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The third painting in my 99 paintings of bottles of beer series !
This one is Grolsch :

From Wikipedia:
The Grolsch brewery was founded in 1615 in Groenlo. The town of Groenlo was then known as Grolle, hence the name Grolsch, meaning 'of Grolle'. Grolsch is best known for its 5% abv pale lager, Grolsch Premium Pilsner.

In the last beer painting I said I need to cut the number of colours down, so ofcourse I did the opposite - I squeezed out 13 for this one, oops.
The standout was the little sample tube of Williamsburg Viridian, wow, there goes my bank balance - what a paint (and what a price ..).

There's also a sample tube of Gamblin "Green gold" in there, I used that for the bottom half "full" bit of the beer bottle, first time I've used Gamblin, a bit transparent but I suppose this colour is supposed to be.

I don't like pilsner at all, and it was warm after I finished painting it, still not a bad beer and interesting that it was very orange compared to the last two.

96 to go ....

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Here's some work on three new night scenes from the last few weeks :

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The second painting in my 99 bottles of beer series - Sapporo!

Sapporo is the oldest brand of beer in Japan.

I've added a "Beer paintings" tag, if you click that you can view all of them in a row without all the other stuff from the blog

From Wikipedia :
Sapporo Breweries Limited is a Japanese brewery founded in 1876. It was first brewed in Sapporo, Japan in 1876 by the German-trained brewer Seibei Nakagawa.
Their world headquarters are in Ebisu, Shibuya, Tokyo and I've been there, sugoi!

Another beer, another painting video:

Below is the setup in the shadow box, the palette is still a mess from the last painting

Below are the colours used for this one - similar to the last painting but I added Old Holland Red Umber, Grumbacher Quinacridone Orange and Michael Harding Transparent Red Oxide

Kampai !!

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I've started a new project, this one is going to take a while - 99 paintings of different beer bottles.
Here's the first one - Corona :

The video below shows this piece being painted, albeit sped up 2300% !

I'm attempting to do each of these paintings in one sitting, below is the setup with the old shadow box :

Setup with the palette ready to go, it doesn't stay that neat for long ...

Below are the colours used for this one for those of you interested :

Lukas 1862 - Titanium white
Michael Harding - Ivory Black
LeFranc - Transparent Indian Orange
Maimeri - Trinacria Orange
Maimeri - Red Earth
Old Holland - Raw Sienna Light
Old Holland - Yellow Ochre Burnt
Williamsburg - Alizarin Orange


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I got a chance to go out painting on the river again a few weeks ago, but the last two times we have planned to go it has been 38 degrees !!

This time I used the new painting box, it's got way more mixing area.
This is at the same little beach as last time though here I am facing up-river

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Every Friday and Saturday in January I'm running a small pop up art gallery / market in High Street Mall right in the heart of Fremantle

We'll be there on site from 10am - 3pm, with our super awesome pallet display system!

For the next three weeks there will be different artists working live on site, happy to chat and to answer your questions about their art

Come down and say hi, grab a beanbag (kindly supplied by City of Fremantle) and watch the fabulous artworks get created before your eyes!

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With all the work going on organising the art markets, I've still found time to sneak off twice with my mortal enemy Peter Barker and do some plein-air painting with the pochade box I built

It is in desperate need of a clip-on cup holder to hold the sovent jar - that thing gets in the way the whole time

I'm not sure if I did better the second time or not, I'm getting used to using the pochade box though - just in time for me to steal the paints out of it and use my new box tomorrow instead!

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I've been spending a couple hours each night outside priming the aluminium panels :

Theyre all double-primed with oil prime ready to go, all 350 of them, it took a while...

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I'm doing a little experiment - I've just listed these three paintings for sale on eBay as 7 day auctions, very interested to see the response.

"First apricot of the season"
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"Tasty apricot"
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"Red onion"
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I've spent the last two days using the leftover materials from the last pochade box to make a new one - this one is more of a palette box that sits on the tripod, then the canvas / panel sits on a riser attached to the camera mount.

With this box I get more mixing room and it can handle a much bigger painting surface (depending on the wind !)

The leftover recyled jarrah decking cut to size

Starting to make the box sides

panels attached - leftover thin verneers of Camphor wood

Checking the sides work

Yep they work! That's it after a lot of sanding to get it all flush

The middle palette slides out for access below (where I'll store paints and stuff)

Mounted on the tripod with temporary wooden teeth / holder things at the back.

The moddle palette was sticking out too far with the jars in there so I cut checks out of it, it's made of aluminium composite panel that just happened to have a nice green backing colour on it

Then a few hours cutting / making a little latch out of a small sheet of copper

On to making a dodgy upright / mast to hold the canvas or panel that I'll paint on, it has the camera tripod mount attatched to the back of it and can handle a decent sized canvas

I took the temporary teeth off the back, cut grooves in with a little saw and made these moveable metal ones instead - they retract when the box is all closed up so I can put it down on the ground without it falling over

Teeth / feet in place and spot welded

And viola! all assembled ready to paint

The little brackets doing their job holding it on the tripod.
I need to adjust these so it sits higher up but it works fine so far

I also added little holes along the sides so I can stand brushes up that I'm using, can't wait to use this one - so much mixing area!!

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