Thursday, July 17, 2014

9 by 5 reminder - HURRY!

Just a quick reminder that if you're anywhere near Mt Barker in the next couple of days, you should drop into the community art gallery at Mitchell House and take a look at the 9 by 5 Exhibition.

There are 100 2D and 3D works on display from a raft of local artists and all pieces are available to buy via a pencil auction. The quality and variety of work is astonishing and presents a visual feast when you enter the gallery. Even if you don't make a bid, I think it's worth a look.

To make a bid, you just find the painting number in the bidding book, check the current bid and enter a higher offer. The minimum bid on any one item is $25, which is a bargain price for any of the paintings or sculptures on display.

Bidding ends on Saturday so time is running out.

Here's my entry and it is only available at this exhibition.

floral fireworks still life painting in oil by Andy Dolphin
Floral fireworks
12.5cm x 22.5cm oil on ply panel.
© Andy Dolphin


Mitchell House is located in Mt Barker, on Albany Highway, opposite the old railway station building. It's a pink building on the corner of Ormond Road. You can't miss it.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Clive Palmer digital caricature

Considered by some to be the current leader of the Australian Parliament, larger-than-life MP Clive Palmer is the subject of my latest caricature sketch.

Clive Palmer digital caricature by Andy Dolphin
Clive Palmer MP
Digital caricature sketch.
Original 1000x1000px
© 2014, Andy Dolphin
 
Despite some obvious features, Mr Palmer was surprisingly difficult to caricature.

This isn't exactly a finished piece, but it will do for now.


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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Dr Oz digital caricature

 Dr Oz Senate hearing digital caricature
Dr Oz in the headlights
Digital caricature sketch.
Original 830x975px
© 2014, Andy Dolphin

After reading a few recent news reports from the US, I quickly knocked up this preliminary caricature sketch of TV personality and cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Oz.

Nicknamed "America's Doctor", Dr Oz found himself in front of US Senator Claire McCaskill, and facing some heavy questioning about his enthusiastic promotion of "miracle" weight loss products on his show.

Video of the doctor's testimony resulted in some "roo in the headlights" moments ("deer in the headlights" moments, if you're in the US. Others can insert their own local variant.) as the much-adored surgeon tried to answer the Senator's questions.

Those moments were the inspiration for me to finally caricature Dr Oz, something I've been planning for a while.

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Small floral oil painting

My latest painting is a 9 by 5 inch oil on plywood panel and will be donated to the Plantagenet Community Art Centre to be auctioned in a fundraiser for the facility.

Several local artists and community members have been invited to participate, with all works presented on a similar 9 x 5 panel. Entries will include 2D and 3D work.

The "9 by 5" has a special place in Australian art history as it was the approximate size of cigar box lids favoured as painting surfaces by some artists in the mid-late 1800s. In 1889 the "9 by 5 Impression Exhibition" was held in Melbourne and featured such luminaries as Tom Roberts and Arthur Streeton.

floral fireworks still life painting in oil by Andy Dolphin
Floral fireworks
12.5cm x 22.5cm oil on ply panel.
© Andy Dolphin

My aim here was to produce a fast, loose explosion of bold colour. I already had the image in my mind before I arranged the flowers in the set-up. Set against a dark backdrop and facing in different directions the flowers look, to me, like fireworks.

The 9x5 exhibition opens on Friday night, July 11, and runs for a week at Mitchel House in Mt Barker, WA. Purchase is by silent auction and, with opening prices starting at just $25, I imagine there will be many bargains to be had.

Monday, June 2, 2014

On the easel - Brass & Bear

Here's my latest still life oil painting in progress. It is the third in a series of paintings featuring polished brass.

Still life oil painting with brass jug pitcher and ceramic bear by Andy Dolphin
Brass & bear - stage 1
21x25cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin

This isn't too far from a finished product but I do want to get in and make some refinements. I'll give it a few days to dry then get stuck into it again.

I am loving the reflective brass with the brilliant red tablecloth.

The ceramic bear was found last week in a local op-shop. The rose is synthetic and is one of a bunch that came from a secondhand shop, along with another brass vase that will no doubt show up in a painting soon.

My collection of brass and other oddments is growing quite fast.

Object collection for still life paintings

All I need now is the time to use them all in paintings.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Australian Federal Budget 2014

I think this pretty much sums up community sentiment from last night's federal budget.

Joe Hockey Abbott Australian Budget Cuts & Broken Promises
Joe Hockey
Digital caricature.
Original 1700x2060px
© 2014, Andy Dolphin


This was a relative "quickie", taking a little under three hours from start to finish. I might spend some time refining it, one day.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Flowers with brass vase - still life in oil

My latest still life painting features another op-shop treasure. I tried several different arrangements using this round-bottomed, squat brass vase, and finally settled on this one.

Brass vase and flowers still life oil painting by Andy Dolphin
Flowers with brass vase
21x25cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin

As with previous paintings, the flowers are synthetic. This allows me time to experiment with arrangements without worrying about the flowers succumbing to the heat from the lamp. In fact, I can set things up one day and then start the painting days, or even weeks, later without everything wilting and dying.

I'm more interested in composition and colour than the accurate portrayal of particular species of plants, so I have no need for living specimens at this stage.

Interestingly, the most difficult part of this painting was polishing the vase. It was very tarnished but had a lacquer coating that was impervious to lacquer thinners and had to be removed with lots of elbow grease and car polish.