Events & Media
Tuesday 19th November, 2013
On Saturday 23 Nov Lyle is launching a Pop-Up Exhibition in Jetty Road, Glenelg. This retail concept has been around for a while but has been rarely used by artists. An exception was Emma Hack's Pop-Up in April last. Emma's very professional exhibition followed the well known clearance sale format of retail marketing and by all accounts was an enormous success.
Lyle's exhibition is based on the premise that many people don't buy original art because it's often very large and very expensive. He has gone for the opposite approach, very small and very inexpensive. He's hoping to attract first time buyers through very attractive pastel paintings at very modest prices starting at $90 to $230. You can see the pictures in advance by going to Gallery on this website.
Exhibition opens on Sat 23 November to 30 Nov. Located in Jetty Road, Glenelg next to Home Basics, 3 doors from Partridge Streets. Open daily 10 am to 4pm.
Thursday 6th June, 2013
For the last 6 months I've been working exclusively with pastels. I decided to work small. By small I mean from 5x5" to say 10x12".
Working small encourages me to paint daily, ignore detail and work at a speed considerably faster than normal. My aim is to keep the pastel painting as clean as possible and avoid mixing on the paper. To achieve this you need plenty of pastels and I never seem to have enough. Because most of my output has been somewhat experimental, I've been using sugar paper - recycled newsprint not easily found in art supply shops in Adelaide. Most suppliers have never heard of it. I also find that drawing in ink (black marker pens) quickly establishes your darks and somehow makes the pastel part noticeably easier. Last year I did quite a few paintings with a pen and ink foundation before applying the pastels and became quite interested in the possibilities. Working small with black markers is simply a variation on pen and ink and provides a much stronger starting point. Examples of these experiments are shown on the Gallery.
Tuesday 22nd January, 2013
I've been experimenting with small pastel paintings for the last couple of months. By small I mean 5x5", Why small? 1. Because it's possible to do them quickly 2. Quick means I have no time to fiddle 3. Encourages me to use fewer strokes of the pastel 4. Means I can do several at one sitting thereby encouraging daily doses.
This concept came to my notice through following the art exploits of Tony Allain in NZ. I attended his 2 day workshop here in SA about 2 or 3 years ago and one of the main things I learned was that he paints very fast using as few strokes as possible to complete each painting. More recently, Tony started using sugar paper and black marker pens before adding the pastel colours to his small pictures. He also begins painting immediately with no preliminary drawing. Anyhow, I like the concept of small and so do many art buyers.
Monday 20th August, 2012
As we do every August, we're in Broome WA. The year is a special. One week ago our son was married on a pearling lugger. A wonderful spectacle with Indian Ocean as background. Daughter Kate and Gianfranco made the trip from Italy just to be here on this occasion of occasions. I spent a day last week with Broome photographer Nigel Gaunt learning more about digital. I'm beginning to see photography as an extraordinary art form. Meanwhile in Adelaide South Australian Watercolour Society (SAWS) is up and running thanks to the inspiring effort by President Gerhard Ritter. He even found a home for the society at Athelstone Community Centre. Well done Gerhard.
Rotary Art Shows still remain the main opportunity for artists like me to display the latest works. But even Rotary is feeling the economic pinch as the art market in Oz right now is tough. Some galleries are doing it real tough. Being a member of art societies also helps artists a lot.
I'm a Fellow of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts, a member of Pastel Artists of South Australia, a rapidly emerging society and I'm also a member of the Adelaide Art Society.
The big news in Adelaide is the formation of a new watercolour society called South Australian Watercolour Society (SAWS). This society is the brain child of Gerhard Ritter, a long time heavy hitter with the Royal Society. Stand by for more news about SAWS.