15 November 2009

13 November 2009

06 November 2009

Russian Garlic No3

oil on canvas / 6 x 6"
Background using Recycled Paint method.

28 October 2009

27 October 2009

Eggplant No2

8 x 8" / oil on canvas
© w van der Drift 2009

Four Eggs

8 x 8" / oil on canvas
© w van der Drift 2009

Three White Objects

8 x 8" / oil on canvas
© w van der Drift 2009

Political Fruit #1 ... North Korea / South Korea

Political Fruit #1 ... North Korea / South Korea
© w a van der Drift 2009
24 x 30" / oil on canvas

26 October 2009

Victorian Bushfires - FEB 2009

Oil on Canvas ... painted with Recycled paint and spatula

detail 1 - confusion

detail 2

detail 3

detail 4

detail 5 - the helper


This painting was inspired and in response to the horror and heat of the Victorian Bushfires which happened in Australia early in 2009 where 173 people died.

This is a sample of a painting done entirely using a single painting spatula and recycled oil paint. Painted on a large canvas approx 90cm X 120cm.

22 October 2009

Recycled Paint

Canvas in process of being covered with 'Recycled Paint'

... at times I am inspired to do a little painting with the recycled paint, just using the spatula and selected colors.

Bunch of canvasses and panels prepped with 'Recycled Paint' set out to dry.

Garlic Painting done on background prepped with 'Recycled Paint'

Recycled Paint being mixed on the palette with Spatula.

Closeup detail of textures which are achieved by using 'Recycled Paint'
on a canvas panel

Prepared "Recycled Paint" Canvasses ... ready to go!

I have been working with a new technique of recycling paint. Having never liked to throw out older [off] paint, which is just beginning to become unusable, but still fairly soft, I started scraping it onto the canvasses with a large spatula. I call it Recycling Paint. Very eco friendly! Then leave it to dry out completely and sand it back (being careful not to sand through the canvas, to give a wonderful effect to the backgrounds of my paintings. This method gives a deep aged heavy background. I don't want to use this for all my paintings, but have liked the effect it gives to some, as with the one below of Russian Garlic. Best thing about this method is that I don't have to waste paint any more.

I've painted a few larger paintings by using this method ... which I've called my "Recycled Paintings". I'll post some photos of these paintings on the blog some time down the track. They are more abstract, and I use the spatula for these as well, but have introduced figures.

The photo above is of the last lot of canvasses I prepared using the Recycled Paint method. By mixing the colors selectively straight from the palette onto the canvas, I get fabulous colors, no matter that they don't always remain those colors, it's great fun and good exercise. The top photo is a close-up of a prepped canvas using recycled paint, to show you the effect.

21 September 2009

Pear on the Easel


Back to Work ... Pear on the Easel

Well, much has happened since my last posting, I've had a great exhibition at Maleny Artworks Gallery in Maleny. I've had the Swine Flu, I've hurt my back in the hospital while having Swine Flu and I've taken a long time to recover. Still not completely back to my old self, but walking around a little. So it's back to work, and back to the studio. My first little painting, a 5 X 7" oil of a lovely organic Pear I found with a single leaf at the local Co-op market in Maleny. I also found 5 friends with leaves, but they may have waited a little too long to be painted. So this is it for now. I have some other paintings to post, but haven't had time to photograph them yet, not too far off tho.

04 August 2009



Hi everyone,

I'm very happy to share with you some pics of the Art Exhibition opening on Sat Night at Maleny Artworks Gallery, in Maleny Qld Australia. The show was opened by Ken Munsie, who manages to pull a wonderful art scene together in Maleny for more than 200 local eminent artists who live in the region, and is a superb ceramicist and potter.

So many paintings sold on the night, and over the weekend, and all continuing to go well it should be a very successful exhibition, running for 3 weeks until 19th August at 50 Maple St, Maleny. Also exhibition at the Gallery is Rosemary and Helen Almberg and Ann Oliver.

Some pics from the opening night:

11 July 2009

Two Mandarins on a Painters Box

"Two Mandarins on a Painters Box" by w van der Drift
oil on canvas / 12 x 24"

© wendy van der Drift 2009
Maleny, Blackall Ranges, Australia

A painter gets very thirsty, and at times hungry,
a painter will then peel a mandarin
rest it on the painter's box
and paint it.


Bunch of Beets or Beetroot ... take your pick

Bunch of Beets or Beetroot ... take your pick
© w a van der Drift 2009
Blackall Ranges, Maleny, Australia
12 x 24"

oil on canvas

Big Bunch of Beets or Beetroot as we call them in Australia

I love the color of the stalks, spurting out life force from the
dull beets which struggled under the earth for such a period of time
to produce the most intense and radiant deep magenta / carmine
colors that one could imagine.

10 July 2009

Kohl - Rabi ... side by side


"Kohl - Rabi ... side by side" by w van der Drift
oil on canvas / 12 x 12"
© w van der Drift 2009
Maleny, Blackall Ranges, Australia

08 July 2009


Lovely Post by Australian Ceramic Artist Shannon Garson of Strange Fragments Blog:
Thought I would share with you here...


There's something human about that garlic!- the paintings of Wendy Van der Drift

Wendy Van der Drift posts a painting a day on her blog "Painting Daily" Her beautiful paintings reference old masters and dutch still life painting.
What I like is that her composition and subject matter is modern and humorous. There's something human about that garlic!



jimgottuso said...

beautiful paintings, i particularly like the last one with the ginger. looks like she's studied the palette of the masters... it's a somewhat lost art these days and i think there's only a handful of painters worldwide that really understand "seeing color" in the old master painter's sense. nice paintings.

There is something so soothing about Wendy's work. Even the Clay work she has posted is calming somehow.
Yup. Yup. Very nice.
Vibrant and juicy also spring to my mind when I see her paintings.
Great thing this internet!
Cheers from a 1st generation Canadian Dutch Woman on Vancouver Island.

06 July 2009

Three Pears in Conversation

"Three Pears in Conversation" by w van der Drift
oil on canvas / 8 x 10"

© wendy van der Drift 2009
Maleny, Blackall Ranges, Australia

1 1/2" Deep Gallery Wrapped Canvas,
Painting is painted on all sides, and can be hung framed or as is
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Antique Apple

"Antique Apple" by w van der Drift
oil on canvas / 5 x 7"

© wendy van der Drift 2009
Maleny, Blackall Ranges, Australia

God gave us fruit so
we could learn how to
paint humans properly

Painted on 11 1/2" deep gallery wrap canvas
can be hung as is, or framed

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