Tuesday, September 21, 2010

First Sales ...

I am delighted and surprised that I have sold my first paintings. Over the past weekends I have entered five paintings in three local art shows - and sold two of them!
One was the "End of the Day at Duck Arm" posted on the 15th September. The other is this one "Racing for Home at Safety Beach"
Racing for Home at Safety Beach
36cm x 25cm
The inspiration for this painting came during a time my wife, Yvonne, and I paused at Safety Beach after a wonderful day of visiting some of the bay beaches. It was late in the afternoon and the sky had turned from bright sunshine to dark and cloudy, the winds had strengthened to stormy. We watched the last of the sail boats race to the shore as thunder and lightening began across the bay. The rain began to fall but the sun forced a patch of light on the water which seemed to become a pathway for the yachts racing for home at Safety Beach.
Our life experience has shown us that, despite seemingly peaceful days, storms sometimes suddenly appear and threaten to swamp us without warning. In times like those it is a wonderful thing to have a place of refuge and safety to race home to. A place where loved ones wait to welcome us home; a place where we can stop and rest, gather our thoughts and prepare to go out again.
Those who provide such a place are treasured and those who have such a place to go are blessed indeed. 
Everyone needs such a place.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Displaying Watercolour Paintings on the web

After looking at that last post 'Watercolour Painting "End of the day at Duck Arm"' I realise that the photographing and displaying of the images is very important in order to show them at their best. I used a Pentax K200D at the highest resolution. The painting was placed on the ground in indirect sunlight and I photographed it standing over the painting. Clearly, there must be a better way!
I'm keen to hear of any feedback and suggestions to improve what I'm doing. How do you take photos to display your work?
So, now to do a web search to see what I can find.......

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Watercolour Painting "End of the day at Duck Arm"

I guess that having a blog called Watercolour Wanderings means that I have to show you some of my paintings.
 There's no doubt that showing people what has become very personal, such as a painting, is not easy. Some deep reflective introspection will probably discover why this is so - but we don't have time for that.
 So here is one of my recent paintings of friends as they returned from a day's sailing. Duck Arm is part of the Gippsland Lakes system in Victoria, Australia.

Title "End of the Day at Duck Arm"


36.0cm x 25.5cm

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

First Post on the journey

Welcome to the first posting to the Watercolour Wanderings Blog.
Why write a Blog I hear you mumble!
Well, why not.
I've been painting watercolour since early 2009 when looking to develop a new hobby that would last me a few years.......
Having always being interested in watercolour paintings the most logical place to start a painting hobby
[so it seemed to me] was with watercolour. It's amazing how many people in the years since have said "Why did you pick the most difficult medium to start painting?"
True enough - watercolour is difficult - frustrating - challenging and yet most rewarding.
This Blog is an attempt to chart and record the journey since that start back in January 2009.
There's a bit of catching up to do to get to the start of this Blog in September 2010 - but I'll make a summary of the journey so far in another Blog post. After all there's only so much of "@^$%, that didn't work!" you can read in one sitting.
By the way - if you are also on this watercolour journey and happened to have stumbled across this Blog please let me know. It's always good to know we travel with friends.
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