Loreto Spring Art Exhibition

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It has been quite a while since I have been able to paint due to moving house and many other things but I am back into it again and have just completed this piece for the upcoming Art Show at Loreto in early spring.

 Loreto springART is a significant annual community exhibition of established and emerging South Australian artists. Curated by artinq,over 100 artists are invited to exhibit over 300 artworks across all disciplines welcoming well in excess of 3,500 visitors attending the 3 day exhibition

Black & White Study, Coorong, south Australia

Exhibition Artworx Gallery, south Australia

A wonderful group exhibition by some of our most talented artists - worth seeing if you can get to Goolwa by the end of November.

Upcoming Exhibition - Opening 6th November 2016

My next exhibition is at Artworx Gallery, a group show called "Talented Hands" to be opened by TV personality Jane Riley on Sunday 6th November at 3pm.  You are welcome to attend and enjoy the paintings, speeches and a glass of wine. link to the invitation

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Saatchi Art Feature This Week

Saatchi Art Feature

Colour Of Summer 2

I have enjoying painting figures on the beach so much that I plan to do many more,  I think I have captured the colours of summer in this one although it is not yet finished - need to work it a little more. It is oil on gesso primed wood panel, 40 x 40cm.

The colour Of Summer

Painting the colours of summer transports me to the beach which I love!  Using just a basic palette of colours I have tried to capture the drama of light and shadow on the beach. 

First of A New Series

I was inspired by a recent trip to Watsons Bay, Sydney to start a new series of small paintings. 

Poetry & Painting Together

 Project Italy with American poet Lawrence  Ferlinghetti & The Acrobats & Musician painting

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Beach Figure Study

Figurative beach paintings by Chris Wake

Figure study

I thought I would paint a sunny figurative beach scene to mark the end of winter - I am really looking forward to warmer weather and a brighter sun. 

Just Finished this Family Portrait Commission

This family love sport - in particular cricket, the small painting on the wall is the legendary Don Bradman.

On The Saatchi Homepage Today

What a great start to the year, one of my paintings has been selected to be one of the artists featured on the Saatchi Gallery Home Page today.  Link

Some Pics from My Recent Travels

Singapore, Turkey. Greece, Croatia

Acrylic Painting Workshop at My Studio

Would you like to learn how to paint with Acrylics? I am hosting a weekend workshop in my studio with self taught professional artist Mark Waller as the teacher - his specialty is beach, sea, water - he will be travelling from Lennox Heads to Adelaide in September and his workshops are informative and fun - you will need to email him if you would like to attend. It is a good opportunity to pick up some tips on using Atelier Interactive Acrylic Paints. The flyer for the workshop

I Love This Collection

My painting "Waiting For Godot`s Arrival" has been selected for todays art collection on Saatchi - I love the paintings in this collection - here is the link

Selected For Saatchi Gallery Artist Of The Day

I am very excited to announce that my paintings have been selected to be featured as Artist Of The Day across all Saatchi social media sites on 29th April   

Featured On Saatchi Gallery Homepage

The head curator has selected my work to be featured on the Saatchi Online homepage this week - here is the link

The Process of Painting a Family Portrait

I was commissioned by a client in Europe to paint his family as a very special gift to his wife to celebrate the birth of their 4th child.  The brief was to do a 2m x 1.2m painting and to include hobbies, interests, bright colour and also the unborn child.  The client sent me 7 folders of photos which I spent many hours pouring over to get a sense of the family and form a composition.  I am very please with the result and the painting will become a wonderful heirloom for the family.  Here are some photographs of the painting at 3 stages.

Stage 2, Stage 1 is working out the composition

Stage 3, Casting the characters & directing their positions at the table

Stage 4, Composing the colours to use as I go along

Stage 5, after many weeks of work I have finally finished and am very happy with the painting 

Almost March Already!

A quirky sculpture at the entrance of a private property on the way to the coast

A quirky sculpture at the entrance of a private property on the way to the coast

Where has the summer gone?  It has been an incredibly hot summer here with very little rain and quite a few bush fires - some of which were not far away from our property, so we have been on high alert at times.  I have had a break from painting due to christmas holidays and an injury in my left arm.  I have bursitis in my shoulder and tennis elbow both in my left arm and I am totally left handed and of course it is very painful to paint and  have to rest it.  Needless to say it has been very frustrating and I have tried all kinds of treatment but I think rest and gentle exercises are the best options.  It has improved a little and I can now paint about 30 minutes a day.  I have been working on a large 2m long painting which was commissioned from a client in  Europe - a family portrait and If I get permission I will post a series of photos of the process.