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On Native Australian Flowers, and My Art Creation.

Today I am aiming to bring to you all the important information on the Western Australian Wild Flower, The Red and Green Kangaroo Paw. These natives are unique and beautiful to Western Australia. I have chosen this wild flower because it appeals to me, especially, and then I will be proceeding in the  Art Creation, of the native flower I have chosen,  the Red and Green Kangaroo Paw.  Hopefully this Art creation, is a beautiful representation of one of the Iconic native flowers, of Western Australia. I am planning to use, Acrylic Paints, fine liner texture, and to finish the painting, in hard and soft pastels.

I will be giving the, information, on the Western Australian Native Flowers. Some questions I try and answer, are why the Native plants and Wild Flowers appeal to people, in Australia and in other countries, and who have, and are the Australian Artists who paint these unique and beautiful flowers? Most importantly are these native flowers sold, and to whom and why?.

Australia has the Largest Floral Show On Earth. The wild flower collection in Western Australia, has more than 12,000 species, over 60%  are not found anywhere else in the world. These wild flowers colour the landscapes in Australia, from the Coast to the Forests and the Cities, to the Australian Outback. The six month flowering season begins in the North of Western Australia, in June and July on the wide plains of the Pilbara, Goldfield and the Coral Coast, where the vibrant blooms contrast with the sandy, earth, rugged Canyons and the Turquoise sea. By September, the flowering season has moved south and reached Perth’s Botanical gardens, Nature reserves and National parks, finishing with a profusion in October and November, that  dazzle the spectator with, colour, abundance and sheer diversity in shape and size. Through the Forests and Coastal regions, of the Southwest of Western Australia.  David  Attenborough, wrote that in the Southwest Region of Western Australia there are 400 species of the Native Orchids, which make up 10%  of the 25,000 Orchid species that are out in the world. ( Information all, in the Wildflowers of Western Australia ).

Anne Hayes ( FL. 2010 – )  http://annehayes.com.au/index.html. Paints Australian Wild Flowers since 2010, and paints the wild flowers in watercolours. Her Native plants and Wild Flower Water colours, are in collections in Australia and Overseas.

Patricia Weeks, (2018 – – of Alice Springs, Central Australia, Australia),  is a Wild Flower and Australian Native Plant and Australian Outback , Landscape Artist. Weeks Oil paintings are in Collections in Australia and Overseas.

Alison Marjorie Ashby – (1901 – 1987), was an Australian Botanical Artist and Plant Collector.

It may seem that Australian Native and Wildflowers are difficult to buy. No it is easy to buy Australian, Natives and Wildflowers from on line leading florists. The best place to shop online for Native Plants, is ( Finder.com.au ) who specializes in Australian Natives. The Top Florists export and deliver Native Australian Plants, both in Australia and Overseas. people buy the Australian Natives because they have a long shelf life, unique, unusual and beautiful. The flowers are a conversation opener, and this also makes the flowers a great selling point.

The following photo shows, the watercolour paper collage, I have prepared to start of the process in my Native Flower creation. I have used the Mont Marte–Silver Series, Light green to paint over the card coloured cut outs, which I glued onto the watercolour paper.

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In this next step, I plan to draw firstly in HB Dark Lead pencil, from a free photo search on the Internet, of a West Australian native flowers. I will then trace over this line, with a fine line texture, so that it will be easier to see the picture, and to work on the, painting, through to the completion stage.

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I have chosen the West Australian Kangaroo Paw. The Red and Green Kangaroo Paws, are a West Australian Icon. It is only found in the South West of West Australia.  Kangaroo Paws are an unscented flower, they are not insect pollinated. They usually grow between ten or more hairy flowers, that open one at a time and these can be seen unfolding from August to October (winter to spring). This plant should not be treated as a perennial , it does not attract bees or birds, but it grows well in sandy soils, growing to a height to two metres. The Kangaroo Paw was proclaimed the Floral Emblem of West Australia in 1960. It is classed and protected and is seen on uniforms and vehicles of the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. (This, Information was found, in the Wildflowers of West Australia.com)

The following photo shows the drawing, I have done, and, then outlined in Black fine liner texture, which makes the picture easy to see, and work on, in the next stage of the painting.

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In the following article by Aine Divine, her ideas and creative processes are exactly the steps which I use, to create my unique mixed media, collage, and art creations. I thought I would give you a view into her creative process and art work. In my case, I use Wild Flowers  of Western Australia, and Aine Divine paints flowers.

Aine Divine (in the Artist Palette), says that she finds inspiration in the what is out there daily, to create bold and beautiful artworks. Aine says that flowers are a subject, that are perfectly suited to mixed media. In which shapes and colours are expressed, through mixed media,  the flowers, are then filled, with life and energy. The joy of mixed media, collage is when you initially make a start, and are willing to experiment, with colours and papers, you are then bound to create a painting, that is unique, original each time, you attempt to make a painting.

The top tip Aine gives, is to apply a shady colour, underpainting, with a large brush, in all directions, and to not be to precious with getting a perfect result. Then instantly you should see, a great result. Then you can draw and continue to complete a painting, that will be full of atmosphere, colour and be a creative art, master painting. I can relate to Aine Divine’s ideas because I work in exactly the same style, and use similar art technique. Before coming across this article that Aine Divine wrote, I had not seen an explanation, that referred to exactly in the way I worked, in this particular, art creation style. The power of the written word?

The following photo is the start of the Acrylic painting.  I have used the colours Burnt umber for the trees and for the colour of the soil, that is around the Kangaroo paws. The colours of the Kangaroo Paw I have used are, Scarlet, light green, black and for the whites on the tree trucks, I have used Titanium white. The next stage is to continue in the hard and soft pastels, to complete, the mixed media, collage painting.

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This is the completed mixed media, collage, I have Art Created of the Western Australian, Red and Green Kangaroo Paw, which is the Icon, for the State of Western Australia.

The Red and Green Kangaroo Paw of Western Australia, By Marie C, 2018.

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I am adding a mixed media, collage painting on Native Plants, that I put in an exhibition earlier, this year 2018.

Bansksias, Bottlebrush, Grevilleas, Native Plants, Of Australia, By Marie C, 2018.

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Thank you for visiting my site, and I hope you enjoyed my sharing today. I look forward to seeing you all, in the next Blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MY VERSION--on a Seascape, Art Creation.

MY VERSION–On A Seascape, Art Creation

This is a prepared A3 Collaged–Watercolour paper, which has been painted over, with Mont Marte –Silver Series Acrylic Paints.  These are the Acrylic paints, I prefer to use for all my work. On this collaged paper, I  will draw a Seascape picture.

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To draw the Seascape picture, I used a Dark black HB lead pencil. I found this picture on the internet, in, for free photos search on Seascapes, landscapes in Australia search.

When I drew this picture, in HB pencil, the drawing was very light, in the outline  I then used a fine liner texture, to reinforce the outline of the drawing. This  makes it easy to work on the next stage, in the painting of the Seascape

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To start the painting of the seascape, I used the acrylic Mont Marte,  Raw umber, which is a slight darker, lighter brown colour. This is my favourite brown colour, I use this colour in most of my paintings. It is my favourite colour because it is a light colour and  a happy colour, and it is very easy to mix with other colours, like oranges, yellows and black. In conclusion, it gives good texture in my artwork creations. I think the colour is pleasant, to look at, in  finished paintings.

I painted the mountains in the background of the painting, and the rocks, pebbles, and the trees on the right side of the painting, in the Raw umber. Later in the process, these trees I will be painting in greens.

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I used Titanium white to paint the suggestion of the sea waves, in the middle ground of the painting. I then painted in the sea, in Cobalt blue. This  blue, I use in my other landscape scenery paintings, and the colour is the magic colour in all the paintings I create. This colour, is also my favourite colour.

In A Marine Situation, Bombora—by Lance Ross . According to this article–the Artist says in order to paint the sea and waves well, you need to study the sea wave patterns, how the waves break , their translucency, and the way in which the wind blows its sea spray- -in which direction. As an Artist you also need to know, how sea storms affect, the sky and the sea shore. Lance Ross says, that as Seascape artists, we need to work on memorising the seascapes nature, completely, and then to transfer these images, onto paper or canvas, to give an accurate account of the sea scape as a whole area.  (From the Artists Palette, Art Magazine, p58).

In the next step, I will be painting the trees on the right side, of the painting  and the big trees, leaves , this tree is lying on the sea shore. The green colour I use for this is, Light green– semi matt.  I mix this colour with a tiny amount of raw umber, yellow or black, depending on the colour I need to use. These colours, give me the effective green colour I need to paint, the trees, and the leaves. I use this Green paint, mixed up in the green in combinations in nearly, every painting I paint.

I did, do some research on how to paint trees and their leaves, in the art magazine back issues, I could not find the information I was looking for. I tried to look in the U Tube search site, and I found: (Stay Creative Painting, Sept 25, 2014) . The demonstrator says you can use orange, red and yellow for leaf colours as well, as , like the different shades of greens, it all depends on the seasons. To start the painting of leaves, is to put in layers of tapping dark green on the first layer, and then second layer a lighter dark green. Just tapping  the colour to imply the leaves, randomly. You must be rough and random in the leaf area, with the paint, and use small brush strokes in specific areas only. To finish the trees, leaves, fill out, the leaf area, with very light green leaves.

In the next step I will need to work on the sea shore, and embellish the colour of the rocks. Then one step before completing the painting, I outline the tree, and mountains, in fine liner texture.

In the final stage of the seascape, I paint in the light path, the direction in which the sunlight moves across, the seascape.

Majestic Tree on The SEASHORE, By Marie C, 2018.

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I am including this painting that I put in an art exhibition in 2017, which has been created in the same way. The painting gives you an idea of the Unique Art Creations, I create.

Murray River Basin, NSW, Australia, By Marie C, 2017.

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Thank you for visiting my site, and I look forward to your comments and suggestions. See you all in my next Blog.

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Acrylics and Why?…

Initially I did not start my Art Journey in Acrylic Painting. No No, I started my Art Journey in Watercolour paints, and I used the Cotman, Artist Quality, Watercolour paints. The reason I chose these watercolour paints, was because I was new to art and I had read text on watercolours in the public  library, and I thought it would be a good medium for me to work in. I thought, I could just mix water to the colours, and it would be non toxic and easy to use, and clean up and pack up, after working on art all Day. When I actually went into the Jackson Art Store in my local area, and looked at the watercolour  brands in stock at the Jackson’s  store, I realised that watercolours were affordable , and there were so many excellent colours that did not need any Mixing. I was completely overtaken, I thought easy to use, to clean up, easy to store away,and portable as well… So Watercolours it Was. The watercolour paper I used was, Arches, Watercolour, Rough Paper, 300– GSM.

I joined an Art Gallery, where I paid a joining fee per year, to belong to. I could go into the gallery four times a week, for free and to sit and paint with other already accomplished Artists. who were already members. I would go into the gallery two times a week, and on the Saturdays go in to walk through the new art exhibitions every three weeks. This was always very interesting for me to walk through the Gallery, because being new to the art scene, I loved to check out what exhibiting artists, were creating in the art scene. I realised two things, one, that my work was unique in style and technique and secondly, that my work had merit and appeal too. Initially the artists who found fault with my art, were the artists who were trying to convince me that I needed art lessons, to be a better artist. Basically it was that the artists were greedy, they wanted to make money, from my newness, to the art scene. So I kept working on my art quietly and in 2015, I put two painting in a Christmas Exhibition, and I was told I had initially won prizes for both the paintings, I had put in to the exhibition. When I asked the important questions, as to why I was disqualified, I was told by  president of the art society, that something about the framing, not being professional enough, and that the work, was excellent…

Losing out on the big money prizes was not the problem, I got to be acknowledged that my work was of artist appeal and high quality. My sister was with me that moment, and she acknowledged, validated  that I had made progress in my art journey, and that to me was the biggest prize, I could have won. Which was the acknowledgement by my family member… that YES, I was a Great Artist as well. Yes I was right in thinking that I did not need, art classes, I could study, and accomplish high art creativity on my own merits…

Finally, Why I got into Acrylic Painting, I had been visiting  different art galleries for years and looking at paintings, and I realised that watercolour was not a popular medium, people that made art purchases, preferred to buy, Acrylics and Oil Paintings…

I thought I want to sell my creative art work and have my own unique art presence In the art world, therefore I will need to create Art Work that has the possibility of selling greatly.   I also thought, Acrylic painting colours are a lot more Brilliant than Watercolours. From this thought I decided, to read and investigate what Acrylic Paints and painting was about, and why people were buying this form of art creation?…

I read in texts and magazines about Acrylic Paints, and all of the materials said that Acrylics are good to use because, you can use them as watercolours, you can use them to look like oil painting. Acrylics are also non toxic,  and dry very quickly. Acrylics are durable, non yellowing and flexible. They resist aging, like cracking, thinning and wrinkling, in the art work. The colours are permanent, once dry you can not resurrect them. So the artist can build layers of colours, without removing, the before layers of colour.

Acrylic paints are a professional medium, to paint with, and Acrylics have a greater advantage over oil paints. Acrylics dry by the evaporation of water , whereas oils need time and air to dry, and this method takes weeks or months. With  the acrylics you can work at a faster pace and Acrylics are easier to use.

Acrylics are a newer medium, they are a unique medium all on their own, and are not associated with Contemporary or Abstract art.

My goal when using Acrylics, is to work at my own pace, and to use the colours, because they are  brilliant and easy to use, and they dry instantly. The end result is always a Masterpiece of Creative Art.

The reason I avoided Acrylics initially, was that Acrylics were an unknown medium to me, and I had no idea, what the cost was, to buy them. When I noticed artists work, and their work appeared brilliant in colours and texture, and It was hard to work out if the art work was acrylic paint or oils,  I was instantly attracted, to Acrylics.

I have been using Acrylics, since 2013. I enjoy working with Acrylics, because I love the brilliance of the colours , texture purposes, and the end result…

Since 2013 I have been painting in Acrylics. My Art Creations are, New, Unique and Masterpieces. I paint in the Impressionist Realist Style. I paint Australian subjects chosen by society members, in landscapes, Australian Native Plants, Countries I have visited in the world, people, and anything else that appeals to me at any time. I find all these ideas for paintings in photos I have, magazines, texts, newspapers, and from free photo, web searches on the internet.

I also go to as many exhibitions as I can, and check the art work out, for ideas and technique. This method also gives me courage to keep doing and improving on my art creations. Also it gives me great and excellent pleasure to realise that my work is sometimes a lot better, than what is out there in the Art World at any time. To be honest I think this feeling is that I have picked up, that each and every Artist Values and Appreciates their work greatly, above all others art works. I can understand this completely, because in general, it is the inner world of the artist that shows through their unique, and positive creations, and yes, we all acknowledge ourselves as great creators and doers in our lives. To end this discussion, I can honestly say we are doing and acting, in a natural way, completely. When we think like this, we can say, that we are truly normal and Blessed Indeed…

I would like to introduce you to the first two, steps in my Acrylic, Mixed Media, Collage, Art Creations, in this photo I have taken. The first step is the cutting out of shapes in coloured textured paper, and the photo shows, the wash of blue acrylic paint, painted over the top of the shapes.

I will continue the progress and explanation, of the painting in my next Blog. See you all there.