Thursday, October 30, 2014

Albany ANZAC commemoration

If you're one of the tens of thousands of people visiting the Great Southern region for the Albany ANZAC 100-year commemoration this weekend, you might like to stop in Mt Barker and take a look at a small community art exhibition and sale at Mitchell House, on Albany Highway.

The exhibition is open each day from 10am to 4pm and finishes on Wednesday, November 5.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Perth Royal Show prize

I'm a little late writing about this, but my painting "Bantam Rooster" took out the Packers' Prize at this year's Perth Royal Show Agricultural Award, after winning the Wagin Woolorama Best Oil or Acrylic plus the Agricultural Award in March.

Bantam Rooster
30x40cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin
SOLD

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Southern Art Trail


Brass vase and flowers still life oil painting by Andy Dolphin
 Brass vase with yellow bouquet
25x30 cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin

It's that time of year again, time for the Southern Art & Craft Trail, featuring exhibitions across the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

This year I am participating in a group exhibition at Manyat Peak Gallery at the foot of the Porongurup Range.

This will be the first public showing of the still life paintings I've featured here over recent months. A few of the artists will be in attendance at various times during the exhibition which is open Wednesdays to Sundays, with a small opening get together at 5pm on Sunday 28 September.

I have also entered two paintings in the Plantagenet Art Prize, which opens next Friday evening and each day throughout the Trail.

If you're in the region between September 26 and October 12, grab a copy of the directory from a visitor centre or gallery, or check details on the Trail website (download PDF brochure here), and take a look at the variety of work on offer.

Friday, September 12, 2014

More toys - still life oil painting

Here's my latest still life.

The teddy bear, books and candlestick came from a local op-shop, the flowers are synthetic and from a discount shop, and the beads were my daughter's, before she grew up.

I chose the bear because he looked pre-loved and has an expression suggesting he's just a little bit lost in his own world. I found he looked even better when he was sitting just slightly off vertical.

Teddy bear, flowers and beads still life oil painting by Andy Dolphin
 Valuables
25x30cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin


Here's a  reminder, too, that the Great Southern Art & Craft Trail starts in just a couple of weeks, on September 27, and runs for two weeks.

I'll have a few paintings out at Manyat Peak Gallery near the Porongurup Range, and will be spending a little bit of time out there painting and meeting visitors. If you're in the region, be sure to pick up a trail map from a visitor centre or gallery, and check out the wide range of work on display.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Girl's stuff - still life oil painting

Here's my latest still life painting in oil.

Girl's toys still life oil painting by Andy Dolphin
 Treasure
30x25cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin

The plushy dog, the vase and the sequined shoes are all op-shop bargains.

I haven't really got a title for it yet. If you have any suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comments. (I've renamed it "Treasure" since I first posted it here.)

This was begun as a simple exercise in preparation for a larger painting but I ended up spending quite a bit of time on it. I still think I'll do another version, although I might rearrange a couple of things.

I introduced a range of new colours to my palette for this one, including a violet, sap green, a transparent yellow and two rosey reds. I felt that with a subject like this, I needed some vibrant colours that I wouldn't be able to mix from my standard set.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Treasurer's poor apology

If you're not into politics, feel free to skip down to the picture.

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has a had a bad week.

Tasked with the job of a selling a budget no one likes, Mr Hockey decided to dismiss the concerns of "the poor" by saying they won't much be affected by a rise in the fuel excise, because they don't drive cars anyway.

He went on to describe the fuel excise as a progressive tax, and became possibly the first treasurer in history to not know what "progressive tax" means. In fact, he might be the first high-school graduate in history to not know what progressive taxation is - assuming he graduated.

Challenged over his insensitivity, he dug in his heels and said the statistics backed him up. Unfortunately, he couldn't find any actual people who would back him up, not even among his closest workmates, and eventually began to realise he might need to give up and say "sorry".

And say sorry he did. Although, reading the full transcript of his on-air apology, it mostly seems like he's sorry people noticed that he's completely out of touch with the needs and concerns of low-income Australians.

If he wants to remain as Treasurer, he really should have apologised for not understanding basic tax philosophy.

Anyway, that was just a long explanation of why I felt compelled to do another Joe Hockey caricature.

Joe Hockey poor don't drive apology caricature by andy dolphin

Sunday, August 10, 2014

New video - storing wet paintings

For a long time I battled with the problem of what to do with wet oil paintings.

I had a small rack I'd made from a piece of chipboard with some strips of pine screwed to it, but it only held four paintings at a time and there was a risk of the paintings falling off it, face first.

A few months ago I saw a much better solution to the problem...

As always, it's best if you go to Youtube to see the video in higher resolution