Artist's Palette

Artist's Palette No 170

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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.
creative happiness

Victoria can be proud to claim Kim Joelene Donald as one of its talented daughters. She was born at Warrnambool; and these days she lives and works at Bendigo. With no formal art training, Kim has developed her own distinctive style during the process of teaching herself to paint. “As you will see from my work, I am passionate about Australia,” she says. “I am also passionate about art and colour. What used to be a painting hobby has become my life … ever since April 2007.” Kim Donald operates a business called Kim’s Endless Creations. Its focus is personalised art which adds atmosphere to given areas through wall murals. Her murals are much more than just paintings … they are statements of style and marks of individuality. Each painting, whatever its theme…

4 min.
acrylicsmud bashin’ buggy

Finding a subject can sometimes be one of the hardest things. Fortunately, my subject was requested by a client – so I had a picture to work with. The image was of her husband driving in a racing mud buggy. The overall painting was constructed from the client’s reference photograph, capturing the Mud Bashin’ Buggy as the main feature … although much of it has been built gradually by using my imagination as each of the layers and colours were added. There is not much detail in the background, because I felt that would detract from the focal point. My client was very happy with the result. STEP ONE Firstly, I used a wide bristle brush to get the basic outline of the overall painting and the colours. I worked from the background…

1 min.
master hints and tips

• Don’t try to rush. Painting takes time. Let the work develop at its own rate and build upon it gradually. • When painting mud, use as little paint as possible. You can always add more; and you will gradually learn how much you need as you go on. • Creating depth by use of colour and shadows gives a painting more power than simply using flat colours. Grass is not just green – it has dark greens, light greens, yellows, and more. • Try experimenting with different things. • Don’t doubt your ability … you may surprise yourself.…

3 min.
subtleties of the atmosphere

John Shields is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of History and Arts; a Life Member and Past President of the Macquarie Towns Arts Society; an Exhibiting Member of the New South Wales Royal Art Society; and a Life Member of the Baulkham Hills Art Society. He was born at Pennant Hills in suburban Sydney. He now lives and paints at Richmond on Sydney’s northern outskirts. Aside from receiving some tuition at Wagga Wagga Teachers’ College (1953-1954), and subsequently completing an Arts Degree at the University of New England, John has been largely self-taught. Australian artists who have influenced his work include Gruner, Streeton, Heysen and Robert Johnson. The main characteristics of this artist’s work are ‘atmosphere and light’. His main interest is endeavouring to capture the varying light effects of the Australian…

4 min.
moving the cattle – quipolly

To achieve the best results, I commenced the painting with the attitude ‘this is going to be the best painting I have attempted up to this date’. The following steps have worked for me. I have developed them over the past 40 years. However, individuality is one of the strengths of art. You would be well advised to be selective and choose only those methods which work for you. I worked from the horizon upwards and downwards, increasing the strength (tone) of my colours as I progressed. I blocked in shapes using the darkest colour (‘mother colour’) and then added in details and highlights with colours produced from the ‘mother colour’. STEP ONE To determine the composition I firstly divided the board into thirds, forming nine rectangles. The lines were drawn very faintly, and the…

5 min.
elena parashko gallery

Elena Parashko Gallery was established in 2004 – initially as an online gallery at www.elenaparashko.com – and has since evolved into much more. Beginning with an online gallery was an affordable and manageable way to establish myself as an emerging artist. Having a website means that location and distance is no obstacle as people from anywhere in the world can view and purchase my artworks. My collection of paintings online also acts as a virtual portfolio for anyone who would like to review my work. This includes other galleries who are considering representing me and clients who wish to commission me to paint something special for them. The online collection is a good representation of my unique style and the type of artwork I create. Not everyone is comfortable with the idea…