A perfect early Sunday morning swim on one of our favourite Sydney Harbour beaches. With over 70 to choose from, there’s a special place for everyone!

#sundaymorning #sydneysummer #earlymorningswim #swimming #placesweswim #sydneyharbour #summervibes #happysunday #mikestaniford
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Thrilled to be part of COAST TO COAST opening 2 - 26 March at Michael Reid Murrurundi AND Michael Reid Southern Highlands, a collaborative exhibition series with Country Style Magazine.

Artists featured include:
Julianne Ross Allcorn @juliallcorn
Artists of Ampilatwatja @artists_of_ampilatwatja
Julz Beresford @julzberesford_artist
Yannick Blattner @yannickblattner
Carly Le Cerf @carlylecerf
Brooke Dalton @bdalton78
Leighton Edwards @leighton.edwards
Mim Fluhrer @mimfluhrer
Julie Lucht de Freibruch @smartcoconut
Louise Frith @louise_frith_
Joanna Gambotto @joannagambotto
Anthony Guerrera @anthonyguerrera.art
Melissa Kenihan. @melsart111
Chantel de Latour @chantel_delatour
Any Nguyen @msanhpaints
Mike Staniford @mikestaniford
Steve Tyerman @stevetyermanartist
Lucy Vader @lucyvader1
Hannah Van der Wal @hannahvanderwalartist
Ben Waters @bensartworld
Sally West @sallywestart
Jo White @jowhitestudio
Dino Wilson @jilamaraartsandcrafts
No Wong @b_o_w_o_n_g
Nicola Woodcock @nicolawoodcockart
Djirrirra Wununmurra Yukuwa @bukuartnow

Register Online: @michaelreid.southernhighlands

@countrystylemag @murraart #countrystyle countryhome #australianlandscape #australianartist #coasttocoadt #contemporaryart #artexhibition #coastalviews #coastaliving #artgallery #michaelreidsouthernhighlands #berrima #murrart #michaelreidmurrurundi
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One of those days when everything is going down hill! Know the feeling? This one’s proving to be a very difficult dance partner!

#studiolife #newwork #dancepartner #inthestudio pushandpull #landscapepainting #workingpractice #contemporaryart #mikestaniford
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One from the archives and my watercolour days and a past Mosman Art Prize finalist. The white sail in the distance makes this composition for me, the eye being drawn all the way down the beach to this point of activity. A simple, small work, 15 x 20cms, which I just cannot part with.

Balmoral Beach
Watercolour on decent paper

#balmoralbeach #beachlife #sailboats #saillife #sydneyharbour #harbourbeaches #landscapepainting #watercolour #watercolourpainting #worksonpaper #mikestaniford
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Through the window to the lawn and on towards the beach. The peak of summer. I like to identify the design in a landscape, scale, configuration, atmosphere. To enjoy the vantage point, angles and perspectives leading the eye In and around the composition. I also like the idea of the distant ocean and surf and the heat from the beach pushing against the counter point of cool shade and resting indoors.

Beach From The Window
Acrylic on board
43 x 43cms

#summervibes #summertime #tothebeach #beachlife #vantagepoint #throughthewindow #viewforview #blueskies #strongshadows #landscapepainting #momentintime #intothelight #lovetrees #paintingtrees #mikestaniford
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An empty beach and plenty of sunshine! What’s not to like.

#summerdays #beachlife #aswimintheocean
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Where My Music’s Playing 2021
Acrylic on board
124 x 104cms

Available now. For more details contact: @beckerminty

#australianlandscape #beckerminty #landscapepainting #contemporarylandscape #paintinglight #lovetrees #lightontrees #contemporarypainting #momentsintime #artbuyer #artcollector #artinthehome #art #escapism #mikestaniford
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Sometimes less is more and what you leave out makes an important contribution to the end result. I started this one four years ago in Umbria, quickly spreading in a background wash as the last moments of light faded away. Making a visual note of olive groves, the valleys shadows and the white tracks and roads.

Picking it up again after all this time, I wanted the detail and fabric of the rural landscape to sit below the surface, instead capturing the soft tones of pink and the orange aura of light that kissed the hillsides goodnight.

A lot more abstract than my normal approach but the painting kept telling me to hold back, keep it simple, enough is enough. Who am I to argue!

Acrylic on paper
420 x 600cms

#eveninglight #paintinglight #hillsandvalleys #umbria #italianhillsides #workonpaper #landscapepainting #contemporarylandscape #contemporarypainting #momentsintime #artbuyer #artcollector #artinthehome #art #escapism #mikestaniford
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The luminosity of light from way across the bay provides an interesting backdrop to the trees that fringe the shoreline. It’s a painting about light and how a distant source conveys a depth and perspective to the subject. I want you to appreciate both the shimmer on the water and the intricacy of the foliage and branches trying to obstruct the background.

The Journey Home
Acrylic on polyester
63 x 63cms

#lightonwater #shimmer #perspectives #luminocity #radiance #trees #treesofinstagram #paintingtrees #lightpainting #lightandnature #australianlandscape #landscapepainting #contemporarylandscape #paintinglight #lovetrees #lightontrees #contemporarypainting #momentsintime #artbuyer #artcollector #artinthehome #art #escapism #mikestaniford
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Delighted that Tide In Transition has found a new home in Melbourne. I really enjoyed the challenge of painting the shifting light as the water quickly engulfed the edge of the bay. It lent itself to an interesting abstraction. Many thanks to the buyer and to Jason Minty and the fabulous new team @beckerminty Hobart. Have a look at beckerminty.com to see more of my artworks currently available along with a great collective of other artists. And if you’re lucky enough to be in Tasmania then make sure you pop in to the new gallery and design emporium. Can’t wait to be there myself in March.

#beckerminty #hobart #newgallery #interiordesign #tide #bayarea #abstraction #australianlandscape #landscapepainting #contemporarylandscape #paintinglight #lovetrees #lightontrees #contemporarypainting #momentsintime #artbuyer #artcollector #artinthehome #art #escapism #mikestaniford
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After heavy rains, the surprise element of a small pool of water in the bush, throwing up reflections, creating a temporary impasse to the crest of the hill. One of several new works emerging from the studio.

Waters Of The Earth
Acrylic on board
85 x 100cms

#bushland #australianbush #waterhole #aftertherains #reflections #newworks #australianlandscape #boldcolours #abstraction #landscapepainting #contemporarylandscape #paintinglight #lovetrees #lightontrees #contemporarypainting #momentsintime #artbuyer #artcollector #artinthehome #art #escapism #mikestaniford
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One moment of light breaking through the clouds changes everything.

Against The Light
Acrylic on polyester cotton
85 x 105cms

#paintinglight #effectoflight #backlit #lightontrees #paintingtrees #lovetrees #treesofinstagram #australianlandscape #landscapepainting #killcare #hardysbay #nswcentralcoast #contemporarylandscape #contemporarypainting #momentsintime #artbuyer #artcollector #artinthehome #art #escapism #mikestaniford
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The singularity of trees. Just a few of my tree friends from this year. A privilege to have travelled across the nation and to some of its far flung corners and I thank and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the various Indigenous Nations of Australia.

I am drawn to landscape and in particular trees, perhaps because of their sense of personality and their important implication to our history and future ecology. And what a pleasure they are to look at and talk to!

Thank you to all who have followed me, shared their own experiences, turned up at my exhibitions and acquired paintings! Your ongoing support is fantastic.

So until 2023…er tomorrow, when it all begins again, a very Happy New Year to you all.

#happynewyear #hugethanks #gratitude #acrossaustralia #importanceoftrees #personalities #contemporaryart #lightintrees #lovetrees #pleinair #mikestaniford #landscapepainting #paintingtrees
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Merry Christmas to you all, whatever and wherever you are celebrating and whatever the weather. I want to thank each and every one of you for your wonderful commentary and support this year.

I’m looking forward to a family break and sitting under a Moreton Bay Fig, just like this one at Sydney’s Balmoral Beach with a cold beer in hand.

Peace and goodwill to you all. See you in January. x

#christmastree #onthebeach #sydneychristmas #peace #goodwill #bestwishes #mikestaniford
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