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I hope everyone is enjoying the silly season and getting ready to start bring in the New Year in an enjoyable (and safe!) way.
I thought before 2012 ends that I should post a few more of the fun little paintings I have created over the last couple of months, up until Christmas I have been painting pretty much every day and hope to get back to it in the next few days. Well that is assuming I can figure out what is wrong with the air conditioner in my studio as we have been melting in 42 degree celcius days!
All of these have been painted with the Atelier Interactive acrylics, and in a couple I have been experimenting with the micaceous gold acrylic for some rather pleasing results. There is the very definite risk of going overboard with this particular type of paint, so some restraint is needed to make rather than break the painting. The shimmer of the micaeous paint does not show very well in the photographs so I have included some angled shots to show how the light reflects off the mica particles.
I am currently working on a more traditional acrylic painting and have a few ideas for some new graphite and colour pencil artworks as well. However, I’m really looking forward to using these small studies as the basis for larger works and delving further into abstract and contemporary landscape paintings, specifically exploring the ideas of horizon lines and open spaces in 2013. I’ve had so much fun with these and certainly plan to continue with some smaller paintings, so I’d love to know what you think about these ones!
Another productive day in the studio working with my Interactives acrylics. In the spirit of experimentation, I am actually working on a number of small paintings at the moment, pretty much at the same time. Sounds strange I know, but I am finding it a very valuable technique for removing the intellectual thought process and instead just painting intuitively. While I am quite used to the beginning stages of my artwork looking unusual…or at the very least nothing like the finished piece, working with multiple pieces is quite exhilerating. I usually have 2 or 3 on my easel at one time that I swap with another 2 or 3 during the painting session. Each painting is developed at approximately the same rate as the others, but they complete at different times – sometimes it is simply one glaze of colour that is enough to complete the painting. In some ways, I think it is similar to automatic writing in that I am laying out the paints, holding a paint brush and seeing what happens!
This little sunset painting is what happened today. I have forgotten how difficult paintings are to photograph, this photo dosn’t pick up the delicate mauve transition between the orange and the blue. One of these days I will need to set up my big camera and get some better pics.
I painted this little oil study with just a little bit more detail thn my recent paintings, I have tried to keep the detail limited to just enough to suggest the beautiful wildflowers in this Western Australian landscape.
And just because LOVE the immediacy of working with pastels which I havn’t worked with for a couple of years now, a little blue and green abstract on pastel paper that reminds me of the ocean.
Being able to go wild with colour in these little studies is quite exhilerating, and certainly very different to the mostly browns, creams, whites, blacks and greys of animal and wildlife paintings!
These two are inspired by the heat of the Australian summer (fitting as it is the first day of that season today) and are small oil painting studies on prepared MDF panels.
As 2012 draws to a close, I have finally found myself inspired to retun to my studio and have started painting again, and for the past few weeks have pretty much joined the ranks of the Daily Painters. Possibly due to the mental, emotional and physical challenges that I have faced for the past two years or perhaps as a result of the freedom and creativity that I have found by painting in the digital medium (or prehaps a combination of both?), I have moved well away from detailed realism and have been exploring organic abstracts and minimalist landscape paintings in both oil and acrylics.
The thing that I have found most rewarding (and that which keeps me returning to my studio while managing a serious injury that one of my horses has) is that I am really enjoying the actual process of painting, colour selection and careful blending without focusing on the end result – essentially the exact opposite of how I work in detailed realism. It actually feels very liberating to not be totally focused on the end result and I am finding that it is very much an emotional healing experience – art truly is therapy for the soul!
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‘Donnybrook Rose’ was a joy to paint, quite mesmerizing to paint the sweep and flow of the gentle curves reminiscent of a roses delicate petals. Dark purple, magenta, plum and red violets contrast beautifully against the rich gold, copper and pale blue reminiscent of the iridescent sheen on a Ulysses Butterfly’s wings.
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I am really upset to post that one of my digital paintings has been stolen by an artist in the UK, who has not only stolen the digital copy of my painting, defaced my artwork and removed my watermark *and* signature, but is only claiming ownership of the original painting AND to add insult to injury is holding art classes to teach other people how to paint MY painting, the next one is on Saturday April 9 in Bristol, United Kingdom:(
I am SICK AND TIRED of people stealing my photographs and artwork. It is NOT ok! It is ILLEGAL! I am not a nasty person, I do not like having to be heavy handed to protect what is LEGALLY mine and I do not like having to take legal action, but ENOUGH is ENOUGH! Any and all people found illegally using my artwork or photographs will be named and shamed and legal action taken and I recommend other artists and photographers do the same thing.
The first offending artist’s website is http://www.paulbryantart.co.uk/ and my Meerkat painting can be viewed on his ‘Classes’ page
The second artist who apparently runs classes with Paul Bryant as listed on his “Events and Shows’ page is Carolyn Stevens and she is also culpable as she has a painting displayed on the ‘Gallery’ page of her website that is a derivative of my original photograph and painting. Her website is http://www.colours2canvas.co.uk/
Both of these artists have broken International Copyright Laws. It is illegal to take an image off the internet and use it anywhere you please. It is illegal to remove the copyright and artists signature from any artwork. It is illegal to claim another artists creation as your own work. It is illegal to publicly display or sell any derivative artwork created from a copyright artwork or photography without written permission from the creator.
Paul Bryant is also guilty of false advertising as he is claiming that my painting was created as a result of his one day oil painting class and that a similar painting can be created by anyone attending his oil painting class. News for you MR Bryant – my original is a digital painting created with Corel Painter XI, a wacom tablet and my computer – good luck teaching your students how to recreate it!
This artist has not even got the talent, experience or creativity to develop and teach his own unique instructional classes, but rather has become a “Certified Instructor” or copycat teacher of a painting system as taught by a world wide franchise system (that by the way I have nothing against).
Legal action has been taken and the head honcho of the art instruction franchise has been notified. I would expect both of the artists in question to have their “certified Instructor’ status revoked immediately and other legal requirements met without delay.
I suggest other artists reading this check the offending websites immediately to see if any of your landscape, seascape, floral or wildlife art has also been stolen, as past experience with this type of thing clearly shows that one painting or photograph is rarely stolen in isolation.
The image below on the left (click to enlarge) is the digital image of my painting showing the clear, unmistakable Copyright watermark and my signature. The smaller image below right is the digital image stolen by Paul Bryant, and clearly shows the editing that he has done to remove both my 2009 copyright and name from the Meerkat’s chest AND my signature from the rocks on the right hand side of the painting. I also have screen captures of the offending website pages that have been taken as legal proof of the infringements.
And a link to my original blog post for this painting in September 2009 http://michellewrighton.com/2009/09/meerkat-wildlife-painting/