Artist's Palette

Artist's Palette No. 167

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Artist's Palette is the perfect magazine for the aspiring and accomplished artist alike. Provides insights on, as well as step-by-step demonstrations from, Australian and international artists. Featuring the latest in news, reviews and products from the art world as well as exhibition previews and reviews. Artist's Palette is sure to stimulate your artistic sense.

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2 min.
art is endless

Sue Gasser was born an artist. For as long as she can remember, she has always been drawing or painting. As a child, Sue would mainly sketch portraits in pencil … pictures of famous people and family members. Her gift used to be merely a hobby, but now art is a full-time occupation for her. With no professional fine art training, Sue Gasser has developed her own style over the years. While doing a ticket writing course, she was introduced to pastels. “I took to pastels like a duck to water,” Sue explains. “My ticket writing instructor told me I should become a full-time artist … so I entered an art exhibition in 1988.” “I was amazed that people wanted to buy my work,” she continues. “Since that time, I have never looked back!” This talented…

2 min.
bush gourmet

STEP ONE I tape the paper onto a large sloping board, taping only the top two corners so that the paper hangs freely. Then I tape two to three photographs onto the board which I will work from. STEP TWO I sketch out my subject in pencil. In this case, with the lorikeets, I have only sketched out the birds. I get a feel for where the leaves and branches should be placed as the painting develops. STEP THREE I work from left to right, developing the whole bird as I go. Due to working in this way, I rarely need to go over the work to touch it up. STEP FOUR The leaves and blossoms are done next. I always work the background in last. I need to have finished the birds and the foreground to…

3 min.
wide-eyed wonder

Liz McCann (formerly Liz Chatburn) received a Bachelor Degree of Visual Arts from Uni-SA Underdale in 1998. In 1994, she graduated with a Diploma in Applied and Visual Arts from North Adelaide School of Arts. Liz’s work has slowly evolved over the last five years and she is currently exploring, in a rather analytical way, the highly charged impact that sibling relationships had during her early and pre-adolescent years. It was a time when a life of innocence and naivety prevailed. With wide-eyed wonder she embraced the world around her. Profoundly strong emotional family connections with her two younger sisters and brother meant she and they were never far apart. Both her parents, Paolo and Marianna Giannotta, were Italians from Putignano Bari in Italy; and Elizabeth (named after her grandmother Elizabetta) was born…

3 min.
our neighbour’s cat ‘woggie’

STEP ONE This first step can take many months to achieve. I can do dozens of small sketches before I arrive at the composition that best expresses what I am trying to convey in the painting. In these drawings I will look at elements like movement and rhythm, and interesting negative and positive shapes (including shapes that echo other shapes). I try to vary the sizes of shapes to stop them all being the same size – which would create boring areas in the painting. At this stage, nothing is set in concrete; and I nearly always make changes after I have transferred my ideas onto canvas – as I can then step back and view the drawing from a distance. STEP TWO Once I have transferred my idea onto the canvas, I…

1 min.
master hints and tips

• Keep a journal where you can write down ideas, and draw and develop concepts. Look within yourself as well as at your surroundings, friends and daily life. Some of my best ideas come to me when I do nothing more than think laterally about a subject, topic or feeling. I often tell students to stretch their thinking to include the most obscure or mundane ideas. • Look at things in a different way. Look at how other artists develop their ideas. These ideas can often lead to your own ideas becoming more interesting. • Continually strive to develop your work so that it becomes an extension of you and your personality. So much can be said in a painting that you would never be able to express in words … but…

12 min.
pencils and other drawing tools contributed

ENHANCE YOUR CREATIVITY WITH PENCILS FROM S&S WHOLESALE Pencils as artists’ tools have a truly fascinating history. Graphite is one of the physical forms in which the element carbon is found. The decay of great forests yielded, under sedimentary pressure, the coal deposits common throughout the world. Not so common are the graphite seams formed by more extremes of pressures. The first graphite ever discovered was found in the Seathwaite Valley on the side of the mountain Seathwaite Fell in Borrowdale, near Keswick (England) in about 1500. The popular story is that, following a very violent storm, shepherds went out in the morning to see their sheep on the mountainside and found a number of trees had been blown down, tearing away the subsoil as they fell and leaving exposed to view large masses…