Using acrylic paints with mixed media such as texture paste, stencils, glitter and gold leaf is so much fun that I decided to re create a pet portrait from a past pet portrait commission using this technique.
The result is "Al Capone".
I have loved animals for as log as I can remember. All the way through school all I wanted to be when I grew up was a Vet so that I could help animals in pain.
One of the hardest things I have ever had to do in life was take our beloved cat “Frisky” to the vet because he had kidney failure. The last thing I remember was the vet carrying him away while he stretched his paws out to me. It was devastating.
Animals, particularly dogs are so loyal to their owners and love them unconditionally. There are some very wicked humans on this planet who are very cruel to animals.
So every artwork and pet portrait commission I produce has been created with love, care and deep feeling. Being of exuberant character I love embellishing my artworks with texture, glitter, gold leaf and colour which gives them that unique “Wow” factor.
Don't feed flowers to your pet - dogs and cats though, as some flowers are poisonous and highly toxic. We once had a cat who couldn't resist jumping up onto the kitchen bench to have a good munch on freshly bought shallots. Goodness knows why? He must have loved the smell! Shallots may be toxic to cats though so we had to take them away from him. I know shallots are not flowers.!! :)
It is only very recently that I learned of the existence of Pygmy Possums. I had no idea that a possum so small existed.
There is a Banksia plant called a Pygmy Possum because it is a dwarf version of of the ‘ Old Man Banksia’ which is featured in the children’s book Possum Magic by Australian Author May Gibbs.
It’s a belief of mine that we should live every moment of our lives with fun, laughter, and joy. Some would say live life with passion!
Portraits That Bite offers to share passion with you through stunning colourful Australian Flora and Fauna paintings and Custom Pet Portraits.
Jacarandas, not Australian natives, flower in October in Brisbane Australia where I live, and they are absolutely beautiful creating huge umbrellas of soft purply blue and dropping blooms to the ground below creating a gorgeous carpet of colour. Before they finish flowering, I plan on wearing my new Jacaranda coloured Cycling jersey and laying down amidst the carpet of blooms to get a photo. (Watch this space as the joyful but crazy photo is coming.) Awesome!! Yay!!
Having learned that I should be using the words Fine Art Reproductions instead of Prints I have spent a great deal of time this week going through my whole website making required changes.
Can’t wait to get back to my easel to splash a bit of colourful paint around and stencil a bit of exciting texture. I want my wildlife creatures to growl at you out of my paintings.
Aspire Gallery in Paddington Queensland are having an exhibition called “Natures Beauty”.
My original acrylic and mixed media painting Turtle Surfing has been accepted and is now hanging in the gallery.
We are out of lockdown now so Aspire has been able to schedule the opening of the exhibition to Friday 13 August. It runs until the 28 August.
Aspire gallery 53 Kennedy terrace, Paddington.
Open Fridays and Saturdays, 10:30am - 4:30pm
Check out the link below for an online sneak peek at the Natures Beauty exhibition.
Being creative is a type of growth as I learn something new from every artwork I produce. Perhaps it makes me feel a little powerful to be in control of how a painting is going to look. Ha ha. Yes, I am a control freak. However, I also believe that we all need to live life to the fullest and I find creating something new, from scratch is a lot of fun. It is exciting.
My love of literature inspires me to write poetry so I have begun to write poems to go with each painting I create some of which you may already read on this website.
Now that I have just finished a painting of a Unicorn for my next grandchild’s nursery, I am excited about my next creation. Will it be a whale, wombat, possum, kangaroo, or an emu?
In these current times of a worldwide pandemic, global warming plus war in some parts of the world I think it is refreshing to escape to the beauty of our natural countryside and appreciate the wildlife it supports. As humans we need to have a focus on preserving our planet and not just using its resources until nothing remains.
Thus the focus of my art is: - Our beautiful planet Earth and its native creatures.
I am currently painting a Unicorn portrait for my imminent third grandchild. High quality archival prints will be available for purchase once it is finished. Grandchild will naturally soon have the unicorn hanging in her nursery. I am very excited about my Unicorn painting and look forward to adding it to my collection of portrait painting for kids on my website. It has yet to have stenciled texture and glitter and or metallic paint enhancements added.