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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!

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