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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Pathway into daybreak. Work in progress until I get back up to this vantage point tomorrow. What a time of year to watch the light over the Central Coast.
#daybreak #dawn #morninglight #acryliconboard #landscapepainting #glimpse #oceanview #intothelight #newday #landscapeart #australianlandscape #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #artcollectors #mikestaniford
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New Day Rising. Just before the light fades from grey and my way ahead becomes clear, I take the narrow track and climb towards the headland. I can only just taste the sea but I know it’s there, just over the purple ridgeline where dawn has once again laid its claim and I will see something new.
#bushwalk #wagstaffe #totheocean #ridgeline #endofday #journey #daybreak #pinklight #firstlight #contemporaryart #landscapepainter #today #thismoment #mikestaniford
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Towards Balmain. The Barangaroo foreshore of Sydney Harbour late afternoon as the early evening closes in.
#softlight #lateafternoon #light #acrosstheharbour #harbourside #harbourcity #sydneyHarbour #barangaroo #mycity #contemporarylandscape #artists #artgalleries #artbuyers #artcollectors #landscapepainting #landscapeart #contemporaryart #mikestaniford
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Sail away with me. One for my solo show opening at the end of August. Acrylic on board 120 x 120cms. #tothesea #reflectedlight #silverlake #reflections #distantshore #mirror #surface #sailaway #artoftheday #artistsoninstagram #artworld #artgalleries #contemporarylandscape #escape #freespirit #landscapepainter #landscapeartist #mikestaniford ...

Breathe in that ocean air. On any one of Sydney’s seventy beaches it feels like water is the driving force of all nature. I didn’t want to over work this one but to keep to brush marks moving and to be guided by the needs of the picture.
#beaches #beachlife #beachdays #water #waterside #ocean #oceanside #citybythesea #landscapepainting #landscapeartist #oceanpark #contemporaryaustralianart #contemporatyartist #memories #summergone #artoftheday #nature #drivingforce #artshow #upcoming #mikestaniford
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FAST AND LOOSE with @debbiemackinnon and @mikestaniford
Our first workshop starts tomorrow. Really looking forward to welcoming our twelve participants and helping them push the drawing and painting process to make powerful interpretations from the landscape. Should be a fun and informative weekend.
#artworkshops #fastandloose #exploringlandscape #spontaneousdrawing #personalexpression #experimental #sharedlearnings #mikestaniford
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“Between two trees is a doorway to another world.”
John Muir
A detail from my next large landscape. Coming soon.
#loveoftrees #trees #anotherworld #nature #forests #plantatree #landscapepainting #landscapeartist #australianartist #australianart #lakeside #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #contemporarylandscape #leaves #foliage #treecanopy #artoftheday #artgalleries #artcollectors #artinthehome ##mikestaniford
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“If you would know strength and patience, welcome the company of trees.”
Hal Borland
#trees #nature #coastline #patience #companyoftrees #thelandscape #landscapepainting #landscapeartist #australianlandscape #tretrunks #light #mikestaniford
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Hello old friend.
“Trees are as close to immortality as the rest of us ever come.”
Karen Joy Fowler
#trees #athousandtrees #oldfriend #meaningoflife #deeproots #miraclesoflife #landscapepainting #australianlandscape #plantatree #australianartist #artcollectors #artgalleries #artbuyers #acryliconboard #40x50cm #mikestaniford
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A fabulous Saturday, gallery hopping and we couldn’t resist this piece, Walking Lost by @kyle.a.murrell now showing @defiancegallery A great exhibition alongside wonderful work by @willeminavillari the two artists complementing each other perfectly.
#artgalleries #artcollectors #emergingtalent #artoftheday #mustsee #modernart #abstractart #mikestaniford
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Very pleased that SHADOWS HOLD THEIR BREATH has been selected for the Salon des Refusés of the inaugural Lethbridge Landscape Prize. Lots of wonderful works available online at www.lethbridge gallery.com
#artprizes #lethbridgelandscapeprize #contemporarylandscapepainting #lethbridgegallery #landscapepainting #australianartist #australianlandscape #mikestaniford
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When enough is enough. At the edge of the lake. 120 x 120cms, acrylic on board.
#landscapepainting #landscapeartist #australianlandscapeartist #outbackaustralia #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #contemporaryartist #reductivepainting #reductiveabstraction #composition #simplify #artistsoninstagram #artoftheday #artgalleries #artcollectors #pinkaesthetic #artstudio #kunst #artecontemporaneo #mikestaniford
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Spent the whole day arguing with this one and still it refuses to take charge. Tomorrow is another day.
#largework #workinprogress #landscape #gettingthere #challenging #landscapepainting #waterway #mikestaniford
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Keeping it very loose. Across Hawkehead towards the ocean. Limited colour palette and aiming to keep the paint moving. Acrylic on paper.
#landscape #landscapepainting #abstraction #bushland #interpretation #limitedcolours #peninsula #fastandloose #mikestaniford
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