Small outdoor landscapes on sale

outdoor painting-philippa Robert-whitewater bridge-2017

Small outdoor landscapes to love are in the spotlight for you until mid-July. They offer little patches of colour and light to make your space sparkle. Have you seen these glimpses of Adelaide and summer-time in England?

My home “curator” has hung a line of them on our salon-hung living room wall and they look really dense and lively with colour and contrasts.

Small outdoor landscapes-Outdoor painting-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia-whitewater bridge-2017-framed

This one “Whitewater Hotel, Newby Bridge” is one of my favourites. The dark tones are in ultramarine and prussian blues which I still feel drawn to. I was inspired by the lovely contrast between the local whitewashed buildings and the greenery.

It is neat and petite, 12.5×17.5cm without the frame but really packs a punch. Full-priced at $150, Whitewater Hotel, Newby Bridge is on sale now for 10% off – just $135.

To paint this work I stood on a footpath near the bridge edged with the dry-stone wall. The road was quite busy at the time as people were off to work on this early summer morning. I met the breakfast chef as he arrived cheerfully for duty (on foot). After a couple of hours work I returned to our cottage for a breakfast cooked by Martin, our host and chef. What a nice start to the day before our cruise on Lake Windermere.

Have you visited the Lakes District?

Who wants to run “Over the sandhill”?

Over the sandhill-with artist at HBCC-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia-Sept 2017

Over the sandhill

During my recent showing at Cafe Lune, I met with the Arts and Cultural Coordinator for the local Council. One of the ideas discussed related to this painting, Over the sandhill.

over the sandhill-seascapes-AdelaideSouthAustralia-PhilippaRobert-Over the sandhill
60x90cm, acrylic on canvas, $1435

It is a happy reminder of those warm days which promise plenty of swims, sandy toes and skin tingling with the sunshine. The light is brighter, people are wearing light and bright colours and the sea shimmers in the distance. What a day it is!

My other feeling about this painting answers the very first question in the headline. The children want to run – and most often do. They disappear down over the hill to the beach while the parents follow more slowly. And you can see why they trudge – they carry the lunch and the beach toys! A different story on the way home. The parents still trudge but the children are weary and reluctant. Certainly not running back to the car, unless the sand is hot.

A new temporary home

Thank you to the Holdfast Bay City Council for this opportunity to share my vision of summer beach-goers with a new audience.

Over the sandhill-with artist at HBCC-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia-Sept 2017

Over the sandhill will hang in the foyer of the HBCC Offices on Jetty Road Brighton until mid-November. See it in person there or here online. Available for purchase through the website!

PS Thanks to my new friend at the HBCC who helped with the photography.

 

Painting from photographs. How to start? Or finish?

Artist in studio-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

fix my painting-classes-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

Questions

What about painting from photographs?

Have you wondered how to start a painting? Whether to use brush charcoal or pencil? What to look for to make it interesting?

painting-from-photographs-classes-Philippa-Robert-Adelaide-South-Australia

Have you ever felt a painting was not quite finished but unsure what it needed? A certain something, but not sure exactly what? Sometimes it’s the bare bones of the painting that aren’t quite right. Sometimes it is only one element or perhaps two – an easier fix.

Solutions – Painting from photographs

I have designed a short course designed around painting from photographs. It will give you the basic tools build up a painting and to see what’s needed as you go along. You will try out a new visual approach to painting and find ways of solving your painting problems.

You will relish your new approach. And with practice it will give you more freedom and fluency.

painting-photographs-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

Painting from a Photograph will give you key understanding about the essential elements of painting composition.
I believe that painting from photographs is easy the “way in” to landscape painting. It controls your subject matter to a great degree while still allowing some freedom of choice in your approach.

If this sounds like something that will help you, here’s your chance to get on board.

Be quick! There are only a couple of spots available. And after this broadcast the spots will fill.

painting-from-photographs-brushes-Philippa-Robert-Adelaide-South-Australia

Details

Starting date is October 5th. Classes will run on Thursday mornings, 9.30-12.30 for 4 weeks with the last one on October 26th.

Fees are $145 for the 4 sessions of 3 hours each. If you are a newsletter subscriberyou can enrol for the special price of $130. You can sign up here now if you wish!  Either way, take the step and register before the spaces fill.

YES! HELP ME WITH MY PAINTING

Cafe painting. Is it outdoor painting indoors?

Outdoor painting indoors-cafe paintings-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

Cafe painting is good fun. It is a bit like outdoor painting done indoors. Is that feasible? Many people would say no. I would say a qualified “yes”.

Recent experience at a local cafe convinces me that there are some elements in common.

Differences: outdoor-indoor

There are two main differences which are controlled indoors – variations in the light and protection from the weather. They are pretty big differences from the real thing. How can I possibly claim any similarities?

cafe painting-outdoor painting indoors-outdoor painting-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

cafe painting-outdoor painting indoors-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

Similarities: outdoor-indoor

As you can see, the kit is the same. My subject matter is cafe customers. That makes the time tight, even tighter than painting outdoors. They move their limbs a lot and some move their heads in very expressive ways. More fun.
It is also another version of painting in public, under the eyes of curious people. Curious people are fine by the way, but in this case they do wonder why I am staring at them!

Painting people living their everyday lives at such close quarters feels as if I am teetering on the performer’s tightrope. There is a blurry border between the artist and their subject in this very social setting. The border is firmer outdoors where people are not my main focus.

Outdoor painting indoors-cafe paintings-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

I am enjoying the tightrope and the chance to take risks in public. Artistic risks of course! Any painting exercise in the studio or elsewhere has them. The way I find best is to accept what I produce and learn as I go. There is some evidence for learning in the series so far. They are not in order of execution. It might be fun to arrange them in order….but that would give away too many secrets.

And yes, I still think cafe painting is a bit like outdoor painting, indoors. Do you agree?