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Artist's Palette No 175

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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.
wildlife art

My life began in Sydney, in 1966. I now live and work in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. I have had my home here for the past 29 years. I paint at home in my studio. For two years after I left school, I had lessons with local artist Tex Moekel. My father is also an artist and he has been painting for many years. I am passionate about painting wildlife … especially Australian native birds. I do paint other things as well; but I keep coming back to birds. As far back as I can remember, I have always painted and drawn birds and animals. When I was only 17 years old, local art gallery owner Roberta Howland began to display and sell my work. This continued until 1998. As a professional artist I…

2 min.
purple swamp hens

MATERIALS • Arches watercolour paper. • Drawing tools. • Gouache. • Artists’ quality watercolour paints. • Selected brushes. This particular painting was commissioned for someone moving overseas. The scene depicts the view from their family home. The client wanted the dam, windmill and gum tree in the painting. The swamp hens in the foreground are frequent visitors to the house. They are local characters. Given a chance, they will make a mess on the verandah and steal the apples from under the apple tree. For the painting I used my preferred medium which is gouache and watercolour on Arches watercolour paper. STEP ONE Before I began the drawing, I washed the paper blue and let it dry completely. I accurately drew the swamp hen in first – from a series of photographs and some live sketches. STEP TWO Once I was happy with…

7 min.
plan the pathway

I am an Aussie with Polish origins. My father was born in Warsaw; he served in the Polish army and spent the last eight months of the war as a German POW on the outskirts of Hamburg. My mother was born in Lodz, Poland. She had to flee her home and also ended up on the outskirts of Hamburg. They met and married, and were moved to another refugee camp near the city. I was born in the camp in 1947. Two years later our little family arrived in Australia – a couple of weeks before Christmas 1949. My Aussie husband Barry and I have been married since November 1968 and we have two children. Our daughter is also an emerging artist. My Polish heritage has a big influence on my art,…

4 min.
bunda cliffs

MATERIALS • Stretched canvas (18 x 18 inches), with an extra coat of gesso. • Floor standing easel, with a table nearby. • Plastic document case for storing paint in freezer between uses. • Glass palette. • Liquin. • De-Solv-It (available cheaply from Bunnings) for cleaning brushes. • Plenty of rags cut into manageable pieces. • Artists’ oils: Ultramarine Blue; Cobalt Blue; Manganese Blue; Phthalo Green; Burnt Umber; Burnt Sienna; Cadmium Red; Alizarin Crimson; Yellow Ochre; Cadmium Yellow Medium; Lemon Yellow; Australian Red Gold; Titanium White. • Bristle brushes (including Mont Marte Chungking flats); Taklon brushes; soft wide flat Sable brush for the seawater and glazing; and small round Sables for fine details. The Bunda Cliffs on the Great Australian Bight caught our attention as my husband and I were travelling back from Perth across the Nullarbor Plain. We stopped…

1 min.
master hints and tips

• Use De-Solv-It to clean most of the paint from brushes, then wash them with pure soap and water and give them a dunk in kerosene to stop them hardening above the ferule. • If you have the room in your freezer you can just place your whole palette in there umtil next time; but remove any Liquin first (it does not freeze well). • An alternative is to carefully scrape leftover paint into a lidded plastic document case to prevent paint touching food in the freezer. The case also works well as a travel palette. Let your paints warm up for about 30 minutes before use. • Work quickly with a big brush to keep your painting loose. Details come much later. • If using MDF board, seal it with solvent based varnish…

2 min.
colours and poetry

Carmen Ibis Novoa was born at Montevideo, Uruguay. She moved to Australia and has made her home at Albanvale, Melbourne. This lady first learned plastic art in Uruguay. Then, in Australia, she was tutored by Robert Mangion at the Hunt Club Art Centre in Deer Park from 1999 to 2008. She is now studying the course ‘Artways’ at Footscray Arts Centre. She is passionate about expressing her poetry on canvas. “I have gone from painting simple floral arrangements and landscapes to metamorphic art and poetic imagery,” she reveals. “At age 20, I took an intensive course in plastic art because I always loved art and I wanted to decorate my new house which my fiancé had bought.” Carmen was a hobby artist until four years ago when she started selling her paintings through art…