A blog in photos. Two early evenings of work, one hour sketches in Artist's Soft Pastels. Images are copytight to Kathy Shell.
I promised friends I would show some more original Ryn Shell artwork today.
This is from my own private collection. When I was teaching and exhibiting art at the award winning Buninyong Gallery, one of my art students brought me a bunch of Rhododendrons from his garden.
I spent about a week to ten days completing this 12" x 14" oil painting on a canvas board.
Reg made the frame, which shows signs of wear due to our numerous moves since then. I'm thinking that this would have been fifteen years ago. The art work is, of course, still incredibly bright as it was painted with the worlds best quality oil points, Puro Oils by Mamarie.
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Art lovers offered virtual galleries
Art lovers will be able to stroll through some of the world's most famous galleries at the click of a mouse after Google put the venues online using Street View technology.
In a collaboration with 17 leading galleries in nine countries, the US internet giant took equipment from the cars it used to map cities and recorded the galleries so they can now be enjoyed by anyone with web access.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York, London's National Gallery and the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid are three of the galleries that art aficionados will be able to explore by logging on to www.googleartproject.com.
Art by Vincent van Gogh, James McNeill Whistler and Sandro Botticelli are among more than 1,000 works that have been photographed and "hung" in the virtual galleries.
In all, visitors will be able to look around more than 350 gallery rooms containing work by more than 450 artists.
While many big galleries have already put their work online, Google claims its 'Art Project' takes the experience to a new level.
As well as the Street View-style tours, the site offers an application to build up a virtual private art collection, and super high-resolution pictures which allow enthusiasts to look at works in minute detail.
The project represents "a major step forward in how a lot of people are going to interact with these beautiful treasures," said Nelson Mattos, vice-president of engineering at Google.
"We hope it will inspire ever more people, wherever they live, to access and explore art," he said.
The project organisers also played down concerns that putting artworks online would slash the number of visitors to the museums, and instead said they expected the site to boost attendance.
"In our experience, people - once they get a glimpse - want to see the real thing," said Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate Britain.
Art of acclaimed, Australian, artist,
features an old corrugated iron home, over 120 years old.
Kathy Shell painted the original work in gouache on watercolour paper.
The artist loves the town of Cloncurry and the surrounding ranges and have painted there on many occasions.
Janice Bartholomew submitted her photo of the Warby Hut to my fan's photos and I chose it as the winner of the
Signed and Numbered 1/25 Limited Edition Print.
216mm x 279mm
from the Original Art Work, they I have just painted from her own photo below.
There will be 25 limited edition prints made from this art work, inquiries welcome for pre orders. Two of course are already 'taken', one for Janice and one for the artist. Price for the limited edition signed and numbered print is only $40. for Australian delivery.
The original is on 300 gram textured watercolour paper A4 size and is available for $400. including packaging and postage. within Australia.
This is the photo entered into my Kathy Shell facebook page, fan's photos by Janice Bartholomew was my pick as the photo that will inspire an original painting by me for me to send a signed and numbered limited edition print from the work to the provider of the photo.
Janice I need to organize the prints, this takes a while, just like may art these days, but it is happening.
I did not copy the photo literally, more 'used it' as reference to work with my own memories of this area that I drove through just over a week ago. I went for a more atmospheric haze and golden glow over ultramarine blue shadows.
Having the images of Warburton fresh in my mind and having camped overnight close to this area and soaked up the scenery in my mind, partly influences my choice, as there were some fantastic photos sent in and some may STILL BE CHOSEN to follow this one, as my reward to my Kathy shell page fans.
They have arrived.
I have been to the printers and picked up the postcards, small business card size fridge magnets and the small gift cards I had made from the original pastel artwork of the two young brothers, playing in the sand.
The first to receive some will be the boy’s mum and a good friend.
I have designed a mini, 'business card size, glossy surface, Thanks', Gift card, above, and will make 250 of them and sell them in sets of 6 plus postage at $2. for 6.
A small flyer, above, similar to an A4 size sheet of paper, but not exactly that size, with An Irish Blessing and the wind swept image of 'Georgia' . The idea for the Irish Blessing to go with this image was suggested by Shelley, Georgia' s mother. It was a great choice.
Also a small business card size flexible Magnet, above, with the word, 'Gorgia' on it, these are $5. each Postage within Australia included in this price. International postage/shipping will be included if four purchased.
Acrylic painting of a lilac rose.
The block in.
Refining the painting.
The third stage is the refinement of the painting.
This rose painting and a larger bouquet of roses is shown being painted with am explanation of the paining process in the Kathy Shell Studio Rose Painting eBook. See link below.
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The Daly Waters Pub is a ‘must see’, stop over for gray-nomads, on the trip up through the center of Australia.
Each time we make the journey we stop over for the night, enjoy the famous barra and beef evening meal with entertainment, camp in the paddock (oops camping ground) shower with cute little green and pale brown frogs (dozens of them) and leave refreshed the next day.
I have just finished my small flow formula acrylic painting of Daly Waters Pub. There are art prints and postcards available of this image.
I I have just spend, a very satisfying evening, walking with Reg and Indigo, dinner, then painting.
Before dinner, Reg and I walked along the Goulburn River at Shepparton. I took a few photos of mudlarks and magpies to add to the bird pictures of Ibis, black swans and ducks that i took at Lake Dorothy, yesterday. We returned home, had a delicious dinner of braised gravy beef and vegetables that I had prepared earlier in the day.
Straight after dinner, I began painting, using my watercolours and gouache paints on watercolour paper. I made three hand-painted folded A5 size cards to try out the sort of artwork I can manage to paint on a shared caravan table. The result was better than I had expected, I was very pleased that I completed three of these little painting in one evening.
It is 1 am now so each card took me about two hours each to paint. I have large envelopes I can put with them and cellophane bags, just the right size for packing them.
Tomorrow I need to learn how to take print quality photos with my new camera, as these would be great as small business card size fridge magnets.
It is time for me to head to bed now. Tired but happy and able to feel that these watercolour, gouache miniatures, will not only be successful, should I exhibit them, but they are something i can paint as I travel. I took pride in what I was doing and the feeling of satisfaction, the reason I paint, is there.
A friend has asked me to show her what horse art I have in my possession,
I love horses in art works so I have quite a few. Some are on my walls and some is in storage ready for my four grandchildren to select from, when they are grown up. I do occasionally sell some of the originals I own but I do not actually exhibit or make an effort to sell any, as I do not paint major art works these days, just little ones, like those I showed in my last post.
I will start with the largest horse artwork I have, this one is three foot by four foot, and it is oil on stretched Belgian linen canvas. “The horses by the dam” by Kathy Shell. This work was painted in the year I was invited to exhibit in Sydney with other artists, who like me had been chosen as Australia’s top ten artists. I think this was in my late, forties and early in my years as owner, artist of Buninyong Gallery.
At the Buninyong, Gold King Festival, the Carlton and United Brewery Clydesdale team would set up in the vacant block of land along side my Buninyong Gallery, each year. I became a regular fan of these magnificent horses and they were a favorite painting subject of mine. These three works are oil on canvas, the canvas has been removed from the stretcher bars to make postage of the works overseas, easier. I 'think', the paintings are 14" x 18" inches. Because I have these three works 'off the stretchers' ready for light weight shipping.
This one 'below', is hanging in my home. The image is from a gift card. The original does not have the writing on it and it is not as long and narrow.. Here is a close up of the work, also.
My popular horse painting images have been made into cards, fridge magnets, some are postcards and A4 size prints.
The above is a fridge magnet image of my much loved, "Rosco and Rusty' Clydesdale pair, original oil painting. This is painted on quality, Belgian linen stretched canvas and it is available for sale, 12" x 16" size. To view this art work, being painted and the actual shape of the work click here -> Painting the Clydesdale pair.
These pastel paintings are a part of a series painted last autumn.
The images shown are of the fridge magnets from the six pastel paintings.
There is no writing on the actual pastel paintings.
I sketched out and painted all of these six, over a period of one week.
They are not detailed works.
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Following a fifty-year world travelling career as an acclaimed fine artist, (Kathy Shell formally of Bunninyong Gallery,) and creative non-fiction author, I changed to the pen name Ryn Shell to write novels and continue painting, and creating one-of-a-kind and original eBook covers, at a rural retreat in the Goulburn Valley.
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