Sunday, June 23, 2013

Winter Light - plein air video

It's winter down here in the southern hemisphere so it's been a bit cold and damp lately. However, a few days ago we had scattered showers combined with moments of bright sunlight and this made for interesting painting conditions.

 Winter Light.
Plein air sketch. 30x25cm oil on board. 
© Andy Dolphin

I found a spot beside the highway with a view across farmland to the Porongurup Range. There were clouds draped over the peaks of the range and a strip of sunlight lit up a distant paddock. It was a scene ready for painting and it looked like an interesting subject for my second plein air painting video.

Luckily, the rain held off long enough for me to get the sketch done.

NOTE: You can watch the video here on the blog but I'd recommend going to Youtube and viewing it at full size (click the little "cog" symbol and choose 480p if your internet connection can cope).

Thanks again to Kevin MacLeod, who offers hundreds of royalty-free music tracks on his Incompotech website. 

You can see my first painting video, Barrow Road, on Youtube too.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Australian Artist - second prize!

I was very pleased to read the news that I'd taken out second prize in Australian Artist Magazine's "Seascapes, Rivers & Lakes" Art Prize Challenge No. 52, with my entry "South Coastal".

australian artist magzine 2nd prize seascape in oils andy dolphin

My painting depicts a location near Denmark, on the south coast of Western Australia. I told the story of it back in February, this year, as part of my Evolution of a Seascape series of articles.

While the location is real and the painting is true to the place, there were quite a lot of design decisions employed to make it something more than "just like a photo".

Winners and finalists are featured in the June, 2013 edition of Australian Artist Magazine.

Congratulations to first-place getter Jayne Henderson from Victoria, third-place getter Craig Addley from Queenlsand and to all the finalists.