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By: Barbara Smith  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Painting

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The Miners band

This was  an opportunity too good to miss – The historic Earnslaw of Queenstown and the Arrowtown Miners band together on the steamer warf.It will be a challenge.

The drawing and wash of alizarin crimson has been done.

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Lake Wakatipu completed

I have added warmth to the sky and highlights on the mountains and worked on the foreground rocks and water.

The black background has been good for this area however I think I will stick to white canvas in future.

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011


Starting to get some detail into the painting .

Painting in the rocks – some of which will be covered with a blue wash later

to look as though they are under the water.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Lake Wakatipu

I have never painted on a black background before and am finding it hard at first to see the colour on the canvas.

I have roughly blocked in my composition .

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Lake Johnson completed

The Remarkables were too close so I have gone over them with a blue wash to put them more in the distance.

This is a very small painting – 330mm  x 240mm

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Taking shape

This painting is small – 42 cm x 42 cm.

Have added the water and shape into the boat.

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Lake Johnson

This is a small painting of Lake Johnson near Queenstown.

Stage one

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Highland Cattle at Blackmount

The Cattle have been added and more detail to the foreground and hills.

I put more blue grey into the sky to tone down the pink and repeated the colour in the pond.

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Stage three

Today I have worked on the mountains and hills

creating distance and detail. A pond has been added to the foreground.

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Stage two

I have painted the sky and blocked in the rest of the painting with back ground colour.

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I have begun as usual by blocking the painting in with reds and warm colours left over on my pallet and have now started to put detail into the mountains. I have to wait now till it is properly dry but that won’t take long as it thinly painted using distilled terps. The red colour will warm the painting up and keep my drawing visible when I begin to add colour.