Robyn **.

"If you use a paper based material for the card then you can not embellish with paper based material."

I think that this challenge was pointing towards some sort of collage that was more than just a pile of fancy paper glued to a base. I prefer to paint, so it is another opportunity to get out the gouache and have another bash at a David Boyd inspired landscape.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales has two David Boyd's that appear in a search of their collections on their web site but have no images on the site. Looks like I will have to go searching for them when I go in there with the Year 7 Visual Art excursion in a couple of weeks.


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-- 30 September, 2006 --

Spring Theme ATCs

Spring Theme ATC 1 Spring Theme ATC 2 Spring Theme ATC 3

One of the unfortunate things about living in Australia is that most of the rest of the world forgets (or never knew) that the seasons are reversed to those in the northern hemisphere. The result of this is that seasonal art challenges are always wrong for us and, as a result, really become a challenge of memory. That is why I decided to host a seasonal challenge on Swap-bot myself.

I was happy to see that lots of people from the north decided to join in the swap. These three ATCs are on their way to my partner who lives in Newfoundland. This is the first time I have sent anything to Newfoundland. I hope that she enjoys seeing an impression of spring in Australia, which I imagine is very different from the snowy north. In most cases it is a showy flush of new green that will quickly be swallowed up by the dry and dusty heat of the quickly approaching summer. I think that it will be particulalry so this year as we head into another summer of this long drought.

My inspiration for these cards has been the work of famous Australia artist, David Boyd, a member of the artistic Boyd family.


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-- 16 April, 2006 --

The Ghost of Springtime


The Ghost of Springtime
Originally uploaded by Robynls.
This is how an Australian responds to a Spring art challenge in April.

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-- 01 April, 2006 --

Meg's portrait

Meg's portrait
Meg's portrait
Originally uploaded by Robynls.
I've never used gouache before but I have read postings about it on a couple of my discussion groups lately. It sounded like fun, so I wanted to give it a go. I bought a box of Reeves gouache which was much cheaper than anything else I saw at the art store and allowed me to have lots of colours for little money.

Once I got it home and opened up to the next page of my Moleskine, I realised that I had no idea how to handle the medium. I figured that, since it is supposed to be a water-based medium, I should have a jar of water handy. It goes on really thickly and dries very fast. Since it seems to be pretty much opaque, then it is possible to cover up any mistakes.

I hope that Meg likes her portrait.

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