Mid-month madness – landscapes sale

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Landscapes sale! Somehow July always gets the gig for this feature. It’s mid-way through the year and summer feels so far away. It just isn’t as easy to be outdoors painting landscapes right now. OK, call me faint-hearted.

This year I am starting a little earlier. Mid-year, mid-June. That’s why I am calling it mid-month madness.
Perhaps it’s the winter solstice that sends me a bit crazy? Anyway…
The website is set up for you to find a little painting to love.

From Tuesday 19th June to midnight Monday 16th July I am giving you a chance to start your art collection. Modestly.
If you have already started a collection, you have a perfect opportunity to add to it. Modestly.

So, what are these landscapes?

These little beauties have not been openly exhibited before.
Take a peek here.

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Harton hedge. 12.5×17.5cm; acrylic, framed.

They have been seen in calendars and an Open Studio weekend, but all in all they have not seen much daylight. Except as they were being created – these are outdoor paintings after all. Most of them were painted on a recent trip to the UK and yes, there was sunlight.
They mark my change last year to a much more colourful palette. There is a certain joy about these. And a directness.

That’s a good start.
Now, all they need are….

New homes to settle in!

New homes can be old places of course. They can be flats or rooms or even a desk.

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Whitewater Hotel, Cumbria. 12.5×17.5cm; acrylic, framed

One of the special features that makes these paintings easy to live with is their size.
They start at 10x15cm. The next size is 12.5×17.5cm. Still easy to live with.
They don’t dominate your space, but they do make it more interesting.
The image above of Whitewater Hotel is shown framed. The length of the pen is actually the height of the painting.
Hence propping on the desk IS a possibility.

So, their small size is a big plus!

Are they affordable?

You may already know that my prices are reasonable. My high end items reach over $1,000 but not much more. They measure up to 100cms in any direction.

And these littlies? They are normally $120 and upwards but – and this is where the madness comes in – during this landscape sale they will be selling at 10% off that price.

Very small prices.

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Marion’s Florist, South Shields; 12.5×17.5cm, acrylic, framed.

It’s a great way to start your collection (or add to it). Or it might even be time to put a gift away for your “special someone”.

Any hidden extras?

Only good ones!
At the moment I am only selling within Australia and the postage is FREE.
The paintings are framed and ready to hang. Look again at the Whitewater Hotel painting above. This very neat wooden frame is shown. It has a simple profile, is box-style and finished in a charcoal colour. And they are all covered by my guarantee.

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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 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?

 

Travel Tips for outdoor painters – Part 2

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In Part 2 of Travel Tips for outdoor painters, I will share a couple of ideas that apply at home as well as abroad.

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Baking paper

Parchment

Baking paper is sometimes called “parchment” in the UK. It is also available with a foil backing so it can be confusing unless you have a local guide. Home Brand parchment is very reasonably priced in the UK. This paper is as useful in the studio as it is in the kitchen! Its chief advantage for acrylics is that it can protect and separate surfaces without sticking or damage. The paint must be dry of course.

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Sealable pots for medium

Sealable pots

To carry small amounts of your “favourite” colours or medium, try the plastic containers for salad dressing made by Decor. They have snap-on lids which seal well. It helps to use a little bit of blu-tack to settle the pot into place when it is open, as well as a dob to stick the lid nearby. The only catch is to remember to recap the pot before you fold up your kit!

More tips coming soon. You might be familiar with the ones I have given so far. If not, great! Otherwise I trust you will find a gem as the series goes on.