Shoreline stretch – September’s wave painting


“Shoreline stretch” features as the image for September in my 2017 calendar.

September 2017 wave painting-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia

Shoreline stretch

Inspiration for this painting came from walks on the Brighton jetty. It captures the outlook to the north, with its expanse of sea, breaking towards the shore.

The image below shows the original painting. It is one of my larger works, with dimensions of 60x90cm .

This painting seems to celebrate the diagonals that often appear in my paintings. I relish the visual energy they bring. In this work they also give structure to the mass of sea and draw the eye towards the distance. This is balanced by the mystery of the water close to the jetty where there are shadows and currents to ponder.

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Shoreline stretch; acrylic on canvas; 60x90cm; $1620 unframed

The range of blues and greens is infinite and in this work there are many. Blues dominate the distance while greens work strongest in the foreground.

This painting will be exhibited during SALA in August in Adelaide, unless sold beforehand.
The mini-exhibition will be held at Cafe Lune, 81 Jetty Road, Brighton South Australia. I will provide more details later.


Deadlines – the upside


Deadlines – the upside

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Against the clock and the light.

Deadlines. Not a helpful word really. If you don’t make it what really happens? As much as you want to be swallowed up, you don’t fall dead on the line.


Another wave painting from the calendar

Here is another wave painting to dream on. It has been a while since we looked back at the calendar.
August offers us “Stormy swell”.

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This is a large painting, created with a limited palette of ultramarine, yellow ochre and white, plus a touch of magenta.
The limitation did not feel limiting! It was a major tonal exercise but I remember the process of its creation as quite meditative.

Here is an image of the original. It measures 60x90cm and hangs in a private collection in Melbourne. I have visiting rights, which is fun.

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It is almost time to put together the calendar for 2018. I wonder what the theme will be this time?

Any suggestions?


May Focus: seascapes. Snap up your discount!

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This month the focus will be on seascapes. If you saw my earlier message, you will know that “focus” means special offers. Summer is over, but its spirit has been hovering with many warm days and clear skies in the autumn. The welcome mat at the beach can get a bit soggy and wind-blown from now on, so it seems a good time to have a clearance sale. Hence the May focus on seascapes.

I predict that there will be more landscapes in the coming months. So the website will have a bit of a re-vamp as well in June or July. Something for me to slave over during the winter.

In the meantime, here is today’s first highlight:

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It was a commission for a wedding present – “And Maisie makes three”

A large painting, this one gave me a chance to play with colour. And play I did! The colourful cliffs and paddocks made a lively counterpoint to the turquoise and greens of the sea.

Of course, that one is not for sale, but this one is:

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Sunshine on dunes; 25x30cm; oil on linen panel, framed; discounted price $415 (or $394 for subscribers) until May 21st.

Were you surprised by last week’s weather? I was. Sunshine and “free” time haven’t happened together for a long time, so I grabbed the opportunity when it arose! Thursday was perfect for painting the cafes on Jetty Road Brighton. On Friday morning, although I had packed the car ready for painting in the Adelaide Hills, it was getting too late to make the journey worthwhile. The Esplanade was an attractive and easy option. And more of the May focus: seascapes!

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Wintry day in summer; acrylic on linen panel; 25x30cm; $415 (or $395 for subscribers) until 21st May

I am saving my new small paintings for a book. More news about that later! Enjoy the last of autumn.

Snap up a bargain! If you buy one for your Mum I will add a little something for you. Two gifts in one. But be quick. Sale ends on 21st May.