helen amyes

from the studio

5th October 2015

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afterbonnard001forblog

Recently I have been discovering watercolour as a medium and making small studies after Bonnard and Matisse to try to better appreciate their use of colour.On wednesdays I join other painters at the Oakine’s Community House,Dodges Ferry,Tasmania and we often “have a try” with each others “stuff”.Being in a group like this is a novel experience for me as i usually prefer to work alone or in distance collaborations via mail art and assembling books. Out of this experience i have been experimenting with the pigments in relation to wax resist and found that the Cotman’s watercolour by Windsor and Newton, best suits my method with the required transparency, yet vivid colours. Payne’s grey has also emerged as a big favourite and i am already topping up my half pans with a tube, a tip i have gleaned from other painters in the group.



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Author: helen amyes

English/Aussie Visual Artist based in the historic town of York, in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. I've been described as a "painter with a fluid approach". So although painting and drawing are my first language so to speak, i enjoy creating film photograph,textiles,visual poetry and even the occasional sound or performance project. Really i feel the medium needs be the best to express the idea. Much of my work is collaborative in the form of assembling books where each artist contributes an art work/page which is then bound. Also mail art which is often exhibited as an egalitarian installation. I also do some design work for sale via Red Bubble, Saatchi Art sites and local galleries.

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