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Lifelong Passion
My name is Michael Jones. To my friends and throughout my life I was always (and probably always will be) ‘Jonesy’. In the immortal words of Spike Milligan, “I was born at an early age.” My birthplace was Macclesfield, Cheshire, in the North West of
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Multi-Talented Mosaicist
My life began in Helsinki, Finland, in January 1957. I came to Australia with my parents in 1959, at the tender age of two. We travelled on board an Italian ship called ‘The Aurelia’. We stayed in migrant hostels in Melbourne, Bonegila (outside Albur
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Galapagos Lizard
• Black Colorfix paper.• Rembrandt pastels.• Pastel pencils.• Willow charcoal.• Micador Workable Matt Fixative. I drew an outline of the Galapagos Lizard in Titanium White pastel, exaggerating his bulk and form to try and capture his ‘essence’. I sh
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Billy’s Boiled
• Stretched canvas.• Artists’ quality acrylic paints.• Artists’ brushes. I chose a 16 x 12 inch stretched canvas, from ‘Highly Strung’ Picture Framers of Eumundi in Queensland, which I primed with a liberal coating of Red Ochre Gesso. Using a white c
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Honest Art
From a very early age I’ve been into drawing, painting and making things. I seemed to find interest in things wherever I went. I once melted down the lead from a broken stained glass window. I carved a small block of wood with a heart shape in the ce
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Master Hints And Tips
• If you discover subject matter that you love and which fascinates you, the picture seems to come to life on its own. • It’s good not to have a final outcome in mind, so you can allow for spontaneity and changes to occur as you work • It’s always go
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Mandy’s Sundrenched Studio Contributed
Situated on Queensland’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, Mandy’s Sundrenched Studio is an inviting gallery space and home to the amazing creative work of artist Amanda Shadforth. “As an artist selling work in galleries, you often don’t get to hear the stor
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Proud Eagles
• Jo Sonja’s acrylic paints.• Stretched cotton canvas 75 x 60 cm.• Artists’ brushes. Use a good base. For me it is canvas, but use whatever you choose. Prime and seal well. I like a light undercoat as it leaves my colours true. Get your subject where
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Floral Abundance
For Ailsa Fay McMillan, life began at Gympie in Queensland. She grew up in Rockhampton. Early in her career she had a job at Mercier Studios for four years, where she worked in oils – painting sepia photographs and doing darkroom tasks developing fil
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Inspiring People
Bloomfield in North Queensland is where I live. It is a long way from Birmingham in England where I was born. I grew up in Northern Ireland at a place called Carrickfergus – that was where my parents came from, and they returned there in 1958. I met
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Flooded Gum
• Canvas 450 x 910 mm.• Artists’ quality acrylic paints.• Various brushes.• Spatular.• Matisse Gel Medium 4. During the summer months in the hinterland State forests around Pomona on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the flooded gums shed their bark and
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Caladiums
• Micador Clean Slate Canvas Board (pure cotton) – triple gesso primed.• Colours: Process Magenta, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Yellow; Chroma Forest Green, White, Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt; Atelier Quinacridone Magenta,• Palette Sap Green knife , Paynes
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Waterlilly
• Stretched linen canvas 24 x 24 inches.• Artists’ oil paints: Winsor & Newton and Art Spectrum. Colours including Magenta, Cobalt Blue, Olive Green, Blue Black, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Orange, Flinders Blue Violet and Titanium White.• Artists’ brush
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Profound Gift
My home is in the community of Bogan Gate, where I work as a ‘Postie’ delivering mail to the town and surrounding farms. I was born in nearby Parkes. I have had no formal training in art, although it was one of my subjects at high school. I love the
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The Music is Back
South Australian designer Lyndy Danby took up painting when she married a man on the land and found that surrounding property owners were much more inclined to spend money on new tractors than new kitchens or any sort of residential improvements. The
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Enjoyment
• Artists’ canvas.• Winsor & Newton oil colours, including: Titanium White, Carbon Black, Burnt Sienna, Naples Yellow Hue, Yellow Ochre and Dioxazine Purple.• Various quality brushes – preferably Sable – ranging from broad to very fine. This is a por
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A Musical Abstraction
• Music on CD.• Sketch book; butchers’ paper; 2B and 6B pencils.• Good quality canvas – hand framed.• 4cm flat brush.• Pigmented light gesso base.• White charcoal.• Reeves Acrylic paint: Paynes Grey; Violet; Cerulean Blue; Burnt Sienna; Burnt Umber;
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Master Hints And Tips
• Be passionate about your subject. • Observation is the key to a successful painting. • The larger the area painted, the larger the brush required. • Put your work on a vertical surface to view it. Balance and tonal contrast can be more easily ident
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Master Hints And Tips
• The more I look at a painting, the more I will search for mistakes. I usually go away and have a cup of tea if something is not right, and by the time I return it will either look better or I will see a way to correct it. It is easy to overwork and
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Sketching And Painting In Paradise
• Colours used: Cadmium Lemon; Permanent Rose; French Ultramarine; Sepia. Vanua Levu, one of the outer islands of Fiji, promises all the recognised hallmarks of an island escape … and much more. For the past three years, Leonie Norton has been takin
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Master Hints And Tips
• Don’t try to rush. Painting takes time. Let the work develop at its own rate and build upon it gradually. • When painting mud, use as little paint as possible. You can always add more; and you will gradually learn how much you need as you go on. •
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Melany’s Moggy
I selected a suitable study from a recent life drawing session. On this occasion I was fortunate enough to have Fergus (the model’s cat) to pose as well. With a generous amount of Phthalo Blue and White, I applied sweeping strokes with a large foam b
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Subtleties Of The Atmosphere
John Shields is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of History and Arts; a Life Member and Past President of the Macquarie Towns Arts Society; an Exhibiting Member of the New South Wales Royal Art Society; and a Life Member of the Baulkham Hills Art
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Master Hints And Tips
• Always use good quality materials. • Apply paint sparingly, making big bold sweeping strokes across the canvas. • Be bold with scrapers and/or offcuts of board when pulling paint across the background surface. • Avoid overworking the charcoal detai
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Moving the Cattle – Quipolly
To achieve the best results, I commenced the painting with the attitude ‘this is going to be the best painting I have attempted up to this date’. The following steps have worked for me. I have developed them over the past 40 years. However, individua
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Hours of Observing
Tanzania in East Africa was Louise Derry’s birthplace. Her home these days is in far north Queensland. She has earned an arts degree in ‘Art, Design and Technology’ which combined a variety of art modules including pottery; printmaking; fabrics; silv
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Materials
• Canvas board 76 x 51 cm. • Artists’ oil paints: Titanium White (TW); Cobalt Blue (CB) or Ultramarine Blue; Yellow Ochre (YO); Cadmium Yellow (CY); Permanent Magenta (PM) or Crimson Lake; Indian Red (IR); Cadmium Red (CR); Burnt Umber (BU) or Burnt
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Endeavour Evening Glow
I’ve chosen this subject for several reasons. It has all the elements I love in a view: An elevated perspective, a vast panorama, a wide expanse of water reflecting the colours of the ever changing sky. I couldn’t ask for more. I will doubtless paint
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Elena Parashko Gallery
Elena Parashko Gallery was established in 2004 – initially as an online gallery at www.elenaparashko.com – and has since evolved into much more. Beginning with an online gallery was an affordable and manageable way to establish myself as an emerging
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Master Hints And Tips
• When a pastel painting is complete, use glasseine paper and – with a credit card – swipe the whole surface, pressing firmly. This helps to hold the pastel and prevent any fallout of odd specks of colour. • Be passionate about what you are painting.
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