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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

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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