Cafe painting – a new obsession

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Cafe painting is my new obsession.

The summer temperatures have hit the (Celsius) 40s lately. Although that doesn’t favour outdoor painting, there is plenty to paint indoors. From September last year I was lucky enough to paint in a local restaurant once a week. Over ten weeks I created a number of small painted sketches of coffee drinkers.

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When Jo Harris of Mrs Harris’s Shop offered me the chance to exhibit in the 2018 Fringe at Caffe L’Incontro in Gay’s Arcade I jumped at the chance. More cafe painting!

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The inhabitants of Gay’s Arcade are helpful and friendly. Upstairs on the balcony level there is a community of makers – jewellers, painters, a tailor, dressmakers and a printer among them.

Coffee is good downstairs and upstairs the view of the cafe and the customers is truly exciting. Small paintings are emerging and a large studio piece is on the way too.

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The Opening date is February 23rd, 6-9pm at Caffe L’Incontro, Gay’s Arcade, Adelaide. The exhibition runs until the end of March.

In the meantime, I trust you have enjoyed little holiday break too and have found plenty to inspire and delight you as 2018 begins!

 

The Studio – Open for business

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Open for business again! Yes, it has been a workplace, but we have had only a few visitors over the past few months.
And I think you know what that means. Stuff has built up. Surfaces – well, where are they? Buried or smothered. Dust has collected in the corners.
Now the TO-DO list has become TA-DA! Lots of crossing out with a flourish of the pen. And here’s why….

Open Studio

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Once again I am teaming up with my daughter Jane White to bring you lots of gift ideas at very reasonable prices. You will find plenty of variety, with tiny landscape paintings, stone and string jewellery, calendars, candles and cards on display.

Outdoor paintings

The little landscapes I will be showing are all from outdoor excursions, some of which took place in the United Kingdom earlier this year. Here is a peek at one.

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Harton Hedge, acrylic on canvas panel.(12x17cm approx)

We invite you to drop in for a browse and a chat. Check out the facebook page for the address. Otherwise you can send me a message via my contact page. This is a busy time of year already, but if you can make it Jane and I would be delighted to welcome you. The weather should be cooler by the weekend too.

Painting from photographs. How to start? Or finish?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

Painting supports. Linen panels

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Artists have many choices of painting supports. Papers, boards, stretched canvas, canvas and linen panels.

Linen panels

For me, the flavour of the month is linen panels. Well, for me it’s much more than that. These are my favourite supports for outdoor painting!  I was lucky to have been introduced to linen panels by an artist friend several years ago.

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Dimensions

There are several sizes available these days, more now than when I started using them.

There were 25x30cm 20x25cm and 30x30cm. But I have since become familiar with 10x10cm and 20x20cm sizes. A lot of the more recent sizes are square.

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10x10cm, 20x20cm, 20x25cm, 25x30cm, 30x30cm.

Availability

Even though their branding is French (pebeo), these panels were difficult to find in Europe. After a bit of searching online I found them. Can you guess where?

Bonnie Scotland!

Prices vary quite a lot, depending on whether you are shopping in Paperchase or a dedicated art store. But I found them in Glasgow in two stores and Perth in another two. Not sure about Edinburgh or Aberdeen or further afield. There are hundreds of artists in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland so I wouldn’t be surprised if they are even more widely available.

In Adelaide I buy these panels from an art supplier who orders them in, from Queensland I think.

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Panels are reasonably light and compact for a travelling artist. They are much heavier individually than a sheet of canvas paper but their sturdiness is a bonus. They can stand a bit of rough handling in bags, provided they are lightly wrapped in baking paper.

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Extra advantages

There are several extra things I fancy about linen panels. The sizing of the surface gives a silky texture on first contact with the brush. Because it is clear, the sizing allows the mid-tone of the linen to guide the early stages of the painting – laying in the darkest darks for a start. And see how nicely the 25x20cm board fits vertically into my paintbox!

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Sometimes I prime them with a chosen colour to aid the spread of paint into the weave of the linen. The 10x10cm cafe sketches done recently have coloured backgrounds. I tried red, light blue and ochre.

Stretched canvas has a nice spring to it under the brush and is my preferred support for studio work. Outdoors, linen panels are portable, fairly lightweight and rugged. Unless pre-primed by the artist, they have a silky surface, warm wheaten colour and offer a helpful mid-tone reference to start.

You know what? There is another thing I haven’t mentioned. Linen seems more prestigious. Do you agree?