Instagram

I made this painting back in 2014, long before any of this Covid stuff came down. But I was thinking then about our obligations to ourselves and our community, and the resistance many people have for vaccinations in general, 
and titled the piece “The Good Samaritan,” referring both to Dr Jonas Salk (shown here), credited with the polio vaccine, and to the public for taking it up. I’ve thought about this painting a lot during this past year and a half. With all the debate going on about the Covid vaccines, I like this title more than ever. 

“The Good Samaritan”
2014
Acrylic, Charcoal & Collage on Canvas
20” x 28”
Available from Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery

*
*
*
#painter #fineartpainting #figurative #vaccination #ᴠᴀᴄᴄɪɴᴇssᴀᴠᴇʟɪᴠᴇs #goodsamaritan #jonassalk #melbourneartist #americanpainter #australianart #collingwoodartist #doctor #child #childrenshealth #publichealth #getthejab

I made this painting back in 2014, long before any of this Covid stuff came down. But I was thinking then about our obligations to ourselves and our community, and the resistance many people have for vaccinations in general,
and titled the piece “The Good Samaritan,” referring both to Dr Jonas Salk (shown here), credited with the polio vaccine, and to the public for taking it up. I’ve thought about this painting a lot during this past year and a half. With all the debate going on about the Covid vaccines, I like this title more than ever.

“The Good Samaritan”
2014
Acrylic, Charcoal & Collage on Canvas
20” x 28”
Available from Kenneth Paul Lesko Gallery

*
*
*
#painter #fineartpainting #figurative #vaccination #ᴠᴀᴄᴄɪɴᴇssᴀᴠᴇʟɪᴠᴇs #goodsamaritan #jonassalk #melbourneartist #americanpainter #australianart #collingwoodartist #doctor #child #childrenshealth #publichealth #getthejab
...

My website www.aubreyrhodes.com has been updated! And now it features my latest painting, “Birds.”

A new page has also been added to the menu and features process photos of this 3-year journey. You’ll find a page titled “Birds” in the menu list.

I’ve also added a section about some of my thoughts about the painting as I went and where its inspiration came from. That can be found on the Artist Bio page.

I’ll be arranging public viewings of the painting in the near future, so stay tuned!

*
*
*
#aubreyrhodes #fineartpainting #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #narrativepainting #figurativepainting #socialjustice #women #womenempowerment #femaleartist #portraitpainting #portraitdrawing #australianartists #australianpainter #melbourne #melbourneartist #collingwoodartist #americanborn #birds #doves #whitedoves

My website www.aubreyrhodes.com has been updated! And now it features my latest painting, “Birds.”

A new page has also been added to the menu and features process photos of this 3-year journey. You’ll find a page titled “Birds” in the menu list.

I’ve also added a section about some of my thoughts about the painting as I went and where its inspiration came from. That can be found on the Artist Bio page.

I’ll be arranging public viewings of the painting in the near future, so stay tuned!

*
*
*
#aubreyrhodes #fineartpainting #contemporaryart #contemporarypainting #narrativepainting #figurativepainting #socialjustice #women #womenempowerment #femaleartist #portraitpainting #portraitdrawing #australianartists #australianpainter #melbourne #melbourneartist #collingwoodartist #americanborn #birds #doves #whitedoves
...

It’s not all work, work, work in the studio all the time. Invited some munchkins in for some fun on the swing.
*
*
*
#studiofun #artistslife #artistmom #painter #paintermom #largescalepainting #girlpower #womenempowerment #womensrights #swing #momlife #workingmother #birdsofinstagram #birds #australianartists #portraitpainting #melbourneartist #collingwoodartist #australia #artiststudio #secretpeek #behindthescene

It’s not all work, work, work in the studio all the time. Invited some munchkins in for some fun on the swing.
*
*
*
#studiofun #artistslife #artistmom #painter #paintermom #largescalepainting #girlpower #womenempowerment #womensrights #swing #momlife #workingmother #birdsofinstagram #birds #australianartists #portraitpainting #melbourneartist #collingwoodartist #australia #artiststudio #secretpeek #behindthescene
...

Constructed on March 6, 2018 and completed on May 9, 2021. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that this painting is finally done. Something that has taken me a third of my daughter’s lifetime to complete. I’ve scheduled a professional photographer to come in next Friday and photograph it properly for print publications and competitions, etc.  Until then, I’ll just sit and stare at it and think about all the long days and late nights that went into this ... 3 years it took me. I haven’t worked that long at something since graduate school 15 years ago ... 

*
*
*
#largescalepainting #painting #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #painter #femalepainter #australianpainter #australianartists #narrativeart #socialart #artiststudio #artiststudiospace #finishedpainting #womeninart #women #birds #doves #champagne #cocktail #femalearchetypes #melbourneartist #collingwoodartist #australia #epic #existentialpurpose #humannature #tookforever

Constructed on March 6, 2018 and completed on May 9, 2021. It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that this painting is finally done. Something that has taken me a third of my daughter’s lifetime to complete. I’ve scheduled a professional photographer to come in next Friday and photograph it properly for print publications and competitions, etc. Until then, I’ll just sit and stare at it and think about all the long days and late nights that went into this ... 3 years it took me. I haven’t worked that long at something since graduate school 15 years ago ...

*
*
*
#largescalepainting #painting #contemporaryart #contemporaryartist #painter #femalepainter #australianpainter #australianartists #narrativeart #socialart #artiststudio #artiststudiospace #finishedpainting #womeninart #women #birds #doves #champagne #cocktail #femalearchetypes #melbourneartist #collingwoodartist #australia #epic #existentialpurpose #humannature #tookforever
...

Exploring #newdirections in the studio. 
*
*
*
#painting #contemporaryarts #australianartists #collingwoodartists #androgynous #women #nostalgia #memories

Exploring #newdirections in the studio.
*
*
*
#painting #contemporaryarts #australianartists #collingwoodartists #androgynous #women #nostalgia #memories
...

#Lights on, #lightsoff 
 
#Lighting changes everything and brings paint to life. Three years in, and I’m almost finished with this painting. I played with the lights tonight, off ... on ... off ... in my studio and made my #ghosts come alive ❤️ so close to being done with this one ... hard to believe .., 
*
*
*
#studio #progress #paintingprogress #largescalepainting #studiolighting #artist #painter #womenempowerment #humannature #melbourneartist #collingwoodartist #australianartist #melbourne #australia #painting #sundaystudio

#Lights on, #lightsoff

#Lighting changes everything and brings paint to life. Three years in, and I’m almost finished with this painting. I played with the lights tonight, off ... on ... off ... in my studio and made my #ghosts come alive ❤️ so close to being done with this one ... hard to believe ..,
*
*
*
#studio #progress #paintingprogress #largescalepainting #studiolighting #artist #painter #womenempowerment #humannature #melbourneartist #collingwoodartist #australianartist #melbourne #australia #painting #sundaystudio
...

I’ve been trying not to post, lately, too many photos of the large painting I’ve been working on for the past few years. I’m in the final stages of refining and correcting now, and differences in the overall painting are hard to see on a screen and to a general audience. I’m afraid I’ve been boring, posting about this one painting so often. So I’ve tried to hold back in hopes of sharing an image of it finished.

But ... 😂 ... 

I want to put the Christmas tree on the wall where I have been painting this painting. So I moved the painting to the wall opposite. In the 2 years I’ve been painting this, I’ve never moved it to work on it in another light. The thought hadn’t even crossed my mind. I don’t know why!

I prefer not to work in direct light. I find the challenge of making colors luminous in darker light (without making them garish) an ambition worth pursuing. If done right, the colors will “float” on the canvas when lit in certain light. 

But when I moved this canvas to the other side of the room under direct light, the effect was incredible! All those hours, days, months, years of layering faint, thin glaze over thin glaze, seeing such slow progress, are finally paying off! Those colors! ❤️

Of course, this painting is not finished. I’m now working from right to left back over the painting, fixing, correcting, balancing out the colors and contrasts. But I had to share this because I think this is a difference you can see!

#painting #sundaypainting #women #portraitpainting #largescaleart #largescalepainting #studioprogress #artiststudio #birds #doves #cocktails #humannature #civilrights #progress #australianartists #melbourne #melbourneartist #aubreyrhodes

I’ve been trying not to post, lately, too many photos of the large painting I’ve been working on for the past few years. I’m in the final stages of refining and correcting now, and differences in the overall painting are hard to see on a screen and to a general audience. I’m afraid I’ve been boring, posting about this one painting so often. So I’ve tried to hold back in hopes of sharing an image of it finished.

But ... 😂 ...

I want to put the Christmas tree on the wall where I have been painting this painting. So I moved the painting to the wall opposite. In the 2 years I’ve been painting this, I’ve never moved it to work on it in another light. The thought hadn’t even crossed my mind. I don’t know why!

I prefer not to work in direct light. I find the challenge of making colors luminous in darker light (without making them garish) an ambition worth pursuing. If done right, the colors will “float” on the canvas when lit in certain light.

But when I moved this canvas to the other side of the room under direct light, the effect was incredible! All those hours, days, months, years of layering faint, thin glaze over thin glaze, seeing such slow progress, are finally paying off! Those colors! ❤️

Of course, this painting is not finished. I’m now working from right to left back over the painting, fixing, correcting, balancing out the colors and contrasts. But I had to share this because I think this is a difference you can see!

#painting #sundaypainting #women #portraitpainting #largescaleart #largescalepainting #studioprogress #artiststudio #birds #doves #cocktails #humannature #civilrights #progress #australianartists #melbourne #melbourneartist #aubreyrhodes
...

It’s come down to this. The two of us having a face off. She’s the last of the birds. And once shes’s done, it will be time to tighten the painting as a whole. Getting close now ... 
.
.
.
#lastbirdstanding #inthestudiotoday #painting #paintingprogress #artiststudio #behindthescenes #largescalepainting #painter #melbourne #australia #collingwoodartist #doves #birds #women #melbourneartist #aubreyrhodes

It’s come down to this. The two of us having a face off. She’s the last of the birds. And once shes’s done, it will be time to tighten the painting as a whole. Getting close now ...
.
.
.
#lastbirdstanding #inthestudiotoday #painting #paintingprogress #artiststudio #behindthescenes #largescalepainting #painter #melbourne #australia #collingwoodartist #doves #birds #women #melbourneartist #aubreyrhodes
...

In times like these, what else can you do but get weird? Well, I was already weird, but anyway ... 

#apainterslife #adayinthestudio #insidetheartiststudio #meta #womeninart #ingridbergman #largescalepainting #portraitpainting #women #people #laughing #smiling #lips #paintingprogress #process #processpainting #coverart #morethanapainting #cover #face #melbourne #australia #artist #art #mowmow #australianartist #melbourneartist #aubreyrhodes

In times like these, what else can you do but get weird? Well, I was already weird, but anyway ...

#apainterslife #adayinthestudio #insidetheartiststudio #meta #womeninart #ingridbergman #largescalepainting #portraitpainting #women #people #laughing #smiling #lips #paintingprogress #process #processpainting #coverart #morethanapainting #cover #face #melbourne #australia #artist #art #mowmow #australianartist #melbourneartist #aubreyrhodes
...