May 16 2013

Nelson – Col

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Medium: Oil paint and pastels

Website: www.colnelsonart.com.au

Enquiries: nelsonfamily@bigpond.com

I have been painting full time since March 2012. Not long I know, but something that has been brewing for some 12 years. In 2000 I took a semester long drawing class on Wednesday evenings at the Canberra Institute of Technology. I had always loved drawing and took this class to feed my creative side after having kept it on the back burner for many years while fulfilling career responsibilities. I rediscovered the satisfaction and joy of being absorbed in the act of drawing, of learning to see and express myself artistically by rousing latent abilities and using a medium that I loved. For 3 hours in the middle of a demanding week nothing else mattered and it was good.

From there I began drawing for leisure and worked my way through the text and exercises in “The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards. I discovered pastels, painted some family portraits that were well received, eventually painting commissions in oils for friends and friends of friends. Throughout this time I also painted a lot of half finished paintings, devoured books on art, art history, techniques of painters and undertook workshops with a range of local and nationally respected artists, including a two week long workshop in 2012 with Max Wilks at the University of Southern Queensland Summer School in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Breakfast at Southern Cross Station

Breakfast at Southern Cross Station

Quiet Time in Meehan Street

Quiet Time in Meehan Street

Life is Good

Life is Good

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