small paintings

Small paintings born in observations that attract the eye and mind.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Pearl Beach near Sydney, Australia.

 Every so often I participate in an art weekend with a group of friends, discussing painting methods, things that have inspired us, sharing ideas, watching art films, etc., etc.   A few weeks ago spent one of those wonderful weekend with friends who live at Pearl Beach, which is just north of Sydney, Australia. 
 My plein air (painted on site) paintings and sketches from that weekend, are shown below.  
Pearl Beach, near Sydney Australia
12 x 10 inches  (30 x 25cms)
Oil on board
It was a beautiful clear sunny day & we sat high on the rocks above, to paint this one. Evidently the name of the beach comes from the pearl shapes made by the waves in the wet sand.

The next day we descended to the beach where the light was quite different to yesterday, being quite dark and cloudy during the early morning. 

Pearl Beach
A couple of sketches using  watercolour pencil on paper

Pearl Beach Headland
A Oil on Canvas
12 x 10 inches  (30 x 25cms)

Four of our group will be attending the renowned Julian Merrow Smith's "Postcards from Provence"  plein air workshop in the south of France next year, which will be a wonderful experience.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Finger Wharves from Sydney Harbour Bridge

It has taken me about 50 years to discover that one can climb the southern pylon of the Harbour Bridge. What great views it provides.
Here is an oil painting that I did which captures the view looking towards the western side of the harbour bridge, & portraying the finger wharves below. The contrasting warm and cool light effects at this time in the late afternoon were very special.
Fingers  Wharves from Sydney Harbour Bridge

10 x 12 inches (25 x 30 cm), Oil on Canvas
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The cruise liner "Sea Princess" sails under the bridge as it made its way on another pacifc cruise
A watercolour sketch of circular quay and some photos looking east from the pylon, appear on my sketch blog "the Painted Journey".
Please note that the studio will be closed until early May, whilst I will be away in south america.