Saturday, December 24, 2011

Autumn Leaves (Liquid Amber) in Pastel

Autumn Leaves or Fall leaves seem very American. However in Australia we have the Liquid Amber Tree too. And Autumn time to bring out such wonderful  colours in these tree leaves. I am always in awe of the reminiscent atmosphere it brings. So in tribute and anticipation to Autumn, I wanted to capture the beauty of these leaves like so many have done before me.

In a well detailed 'study' I made a pastel drawing in anticipation of a future painting. I have a Liquid Amber tree in my backyard and last Autumn took some reference pics. :
Here is the stage by stage process of my pastel drawing (I say drawing and not painting because I was using a drawing technique). I used pastel pencils and a kneadale rubber. I worked top right/bottom right to top left/bottom left because I am a left hander, as well as using a tissue under my hand and a paper stump towards the end to blend the background. I worked leaf by leaf, not a layering effect like a base/background, then darks then lights over the whole area like I would a painting.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Studio -Stage 3

Stage 4


 Here is a FREE TEMPLATE of my Liquid Amber Leaves drawing design.
Here is a copyright free template for Liquid Amber Leaves.Get your students to colour in in pencil.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Australian Artists

Most art followers could name a number of well known and famous Australian artists, but there are many I  haven't heard of who have contributed to Australian art history; depicting the culture, society, times and events of modern day life.

I would like to share with you these artists, some of whom have been brought to my attention, others who have provided a greater insight into their importance in the art realm. I have been reading Australian Art Brought to Light 1850-1965 (1998) published by the Queensland Art Gallery. This book has a vast array of essays on Australian artists (including international Australian artists) which describe their placement within Australian art history. The essays tend to analyse one significant or iconic artwork and has been a most enjoyable read of 'short stories'. There is an emphasis on Queensland and Brisbane artists as is relevant to the location of the gallery, however these essays address national artists.

Here is a list of the artists;
  1. Henry Short (Still lifes -Flowers)
  2. G.F. Folingsby (Genre Paintings of Domestic scenes)
  3. Chester Earles (Interior with figures)
  4. Nicholas Chevalier (Children)
  5. William Barak (Indigenous artist)
  6. Harriet Jane Neville-Rolfe (Female artit -rural/country life scenes)
  7. Isaac Walter Jenner (Landscapes)
  8. Arthur Lourier (Fantasy)
  9. Bertram Mackennal (Sculpture)
  10. Girolamo Nerli (Interiors with females -Cultural influences from Asia)
  11. Arthur Streeton (Landscapes)
  12. Sydney Long (Primitive like landscapes)
  13. Charles Conder (Figures, Landscapes, scenery)
  14. A.M.E. Bale (Lesiure paintings)
  15. Godfrey Rivers (painterly Landscapes and Interiors)
  16. John Peter Russell (Impressionistic landscapes)
  17. Rupert Bunny (Bathers; Women and children)
  18. George Washington Lambert (Portraits)
  19. Emmanuel Phillips (Figures and scenery)
  20. Vida Lahey (Female artist -Domestic scenes)
  21. Lloyd Rees (Drawing Architecture)
  22. Grace Cossington Smith (Female artist -portraits and domestic scenes)
  23. Thea Proctor (Female Artist -Printmaker)
  24. Margaret Preston (Female Artist -Printmaker -Still lifes)
  25. Christian Waller (Printmaker)
  26. Napier Waller (Female Artist -Religous printmaker) -Wife of Christian Waller
  27. Roland Wakelin (Impressionistic Fauvist -Surburbia)
  28. Hilda Rix Nicholas (Female Artist -Country life scenes)
  29. Max Dupain (photographer)
  30. Peter Purves Smith (Political painter)
  31. Eric Wilson (Cubism -Still lifes)
  32. William Dobell (Portrait painter)
  33. Ludwig Hirschfeld Mark (Watercolourist -Abstracts)
  34. Albert Namatjira (Indigenous Artist -Watercolourist -Landscapes)
  35. James Gleeson (Surrealist painter -Similar to Dali)
  36. Leonard Shillam (Sculptor)
  37. Albert Tucker (German Expressionism -depictions of society)
  38. Russell Drysdale (Surreal landscapes)
  39. Joy Hester (Female Artist -Female Portraits) -was wife of Albert Tucker
  40. Daphne Mayo (Female Artist -Acclaimed Sculptor for her time)
  41. Sidney Nolan (Figures in landscapes)
  42. Arthur Boyd (Landscapes)
  43. Charles Mountford (Indigenous Artist)
  44. Roy de Maistre (Cubistic and Fauvistic influence)
  45. Herbert Badham (Cubistic and Fauvistic influence)
  46. Grace Cowley (Female Artist -Abstract Cubism)
  47. Danila Vassilieff (Sculptor)
  48. Frank Hinder (Cubism)
  49. Margel Hinder (Cubism)
  50. Fred Williams (Printmaker -Etchings)
  51. Godfrey Miller (Cubist Pointalism)
  52. William Dargie (Indigenous Painter)
  53. Arthur Evans (Surburban Scenery)
  54. Ray Crooke (Landscapes of the Australia and Pacific Islands) -Similar to Guigain
  55. Yvonne Audette (Female Artist -Abstracts)
  56. Jon Molvig (Abstract Figures)
  57. Carl McConnell (Sculptor)
  58. David Boyd (Sculptor)
  59. Hermia Boyd (Sculptor)
  60. Ian Fairweather (Abstract Expressionism)
  61. Leonard French (Modern Abstract Geometrics)
  62. John Olsen (Abstract Expressionism)
  63. Colin Lacey (Decorative imagery)
  64. Mike Brown
  65. Ross Crothall
  66. Keith Looby (Abstract Figures and People)
  67. Ian Burn (Conceptualism)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Synchromism - a theory of colour and music

I have heard of synasthesia before - where art is responded to through listening to music and then the artist tries to 'paint the music'. Kandinsky was well know for this.

Synchromism sounds similar and could be one in the same (I haven't read enough about it yet) but it uses the music tone to represent the hue. The higher the musical pitch the lighter the colour key and reverse for low tone, deep hue -A formula developed for the 12 'notes' of the chromatic scale. The well known Australian artist Rolan Wakelin is said to have used this approach. International artists Morgan Russell and Roy de Maistre were too noted for creating art this way.

For me, I use music to dance to and get in the mood to create my art. As an exercise it would be fun to respond to the different types of genres; classical, grunge, pop.