The mindfulness of drawing. #birdsong #mountains #light #nature #mindfulness #beingthere #inature #draw #charcoaldrawing #bluemountains #mikestaniford ...

Rocks and ponds at the Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens. #botanicalgardens #mountwilsonnsw #rockgardens #plantvarieties #acrylicpens #poscas #abstractart #shapes #journeyhome #mikestaniford ...

The drama of the Blue Mountains. It’s all about fading light, sharply illuminated rock faces and deep, inky shadows. Australia’s Grand Canyon. Acrylic on 300gsm hand made Meirat, a wonderful paper made in Spain for centuries.
#bluemountains #katoomba #acrylicpainting #meirat #handmadepaper #shadows #lighting #lateafternoon #landscapepainting #landscape #australianpainter #mikestaniford
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Never be afraid to play. Try things that might seem random, they usually lead somewhere. I’ve done a lot of thinking this year about how to apply myself to the practice of art and painting and how to heighten the tension in my composition and mark making. Inevitably, I’ve taken some wrong turns and often found myself questioning what I’m doing. Which is all pretty normal really. As an artist you just have to turn up and put in the hours and expect that some days things may not work out as you expected. I Always remember the following key factors:
-Keep experimenting
-Everything takes time
-Grow and never stop working on yourself
-Your mistakes don’t define you
-Change is inevitable
-Other people are not the answer to your happiness.
And most importantly Success isn’t final and Failure isn’t fatal.
#staystrong #keepexperimenting #collage #acrylic #staycurious #takeyourtime #changeisgood #mikestaniford
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To my earlier ‘Keep it Simple’ post, here’s the sketch done immediately before. Compare the two, I’d be keen to hear your response. 🙏🙏
#feedback #shareyourthoughts #comparison #preference #tellmewhy #mikestaniford
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In a forest of a thousand trees, no two are alike. Watch them closely and treat them like friends. I like to employ the saturation of colour and colour values combined with expressive scribbles and brush marks to bring out their individual personality. #trees #nature #expressive #landscape #individual #characters #likepeople #colours #saturation #colourvalues #scribbles #brushmarks #mikestaniford ...

Thrilled that SHADOW PLAY is a finalist in this year’s Gosford Art Prize. @gosfordregionalgallery Many thanks to the selection committee and good luck to all the other finalists. #gosfordregionalgallery #gosfordartprize #artprizes #finalist #gratitude #lightandshadow #landscapeart #landscapepainting #headland #mikestaniford ...

Clear night time sky. Bushland leading to the water’s edge. Charcoal, pastel, graphite, brush pen and acrylic on A2 Canson 220gsm. A good working drawing. To see the painting, click on to my story and see the basic underpainting going down and the start of the colour palette. Could be challenging this one. Watch this space. 🙏 #landscape #coastline #stars #lagoon #nighttimeadventures #landscapeartist #figuration #landscapepainter #milkyway #artist #artistsoninstagram #eucalypts #contemporarylandscapepainting #draw #drawing #drawingoftheday #A2 #mikestaniford ...

Finished the day with a minimal sketch of Mount Gower and Mount Lidgebird on Lord Howe Island. I’m using newly purchased ‘chunky’ charcoal and it’s fabulous, flows effortlessly across the A2 Canson 220gsm cartridge stock. My real point here is about the reductive nature of drawing, as in “What happened to the foreground?” I felt it wasn’t necessary, that the drawing stands or falls on the mountains and trees. That it leaves something for the viewer to wonder and imagine. And it celebrates white space! And it’s clearly Lord Howe. There’s always a tendency to include everything but economical mark making, restraint, in my opinion pays dividends. And by the way, I also left out the lagoon. Why not try the idea of ‘simplest visual properties?’ #lordhoweisland #lordhoweislandtourism #tropicalisland #charcoaldrawing #reductive #minimal #trees #simplestvisualproperties #landscapes #draw #drawing #drawingoftheday #mikestaniford ...