I have been making mixed media art with papers and ink. I love mixed media – it is a lot of fun. Four of them featured spotted pardolotes which are a small bird but my interests in them goes back to primary school. I was living in Victoria, Australia. I think it was the Gould League and I drew a spotted pardolote for a competition – I was happy with the result but unfortunately I don’t have the drawing. I love spots on birds – pardolotes, brown pigeons, guinea fowls and so on.
I created 4 mixed media pieces – Bush Pocket, Chance for a birdsong, Morning Light and Special Haven.
Drawing with Katka Adams and other like-minded artists is inspiring and stimulating, not to forget lots of fun. Then there is coffee, tea, cake and conversation. The group is having an exhibition at Northern Rivers Community Gallery. Opening night 5.30pm on Thursday 8 February 2018.
I have begun this painting by using charcoal to sketch the little flowers I can see from the verandah – drawing in plein aire, so to speak. I don’t want this drawing to formulate the painting – even though I have sketched an idea, I want the oil paints to take over and dictate the composition. I think it is interesting to watch the progression of a painting, and sometimes it changes totally. The size of the canvas won’t change though – this one is 75cm by 90cm.