🔴 Very pleased that Moonlight, Depot Beach is off to a new home. One of a series painted pleinair during a fabulous visit to the Sapphire Coast back in the late summer. It brings back great memories of warm days and evenings and reflections on the ocean.
#moonlight #oceanlife #sapphirecoast #eveninglight #artbuyers #artcollectors #treesoflife #depotbeach #mikestaniford
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Good Companions.
#treesoflife #goodcompanions #familyoftrees #twoofakind #trees #individual #personalities #nature #naturalworld #landscapepainting #australianlandscape #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #artoftheday #artinthehome #interiordesign #vogueliving #designlovers #modernart #fineart #workonpaper #abstraction #abstractartist #mikestaniford
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I prefer autumn and winter in Sydney to the relentless heat of summer. The colours change, darkness comes early and the city looks to hibernate, waiting for time to pass, till the old friend of summer turns up once again. And that’s a completely different story.
#winterishere #mapletrees #harbourcity #adifferentstory #treesoflife #signallingchange #seasonschange #hibernate #changes #harmony #perseverance ##softlight #fallingleaves #landscapepainting #mypaintings #fineart #artist #interiordesign #modernart #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #mikestaniford
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Rushcutters Bay. Late afternoon on the edge of Sydney Harbour. How lucky we are to have access to parks and public spaces that bring us to the water’s edge. I’m in my 27th year in this beautiful city and I still marvel at its magic.
#harbourcity #sydneyharbour #watersedge #parkland #treesoflife #reflections #reflectedlight #landscape #australianlandscape #artoftheday #artcollectors #artbuyers #mikestaniford
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“I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.”
J.B. Priestly
#morninglight #newday #freshstart #onemoretry #magic #morningmagic #sicily🇮🇹 #mediterraneanlife #treesoflife #mikestaniford
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It’s a long walk down to Tallow Beach but we’ll worth it if you like deserted ocean beaches and fathoming the joy of being in nature.
#headland #abovethebeach #tallowbeach #lovenature💚 #inthewild #nature #outdoorlife #artoftheday #artistsoninstagram #artcollectors #artbuyers #artgalleries #landscapepainting #australianlandscapepainting #fivesenses #contemporaryartists #mikestaniford
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McMaster’s Beach and it’s sea pool, cliffs and distinctive Norfolk Pines. From the sketchbook and a combination of brush pen, Uni-ball fine pen and Sharpie marker. My three favourites. I love working different drawing implements to apply contrast and texture to the elements of nature. What’s your favorite scribe?
#draw #drawing #drawingoftheday #pleinairdrawing #blackandwhitedrawing #sketchbook #sketchbookdrawing #landscape #mcmastersbeach #centralcoastnsw #mikestaniford
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I’m drawn by the early evening light that late Autumn in this part of Australia brings. I’m also focused on the the importance of reduction and the careful placement of elements. The solitary tree has grabbed my attention of late...a metaphor for what I wonder? An A3 work on paper in acrylic. Looking forward to seeing this one framed.
#lonetrees #trees #treeoflife #landscape #reflections #light #life #autumn #worksonpaper #bythewater #mikestaniford
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One from the archives. Balmoral Beach, watercolour and it earned me a finalist place in the 2002 Mosman Art Prize. The important component of this painting is the white sail cutting through the trees at the end of the beach. Painted plein air, it’s a very small work and one of my favorites.
#watercolour #landscape #mosmanartprize #balmoralbeach #watercolourpainting #pleinair #mikestaniford
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FINALLY ARRIVED. Wintry light across the rooftops and the sea beyond. Funny how referencing a place brings back memories of another. In this case it’s Avoca Beach but could easily be Cornwall or even Cap Ferat. Acrylic on board, 40 x 40cms.
#traveldiaries #oneplace #pastjourneys #travelmemories ##placesihavebeen #solitarytree #trees #againsthesky #eveninglight #endofday #landscapepainting #landscapeartist #artoftheday #contemporarypainting #mikestaniford
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In the shadows of the evening.
Acrylic on paper. 30 x 35cms.
#promontory #theharbour #shadowplay #shadows #eveningsky #contemporarylandscape #landscapeartist #contemporaryart #contemporaryartists #artcollectors #artbuyers #mikestaniford
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Beach at Maitland Bay and perfect conditions. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 30cms.
#beachlife #beachvibes #maitlandbay #trees #treeoflife #coastalliving #coastal #abstraction #contemporaryaustralianart #landscapepainting #centralcoast #pleinair #pleinairpainting #mikestaniford
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Friday night and the end of a busy week. No place like home.
#athome #fridaynight #weekendvibes #familyfordinner #kickingback #mikestaniford
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THIS MUST BE THE PLACE. Trees bordering the lagoon in the late afternoon. Light coming off the water and penetrating the tree canopies. I like the looseness of gouache field studies and often prefer them to the final painting.
#gouachepainting #gouache #fieldstudy #pleinairpainting #landscapepainting #trees #treesofinstagram #treepaintings #pinkskies #lagoon #coastalliving #coastal #fastandloose #australianlandscape #australianlandscapepainting #landscapepainting #landscapeartist #mikestaniford
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From yesterday’s tree post but this time with gouache. I’ve always enjoyed the fluid opaqueness of gouache on paper, how it moves effort across the surface.
#treescape #trees #coastal #coastalliving #gouache #gouachepainting #gouachelandscape #landscapepainting #pleinair #pleinairpainting #fastandloose #worksonpaper #mikestaniford
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Long day’s journey.
#workinprogress #landscape #australianlight #lightandspace #australianlandscape #contemporarypainting #goldenhour #lightmagic #mikestaniford
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Ross River Homestead at night. One road in and the same road out. 95 kms east of Alice Springs, nothing really prepares you for your first visit to the Outback, the light, colour, shapes and forms and the underlying beauty...especially at night. When the Milky Way stretches like a belt around the Earth, casting an ethereal glow across the hills and land.
#outbackaustralia #northernterritory #landscapepainting #nightsky #nightime #abstraction #milkyway #starsatnight #abstractpainting #colours #atnight #rossriverhomestead #contemporyart #interpretation #adventures #artistslife #pleinair #memorable #experiences #mikestaniford
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Detail from a plein air painting on the Pambula River. Acrylic on paper.
#trees #treeoflife #treelovers #fieldstudy #pleinair #coastline #landscapepainting #landscapeart #mikestaniford
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That moment after Dawn has broken. Acrylic and collage on board. 40 x 40cms.
#dawn #daybreak #palelight #startoftheday #landscapepainting #landscapeartist #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #abstraction #harbourview #treeoflife #mikestaniford
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Studio wall which changes every week. A mixture of old stuff from the archive that takes my fancy alongside a few from this week’s work in progress. Some over complex and figurative, others very simple and more abstract. Interesting how you see new ideas in old work. Bottom left is a working rough for a much larger painting. The colour chalk pastel at the top is from West Penwith, deep into Cornwall. I tend not to draw the Harbour Bridge but the angles in the foreground of the sketch in the middle, from Lavender Bay really caught my eye along with the man and his dog.
#studiowall #studiolife #artiststudio #sketches #drawings #ideas #archives #recentwork #landscapes #aselection #mixedbag #draw #drawings #draweachday #mikestaniford
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Just a few more steps. When the intensity of the light from the ocean bursts through the trees.
#abstractpainting #light #intensity #oceanview #oceancalling #workonpaper #treecanopy #intheshade #acrylic #fivesenses #tastetheisland #heartheroar #mikestaniford
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