Thursday, June 11, 2009
Since my last post, I've been patrolling areas looking for subjects that I think will work well as an illustration sequence. I would like to include a scene with water, so I set out to Elkington park in Balmain which overlooks the harbour. Above are a couple of photos I took recently. I set out at 8.30am, 12.30pm and 4.30pm to capture the different lighting conditions.
Today I am off to Turon, near Mudgee. Hoping to get some country scapes with a mountain goat.
Monday, June 1, 2009
A couple of years ago I visited the Neue Pinakothek Art Gallery in Munich. The gallery was exhibiting one of Monet’s artworks from the Water Lilies series. I stood in front of it for a long while, I got a bit lost in the texture of the brush strokes... I’m sure I could almost hear the water.
I have been inspired by Monet’s obsession with the outdoors and the effects of weather and light on a subject. A great example of this is his painting series Haystacks. The idea of doing a series to reflect the change in conditions is something I would really like in incorporate in my Sydney landscape illustrations.
Unlike Monet, I’ve been visiting different locations armed with my camera to capture the lighting effects on a number of subjects, rather than taking multiple canvases out to the fields for hours or days. I’m pretty excited about this project, I’ll publish more as I go.