This is my painting for the Pyrmont Art Prize which is next weekend. I LOVE the Pyrmont Art Prize. It is a one-day show, out in the open with entertainment and it gets better every year. The reason I love it it that it is accessible to everyone. It costs $20 to enter, but for that price you are given a canvas 30cm (12″) square. Everybody paints the same size. There are no entry criteria and no theme. I always so something from my local area which is not so far from Pyrmont. This is last year’s entry (SOLD) , and this (also sold) is another in the same series.
I need more time to paint, but I am always drawing. Sometimes I am also making books and in the winter I am sometimes making collographs and solar plates. The only thing for it is to start another painting immediately. Though this is why drawings have been a bit thin on the ground recently. How do I achieve a balance?
I used Matisse Open Medium for this painting. I trialled it with the previous two paintings but now it is in the shops and available to everyone. It makes the paint handle a little more like oil paint and makes it slower to dry while not losing the impasto quality of the paint. I use it for all my paintings now.