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Day 12 of 30 – Dunkeld Homestead

Dunkeld Homestead

“Dunkeld Homestead”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

SOLD

 

Day 12 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

Yesterday I mentioned that the challenge had led me to wanting to paint slightly larger paintings that tell more of a story.

So over the last few days I have been busy experimenting with a variation of these paintings … more on the romantic side. So look out for them starting tomorrow.

This painting is off a homestead that I came across in Dunkeld in the Southern Grampians.

Dunkeld is a popular place for travellers to stop and has some dramatic backdrops of the southern end of the Grampians region.

This old homestead looked like it had been there almost as long as the Grampians themselves. I was really drawn to the random haphazard way the garden had grown over time almost covering the house from view.

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Day 9 of 30 – The Old Art Gallery

The Old Art Gallery

“The Old Art Gallery”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

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Day 9 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

So over the New Years break we were camped out in the Grampians for 5 days and nights.

During that time we would drive through Halls Gap several times a day and each time we drove out of town we would pass this old building which had a sign out front saying Art Gallery.

I kept saying that we would stop and drop in for a look however as it turned out we never did get a chance to visit the gallery.

But I did stop for long enough to get this photo.

Had to climb down a step embankment to get the shot but I loved the strong shadows being cast.

The Old Art Gallery Photo

So here is the steps I went through to do the painting. I started out with a pencil sketch.

Old Art Gallery 5

Then started blocking in the darks using a turpsy wash.

Old Art Gallery 4

More blocking in of darks in foreground area.

Old Art Gallery 3

Then blocking in lighter colours before the final details are added.

Old Art Gallery 2

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Day 7 of 30 – Near Dunkeld, Southern Grampians

Grampians Oil Paintings

“Near Dunkeld, Southern Grampians”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

SOLD

 

Day 7 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

Ten years had passed since Sue and I last went to the Grampians.

So we decided to celebrate our ten years together by taking a return trip.

Now back then I had not even considered the remote possibility that I may one day pick up a brush and start waving it about in the general direction of a canvas.

Let alone start two internationally broadcast TV shows, or start an Art School.

In fact back then I was a musician … lead singer and guitar player in a band called ‘Dirty Work’. Hip shaking blues you can dance to. Anyway … that’s another story.

Importantly though I did not see the world through artists eyes. I used to tell everyone I was not very visual and that I was more of an auditory person 🙂

Well fast forward to last November … ten years on and Sue and I decide to head to the Grampians again.

Can you imagine my excitement as we were driving down the Glenelg Highway seeing the Grampians off in the distance. Character filled farm houses sitting in golden fields with blue skies and the distant range of the Grampians in a luscious dark atmospheric blue.

Around every corner was a painting waiting to happen.

This is painted from a photo I took about 10 kms before you get to the town of Dunkeld. Dunkeld is in the Southern Grampians area and is a beautiful town and popular stopping spot for travellers.

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Day 2 of 30 – Grampians Farms

Grampians Farm

“Grampians Farm”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

SOLD

(Auction Starts at 8pm AEST)

Welcome to Day 2 of my small part in Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge.

I am super excited about this challenge which I think I mentioned yesterday.

Over the course of the next 30 days I want to obviously do the best paintings I can along my theme of ‘At Home In Australia’ and hopefully you will find one or two that you love and decide to bid on.

I also want to give everyone on my newsletter list, Facebook page, and readers of my blog a chance to WIN one of my paintings as well. So I will be launching a competition in next week for your chance to win an original oil painting … please look out for the post on this when its ready.

Today’s painting is of a farm near where we have been camping at Lake Fyans. We are camping on the eastern side of the Grampians and scattered along the foothills of the mountains are all these great little farmhouses. Some of them are BnB’s as well. As it gets close to dusk the mountains turn a dark blue colour which is really very spectacular.

It’s a great spot here in the Grampians and we have totally enjoyed our time here … however we have to head home.

So tommorrow’s post I will be back home.

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Day 1 of 30 – Happy New Year!

New Years Eve Grampians

“New Years Eve – Grampians”

8″ x 10″ Oil on Board

SOLD

(Auction live from 8pm AEST)

Happy New Year!

Wow can you believe it? It’s 2014 already … where on earth did 2013 go?

So this is day 1 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Day Challenge being hosted by Leslie Saeta over at her blog Slices of Life.

I am excited to be taking part in the challenge for a number of reasons. Firstly I am a great believer in painting regularly if you want to improve. So the idea of starting the year with a challenge to paint a finished painting every day for 30 days is a great way to develop the discipline to paint every day. Of course I really don’t have much challenge painting everyday as I love it.

The other reason I am excited about the challenge is that it will give you the opportunity to own one of my paintings. Each of the paintings I do will be listed on eBay and you can click the link above to bid. Every auction starts at $0.99 and goes for 10 days … who knows where it will end up.

So this first painting is of the Pub (hotel) near the Grampians in Pomonal called Barneys Bistro Bar

Sue and I spent time camping between Boxing Day and New Years at Lake Fyans which is just near this pub.

My theme for the 30 day challenge is ‘At Home In Australia’ and its all about life in Australia as I see it. Of course spending time at the pub is a big part of that.

This is where we were New Years.

What were you doing?

Note: If you want to follow along each day of the 30 day challenge then enter your email on the right hand side where it says ‘Get Blog Updates’. You will then need to confirm your email. Once you do you will then get an email notification each time I post a new painting to the blog.

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