Thought I’d share my new painting palette with you all. It is one of the last things I needed to re-build in order to get painting again on a larger scale.
It’s pretty basic, 18mm marine ply as a base with thin 9mm strips around the edges, basic hinges in back for the lid, mid grey paper under cut glass for the palette section. The palette top is screwed to an Ikea table base which I had to cut down for my particular circumstances.
If I have paint mixtures sitting there from a painting session, the lid closes to keep dust, dirt and insects off.
Long time no blog.. I said I wouldn’t leave it so long after my last entry and I was right.. It was LONGER!
First off, I got an image into Ballistic Publishing’s Expose´7, pg 116, environments section.. Some really cool work in this edition so go check it out!
One thing that I have noticed over recent years is the incorrect usage of the term ‘matte painting’ when it is applied to digital art. As soon as you paint a figure into a scene, it stops being a matte painting and becomes concept art.. or just plain art. Matte painting is a specific tool in the visual effects toolbox, not a term to be applied to any old digital painting. The term is useless outside of visual effects.
End mini rant..
Today I picked up my copy of the latest Xfuns Magazine. Issue 43. Xfuns is a Creative & Design Magazine published in Taiwan. Many thanks to Audrey and Ching for making this happen, it looks great! You can find their website here.
What else has been happening… I’ve been busy working on several matte paintings for Director Vincent Ward’s latest TV commercial, ‘Blossom Hill’ for Luscious International here in Sydney. I’ll post some of this later. For those in the UK, you would have already seen this ad.. Right now I’m finishing up on a print job for a Saudi Arabian client. Those two jobs have kept me busy for the last 7 weeks. It never rains but it pours as they say!
I have the odd oil painting on the go as well, I’ll post more of that later.. really..
Long time no blog.. sorry about that! I’ve been busy with a ton of things, painting of course, re-designing my website etc etc.. where does the time go?
So here are two new paintings (still works in progress) based on a plein air and lighting study. You may recognise these from earlier posts, except these are bigger and improvements on the smaller works (I hope!!)
I’d also like to invite everyone to check out my new website www.ankaris.com. This will be my main portal onto the web from which I will show my portfolio, sell artwork and be a contact point for clients. If something doesn’t work right or there are missed links or you think it’s too clunky or whatever, please drop me a comment and let me know..
Just returned from two wonderful weeks in gorgeous Culburra, NSW, with my partner. The two downsides were an unexpected bout of the flu and very little phone reception. I was hoping to blog using my iPhone but alas it wasn’t meant to be and besides, I had other things to do… like relaxing, painting and shooting!
I would like to have painted more but we also had a fair share of crappy weather, spectacular to watch and great if you’re kicking back with a hot cup of tea, but not so good for painting. I wiped two paintings off my canvas panels because they were crap and should have done it to a third one. One I’m pretty happy with, three others I dont mind, the remaining two are average.
As I am still quite inexperienced as a plein air painter, a lot of it for me is just figuring out the mechanics and practicality of doing it outdoors! What paint do I take, how much, what gear, how do I carry it, how do I cart my wet panels around after I’ve painted etc etc.. So each excursion is a learning process. Maybe next post I’ll go over my gear list and show how I carried it all about.
In the meantime, here are the first couple of paintings. These two were painted a little further south of Culburra, on the rocks around Currarong.
A quick post today as I’m off to Culburra on the south coast of NSW for 2 weeks with my girlfriend. I hope to do a lot of painting but the weather may be against me.. anyway, it will be nice to chill and walk along the beach and get away from it all.
Any entries from here will be via my iPhone.. I may actually blog more you know..
Here is the ‘Snow Gum’ painting work in progress..