X

Blog

Sharing the journey and stories from the present and the past to educate, inform and entertain you.  With the love of nature, the eye for detail, Tony shares his real life ventures into the outback to seek out those rare and hard to find birds and bring them to life in the form of stunning art work.
Blossomtime

It’s not a truth universally acknowledged that a keen interest in, and knowledge of, old-world roses will get you the girl in the end…..but that worked for me. So when I suggested to Nicky that I paint ‘Blossomtime’, a lovely pink old-world looking rose, she naturally thought it was a great idea. I love the way the petals are recurved back on themselves, heightening the perception of 3D. Plus it was the rose I chose to climb all over my old studio in Mansfield years ago – I just had to paint it as a Hyperrealist piece.

My painting technique over the past 40 years depends on a very detailed underpainting, where I balance the tones and get it right as a black and white piece. This is then followed by layer upon layer of glaze built up, often over many weeks, to get the right colour and texture. It’s a labour intensive and time consuming method. And like many artists I usually end up not loving the end result. I get too close to it. But I think I like this one….

I have taken a few images to show the painstaking development of this piece over the weeks. Nicky is the scale object!

  • Blossomtime
  • Blossomtime
  • Blossomtime
  • Blossomtime
  • Blossomtime

Share this article

New Studio

New Studio

Read More
On Being a Young Artist

On Being a Young Artist

Read More
Forget the drugs at Griffith

Forget the drugs at Griffith

Read More
Colourful birds: Australia vs USA

Colourful birds: Australia vs USA

Read More
Residential weekend Master Class

Residential weekend Master Class

Read More
Armed and dangerous in Africa

Armed and dangerous in Africa

Read More
My Painting Techniques 1

My Painting Techniques 1

Read More
The 30 year painting

The 30 year painting

Read More