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.
More paintings just off the press. This is almost becoming a ‘painting a day’ situation.. I doubt I could keep up with a PAD, too much other stuff to get done and I tend to want to paint something more substantial than a glass jar, just to say that I’ve done my painting for the day. Having said that, artists should be painting/drawing/creating every day anyway.. So.. some paintings.
Here are three wip’s of a Harrietville landscape, lighting study I started a couple of days ago. This is one in a series of about 5 or 6 paintings, all 20″ x 10″.
And a plein air I completed yesterday at a friend’s place which is 16″ x 8″. It’s her backyard/courtyard.
Well I had my first oil painting sell through Etsy during the week! It was a small 10 x 6″ panel and I sold it for US$80.
When I got my Open Box-M Pochade Box, the first thing I did was paint some quick 20 min plein air paintings of the sky from my apartment balcony. They also happened to be the first plein air paintings that I’d ever done as well. Took me long enough to get around to doing this. Dont know why because it’s great fun!
The first thing I realised was that the sky, clouds, light etc, move and change really FAST. The results I ended up with, have little resemblance to the sky I saw when I started painting. The sky can change a LOT in 20 minutes. I was painting at or near sunset which didn’t make my life any easier either… but I like a challenge!
So here is the first one that sold.
It’s not perfect but a begining.. Here is another..