Very pleased that SHADOWS HOLD THEIR BREATH has been selected for the Salon des Refusés of the inaugural Lethbridge Landscape Prize. Lots of wonderful works available online at www.lethbridge gallery.com
#artprizes #lethbridgelandscapeprize #contemporarylandscapepainting #lethbridgegallery #landscapepainting #australianartist #australianlandscape #mikestaniford
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When enough is enough. At the edge of the lake. 120 x 120cms, acrylic on board.
#landscapepainting #landscapeartist #australianlandscapeartist #outbackaustralia #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #contemporaryartist #reductivepainting #reductiveabstraction #composition #simplify #artistsoninstagram #artoftheday #artgalleries #artcollectors #pinkaesthetic #artstudio #kunst #artecontemporaneo #mikestaniford
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Spent the whole day arguing with this one and still it refuses to take charge. Tomorrow is another day.
#largework #workinprogress #landscape #gettingthere #challenging #landscapepainting #waterway #mikestaniford
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Keeping it very loose. Across Hawkehead towards the ocean. Limited colour palette and aiming to keep the paint moving. Acrylic on paper.
#landscape #landscapepainting #abstraction #bushland #interpretation #limitedcolours #peninsula #fastandloose #mikestaniford
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As Sophocles once said, “ You don’t know what kind of day you have until evening.” From the deck of a cabin towards Depot Beach. That glow on the water, a sense of impermanence, knowing that as minutes pass, the light will change and the colours will ultimately extinguish.
#trees #treestreestrees #depotbeach #endofday #changinglight #reflectedlight #reflections #pinks #pinkskies #acrylicpainting #landscape #minimalist #reductive #impressionistart #fleetingmoments #eveningsky #mikestaniford
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Sometimes you just need to sit and think. Last days in my studio before I move upstairs to a bigger space. I’ll give you a look next week.
#studiolife #thinkingtime #whatsworking #bodyofwork #myplace #studiopainting #artistsstudios #workinprogress #mikestaniford
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Keep it fast and loose and just remember what you saw...light, shape, composition. Memory usually throws it all back at you and of course dream a little while you’re at it. It’s your picture after all.
#fastandloose #charcoaldrawing #workingsketch #landscape #resolvingcomposition #play #draw #drawings #drawingoftheday #structure #form #memory #lightanddark #mikestaniford
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Evening light Depot Beach and memories of our road trip to the south coast. Just a peek through the trees created an interesting sense of abstraction to the incredible reflections of the last hour of the day. Subject not scene. 40 x 40cms. Acrylic on board.
#endofday #pinks #pinksunset #treescape #abstraction #subjectlight #reductive #lovethelight #glow #radiance #fleetingmoment #impermanence #artistsoninstagram #contemporaryartist #landscapepainting #landscapeartist #australianartist #artoftheday #depotbeach #mikestaniford
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Fast and loose. This is Cowan Water from the top of the Hawkehead peninsula. A waterway stretching from the ocean, inland through the hills and national parks. After a series of sketches paring down the detail and complexity, one very chunky stick of dense black charcoal did the trick. For me this drawing needs no more and will form the basis of my next large painting.
#simplify #charcoaldrawing #charcoalart #pleinair #pleinairartist #fieldstudy #cowanwater #waterway #inlets #riversystem #observation #pareddown #draw #drawing #a3 #mikestaniford
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Caution! Artist at work.
#pleinair #fieldstudies #outdoors #middaysun #landscapeart #thegreatoutdoors #mikestaniford
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Solitary tree. (Detail from yesterday’s full painting).
#trees #lifesource #treeoflife #treesofinstagram #treelovers #inthelandscape #allaroundus #contemporaryartist #mikestaniford
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Left handed people. Or rather people drawn with my left hand. Quick observations as they pass through an exhibition, each scribbled in a matter of seconds with all the flaws and discrepancies my untrained hand describes. Don’t fight the frustration of it, just let it happen.
#wobblylines #peoplewatching #drawingpeople #lefthand #inkdrawings #observations #characters #onthemove #quickstudies #draw #drawing #drawingoftheday #expressions #poses #sketchbook #sketching #observationaldrawing #watching #handeyecoordination #mikestaniford
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I can hear the ocean’s roar. I remember as a kid Travelling to the beach, desperate to get the sand and the sea, endless hours sat in a car with Cornwall’s high hedgerows either side obscuring any view of the ocean. And then there would be a glimpse, through a gate or a break in the hedgerow and I would be filled with expectation, wind down the window and smell the Atlantic Ocean. And I guess that feeling still stays with me. FINALLY ARRIVED, acrylic on board, 26 x 33cms.
#atthebeach #beachlife #mybeach #sandytracks #oceanview #oceanlover #breathein #acrylicpainting #contemporaryart #australianart #australianpainting #mikestaniford
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Got to love the confidence and freedom in the mark making here . My nine year old granddaughter’s portrait of me on iPad! #ipaddrawing #earlyconfidence #portrait #likeness #character #mikestaniford ...

As Sydney is deluged in rain I’m thinking about Depot Beach, five hours south on the Sapphire Coast and swimming in that ocean just a few weeks ago. This new work is one of a series, initially painted from the deck of our cabin. I was fascinated by the reflected light and extraordinary colour of the water, made all the more tempting by the abstract forms of the bushland in front of it. In a wet and windy day in the big city, it really lifts my spirits.

40 x 40cms, acrylic on board.
#summerdays #memories #sapphirecoast #depotbeach #oceanview #oceanlife #view #throughthetrees #sapphirecoastnsw #escapism #landscapepainting #landscapesrtist #australiancoast #ausraliancoastalstyle #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #abstractpainting #abstraction #mikestaniford
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Leave the car park, slip off your shoes and feel the cool shadowed sand beneath your feet and look what’s waiting for you. Killcare Beach.
#summerdays #slippingaway #solitude #sandbetweenmytoes #killcarebeach #noworries #lateafternoon #walktothebeach #oceanview #oceanlife #escapism #freedom #landscape #landscapepainting #australianlandscape #mikestaniford
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Ocean at the end of the path. We may be in autumn but the sea still beckons. The early evening shadows crossing the sandy track really caught my eye, the diagonals forming abstract marks within the rectangle of the paper.
#sandbetweenmytoes #tracks #tothebeach #beachlife #mybeach #escapethecity #escapism #coastalliving #charcoaldrawing #seaair #charcoalsketch #fieldstudy #landscapepainting #observation #draw #drawing #draweveryday #draweverywhere #mikestaniford
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Those moments when late afternoon becomes early evening and the sun has dropped behind the headland. The rock pools become the ocean and all but disappear and the water turns from aqua teal to indigo. Who doesn’t love a deserted beach at this time of day. Just you and the ocean. Part of you knows it’s time to go home but part of you is saying stay, for just a little longer and...Inhale.
#memories #endofday #peaceful #inhale #oceanlife #incomingtide #everythingchanges #shiftingsands #oceanlover #workonpaper #gouachepainting #coastalliving #coastallandscape #mikestaniford #dreamingoftravel #
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As summer starts to fade. Memories of my recent toad trip south towards Eden and a few days at Depot Beach on the Sapphire Coast. Though I work in acrylic mostly, gouache is a great medium when you are on the move and plein air painting. I’ve always loved the way the paint dances across the surface of good quality smooth paper, in this case Arches, 300gsm. How enticing was that beach? To wake up every morning for that blitz of sapphire and a whole new world.
#beachlife #summervibes #sapphirecoast #pathways #escapetothecountry #escapethecity #escapism #gouachepainting #contemporarylandscape #shadows #memories #oceanlife #oceanlovers #pleinair #pleinairpainting #thegreatoutdoors #mikestaniford
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