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From field sketches and memory, the mind instructs the hand. With an emphasis on pared down simplified elements, each a key aspect of the story. The natural environment can scream complexity but the challenge is to capture it in simple visual properties without losing its very sense of place. #landscape #landscapepainting #landscapedesign #designelements #complexity #imagery #artistsoninstagram #art# artists #landscapeartists #landscapepainter #artoftheday #thestory #colourtheory #voice #artcollectors #landscapeartcollectors #artgalleries #newseries #mikestaniford ...

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Reference sketch of distant Broken Bay. #fieldstudy #dailydrawing #draw #drawing #drawingoftheday #drawwithdebbie #brokenbay #bushland #sharpiedrawing #sharpie #sharpieart #sharpieartist #isolating #landscape #centralcoast #mikestaniford ...

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Hawke Head high up on the Killcare Peninsula. A south eastern coming across the Tasman Sea from New Zealand, sea eagles watching overhead and for some reason, dragonflies everywhere. #distantviews #outdoorsketching #centralcoast #cruiseships #anchoredoffshore #draw #drawing #greatlocation #mikestaniford ...

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Painting studio on the deck. #messmaking #isolating #studiolife #studios #outdoorstudio #artstudios #artstudiolife #adapting #mikestaniford ...

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Walking up to the Killcare headland and sketching on the way. Interesting arrangement of rocks and trees. Field study for a painting. #fieldstudy #landscape #nearme #outwalking #exercise #socialisolation #keepingfit #keepingdrawing #scale #formations #australianlandscape #draw #draweachday #drawingoftheday #landscapeartist #lookclosely #differentviewpoint #mikestaniford ...

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Don’t look for new landscapes, just shift your position to see what was already there. Unfinished but on its way, but liking the sense of layering coming through. #palimpsest #rockformations #textures #rocky #landscape #landscapepsinting #landscapes #landscapeart #landscapedesign #artanddesign #designfiles #abstractart #abstractpaintings #abstractartist #artistsoninstagram #art #topography #mikestaniford ...

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From the deck. Hardy’s Bay in acrylic on paper. The weather’s changing by the hour already today we’ve had torrential downpour and brilliant sunshine. The same broad brush on all of this and straight on to the white surface. I haven’t put a dark acrylic background down first. Crucial that you keep changing the water pots, when they get muddy so does the colour. #fromthedeck #hardysbay #pleinair #raincoming #isolating with partner in crime @debbiemackinnon #landscapepainting #landscape #worksonpaper #acrylicpainting #mikestaniford ...

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50/50. Exploring the contrasting sky with the land. Does the sky have to be true to the reality of the moment...of course not. #Contrast #50/50 #skyline #sky #cloud #cloudscape #skiesofinstagram #halfandhalf #relationship #complex #simplicity #landscapepainting #artist #landscapeartist #mikestaniford ...

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Sunday morning. #landscape #favoritespot #hawkehead #lefthand #drawing #draw #drawingoftheday #pleinair #artists #isolation #mikestaniford ...

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Further work in my new series. I feel affinity with the Central Coast landscape high up on the Killcare peninsula. The more I look at it’s detail, the more I enjoy the geometric structure that initially is obscured. And taking the visual figurative shapes and forms into works of abstraction. #ancientland #rockformations #landscape #landscapepainting #figurativepainting #figurativeassociations #abstraction #artistsoninstagram #landscapepainting #artist #artgalleries #newseries #gouachepainting #hawkehead #mikestaniford ...

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My kind of self isolation. Killcare #2metresapart #needsbe #mikestaniford ...

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I had a bad night’s sleep. #tiredeyes #selfie #lefthand #brushpen #momentintime #mikestaniford ...

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Time for a studio sort out and came across some sketches of Bali. We were supposed to be heading there next month but alas it’s not to be. I’ve always liked drawing people and Sanur’s cafes proved to be perfect. #drawingpeople #drawing #draw #drawingsketch #travelsketch #travelsketching #baliindonesia #balilife #balivibes #cafelife #cafevibes #armchairtraveller #studiosortout #mikestaniford ...

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N’Dhala Gorge. Such a monumental place with the light shifting every hour, throwing hills into shadow. #outback #eastmcdonnellranges #alicesprings #artistsinthewild #artistsintheoutback #artnorthernerritory #artistsoninstagram #australianart #australianartists #australianartgalleries #artgalleries #artcollectors #artbuyers #colours #theoutback #inwinter #acrylic #onboard #mikestaniford ...

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It’s my round...#inventive #incentive ...

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The gallery may be closed but there’s plenty of work for sale. This one sold to a Sydney buyer today and I’m delighted and hugely grateful for your support in these difficult times. Over the next couple of day I’ll be posting drawings still available. #artbuyers #artcollectors #supportlocalartists #drawing #inkandcharcoal #boatsatanchor #hardysbay #mikestaniford ...

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Stepping into the bush. Up close and personal with the complexity of the landscape. Spontaneous and very personal mark making. #markmaking #artisticfreedom #liberation #landscape #layers #draw #drawing #drawingoftheday #boundless #charcoal #charcoaldrawing #pastel #acrylic #workonpaper #brownpaper #abstractart #abstract #abstractexpressionism #mikestaniford ...

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Memories of Venice. I pulled out some of my sketches and paintings of Venice during an idle moment in the studio today and went in to free fall. It’s when I turn my back on current work and start to draw and scribble, inspired by memories and recollections. My drawing of the day. Think San Marco, gondola posts, Il Salute and Venetian architecture. Where do you yearn to go back to?#memories #timeinvenice #venice #venicecanals #draw #drawing #drawingoftheday #charcoal #pastel #acrylic #travel #travellingartist #mikestaniford ...

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