The road to Velez Rubio, Andalucia. Spain. We had a very memorable 2017 art residency @joya_air ❤️❤️ Highly recommended as it was a defining moment in my artistic journey so far. This is a work that I deliberately kept very simple, allowing the colours to carry all the emotive description of time and place.

Acrylic on paper.

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Towards Winnaleah. Back in Sydney after a terrific art workshop with @artablestudios in Tasmania and I’ve been reflecting on some of the dramatic landscapes and skies.

#thelongview #farhorizon #distance #clouds #cloudlovers #cloudsoninstagram #thelongview #tasmania #tasmainianlandscape #pleinairpainting #australianlandscape #landscapeartist #contemporarylandscape #untamedbeauty #diverselandscape #pleinair #mikestaniford

Gouache on paper
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When the landscape becomes a series of connecting colours, shapes and forms, taking the painting a long way down the spectrum towards abstraction.

Acrylic on canvas

#thelongview #farhorizon #distance #clouds #cloudlovers #cloudsoninstagram #thelongview #australianlandscape #landscapeartist #contemporarylandscape #untamedbeauty #diverselandscape #pleinair #mikestaniford
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A field of breathing colour.

Having spent the last week pleinair painting in Tasmania, looking at the wide open spaces, it was great to be welcomed back into the studio with this one hanging on my wall. The idea of spaciality - the relationship between colour, tonality, lateral space and depth. Part of a new body of work.

Acrylic on canvas
123 x 123cms

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And that’s a wrap! What a wonderful week with @artablestudios in Winnaleah, north east Tasmania. @enclave.tasmania made us so welcome…many thanks Gillian, Steve and all the team for such generous hospitality.

And a huge thank you to all the artists who made the week very special! You really threw yourselves into the challenges. Working with enthusiastic artists and alongside partner in life and art @debbiemackinnon is for me always rich and rewarding.

This work is from Binalong Bay in the Bay of Fires on the east coast. A quick gouache painting that started off quite tight before I set the paint brush dancing.

#tasmania #tasmanianlandscape #binalongbay #bayoffires #australianlandscape #landscapeartist #contemporarylandscape #untamedbeauty #artworkshop #artiststogether #gouachepainting #pleinair #diverselandscape #pleinair #mikestaniford
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The new sketchbook is off and running. The north east corner of Tasmania has some stunning landscape reaching all across the coastline to the Bay of Fires.

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Staying with the theme of vanishing point. The road to Derby. Turn left out of Winnalea and suddenly the land opens up and the ribbon of tarmac leads the eye across country.

@artable
@enclave
@debbiemackinnon

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Winnalea, Tasmania and just around the corner from @enclave.tasmania where with partner @debbiemackinnon we are running an @artablestudios mixed media workshop starting Monday morning.

The local landscape is stunning and I’ve always loved street scenes, especially when they have telegraph poles accentuating roads to the far horizon.

A gouache work on paper, one of my favourite pleinair mediums. Looking forward to running through a demonstration of this technique with the ten artists who arrive tomorrow.

Colour pallets on this one:
Cadmium Orange
Burnt Umber
Prussian Blue
Olive Green
Payne’s Grey
Naples Yellow
White

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Walking up on the Hawkehead Peninsula and looking across Broken Bay.

Acrylic on board
63 x 63cms

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Hardy’s Bay at 4.30pm, the tide drifting in and oystercatchers and white-faced cranes are wading in the shallows on the look out for sustenance. The rain has gone, Good Friday tomorrow. Time to kick back. Happy Easter everyone and thank you for your support.

Incoming tide
Gouache on paper
25 x 25cms

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For many years, I have been moved by the blue at the far edge of what can be seen, that colour of horizons, of remote mountain ranges, of anything far away.

REBECCA SOLNIT

Acrylic on board
61 x 61cms

#thelongview #farhorizon #distance #clouds #cloudlovers #cloudsoninstagram #thelongview #australianlandscape #landscapeartist #contemporarylandscape #untamedbeauty #diverselandscape #pleinair #mikestaniford
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Sketchbook @winsor&newtonau from 2021 with more mixed media in the sketches. Several charcoal and pastel works from Hawkehead, acrylic painting of Dead Horse Gap high up in the mountains and a gouache of Newcastle docks.

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Early morning light, Balmoral Beach.

Acrylic on board
48 x 63cms
Framed in Tasmanian Oak

#australianlandscape #landscapeartist #australianlandscapeartist #harbourcity #contemporarylandscape #untamedbeauty #diverselandscape #pleinair #sydneyaustralia #sydneybeaches #morninglight #lightaesthetic #mikestaniford
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Rounding off the week with a quick glance through part of one of my 2022 sketchbooks. Water reflections, hillsides, beautiful skies and restaurant table tops! Memories all of Tasmania. Some of these works are in gouache, others in acrylic and some in soft pastel. I love using different mediums depending on how the mood takes me.

Winsor & Newton @winsorandnewtonau soft cover 300gsm journals take mixed media so well. They become a valuable source of future reference and distant memories.

#sketchbooks #mysketchbook #mixedmedia #traveljournal #tasmsnianlandscape #australianlandscapepainting #memories #sourceofreference #australianlandscapeartist #mikestaniford
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A quick peek around the studio today. ...

A quick peek through the finished sketchbook showing works from King Island, Balmoral Beach and Barangaroo in Sydney and the Hawkehead Peninsula on the Central Coast. Enjoy.

#sketchbooks #sketchdaily #fieldstudies #traveljournal #mixedmedia #pleinair #pleinairpainter #blackandwhite #softpastels #gouachepaintings #mikestaniford
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The hour before dawn.

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