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Abstract / Semi-abstract Art Process by Jacinta Payne

Author: Jacinta Payne - Date Wed Oct 2021

The process of making an abstract painting may be more involved than you think…

I learnt traditional art from my Dad from a young age. As a kid and a teen I was always painting and drawing - landscapes, portraits, still life. Below is a sketch I did of Jackson Pollock, who I greatly admire for his courage and experimental art techniques.

But it was abstraction that pulled at my heart strings.

It is sometimes assumed that abstract artists paint abstracts because they can’t paint or draw figurative work. So instead they just 'throw around some paint and call it art'. In most cases nothing could be further from the actual truth. Abstract art takes patience, thought, and a heck of a lot of practice. For many artists who have gone from traditional art to abstraction or semi-abstraction, it is a massive challenge. When you have a reference to draw directly from, it’s easy to see if and when you have it “right”.  With abstraction or semi-abstraction it can be much more difficult to see where and why it is not working and what needs to be done to fix it. 

My art practice has, like many artists', evolved over the years. These days I would describe most of my work as 'semi-abstract', meaning some figurative elements are included but they are stylised, or impressionistic.

My process: 

I never know where each painting is going to take me. I usually start with some kind of plan, an idea, but like any good adventure, the plan falls by the wayside as the magic of the spontaneous happens.

The ground layer forms the basis for the work, and as I build more layers, the work starts to take shape. The idea evolves, something emerges.  A few repeated marks here, some glazing there, scratching, scribbling, paring back, adding more.  My ever striving need to use loose marks and strokes. I will sometimes use my non dominant hand or hold the paintbrush in a different way than is natural to me.  Using my hands to apply medium plays a big part in my art practice. 

I also use rags, a spray bottle, sandpaper sometimes, handmade brushes and handmade tools.

I usually take a photo at some point to see if it’s working.

“Blur” your eyes to see what’s needed.  How’s the balance?

Turn the painting upside down. Step back. Look from another angle.  Climb on a ladder and look down on it.

Leave it for a few days or weeks.

Then if you dare, go back into it and do some more. Or be even braver and call it finished.

New Things

Author: Christopher Russell - Date Mon Oct 2021

New Things: Cheaper prints, Redbubble page, possible table book, work on show overseas and I am helping Mario and his art school for street kids in Haiti post hurricane - via a gofund me page.



Cee Kay Art

Author: Cee Kay - Date Fri Sep 2021

With Digital art on the rise I have begun to dabble a ittle in the digital world and I hae found that it is just a challenging and detailed as a contempary or fine artwork. I hand paint all my work including my digital pieces and then I edit the work digitally. 

Prints are aso a part of my collections alongwith my original pieces. 

I hope you enjoy looking and hopefully purchasing some of my amazing work.


Author: Sue Smith - Date Thu Mar 2021

Hi there, welcome to my first blog ever.

I heard the other day at one of my Art Gallery visits a couple saying "aren't this prices a bit high".  I hear such often on my gallery tours and as former Art Gallery owner and being an artist myself I approached them, exchanged our thoughts to this artwork. .

After this nice chat by analysing the work I asked some questions, one was if they know how much margin Artists have to pay to galleries and sales platforms - they was shocked to hear this!

I invited this lovely couple of a cuppa and in this relaxed atmosphere I came back to the "a bit high". I had just before my gallery bought some acrylics, watercolours and paper. I put an acrylics tube on the table, playfully asking which price they guess  - I can't blame them that they thought each item  between $3-$5, when I showed them the invoice they couldn't believe that they were so wrong.

If you too think on low material costs think again please. Even if you do a work on cheap canvas to try a style you never did you are using high quality brushes, colours, varnish.

We all have to pay having a roof over our heads, we all need spend money on utility invoices - who doesn't whine about the high power prices, the increase in food and grocery prices since COVID-19? Even the prices of our Art Supplies have increased.

Now think of the days and hours artists spend in creating Art, the paperwork, bookkeeping, the moneys for Art Sale Platforms, adds,  the weeks/months/years before a works is sold. When you add this all up I agree that we were in a better position earning a regular wage from an 8 hour job but: we like our job even when we sometimes asking ourselves why we still create Art, why we don't give up. To speak formyself: seeing the happiness in childrens faces, triggering with our works memories, emotions, hope is - at least in my own case - why we are keeping doing what we do.

What is included in my Art Prices?

I like to mention that in most of my "high" prices include the additional hours and expenses I spend to provide you with the best quality of material and finishes. I like that my works give you a smile whenever you look at them, so working with you and supervise you on the perfect finish of the work you buy IS  INCLUDED. Contact Sue by email to for our free Info Pack.

In my next Blog I will give you some ideas for the soon coming Easter.

Stay safe and healthy, 
Sue and her team

New mixed watermedia paintings

Author: Froney Ward - Date Mon Feb 2021

I have recently started painting in mixed watermedia using Watercolours, Gouche and Casein. 
i used all three mediums in this painting of my garden which I painted enplein air. 


First Blog

Author: Wendy Sinclairs Art - Date Wed Feb 2021

Hi there,

this is my first "blog" post. Not really sure what a blog is but I do want to show you what I am working on at present.

It's been a bit of a roller coaster journey but really enjoying the process of problem-solving, decision-making, and creeping forward step by step.

 This piece started out as an acrylic background with cling v wrap added to the wet paint to add texture & interest. The plan was to go B over it with an oil & cold Wax abstract, cutting through the layers to reveal hints of the background.

Problem: I became attached to the background layer, so decided to do an abstract nature theme. I added some charcoal to the tree shapes, and added a touch of Blue to the whole painting to knock back and unify the colours. 
it needed more, so I added some gum leaf prints using real leaves, and Grevillea bud prints using real buds as the template.

Still not happy - decided to add abstract Wattle using yellow dots. Loving the colours and textures of these abstract plants and leaves.

Next I added a sleeping Koala, & have sketched the outline of a Red-tailed Black Cockatoo & Kookaburra.

It needed some white/lights: stencilled my own Cricut-cut stencil of Flannel flowers, taken from one of my photos.

Reslky happy now with the colours, shapes, textures, composition.

All that is left to do now is paint in the birds 😊🎨

South Gippsland Artist's Profile Statement

Author: Gillian Carpenter - Date Wed Jul 2020

Frottage in the Cemetery

Author: Marty Hirst - Date Thu May 2020

"Frottage!" What a lovely French word. You can really feel it on your tongue when you say it. To pronounce it properly, with the deliciousness it deserves, you really have to get every part of your mouth involved. "Ffff" with the top teeth firmly biting down on the bottom lip; "rho", from the back of the throat; "t!" tongue on the top palate; the sighing "ahh" and then "ghgghghg". It is a damn sexy word and sounds a bit naughty.

But enough of that. It's also lovely word in the art world and the fun thing is that it is just that little bit dirty too.

I spent a couple of hours this week in my local cemetery taking frottages from some of  the headstones.

These are test pieces for a major work in my print-making class. Because of the coronavirus lockdown school is physically closed, but we are learning virtually.

I'm not sure exactly what my final piece will be, but I think it will have a memento mori theme.

After all, I don't want to waste a trip to the cemetery.

You can see a full collection of my cemetery rubbings here.

Print-making in the pandemic

Author: Marty Hirst - Date Thu May 2020

I've been busy in the studio. These works are an investigation of printing techniques 'in situ' using what I have in my studio which does not include a press.
These are various sizes from A4 to A2. Works on paper. The theme is 'memento mori'-- a consideration of your/our own mortality.
You can see a full display of these prints and collages here

Author: John Whittam - Date Mon Jun 2020

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