The Landscape feature this month has been an unusual one for me. It has been a chance to air some paintings that are held in private collections as well as some new ones.

This time I will show two paintings that will be on display in my open studio event during SALA in August. This time I can show you the Before and After versions, which I hope you find interesting. These ‘secrets’ are an inside view of the artist’s decision making. I am curious about this process whenever other artists reveal it. Are you?

The first is a seascape which has worried me since late last year. Eight or nine months “in progress”.

Yes, that’s s l o w progress all right, but sometimes work needs to be put aside, and for the artist to truly detach from it. I was full of energy and vision last week when I found it in a stack ready for framing.

I had seen the thumbnail a few times during those nine months and thought it resembled a ‘Picasso’ portrait. That would be fine if it happened to be a really good one, but not so fine this time. The two eyes at the top needed to be lost definitely. The colour was too uniform. And there was too much whitish paint.

2015-seascapes-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia- A slice of ocean v1
A slice of ocean v1


2016-seascapes-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia- A slice of ocean v2
A slice of ocean v2; 20x25cm, acrylic on linen panel

The final version is much more pleasing to my eye. To yours too?

The other painting is my most recent McLaren Vale outdoor landscape which I am holding in this photograph.

at Kay's winery

2016-outdoor painting-landscape-Philippa Robert-Adelaide South Australia-Looking south east, Kay Brothers Winery

It had been a lovely afternoon at Kay Brothers’ Winery with an artist friend. At about 4 pm the air turned suddenly chilly. When we packed up I still had a bit to do. That can happen. Perhaps I chatted a little too much to the visitors. I admit I also did a tiny bit of wine-tasting half way through. Kays make beautiful reds, but this is not actually an advertisement for them.

The luxury of studio time last week allowed me to complete the foreground grasses and that was it.

How different the colour looks in the second photograph. I will take more time to set the white balance next time I line this painting up.

Next month there will be a different feature. I will be celebrating having the Open Studio on weekend afternoons. There will be both pressures and pleasures in that. I predict that there will be some more stories emerging from the dust. I will post some installation views too. As I said earlier, both these paintings will be on display, final versions only of course!

And….don’t forget my special subscriber offer on the Landscapes book in August. Become a subscriber and I will send you the special link to the discount.



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