Welcome to Sara Paxton Artworks 

I hope you enjoy browsing my artworks as much as I enjoy creating them! I work mostly with oil paint on stretched canvas producing everything from landscape paintings to still life.

The majority of my work is accompanied by a giclee print limited series. My oil paintings have been featured in many galleries and exhibitions all over Australia! 

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Sara Paxton_Melbourne Oil Painting Artist

 

Sara Paxton Artworks latest articles and news

Exhibition At Seaview Gallery Queenscliff

I have a long standing and very special relationship with Seaview Gallery. When I was first starting out as professional artist selling my work, they were the gallery who exhibited my first pieces, gave me my first exhibition and have stocked my work ever since. To an artist this is an invaluable relationship.

Over the years we have become friends and I always look forward having an exhibition at Seaview Gallery. This Saturday, 1 November, 2 to 4pm, is the opening day of this year’s exhibition which will run throughout November.

For this exhibition I have been lucky enough to get the opportunity to team up with the amazing glass artist David Hobday. For this exhibition we collaborated to create a stunning glass and oil painting piece. The Seagull painting below can be seen along side a complementing glass piece at the Seaview Gallery, Queenscliff.

 

When – 1st -30th November

Where – 86 Hesse Street, Queenscliff VIC 3225

Contact – call (03) 5258 3645 or contact Sara

 

A Few Featured Paintings That Will Be In The Seaview Gallery Queenscliff Exhibition

 

Parading Poppies-160x60cm - Seaview gallery Queenscliff exhibition

Watch the timelapse video on how Parading Poppies was painting was created!

Pear Performance - 160x60cm - Seaview gallery Queenscliff exhibition

Pear Performance 160x60cm

The Seagull - 92x92cm - Seaview gallery Queenscliff exhibition

The Seagull 92x92cm

Exhibition - Seaview Gallery Queenscliff

collaborative art set – glass and oil painting!

 

Parklands - 120x90cm - Seaview gallery Queenscliff exhibition

Parklands 120x90cm

Summer Pastures 106x106cm - Seaview gallery Queenscliff exhibition

Summer Pastures 106x106cm

Trees in Spring - 120x90cm - Seaview gallery Queenscliff exhibition

Trees in Spring 120x90cm

There are more images of the featured painting on the gallery page!

 

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Limited Edition Prints now available on Society6 – Prints, Bags, Clocks

The launch of my paintings on the Society6 store was very exciting. For those of you who have not heard about society6 I strongly encourage you to check it out as it is a fantastic website. It is full of artists and creatives expressing and sharing their work with the world.

Being able to produce Society6 prints was the main reason I wanted to join the program however they sell a huge range of things from iPhone cases, laptop stickers, giclee prints, bags, clocks and even pillows. The whole concept  they have come up with is really interesting, and  I will explain the process below!

 

Colour Lust Society6 Prints-Sara Paxton

 

It basically works like this….

An artist creates an original work
– > Artist then photographs their work with a high quality camera to ensure the prints are good quality
– > Artist then uploads the images to the correct dimensions for their products (giclee prints, iPhone cases, pillows and more)
– > These products are then on show for anyone with internet access to browse and purchase as gifts, personal use etc
– > Example – someone may purchase a Society6 print
– > The guys over at Society6 then print the product on their huge printing factories (awesome video, click the link)
– > After quality checks it is then sent out to the customer.

 

Birds Bag-Sara Paxton Artworks-Society6 Prints

 

It is incredible how easy it has become to send your personal artworks around the world. Of course the prints and other products are not as valuable as the originals however there is a price point for everyone and I would rather everyone have the opportunity to enjoy my artworks!

There are also some discount codes floating around the internet that you can get 15% off so check out retailmenot to see if they have any available at the moment.

Here are a few more examples!

 

Blue Plate Clock-Sara Paxton Artworks-Society6 Prints

Colour Lust iPhone Case-Sara Paxton Artworks-Society6 Prints

 

On the other hand I can understand how some people are against this sort of production, as it does effect small businesses and art galleries/stores who now need to compete with companies such as this. I do agree that it takes away from the community feel however it does open up the artist to new opportunities to share their work with people they may not have been able to reach before.

This is a very interesting topic and I would love to hear your opinions on this, please share this post with anyone else who may have something to say about this topic!

 

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3 Artist Motivation Secrets That Work

Artist Motivation Secrets

 

I have been an oil painting artist for many, many years and times have changed drastically over that period of time. There is now the Internet, social media, e-commence, SEO and all sorts of terminology that I struggle to keep up with. As you can imagine it has been hard at times to focus and stay motivated to produce original oil on canvas artworks. As you know Facebook is a very good tool for procrastination and time wasting!

As a mother of three it has taken many learning curves to get where I am today. As I mentioned above, a lot has changed since I started drawing, painting, printing and creating art as a child. One thing has remained though. The reason for art and how much joy it still brings me to play, create and improve my work.

 

How I stay motivated – artist motivation secrets!

  1. Taking frequent but small holidays to collect new painting inspiration. Having something new and exciting to paint (photo, magazine cutout or even outdoor environments) will motivate you to actually pick up the paintbrush and put the first mark on the canvas.
  1. Having a painting partner or group to spend time with really motivates you to start a new painting or improve an old one. The second opinion reminds the artist that you can always improve and artists tend to be very supportive of one another.
  1. Following other artists is another way to keep new ideas flowing. This is one advantage of social media, it is a great search engine to find artists that you like and usually their fan pages have a range of their artworks and daily activities.

 

Even though technology has changed the way artists now produce, collect inspiration and create art, the one important factor that always remains the same is motivation. An artist cannot continue to create quality artworks without motivation and the drive to improve.  That is why a second, third or even fourth set of eyes on your work is important.

After writing this article I thought that it would be a bit hypocritical to preach all of the above without taking some action. So I created a page that I post one artwork at a time and let the general public  be the critic my work. Please head over to this page to see the latest work.

 

The outcome of pushing through my motivational barriers

Mounting Storm- Oil Painting-180x85cm

 

Please share this article with anyone who is struggling to keep motivated!

 

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Prevent A Headache After Painting!

Prevent Headache After Painting-Sara Paxton Artworks

Being an artist has many challenges and unfortunately getting a headache after painting is one of them, for me anyway! Many oil painters have an issue with the solvents associated with oil painting, varying from headaches, light-headedness from the fumes or just disliking the smell.  Daler-Rowney may have the answer!

I do not know too much about this brand so would appreciate it if someone who did, left some comments on the quality and their overall experience with the product.

They have come up  with a product called Georgian Water Mixable Oils and you do just that – use water and no solvents at all, not even for the clean-up. This is solving two huge problems for artist so they must be onto a winner!

 

The paints work in just the same way as traditional oil paints, although they don’t take quite as long to dry.  Currently they come in 40 colours, all with a high pigment load, they mix and blend well and have the same texture as oil paints. I have found once place online so far that sells water mixable oil paints so it might be worth a try.

 

I would recommend going into your local art store and seeing the physical product if you have never bough these paints before.

If you have any of your own solutions to preventing a headache or light-headedness after painting  please leave them below as I would love to hear them!

 

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Parading Poppies Time-lapse with Oil Paints

After a week or two of painting, video editing and learning how to properly use YouTube, I am finally ready to release my latest time-lapse. This video and written steps features the process, tools and techniques I use to paint my oil on canvas paintings!

This painting, called Parading Poppies, was produced using oil paints on stretched canvas and is 160x60cm in size. See below the video for written steps!

 

 

Oil Painting Lesson Steps:

Step 1
First, decide where the horizon line is going. Then under paint the lower half – I used Australian Red Gold, Indian Yellow and Burnt Umber – to create a base layer. This is done very quickly – don’t worry too much about getting this layer perfect.

Using these warm colours as a base will help create a nice glow. I wanted a cooler blue/grey sky as a contrast so used Indigo, Paynes Grey, Phthalo Blue and Titanium White.

Oil Paint_Landscape Background_Sara Paxton Artworks

Step 2
Next sketch in very roughly where the flowers will be going using  pigment sticks. This step is a quick sketch using easy, free flowing strokes. It’s just to get an idea of where the flowers will be placed on the canvas and it’s only an outline.

Pigment Stick Outline_Sara Paxton Artworks

Step 3
Start to block in some colour on the flowers. Begin with darker reds – Pilbara Red, Cadmium Red Deep which can also be darkened with a little black. I rarely use black  on its own, I prefer to mix it with other colours to create more interesting darks.

Remember to use slight variations of the colours which will make the painting a little more interesting. Begin painting the foliage. I started with Indigo and Australian Red Gold to create a warm green, and this was helped by the yellow/orange under painting. I use a combination of quite large, flat brushes and rubber ‘shapers’ to get broad, loose strokes.

 

Step 4
I now gradually start refining the poppies moving through lighter shades of red to create the brightest flowers in the central area. I still want a whimsical look with lots of movement so I don’t want to make it too ‘perfect’ or the flowers too well formed. Similarly, the grasses and leaves are developed further bringing in the brighter greens around the brighter poppies.

Now I leave the painting to dry a bit before I start on the background behind the flowers. I don’t want the reds to get into the background colours.

Oil Paint Step 4_Parading Poppies_Sara Paxton Artworks

Step 5
Once the paint is drier, start adding in the lighter background colours using a ‘block’ style. I used vary shades of yellow including Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Yellow Light, Napes Yellow, Indian Yellow, together with Titanium White.

The final touches can be added using a smaller brush and the pigment sticks again. Little flashes of colour are very effective. Also, I’ve have left little bits of the under painting showing through. I want to link the sky with the foreground and this is done by taking some of the leaves/flowers across the horizon line. The sky needs to be dry before this is done.

The painting will be varnished when completely dry which will protect the paint but also give it a lovely sheen.

Finished Parading Poppies Oil Painting_Sara Paxton Artworks

 

Tools used for this oil painting:

– Pigment sticks from R&F
– Oil Paints from Art Spectrum
– Stretched Canvas
– Brushes from Neef
– Rubber shapers, various sizes
Varnish from Winsor and Newton
– You can find good prices on most of these products at Blick Art Suppliers

Oil Paint Tools_Sara Paxton Artworks

Thanks for watching, check out some more of my latest works on my Gallery Page! You can also find a more detailed list of products that I tend to use on my artist resources page.

 

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Tips For Choosing The Perfect Art Gifts

Choosing the perfect Art Gifts

 

Giving someone a piece of art as a gift is a wonderful thing to do. However this is a buyer beware situation, no one wants gifts that they are never going to use, especially art gifts that do not suit their personality. So to avoid this awkward encounter happening to you,  I have  put together a very short list of things I check off before purchasing any art gifts. So please consider the below next time you are looking to purchase a present for a family or friend!
  1. Firstly, think about the recipient – consider their taste, have a look at what’s on their walls already.  Would something with warm colours, or cool colours fit.  Or maybe a 3D piece.

  2. What about their space? Do they have a modern house with massive white walls, or small spaces, and what sort of shape would look good

  3. Framing – if you choose a piece that needs framing, this can substantially add to your cost, so if it will fit in a standard size frame, all the better.  Consider also, how you are going to get it to the recipient – posting glass frames need careful packaging

  4. Try and choose a local gallery to make your purchase – it’s good to support local artistsTips, or an organisation that supports a good cause.

 

I hope you found these tips useful, please let me know by leaving a comment on my Facebook or sending me a tweet!

 

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Without Pier Art Exhibition

WIthout Pier Art Exhibition

 

The next art exhibition is almost here!  Starting on  27 July and running until the 15 August, it will be at Without Pier Gallery. This is a shared exhibition which I really enjoy as I get to meet new artists, in this case Marian Blank and Vivi Palegeorge.  As I think I’ve mentioned before, art is a pretty solitary activity, so I love getting out there for a bit of social interaction at the exhibition opening which is Sunday 27 July at 2pm.

I’ve painted quite a few landscapes for this exhibition, but have included one ‘pear’ painting – there’s always pears because I love painting them!  If you are in Melbourne, please come and share a glass of champagne with me for the opening of my shared Without Pier Art Exhibition opening! See the paintings still available here.

 

Sara Paxton Art Exhibition At Without Peir, Sultry Pears

 

Below are some details about the art exhibition! (Sorry for the poor image quality, I was only able to take a quick picture on my phone as the invites where being sent out. It has been busy, busy, busy) The Exhibition has been extended until the 15th August 

 

Sara Paxton Without Pier Art Exhibition

 

 

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Art Series Hotels

Melbourne has a unique set of three hotels called The Art Series Hotels.   They are very boutique, very luxurious and inspired by and dedicated to celebrated Australian artists: Adam Cullen, John Olsen and Charles Blackman. Hence they are called ‘The Cullen’, ‘The Olsen’ and ‘The Blackman’.  The hotels embody the artist’s individual style and characteristics – they bring art to the people in a big way.

 

Art Series Hotels - Bendigo

Melbourne Artist Sara Paxton at Art Series Hotels - Bendigo

Now, the Art Series Hotels have ventured out of Melbourne for the first time, to Bendigo and I was lucky enough to stay at the newly opened Schaller Studio. Wow, was it impressive!  The huge paintings by Mark Schaller are everywhere.  All the rooms (they are called ‘work spaces’ for some reason) have original artwork and are full of art books and magazines.  The large, edgy communal spaces are likewise, fully stocked with everything art.  In due course there will be art classes, art tours and artisan markets. So make sure you look into this exciting art movement and don’t forget to share the great news (this post ;)) with anyone who would be interested!

 

Sara Paxton Artist at Art Series Hotels - Bendigo

 

I think the Art Series Hotels is a unique and very exciting concept, it makes art a very accessible experience for everyone.

 

 

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Contemporary Colour Exhibition

contemporary colour exhibition - Mingara Gallery

Sara Paxton will be featuring her popular oil on canvas artworks in the Contemporary Colour Exhibition at Mingara Gallery over April and May.

I’m pretty excited about my next exhibition.  It will be the first one I have done for this particular gallery.  I’ve been exhibiting with them for a year or so and it’s one of the more spectacular gallery locations – Phillip Island – home of the very famous Fairy Penguins.  The exhibition will start on Easter Saturday, April 19, with the opening at 3pm, so please call in if you happen to be holidaying in the area over Easter. It’s running until 25 May.

 

Contemporary Colour Exhibition – Mingara Gallery (PDF of Exhibition Flyer)

Look forward to seeing you there and please remember to share this with anyone else that may be interested in the exhibition!

 

Address for Mingara Gallery:
242 Thompson Ave, Cowes, Phillip Island, VIC 3922, Australia

 

 

Some of my works that will be featured in the Contemporary Colour Exhibition!

SPA Mingara Gallery Exhibition Paintings

 

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Artist Learning Tool, Craftsy

How many times have you taken an art class? Some of you will say many, others will say none. The reality is that finding and participating in an art class for your first time is quite confronting. Here is the good news, it doesn’t have to be!

Recently I came across a brilliant artist learning tool that makes taking art classes extremely easy and you can do them in the comfort of your own home. Craftsy is a great tool that has a lot of participation from users. I particularly like the feature that allows people who take the class to rate and review the teacher.

Not only have a joined a few classes but I have also found a bunch of other people who have as well. Here are a few more Craftsy reviews that I stumbled across.

Craftsy Website

This is a sponsored link but the price is the same if you sign up through Craftsy, it’s your choice!

The team at Craftsy offer a range of classes including:

  • Painting in pretty much all mediums
  • Oil Painting (the best of all the classes)
  • Sewing
  • Cake Decoration
  • Quilting
  • Cooking
  • Paper Craft
  • Jewelry Making
  • And many more…..

So if you are looking at getting into any sort of hobby or project but have no idea where to start I would suggest starting at Craftsy. The website is beautiful, easy to use and the classes are great.

My favourite class is the pet portrait class which is very detailed and has had a lot of participation and reviews (mostly 5 our of 5 stars). As a professional artist I even find it hard at times to do animal portraits wither they are serious or fun. This class really drills down to the fine technical tips and tricks that makes painting dogs, cats, frogs, owls or whatever you are planning to paint, easy!

If you have any of your own online learning tools please share by leaving a comment! OR if you have any further questions feel free to contact myself or one of the members at Craftsy!

 

 

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