After watching ABC's War On Waste I'm more conscious of what I use and throw away through my art. Little things like swapping paper towel for rags and cleaning brushes with olive oil and detergent rather than solvents are small changes I've made over the years. This month I've also been revisiting and finishing some old paintings. It is so much fun to breathe new life into old work. This one below is a baseball study turned moon and stars. I'm framing this and keeping it for myself :)
This week I've been touching up and old painting. Again, working in white but adding touches of lemon yellow and cool blues to add dimension. Watch this space.
I've stepped away from colour for a few months to practice painting in white. I'm hoping it will help to develop my skills without relying on colour to make something look "complete" or "real".
Watch this (white) space.
“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky
Nearly at the end of these large scale white pencils. This piece has taken considerably longer due to the size but it's nice to be working this large again.
Having a dedicated space to paint is making me so happy. Good things are being practiced in here.
Current podcast: The Tim Ferris Show, I write my learnings on the walls.
Enjoying my little studio decked with fairy lights and dad's old records. Painting this large scale white pencil painting which is coming together nicely. One week to go I think. Kx
Hi friends, I'm working on a large scale pencil composition for a creative soul in Sydney. My process starts with a sketch (helped below by my 9 month old niece). I then transfer the drawing onto canvas using a Staedtler fineliner in brown or lead pencil. Next up is a wash of burnt sienna and odourless solvent before the underpainting begins. BRB Katie x
In June of this year I finished one of my favourite book paintings. Rather than representing one person or a couple, this piece reflects the story of a young family in Sydney. Camila is an amazing designer who I used to share an office space with in Surry Hills. Her creative eye and suggestions made this piece come together really nicely. As I always say to people with my book paintings, it's all in the details :)
So happy with how this turned out! A beautiful mix of colours and titles. So nice to see the thank you note from the new owner too. Kx
For book painting enquiries email Katieshriner@gmail.com.
I do a couple of portrait commissions each month using Palomino pencils, one black and one white, an eraser which I cut into angles for capture highlights, and a big Chinese brush used for sweeping materials off the page without smudging the drawing.
A few snaps from the Lawrence Street Makers exhibition curated by Kareena Zerefos. Great night and even greater people.
Living in Bondi I've become increasingly interested in the beauty of the surfboard, each stick marked and scratched to tell the story of its owner. Below is Surf Tips, painted on canvas and glued on a wooden board.
In 2016 I'll be spending less time with people who take and more time doing what I love. It's an old train of thought but I really do get lost in painting. It's a happy place and somewhere I'd like to be more often.