beneath blue mountain gums

a contemporary piece


42" x 32" framed

watercolour on arches

300gsm cp fine

Was finally popped into its frame last night.

work in progress

beneath blue mountain gums

for the love of the mountains

no 1


Art Spectrum Colours

French Ultramarine Blue
Antwerp Blue
Yellow Ochre
Permanent Rose

Playing with Masking Fluid & Watercolour Washes
Masking fluid has never really excited me. This yellow stinky liquid rubber drying
before i can get it anywhere near the paper, only resulting in having to throw away the brush, really infuriates me!

Listening to others say time and time again, how they love masking fluid, even buying the most expensive one on the market only to leave it in the bottom of my art bag as i don't really care for the stuff taking into account my experiences thus far which left me saying in reply "What a croc!"

That is until I watched its application by the talented hand of Nicholas Simmons.

Very casually going through his arsenal of brushes and other weapons of choice before commencing one of his masterpieces in his DVD Innovative Watermedia, he generously goes through his process beginning with preparing paper, right through to the signing and stamping of his completed work.

Thank you NNG for providing many artists with an insight into your methods some of which i am having a play with in this latest WIP.

Sticking with a familiar subject at least provides me with some comfort whilst out of my depth with the process. Baby steps here... but quite excited to see what i can achieve and where i can go.

As you can see the masking fluid behaved. Soap really is a wonderful thing!
My only dilema is i use liquid soap here and wanting to adhere strictly to tip given on Nick's DVD had to crack my only bar of soap, the Chanel - No 5 of course I swear! With the added benefit of masking "the stink" as well! :D


the next instalment

Chocky started out keen to help and to watch this morning... it was all too much after about 10 minutes!

I do adore his company while I paint even though he sleeps half the time.

This was a great exercise extending my skills in watercolour.
I'm quite happy with the results and having worked through this am keen on trying another, to approach the background with a little more gusto.

Thanks to those of you who have dropped by, leaving your encouraging comments, i really appreciate them.

work in progress

magnolia in vintage vase II

still life

32 x 23 cm

watercolour on arches
300gsm cp fine

magnolia in vintage vase II
Still Life

Will try and get some more work done on this today.

The progress on this one is slow, the centres are proving to be more involved, however I do enjoy this as it has a calming effect, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

There is something mysterious about engaging in painting, like entering another Universe that is not part of this world.

My good friend and talented artist Sandra Wilson calls it 'The Zone'

Rolf Harris
Star Portraits

Eat Your Heart Out!
i'll have my tuna now!
Cattitude Series
No 2

Oil on Canvas
Nora Sallows


Anyone who has been following the series Rolf Harris Star Portraits will know the format.

In each program, a known celebrity is chosen to have their portrait painted by three professional artists. Each painting that celebrity in their own unique style. We watch the painting process and at the end the portraits are revealed to the celebrity, where they will have to choose their favourite portrait to keep.

In this instance...Buffy AKA The Killa Chinchilla and my 'STAR' was chosen by American artist Nora Sallows to include in a series of oil paintings called 'Cattitudes' Cats with Attitude.

Buffy with those looks of his was immediately chosen as he is definitely a Cat With Plenty of Attitude! He even comes with his own warning label in the Vet data bases here in Sydney, i kid you not!

i was thrilled to finally get the painting home after it going lost in the US Nora and myself much to panic about. Arriving safely... you will agree that she has absolutely 'nailed' his likeness.

We had our own reveal here with 'The Star' present, and although he did not have to chose which portrait he liked best, i was thrilled with it and will cherish it forever. It really captures the essence of Bu.

Buffy has always been a feisty ball of fur, and has had a fighting spirit since day one, when as a kitten and only after a few days of having him home, i almost lost him as he was suffering from a nasty viral infection.

He is 16 this year and despite all the veterinary intervention year in and year out, you can still see that fighting spirit in those eyes.

Thank you Nora for choosing my

Lauren AAF
Wow, that's really cool! I really like that (and I don't normally like animal paintings so that is saying something)

sweetmango AAF
Great painting of Buffy, you must be so pleased with it...and I am so glad that it turned up in the end!! It really is very well done and definitely captures his 'attitude' so well! Love the photo too by the way, Buffy sitting in front of his portrait, ... well captured :)

Lauren... Hi, praise indeed for a non animal painting lover... hehehehe.
Sweetmango...You cannot imagine the relief in the end for Nora and myself when it finally arrived... and believe me this was not an easy task getting Buffy to sit still and have his photo taken with his portrait... bribing was involved!
It was more of a case of... Give it to me NOW!
I'm absolutely thrilled with how Nora captured his likeness.

That's one intense looking stare Buffy has there - very unique.
Portrait really does capture his likeness well too.

PG I have a crush on so gorgeous...still think he looks better in life than on painting !!!

Hi TET... thanks. The cat stare equivalent of 'guns at 20 paces!'
Hi V-Mak... No one has a crush on Buffy... it's a matter of look but don't touch me!
He hospitalised one of the vet nurses at the vet he goes too... almost mauling her arm off!
Thanks for saying he is gorgeous... iIlove him to bits and he really is a softy beneath all that fluff...

Helm AAF
Your cat rocks! Love that gaze, so intense, questioning. Attitude indeed. Great that you got your painting mate.

Holley AAF
That is very kewl! What a gorgeous kitty you have!!! I had a Chinchilla when I was a youngster, his name was Crazy and he really was a wild cat - rest his soul!

Judy AAF
What a gorgeous cat !
Have to laugh at his expression of total disapproval, which you captured so well.

Thanks Helm... It was panic stations there for a while and had poor Nora fretting like mad and me in tears!
But it all worked out well in the end and we are all happy... except perhaps Buffy who was sick of having to sit his toosh on the cold glass coffee table while I bribed him in order to take the purfect photo!
Perhaps this explains his intense
Hi Holley...Chinchillas are known for their wild tempers...must be all that hair that makes them temperamental...with the emphasis on the mental! lol
Buffy is just very intelligent and doesn't like anyone to mess with him.
Thanks for stopping by.
Hi Judy...I so agree with you... I love this photo..."Total disapproval" got that in's just so him!

Just letting everyone know that I cannot resist including these replies in my blog so Nora Sallows can have a read at the responses. I also record my blog and have turned it into a journal as well...which I upload into a word document.

A momento to leave behind.

Thanks to you all.

work in progress

magnolia in vintage vase II
still life

In watercolour class today i started my re-do.

I am admitting to my obsession with this vase and my determination to make this work!Approaching this starting with the centres this time rather than plonking them over the top of an already painted flower.

This was the downfall of the first version, failing to plan out the work and not thinking out the process.