And finally – the Blue Bird of Happiness to welcome in the New Year – paintings 99-102 for 2013

Bluebirds 1 - oil and mixed media on canvas board, 30x30 mounted on studio canvas 45x45 cms
Bluebirds 1 – oil and mixed media on canvas board, 30×30 mounted on studio canvas 45×45 cms
Bluebirds 2 - oil and mixed media on canvas, 30x30, mounted on studio canvas, 45x45
Bluebirds 2 – oil and mixed media on canvas, 30×30, mounted on studio canvas, 45×45
Bluebirds 3 - oil and mixed media on canvas, 30x30, mounted on studio canvas 45x45 cms.
Bluebirds 3 – oil and mixed media on canvas, 30×30, mounted on studio canvas 45×45 cms.
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Hooray! I’ve completed my 100 painting challenge for 2013 — in fact I have a few more left over that I haven’t posted as yet. Painting a lot is a great way to improve painting skills and learn to get the work down quickly. I’m very glad to have done it. Perhaps 2014 should be a year for concentrating on quality rather than quantity.

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Flower Power – 85- /100 for 2013

Yellow Rose, oil on canvas, 30x30, mounted on 41 x 41 painted and stencilled studio canvas
Yellow Rose, oil on canvas, 30×30, mounted on 45 x 45 painted and stencilled studio canvas
Yellow Rose 1, oil on canvas, 30x30 cms, mounted on 41 x 41 studio canvas, painted and stencilled
Yellow Rose 1, oil on canvas, 30×30 cms, mounted on 45 x 45[caption id="attachment_422" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Tearose, oil and mixed media, 30x30 cms mounted on studio canvas, 45x45 cms Tearose, oil and mixed media, 30×30 cms mounted on studio canvas, 45×45 cms
Pale Pink Rose, oil and mixed media on canvas board, 30x30 cms mounted on studio canvas, 45x45
Pale Pink Rose, oil and mixed media on canvas board, 30×30 cms mounted on studio canvas, 45×45
Autumn leaves triptych, oil and texture medium on board, 3x panels 30x30 cms.
Autumn leaves triptych, oil and texture medium on board, 3x panels 30×30 cms.
Arum Lilies - oil and mixed media mounted on studio canvas, 41 x 82 cms
Arum Lilies – oil and mixed media mounted on studio canvas, 41 x 82 cms
Arum and Freesia, oil on canvas and mixed media,30x30 panels mounted on studio canvas 41 x 82 cms
Arum and Freesia, oil on canvas and mixed media,30×30 panels mounted on studio canvas 41 x 82 cms
Fuchsia Frisson - oil on canvas, 30x30 cms, mounted on studio canvas, 45x45 cms
Fuchsia Frisson – oil on canvas, 30×30 cms, mounted on studio canvas, 45×45 cms
Iris Triptych, oil on canvas board, 3 panels 30x30
Iris Triptych, oil on canvas board, 3 panels 30×30
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Magnolia blossom, oil and mixed media on canvas board, 45x45
Magnolia blossom, oil and mixed media on canvas board, 45×45

Shallow Waters – 77 – 84/100 for 2013

Shallow Waters - oil on canvas, 122 x 41 cms
Shallow Waters – oil on canvas, 122 x 41 cms
Tree by the Pool, graphite and Colour pencil on paper, 40 x 30 cms
Tree by the Pool, graphite and Colour pencil on paper, 40 x 30 cms
Ripple Tripping, 9x panels, 15cm x 15cms, watercolour pencil on watercolour paper
Ripple Tripping, 9x panels, 15cm x 15cms, watercolour pencil on watercolour paper
Creek textures, oil and mixed media on canvas board, 30x30 cms
Creek textures, oil and mixed media on canvas board, 30×30 cms
Patterns in the Water - oil and encaustic media on canvas board, 30x30 cms
Patterns in the Water – oil and encaustic media on canvas board, 30×30 cms
Serene Creek - graphite and watercolour on paper, 30x10
Serene Creek – graphite and watercolour on paper, 30×10
Roiled as a Torrent, liquid graphite wash on watercolour paper, 20x30 cms
Roiled as a Torrent, liquid graphite wash on watercolour paper, 20×30 cms
Rainforest filigree - mixed media on canvas board, 30x30 cms
Rainforest filigree – mixed media on canvas board, 30×30 cms

For the final year of my Fine Arts study I will be working in depth on a single subject. I’ve chosen the local creek, Mudgeeraba Creek, which is a beautiful little spot. There will be a lot more creek paintings coming up in future months. At this point I am trying out a variety of approaches. Hopefully along this journey I will discover my own special way of interpreting this subject.

Sunworshipper 2 – 76/100 for 2013

Sunworshipper 2 - oil on canvas, 75x75 cms
Sunworshipper 2 – oil on canvas, 75×75 cms

In this figure study I was trying out a more graphic treatment of the background while keeping the modelling of the figure realistic. There is more to do on this work, but as the year is rapidly running out, I am posting it up now.

Salome – 75/100 for 2013

Salome, oil and mixed media on canvas, 73 x 51cms
Salome, oil and mixed media on canvas, 73 x 51cms

Inspired by an old photograph of a Zigfield Follies girl, as I painted this femme fatale she started to remind me of the story of Salome, and especially of Oscar Wilde’s magic and disturbing play.

Around my place – paintings 68-74/100 for 2013

Herk's Chair, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cms
Herk’s Chair, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 cms
Bedroom study - single colour - Venetian red
Bedroom study – single colour – Venetian red
Study blue and orange
Study blue and orange
Sleeping in - study in violet and yellow
Sleeping in – study in violet and yellow
The French Bed - study in magenta, cyan and yellow
The French Bed – study in magenta, cyan and yellow
Peacock Vase - study in magenta, cyan and yellow.
Peacock Vase – study in magenta, cyan and yellow.

These are a few interior studies of my house, using restricted colour palettes and featuring my housemate – Herk the wonder-pug.

Always emptying; always full – 67/100 for 2013.

Always emptying, always full

Always Emptying; Always Full – oil on canvas, 30 x 122 cms

This is a painting of my local creek. I’m going to be doing a series of paintings of this creek in the course of my university studies over the coming year. With this one I created a panorama of photos taken while standing on a rock in the middle of the stream. My aim was to make the viewer feel surrounded by the scene – not just looking at it as though through a window. I painted with very thinned down oil paint on an absorbent canvas surface, trying for the fresh look of transparent watercolour. The title comes from a line in the Tao te Ching – “the universe, like a bellows, is always emptying, always full.” The creek is my little metaphor for the universe.

I see that the year is fast running out. I must get on and post more paintings that are sitting around my studio. I’m pretty sure I’ve made my goal of 100.