Trail Notes April 7

Hello, how was your week? Mine was busy with visitors in the house but I did manage a few painting and art related sessions too. I started the week contemplating whether to enter two works into the Camden Art Prize or not and decided that I will enter two in the portrait section. Then it was down to the business of getting those paintings to a reasonably finished state (a painting never looks finished to me).

Firstly I continued to work on this one which I talked about last week. I have struggled with the right hand in particular but finally, after really putting in some thinking and quick decision making I am happy with how it turned out. This one is purposefully idealistic. When I was at university I painted in a style that was criticized by a lecturer as ‘too idealistic, almost fake’. I don’t mind this as I have decided I can use this painting style to my advantage. This painting is called ‘Bygone?’. Emphasis on the question mark, keep your eye out for more that will sit nicely with this theme.

Amanda Hunt Bygone2
Amanda Hunt Bygone1
This one is large for me, 28″ x 28″, Oil on Canvas.

Due to being misplaced (his usual daytime sleeping place is where our visitors were) I had the company of George for some of the time:
Amanda Hunt G

I also started working on the second piece I want to enter into the Camden Show. An honest Self-portrait. This is a little different (actually quite the contrast) with the idealism of the first portrait:

Amanda Hunt Self2
This is 16″x16″, Oil on Canvas.

Here are some closeups, I really focused in on where to place the marks this time:
Amanda Hunt Self1
Amanda Hunt Self3

This self portrait is not meant to be flattering. It is what it is and I like it.

On Friday I managed to get along to an Eckersley’s store to buy up on canvases during their 40% off sale. I had a gift voucher from family left over from Christmas so was able to buy some nice deep edge canvases:

Amanda Hunt canvas

The most exciting news for me this week was that I”m fairly sure one of my two entries into the Sydney Easter Show was accepted. I got notification that one wasn’t so I’m assuming that means one was. I hope so anyway! We will be going along to the show over the school holidays to take a look.

So, the trail this week was again a bit slower but I am happy with the work done.

“The road goes ever on and on”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit


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