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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Eagles Nest Gallery Oil Painting Art Exhibition

2015 will be off to a fantastic start with a new exhibition at Eagles Nest Gallery down on the Great Ocean Road towards Lorne. The exhibition will be featuring my latest oil paintings ranging from landscapes to still life and some which are even a little abstract. The art exhibition starts off with a champagne opening on the 3rd of January!

The title is ‘Summer Colour’ so I have concentrated on producing paintings that are bursting with strong and vibrant colour.

 

When – 3rd to the 31st of January (opening is at 3pm on the 3rd)

Where – 50 Great Ocean Road, Aireys Inlet, Victoria, 3231

GalleryEaglesNestGallery.com.au

 

Eagels Nest Gallery Exhibition - Brochure

Some of the oil paintings that will be featured in the exhibition.

Green Pastures 106x106cm

Green Pastures 106x106cm

Reflections at Low Tide 160×60

Reflections at Low Tide 160x60

Hope to see you at Eagles Nest Gallery for a chat and glass of champagne!

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10 Good Reasons to Paint in Oils

I have used oil paints on canvas for many years and it’s by far my favourite medium to work with. Before you make the assumption that I am being bias. I have have been an artist for longer than I can remember, using many different mediums and I have always come back to oils as my favourite! I am now a full time artist that uses oils about 90% of the time, you can see some of my works here!

Here’s 10 reasons why painting with oils on canvas is the best:

1 – It’s the medium of the masters!

2 – You can mix colours easily. In fact experimenting with colour mixing is a source of endless fun.

3 – Colours will stay true when they dry.

4 – It dries slowly so you  can stop and start without worrying.

5 – If you make a mistake, it doesn’t matter. You can paint over it.

6 – You only need a few basic colours to get started.

7 – Oil paints are very versatile, equally suited to outdoor work, large studio pieces or even miniatures.

8 – The variety of techniques using oils is huge, from layering up thick textures using knife work to transparent washes like water colours.

9 – You don’t necessarily have to frame your work.  Stretched canvasses hang straight on the wall and look great.

10 – Most importantly it’s fun.  Once you start  to work with the thick, buttery, glossy paints you will never go back.

 

Paint Belt-painting with oils on canvas

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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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