Saturday, July 11, 2015

Announcing my new blog


floral fireworks still life painting in oil by Andy Dolphin
Floral fireworks
12.5cm x 22.5cm oil on ply panel.
© Andy Dolphin

I've had a bit of a break from painting but things have been happening - a lot of it has more to do with antique clocks than painting, but things have been happening.

One big change is that my blog now has a new home on my new website, made by my son Michael Dolphin.

If you have this site bookmarked or memorised, you'll need to change your links, or rewire your neurons, and make note of the new address at andydolphin.com.au/blog/

To launch the new site, I have uploaded a new three-part video to Youtube documenting the painting of a small floral still life in oil.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Denmark Antiques

Brass vase and flowers still life oil painting by Andy Dolphin
Brass vase with yellow bouquet
25x30 cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin
SOLD

I currently have a couple of recent still life paintings for sale at Denmark Antiques, located at 5 Mt Shadforth Road Denmark, Western Australia. They're just down the road from the IGA supermarket.

If you're in the region and want to spend a pleasant half-hour or so browsing through antiques, collectibles and books, you should pop in and take a look. They have some beautiful wares on display.

Teddy bear, flowers and beads still life oil painting by Andy Dolphin
 Valuables
25x30cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin



Thursday, October 30, 2014

Albany ANZAC commemoration

If you're one of the tens of thousands of people visiting the Great Southern region for the Albany ANZAC 100-year commemoration this weekend, you might like to stop in Mt Barker and take a look at a small community art exhibition and sale at Mitchell House, on Albany Highway.

The exhibition is open each day from 10am to 4pm and finishes on Wednesday, November 5.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Perth Royal Show prize

I'm a little late writing about this, but my painting "Bantam Rooster" took out the Packers' Prize at this year's Perth Royal Show Agricultural Award, after winning the Wagin Woolorama Best Oil or Acrylic plus the Agricultural Award in March.

Bantam Rooster
30x40cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin
SOLD

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Southern Art Trail


Brass vase and flowers still life oil painting by Andy Dolphin
 Brass vase with yellow bouquet
25x30 cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin

It's that time of year again, time for the Southern Art & Craft Trail, featuring exhibitions across the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

This year I am participating in a group exhibition at Manyat Peak Gallery at the foot of the Porongurup Range.

This will be the first public showing of the still life paintings I've featured here over recent months. A few of the artists will be in attendance at various times during the exhibition which is open Wednesdays to Sundays, with a small opening get together at 5pm on Sunday 28 September.

I have also entered two paintings in the Plantagenet Art Prize, which opens next Friday evening and each day throughout the Trail.

If you're in the region between September 26 and October 12, grab a copy of the directory from a visitor centre or gallery, or check details on the Trail website (download PDF brochure here), and take a look at the variety of work on offer.

Friday, September 12, 2014

More toys - still life oil painting

Here's my latest still life.

The teddy bear, books and candlestick came from a local op-shop, the flowers are synthetic and from a discount shop, and the beads were my daughter's, before she grew up.

I chose the bear because he looked pre-loved and has an expression suggesting he's just a little bit lost in his own world. I found he looked even better when he was sitting just slightly off vertical.

Teddy bear, flowers and beads still life oil painting by Andy Dolphin
 Valuables
25x30cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin


Here's a  reminder, too, that the Great Southern Art & Craft Trail starts in just a couple of weeks, on September 27, and runs for two weeks.

I'll have a few paintings out at Manyat Peak Gallery near the Porongurup Range, and will be spending a little bit of time out there painting and meeting visitors. If you're in the region, be sure to pick up a trail map from a visitor centre or gallery, and check out the wide range of work on display.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Girl's stuff - still life oil painting

Here's my latest still life painting in oil.

Girl's toys still life oil painting by Andy Dolphin
 Treasure
30x25cm oil on board. 
 © Andy Dolphin

The plushy dog, the vase and the sequined shoes are all op-shop bargains.

I haven't really got a title for it yet. If you have any suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comments. (I've renamed it "Treasure" since I first posted it here.)

This was begun as a simple exercise in preparation for a larger painting but I ended up spending quite a bit of time on it. I still think I'll do another version, although I might rearrange a couple of things.

I introduced a range of new colours to my palette for this one, including a violet, sap green, a transparent yellow and two rosey reds. I felt that with a subject like this, I needed some vibrant colours that I wouldn't be able to mix from my standard set.