Sunday, July 27, 2014

Brass pitcher - oil still life

I bought this stumpy brass pitcher a few weeks ago at the local secondhand shop. I've been itching to paint it ever since.

I polished it last weekend and set it up today with some synthetic flowers and grapes.

Still life oil painting. Brass jug with flowers by Andy Dolphin.
Short pitcher with flowers - stage 1
25x30cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin

I consider this one just unfinished as seen here. I had less time than expected and didn't get to spend as long as I would have liked on some areas. I'll take another look at it later in the week and see if I can tidy it up a little.

I am really enjoying the "brass on red" series. This is the fourth one so far and I've been surprised by where the red reflects each time. This one was particularly interesting as the pitcher reflects itself at the base and features alternating upward and downward facing surfaces. It certainly presented a challenge.

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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