A Splash of the Unexpected

How lucky am I to be still amazed at colour after living with it for so long.  Painting by the Lake yesterday -a Lake I see every day, still resulted in a mix of wonderful shape and colour. It was windy and a couple of the Picknick Painters had taken refuge in a sheltered sunny spot alongside the pale blue pelican-adorned toilet block. I had completed a gouache, fibre pen sketch of the island in the distance and had colours mixed on the palette -when I looked over at the others. I combined the landscapish subtleties with purple, reds, turquoises of the boldly dressed sun hogs. As much as I love a pristine unspoilt landscape and quiet gentleness of the bush, there is such excitement for me in the interruption we provoke by providing splashes of the unexpected.


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  1. what a wonderful painting Sue – superb colour. Did a workshop at AGNSW on 29 April painted a copy of Matisse’s Moroccan landscape love it. What a great place Cockatoo Island – last weekend the weather was great in the sun all day Saturday– all the old machinery very sculptural but impossible to draw. I did OK on some exercises on Saturday but on Sunday we were working on a large single work and I fell apart – couldn’t do a thing – bought good paper and charcoal and everything – some of the other students did very large very impressive drawings. Luckily Suzanne Archer has a good sense of humour!So once my confidence is repaired, its back to basics to try new media – I’ve been using ink and paper for too long – might enrol in the National Art School for their summer school to see if I can get into some oil painting.
    – keep me posted and let me know if you are still up for a visit to the portraits

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