Saturday, 1 May 2010


 It's not often I have a photo taken of me, but I decided to post this one for my friends overseas and those I rarely see.  My U3A (University of the Third Age) group had rented a studio at Strathnairn (on edge of Canberra) for a day so we could paint and have fun. This was my first use of the French easel, nice and compact for carrying and storing paints and brushes.

Me painting

In Michael Winter's class we were to make a drawing in the style of Russell Drysdale, a famous Australian painter,  and then paint it large in acrylic or oil.   I tried using mainly warm colours as he did and put items that are quite different close by with a tiny object out of scale. The natural feature is from a photo of an erosion feature at Mungo Nat. Park. The structure is an old hut on the High Plainsof NSW.
Coloured pencil drawing

This is the acrylic painting (100 x 80 cm) from the pencil drawing above - with a few changes.  I doubt that Drydale would recognise his so-called style, but I enjoyed doing it anyway!

Acrylic painting

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