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Aurora Southern Lights

  Ive been lucky enough to see the Aurora southern lights from our place a couple of time now. It looks amazing, the sky is crystal clear with lots of stars, so this is where this painting is inspired from.  I plan to do more in this series. I found I used my brushes more […]

New works for Exhibition

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                    The holidays are almost over, hope you all have had a good break. Ive got an Exhibition coming up mid year in Alexandra, more details closer to the time and have been working on some new exciting colourful designs that will brighten up your room […]

Mt Cook Lupins, keeping your colour vibrant

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  New Blog Post  http://shop.helenblairsart.co.nz/product/mt-cook-lupins/  Painting Mt Cook Lupins #Available, #MtCookLupins, #helenblairsart, It took several layers to build up to the vibrant colours, by starting with a dark underlay,  but it all came together when the final highlights went on. I also worked hard to keep my colours pure by not letting other colour into the […]

Palette Knife Tips

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Its very important to keep your colours pure with palette knife painting. To do this I use an old rag or paper towels by wiping  the excess paint off between colours, sometimes you can leave it after a few strokes before wiping your knife, it will keep the colours from turning into a grey muddy […]

Art tip, A beginners guide to oil painting

Canvas is a traditional support for painting, used for centuries by the masters, and it has endured in modern times as the support of choice. There are 2 main reasons why artists love to paint on canvas: its pleasing receptivity to the brush and its longevity. If you want to create a permanent artwork that […]

En pleinair, Alexandra

  This month has been really busy with our move to our paddock in Alexandra. The camping has been good so far as the weather has been really good, except for one night of thunderstorms, lucky the tents handled it, we did have a few leaks though, but the barn is going up slowly but […]