Welcome to our Members Showcase! We are delighted to present Ted from Queensland,Australia
Ted creates his art works using a variety of mediums
To see more of Ted's work; please visit his Gallery;-
My initial art journey started and ended at school, I hated art lessons and in fact on open day all my so called art was hidden from view.
Later on in life I lived in St Ives, Cornwall, which has a very large art community. I personally knew a lot of the local artists but never had any desire to pursue art in any form. Looking back, what a missed opportunity.
I moved to Australia in 1974 and in 2004 at the age of 65 was nearing retirement so I was looking for a hobby other than fishing, watching sport and music. I decided to try picture framing, just for my own use, so started downloading pictures from the internet to frame and hang on the wall. I then thought, why download the pictures, why not produce your own.
My first inspiration was Frank Clarke on TV. I know Frank specialises in water colour but I went out and bought some brushes and some oil paints. I only painted one oil painting and did not like all the associated smells. I switched to Acrylics but didn’t like them as they dried too quickly. Next was watercolour. I really enjoyed this medium and used them for several years. I eventually got fed up with using wet mediums and switched once more. This time to Pastels. Inspired by our fellow member Colin Bradley I started using pastel pencils. I really enjoyed pastels but eventually the dust became a chore having to clean up so much. Coloured pencils are now my preferred medium but I have found that they are probably the hardest of all to use successfully. I have been using them for 3 or 4 years and am still on a learning curve. Faber Castell are my first choice but I have a small range of Prisma and Derwent as well. By the way, I sign my works on the back as I don’t believe in intruding on a piece of art by writing on the front.
I have been on several different art site over the years and am grateful to all of them for the experiences. Being on The Art Colony has been a great experience as there are so many diverse artists aboard and although I don’t use a lot of the mediums I am always interested in seeing other peoples works. I will never badly criticise anyone’s work as I believe we all do the best we can at that particular moment. I deem it a great honour to be invited to contribute to the Member's Showcase.
I thank you all for all your gracious and meaningful comments and look forward to your continued support and encouragement.
Thank you for looking ......and please do take a look at Ted's Page
I love your work Ted...very interesting and unique.
Congratualtions, Ted! Enjoyed reading your bio. I'm always looking forward seeing your art at the gallery! Keep those pieces coming!!!!
Ted,,,you always take the time to go around and give us support here...thank you for sharing your story and beautiful work!