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Welcome to Sara Paxton Artworks. 

I hope you enjoy browsing my artwork as much as I enjoy creating these oil landscape painting, oil canvas painting, giclee prints. I generally work in oils on canvas stretchers (canvas stretched over a timber frame- hence no framing), filling the space with vivid colour and contemporary form. Printmaking is my new passion, an exciting creative direction which I am really enjoying while also broadening the content of Sara Paxton Artworks.

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Prevent A Headache After Painting!

Prevent A 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!



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.



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!



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




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.




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



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!




New Art Website, Art Galleria

I was recently asked to trial a new art website called “Art Galleria“. The recently released artist website is a very useful tool for art collectors big or small, other artists and gallery owners. The website is an archive of artist that have profiles of their work, personality and general information.

Art Galleria Australia - Sara Paxton Artworks

Art Galleria for Artists

I noted earlier that this website is a fantastic tool for artists as it allows them to get their artworks in front of a new audiences. Not only is it an artworks directory but an artist can also be contacted, sell their works and post upcoming events.

Art Galleria for Events

It is also possible to post upcoming events like exhibitions, charity events or even gallery openings. The website is only new so it will take a little bit of time for the user base to be large enough to have frequent events every day but you have to start somewhere, right?

Art Galleria Pro’s

  • inexpensive
  • links to artist website
  • easy to use and upload artworks
  • contact and sales leads
  • browsing for inspiration and ideas from other artists
  • high artwork standards
  • great platform for starting artist to get exposure

Art Galleria Con’s

  • very young platform so will take some to to gain traction
  • no obvious links with artist social media accounts
  • no full screen display of artworks

Overall the website is a fantastic resource for all artists and I would strongly recommend getting in early as the directory will only grow and get more expensive to get a listing as time goes on. If you are looking for more artist resources and help, check out the Sara Paxton Artworks artist resources page.



Fields Edge Painting Time-lapse

I recently discovered a fantastic little device that allows me to catch some pretty good painting time-lapse footage. The device is called Brinno TLC200 and it records in HD and can last many hours on some AAA batteries, which is fantastic for capturing an entire painting as it usually takes me 1 to 2 days painting to complete.

I am still working on finding the right angle and place for the camera but I think I am getting pretty close. Have a look at the video below to see how my oil on canvas painting ‘Fields Edge’ comes to life. I am not sure which gallery will be receiving this painting but I’m hoping that it will already be famous by the time it gets there.

If you have had any experience in recording yourself or others painting in oils, I would love for you to share your experience in the comments below. I have also tried doing phone time-lapse videos with my iphone and some photography applications, however I find that the camera quality is not quite good enough for a youtube video.



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Very Special Kids Charity Art Exhibition

I was honoured to be selected and asked to participate  in a charitable art exhibition for an organisation called Very Special Kids (VSK).  Formed in 1985, it is an organisation which provides support and counselling to families caring for a child diagnosed with a life threatening illness and also those families who have lost a child.  The charity art exhibition will raise valuable funds for this very worthwhile organisation.

One of my paintings was also chosen to be included on VSK’s promotional material for the event which was very exciting. The  art exhibition runs from 27 February to 10 March 2014 at Very Special Kids, 321 Glenferrie Road, Malvern. So if you would like to support a worthwhile cause, take a look – there are around 40 artists and there will be some fabulous work on display. You may even like to attend the opening which is on Thursday 27 February.


Charity Art Exhibition Paintings

Below: the two paintings I will be exhibiting at this fantastic event.