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Artwork progress

Author: Angela Walker - Date Sun Nov 2021

Hi there, I am new to blogging and not sure if many do on this site, but I will try for a monthly one.

'This artwork is still in the WIP (work in progress) stage and to begin with I added a blue acrylic background onto the wood panel. Once it was dry I placed a sponge roller and string fabric on top then using acrylic again added the 2 colours. The figure was painted on using oils without any drawing up just using basic shapes and tonal values. Now this oil layer is dry I will add another oil layer to complete the artwork. I might add more depth to some areas underneath her to create a ground.

 Thanks for reading 

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.

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.



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.


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


Author: Frances Phelan - Date Mon Jul 2020

Little lady walking slow

In the orange flowing dress

Smiles so nervous unsure or the rest.

Voluptuous and round like a comfy grandma.

She's done the hard rounds, travelled many grounds.

She has the eyes of a warrier the colours of the earth.

Gentle and tender, she's seen the absurd.

White man came bringing their greed, took children away, robbing family.

Her big heart knows,

She can't forget the past.

The strength of the universe in her smile as I pass.


Frances Phelan   2010


Watercolour discussion

Author: Szczepan Urbanowicz - Date Fri Jul 2020

A recent watercolour painting of mine. I produced this as a LIVE - REAL-TIME watercolour painting session on Youtube recently. I'm really starting to enjoy landscapes. I am working with colours that harmonise my sensitivities to changing light conditions and this piece is another step along the way. regards szcz

Out of the ashes

Author: Jacqui Reid - Date Sat Jul 2020

Out of the ashes is a work in progress series that honors the wildlife that was lost during the 2019-2020 bushfires in East Gippsland. Our property was effected and the bush that surrounded us was burnt out, a handfull of kangaroos, some birds and a young female fox is all that came out of the bush during the days that followed the 31st of December 2019.  

I have used charcoal and ash from the fires in each of the paintings, Iv'e also used matisse structure acrylic paints, inks and dyes. I love to use a multitude of mediums, you never know what's going to react with what. 

This image is of a young female kangaroo that was badly burnt, we watched her make her way to the dam, shortly after we decided to go check on her and unfortunatly she had to be put down. This painting is to remember her, rest in peace my little friend. 

Hustle and Bustle

Author: Frances Phelan - Date Mon Jul 2020

The hustle and the bustle

of the city and its lights

Of a mind always open 

to the colours that bring life.

The sparkles and the dazles

of the flowers and the gems.

The purchase of creations

Wine and food by loving friends.

The traffic and the businesses

cars, people and the tills.

Buses carrying hopes and dreams

to reuions and big chills

Pictures of memoires

kept for everymore.

A moment of nothing

brings forgiveness to the door.

Strangers that dont know

our land or its truth.

But want to learn for keepsake

for stories for their youth.

Dreams are bought

Dreams are sold.

Like a wind it passes through

The hustle and the bustle

of the city and it's tills.


poet Frances Phelan 2016

Hello all

Author: Yuna Rickard - Date Fri Aug 2020

Hello, Im very excited to have round Gallery247 to promote my art work. Ive done some sort of art and crafts all my life and recencly Ive been attending watercolour and pastel lessons - this has not only improved my work but also given me confidence in what I do.

I live in a small farm just outside Orbost in far eastern Victoria. It very rural here but also very pretty with lots of mountains, forests and beaches - lots of inspiration for art works!

As I have lots of animals, big and small, I get lots of practice with all kids of subjects to Im happy to take animal or even landscape commissions.

Most of my art work is sold unframed BUT is supplied with a professionaly cut matt and backing boards ready to put into a A3 frame.

Red Sands.

Author: Frances Phelan - Date Fri Aug 2020

Red Sands. A poem I wrote in 2012 when travelling through Outback Australia.


The land was still, then came the song.

A kookaburras laughter a snake for its tucker.

The vast Plains of desert grass, white gums and weeping bark

An ancient rock dreaming our mystical land.

An ancient rock breathing red sand.


Red sand travelling to The Kimberley Coast. 

Red sand travelling to all us folk.

Red Sand Travelling.


The magpies visit The Tamworth Coast

Joining in the chorus, beating hearts before us.

Immigrants from other, sharing this land.

Multi coloured hands castles in the sand.

A journey of a million steps

Walkabout take a rest.

Running from war, poverty and shame,

to a country, where cattle roam free, we all bleed the same.


The land was still, then came the song.

Red Sand Travelling. Red Sand Travelling.


Poet frances phelan

Published in International Artist magazine 8 pages

Author: Lance Ross - Date Thu Oct 2019


Author: Jillian Cheshire - Date Fri Mar 2020

Free view Portrait Demonstration

Author: Pilar De La Torre - Date Sat Apr 2020

Why I decided to start this blog

I started this blog as a responce to the world wide pandemic. My Art Bliss prior to this pandemic was attending life drawing sessions, painting with other artists in various art groups and societies. Teaching my own art classes as well as running my own untutored life drawing sessions. I had a super busy schedual following my art bliss...... then came the virus and the closure of all my activities.



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