Living with Original Art

My first painting this year was a portrait of my brother, Timothy. I had the painting on the go for a year, and finished it during my January holidays. My dear brother passed away 4 years ago of a physical illness none of us knew he had, including himself. So I lost my only brother. But he has been a companion in my studio for some time. Now that the painting is at my parents (it was their 45th wedding anniversary recently), I am keenly missing the painting, as it was a constant reminder of him.  So I’ve found living with original artwork both enriching and endearing, and very meaningful.

Timothy, oil on canvas board, 2016
Timothy, oil on canvas board, 2016

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Flamingo Fever!

As well as my oil paintings, I am currently developing a series of artworks for baby’s nursery and children’s bedrooms.  I am painting these works on acrylic instead of my usual oils. Acrylic has an immediacy which I am finding wonderful!

In my last blog I featured my daughter Alice’s 2 oil paintings, (see below). Well there’s another painting in my Alice’s room now, I completed it the day before her 5th birthday party.  I painted it in acrylic, as it needed to dry in time for the party game “Pin the Tail Feather on the Flamingo“.  It was a hit!

Pin the tail feather on the flamingo, acrylic in Masonite board, Elisabeth Howlett, 2015
Pin the tail (feather) on the Flamingo, 30 x 90 cm, acrylic in Masonite board, Elisabeth Howlett, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is a giclee print?

Have you heard of the term giclee print?

A giclee print is a printed digital reproduction of an artwork.

I’ve had gallery quality giclee (pronounced zee-clay) prints made for many of my paintings.

The top 5 reasons I reproduce my original oil paintings:

  • I started my art-life out in printmaking, where multiple copies can be made from a single plate or block.
  • High quality printed reproductions of paintings make art comparatively accessible and affordable.  I believe art should be made available to as many people as possible.
  • In the technological age, it is possible to obtain a very accurate reproduction of an oil painting, and whilst is a significant investment, it is economically viable.
  • Taking reproductions has many commercial applications.  Aside from selling the print as wall art, I have also have a range of high quality greeting cards, gift cards, and gift tags. There are many more possibilities. 
  • Being a trained lawyer, I like to keep copies of everything!

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Botanic Gardens Water Lillies

During 2009, I worked in the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide headquarters – the Goodman Building, on Hackney Road in Adelaide.  There I conducted a legal review of legislation protecting South Australia’s conservation and biodiversity.  I loved every moment of that role. Having returned to studies in environmental planning and management, it was the type of role I was hoping to engage in.

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Welcome to “On My Easel”

A very big welcome!!

This is my first post since I published my website.

Since then, my art practice has ramped up a few notches.  It has been a very exciting and productive time for me.  I have taken a couple of opportunities which have arisen.

First, There was an opportunity to participate in a SALA exhibition:

Adelaide Hills Point of View – Artwork inspired by your perspective of the Adelaide Hills.

My entry, an oil painting entitled Camellia, 76 x 76 cm, is inspired by winter trips to the Mt Lofty Botanic Garden with my then finance, Simon.  All rugged up and in love, with lots of camellias, everywhere.  This painting was completed in late 2014.  The exhibition is in its 2nd year, and apparently it was very popular in its 1st year. So it is going ahead next week, as part of the SALA festival.

Camellia, oil on canvas, Elisabeth Howlett, 2014
Detail Camellia, oil on canvas, Elisabeth Howlett, 2014

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