Little forest acrylic…

I bought some posca markers a few weeks ago and I must say I love them. This little postcard sized forest landscape on paper was done with them in about half an hour. There are so many acrylic products now you don’t know what to choose but I read a blog by Drew Brophy recently …

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‘Yellow orb over the Sea’ painting

Yellow disc over the Sea gouache and watercolour by sue wellington

It felt good working on this one. It takes a little while to get used to the Fabriano 300gsm rough paper and see what it can do. I'm still testing the limits of techniques and materials but this paper can take a lot of water and mark making without losing it's lovely texture. In this …

Landscape on board: variations on a theme of grey, white and yellow

This small acrylic painting on wood is a preliminary test for composition, colour and techniques that I will reference in a new series of landscape paintings I’ve been working towards. They’re inspired by the subtle and sometimes glittering light and atmosphere of the Baltic Sea. It’s variations on a theme of greys and whites basically. …

‘A River in Time’ gouache sketch

This is a quick sketch I did a few years ago of eucalyptus trees along the Yarra River in Melbourne. The Yarra is an unusual browny colour as a result of clay soil which is quite unique. This painting's in one of my favourite mediums- gouache on paper. The Australian landscape to me is rough …

Painters I’ve been looking at:

Peder Severin Kroyer (1851-1909) Danish Painter 'Summer night on the south beach of Skagen' Oil (1893) Rembrandt Van Rijn (1606-1669) Dutch Painter 'Landscape with a Stone Bridge'  Oil (c1640) Geoff Dyer (1947-) Australian painter Ocean Beach 2 Oil (2011) Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993) American painter 'Horizon' Oil (1959) A Diebenkorn exhibition I'd love to see: The …

Sketchbook drawings from 2009…

Since Flickr recently has generously given a terabyte of free space for photos for anyone in the world who wants it, I thought I'd upload all my sketchbooks from the last 30 years. I've just started and plan to do 2 a month. But we'll see. Here's a couple from the 2009 sketchbook. More drawings …

To frame or not to frame my gouaches

susanwellington_orangediamond_gouacheonpaper_2012

I'm continuing to work on these abstract gouache paintings. I suddenly remembered- after I'd finished a few- that that you have to protect them from water... as they're extremely dissolvable. You can pick them up- a couple of years down the track- and continue to work on them. If you want. But if you're selling …

My journey to paint the swedish landscape

'Galada Tamborre' Australian landscape painting by Susan Wellington

Painting the Australian landscape I've painted the landscape for a long time. Nearly 30 years I think. It took me a long time to 'get' the Australian landscape. I always felt what's the point in painting a realistic image when photography does it better. And I didn't have much interest in the technical challenge of …