Thursday, February 25, 2010

where's my time?

I have been pretty busy lately trying to find time to sleep but not getting enough at all.
I've just started a residential drafting course full-time.

There's some interesting architectural model where I am studying and a really good student drawn set of plans from 1923 framed in a nice warm oak frame.

I'll try and post a photo later! it's really inspiring.

Architectural drawing has been interesting so far.....a little frustrating and sometimes tedious because it is just grey lead pencil... but nonethless a worthwhile undertaking.

The school drawings have got me thinking about all the different ways I could be going about representing my ideas in my course. I need more colour.

we had to draw something chrome for our first homework task...enough said.

I'm not a realist. I don't aspire to be. a man in my painting class said to day "oh there's so many photographs to paint just not enough time"

yeah I really don't want to be a realist, I want more from art...I want to munipulate imagery...I don't want to paint every little detail I don't care about.

I like the idea of studying to be qualified to draw up plans for hypothetical houses..I wonder how far I could push things?? or if I could be good enough at problem solving to dodge past all of the regulations of the building codes. Why do we live in houses? What do we get out of it all? what else could architecture do ? what could bedone to make living in houses in Australia more ethical? Why do we like straight lines so much? and even -flat colours? why does someone in my neighbourhood choose to adorn his house with little concrete statues representations of aboriginals? and native animals set in concrete? and a fake pond? why do we want bigger houses...bigger inclosed houses?

it's all really interesting to me right now.

painting wise. I'm too tired. (one of the two worst things about full-time study, the other being less time with Ben.)

I do get to painting from a live model soon...finally.


Saturday, February 13, 2010

exploring Hobart

nice places, painterly textures

Tasmania has great grey and gold landscapes....I love that colour combination.

p.s just thought i'd show you my self-portrait behind me here in the study.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

workings Albert Pierre Marquet

more work. (sorry this photo is taken in natural lighting and it's pretty cold looking.


have a look at one of my all time favourite paintings by Albert Pierre Marquet (1875-1947)

I would love to see this painting everyday of my is so full of life and a very quiet but defiant look in her eye.

In the next few posts I might show you a few painting oddities that I have pinned up on my wall.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Painting and Hans Heyson

I've been working on two paintings at the most recent painting of mum and another night-time portrait of her. The good news is that both are coming along well! There was a little bit of.... is it this blue ? or that blue? or this blue and that one? and then some more mixing and running back and forth looking at my canvas from a distance. Sometimes there's that elusive colour combination of nice in-between colours. (the answer was a tiny dab of Permanent Alizrian Crimson by the way!)

Every time I start a painting, I wish it to be more of a challenge than the last...I'd like to find some really complex compositions that are in right now and to somehow make the painting flow well and draw the viewer in. I've tried to crop my paintings further back from the main subject recently and it has helped because it really shows up the dead spots in some of my compositions.

There's so many little bits of social commentary I'd like to somehow work into my work and definitely think there will be more interior works and the canvases will be much bigger.

I went to see the Hans Heyson Exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

I was really excited when The Mercury featured a large free lift-out of a beautiful painting of majestic old gum trees. What expert composition!!!!!

I study it before I go to bed each night and rescue it off the floor when the blue-tack runs dry and peels off the wall. It's funny though because one of his large canvas just really sucked. It was really dull and just didn't work on a large scale at all. And there was a few vapid little drawings of Venice that Hans had painted while he was young.

Mum and I joined a tour-guided group while we were at the exhibition. It was interesting to beginning, but we made a dash after a while as I got the feeling the lady was reading imaginary cue-cards off the walls, rather than actually knowing or understanding about the artist.

A great oddity in the Heyson collection was a painting of 'the artists wife sewing' (1913) sitting at a desk under an open window....the light was luminous! it didn't really fit in with his the muted palette of most of the exhibition, but gee...what a great painting!

Anyway the heat has finally broken this evening (28 degrees) and now the rain is sounding off in a nice high pitched way when drops hit the roof....that's one of the great thing about Australia...tin roof music!

will update soon with work-in-progress shots.