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Impending Painting

This is a detail from one of my current paintings I’m hoping to have completed soon.

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Art Supplies Porn

This is a post that I think mostly only really interest other artists as they know the pleasure of new art materials. Yes, I guess it I have to admit it is a form of shopping therapy. But that aside,

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Values That Make Sense

Values do all of the work, but colour gets all of the credit.

The illusion of realism in an image is dependent upon the correct organisation of values. A value is how light or dark a portion of an image is, whether monochrome or colour, in relation to the rest of the image.

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Goodbye Rembrandt!

"Rembrandt 1655", Leo Plaw, 24 x 30cm, oil on canvas

Goodbye Rembrandt! It was a pleasure to have you watch over my studio, my struggles, my progress and triumphs. Now Rembrandt is off to a new home in another country, thankfully one that is still accepting post.

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How the Coronavirus Lockdown is Turning Into a Business Shutdown

Returned Art Mail

One small step after another, things are becoming tighter. Because of Coronavirus restrictions, post is no longer being delivered to certain countries.

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New Work for November

It seems I’ve been making a bit of a habit lately to first sketch up the figures I want to paint.

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Can’t get art out of my mind!

Another practice drawing. This one also might transition to a painting.

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Quick Sektch – practicing separation of light and shadow

Quick Study

I’ve been enjoying the quick studies as they are pushing me simplify my work further.

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That was 2018 – Happy 2019

Best of 2018

So that was 2018. Thank you for your support and being part of the journey.
Wishing you all the best for 2019!

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New Home, New Frame

"Oracle of Delphi" drawing framed

I love it when a collector frames up one of my works. It just takes it to a whole new level

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Studio Visit

Studio Visit

Here’s a brief snapshot of the studio in its current state. This is where the action happens. It’s a small space, but I’ve optimised it.

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Diego Velázquez – Portrait Study

"Diego Velázquez", Leo Plaw, 24 x 30cm, oil on canvas

After Rembrandt left the studio, I needed some one else to keep watch over things. So the Spanish painter to the court of King Phillip IV, Diego Velázquez (1599 – 1660) was it.

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Castle Ruins

I’ve explored a few ruined castles now and Emmerberg would have to be one of the best.

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White Water Wandering with Schwarza Sailors

A cold mountain river cleaves its way between two massive mountains, etching its course into a deeper gorge with each passing aeon. For a brief moment in that expanse of time Peter Gric and I navigated our way along its twisting course.

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Studio with a View

Country Studio

This is my studio view at the moment. I’m out of the city for awhile at Peter Gric’s house in the country.

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My Summer Studio

The mountains, forest and cold rivers are my Summer studio.

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Mariner Painting Development

I did things a bit differently this time around. I marked out the drawing on the canvas in ink rather than pencil and I also blocked in some of the shadows to force me to concentrate on the values of the painting.

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Framed Ready to Go

Here she is, all framed up and ready to go. Dali had said, “A painting is finished when it is sold and paid for.” A framed artwork is very close to that for me.

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Art Camp

Westward from Brisbane, over the mountains on the Darling Downs, artist, Steven Bowerman, is building his artist camp.

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Native Inspiration

Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea)

In this photo I am inspecting a living fossil a grass tree (Xanthorrhoea) one of the first flowing plants.

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