Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Painting and Mixed Media Art Classes 2010 in Noosa

Final Sale Day for Paintings...Go to my etsy shop for details
New Classes for 2010--Go to my class blog for details

Happy New Painting Year
to all my blog friends and visitors
May you have a peaceful year

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Pre New Year Original Painting Etsy Sale ends Soon!

All My paintings on Etsy are currently on sale until New Year.
They are 50$ but will go back to 65$ on the 1st January 2010 . There are lots to choose from so dont miss out. Please email me if you have anymore questions or would like a different colour or commission
See my estsy shop in the black right hand column under About me. Just click on my name chris hobel  to take you to my shop directly

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Step by Step Palette Knife Painting Tuscany Stage 3 by Chris Hobel

Palette Knife Painting by Chris Hobel
Finally the red poppies and dark centres  are added

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tuscany Painting Step by Step Palette Knife Painting by Chris Hobel Stage 2

This is the next step in the painting from the previous post. I allowed the painting to dry to keep clean colour.The purple hills, darks and foliage are  added and a few  highlights. The scene is set for the poppies in the next stage

If you would like to learn to paint please show your interest in my 2010 classes by emailing me

Monday, December 14, 2009

Step by Step Palette Knife Painting Tuscany Stage 1 by Chris Hobel

Acrylic Palette Knife Painting
This is the first step of my palette knife painting of Tuscany shown in the previous blog using Aetelier Acrylics,
the basic shapes are blocked in medium valued muted colours, I allow this to dry before continuing to reduce the muddying effect caused by overmixing colours . .
If you would like to learn to paint please show your interest in my New year classes by emailing me

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Acrylic Palette Knife Painting Tuscany by Chris Hobel

Another 8x8 painting
I really enjoy painting these with the palette knife , the paint is so thick it takes some time to dry so you can blend directly on the painting.

Price Cut Abstract Acrylic Painting on paper by Chris Hobel

Abstract Acrylic on paper 30x42cms,unframed
One of my painting experimental techniques painted without brushes

currently for sale
 for only12$ plus post


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Abstract Acrylic Painting by Chris Hobel Australia, prize winner

Layered Textured abstract 8x8 inches
I love trying out new ideas on thse small canvases, they look great hung as a group. I teach these techniques in my classes using Atelier Interactve paints and mediums.
 This one has modelling compound, gold acrylic, burnt umber washes , irridescent colours and pearl paint
learn to paint your own in my classes

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Price Cut Paintings on Etsy by Chris Hobel

This is a sample of the canvases available  at my Painting Shop
Click on my name in the right hand  Etsy column to find more

Monday, November 30, 2009

Palette Knife Painting by Chris Hobel

Roses Palette Knife Painting in Acrylics 8x8 inches,close up of detail,
love the thick texture and warm colours, really Christmassy
the painting front view slighlty cropped
Side view on my easl
Another close up

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Oil Painting by Chris Hobel Daily Painter, Australia

The finished Hydranger Pot Plant  from Montepulciano 8x8 inch in oil
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Oil Painting by Chris Hobel Daily Painter, Australia

I took this photo at a b and b in Montepulciano Italy. The first and the best we stayed at.It was called Il Rhondo. Beautiful Gardens .
Ive blocked in the background colours with oils thined with gum turp and put in the main darks. I will be adding the next step soon, so check back for progress

Friday, November 20, 2009

Oil Painting by Chris Hobel Daily Painter, Australia

Path to Rules Beach, near Bundaberg painted on Canvas pad paper.

I was very happy with this first painting of sand  and the vegetation in the area . Im currently doing several of my local Beach which I will be posting over the next few weeks. The above painting can be rolled and posted so freight would be very reasonale to post overseas. To purchase safely with Pay Pal
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Rules Beach Photograph Painting Reference

I painted this after a four wheel drive trip up the coast in winter. I cropped the left side and used  my memory of the view to exaggerate the perspective and slope of the dunes

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Tuscan Hilltop Town Oil Painting by Chris Hobel, Australia

Finished at last. This the final step in the Painting of the area near Montisi Tuscany Italy
8x8inch deep sided canvas.
I like the interesting roof angles and shadows. It is almost dry so if you would like to purchase , please contact me by email
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Daily painting by Chris Hobel Australia

Monday, November 16, 2009

Tuscan Hilltop Town Oil Painting

A bit more progress or one step forward and two steps back, I like the orange colours Ive lost but I will add some more light to the forground after this dries. The biggest challenge for me is painting the forground olive trees.  I think this may be around Montisi .I like the style of Nicolas Verral

Tuscan Hilltop Village Painting by Chris Hobel Australia

This is the first stage of my  8x8 oil painting using reference from a village in Tuscany I visited last year in early spring. I took lots of photos on my trip.This was on one of the few sunny days. It was meant to be a quick painting but alas it had a lot of detail. A close up is below. Im using Archival Oils, the special fast drying white is really great for me as Im more used to painting  with acrylics

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Coolum Beach Oil Painting by Chris Hobel Australia

Coolum Beach Oil Painting 46x92cms
This painting took a while to complete.The reference was a very small picture about 2x1cm! I would not attempt from such a small pic again. Lots of artistic license needed

The finished painting  below measures 46x92cms Contact me at
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The picture below was the first step, notice how Ive cooled down the distant headlands and added more variety to the shapes in the middle distance in the final version

Daily Painting by Chris Hobel Australia

Friday, November 13, 2009

Daily Painting by Chris Hobel Australia

Oil on Canvas Board
I painted this one about the same time as the previous post. I love blues and purples for shadow colours
For details
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Oil Painting by Chris Hobel Daily Painter, Australia

Oil on Canvas Board.
I painted this from a photo taken at Deepwater National Park near 1770. Central Queensland Australia.
It has lots of scattered light and foliage detail quite challenging.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Seascape Oil Painting Workshop with John Wilson by Chris Hobel

Seascape  Oil Painting painted at the Kenilworth John Wilson Workshop

This is the final painting  we did, fun to do the reflections. Three paintings in 3 and a half days was a good effort.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Workshop Oil Painting by Chris Hobel

Australan Gums in the snow. Oil on Canvas
This is another painting I completed at the John Wilson workshop a few weeks ago.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

John Wilson Workshop

This is John and some of his spectacular work of the Australian Landscape, he has the ability to place limited strokes in just the right place and tone, he truly captures the light of the landscape, a real inspiration

Ive must apologize for not adding to my blog recently, computer problems and catching up with painting, writing a few articles and swimming at gorgeous Noosa Main Beach. I promised to add more pictures from the workshop

This is the first piece we did, quite a small painting of Southern NSW. You can see Johns  version in the left corner of the above photo

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Chris attends Kenilworth Painting Workshop

John Wilson painting class

 Im having a day off from my 4 day workshop with John Wilson, a very relaxed teacher.Take a look at this tidy palette
John likes to use Windsor and Newton Artists Oils, the colours he loves include Rose Madder Genuine and Cerulean Blue, you cannot replace them with anything else as there is nothing like it.Just those two small tubes sets you back around 110$AU, not a typing error. We use only pure gum turpentine as the thinning medium
The painting is from a photo around Hartley NSW in the Blue Mountains region.The image is of Johns easl and the first stage set up of the painting.  More in my next blog

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Traditional Painting in Oils First Prize Winner, Noosa Beach by artist Chris Hobel

Noosa Main Beach Oil on canvas
I was thrilled to receive a phone call on Friday informing me that I had won First prize in the Traditional section of the Noosa Show.
As an artist it is a great feeling to receive recognition for your efforts. I love to paint in many styles but traditional  seems what Im best at .
The  John Wilson  Master workshop Im attending in a few weeks will give me more skills in oils so the win give me a real boost as I have been feeling a bit of the artist doldrums lately and have had difficulty focusing on the direction I want to take with my painting
This is the beach I swam at today and is very beautiful. I painted it from a photo I took  early in the morning

Monday, September 7, 2009

Daily Postcard sketches from Noosa by Chris Hobel

Noosa River looking North
A Quick Sketch Noosa River looking toward Mt Tinbeewah I did today
A great way to improve your observation and drawing skills is to carry a small 6x6 inch A5 sketch book  along with a a few pencils, felt pens,a small #3 sable brush and pocket water colour box, plastic water jar. I take this on hikes, camping and around town. Ive recently discovered a white charcoal pencil which is good for highlights , branches, and tree trunks. Working on a small scale forces you to pick out the most important bits and not get absorbed with detail. Give it a try
I start with the pencil, then work a bit with the felt pen to add darks, the touches of water colour are usually done toward the finish. When the paint is dry, I sometimes add more felt pen. It is also good to take a picture of the same spot. I took my camera but forgot to do it. The first photo was taken earlier in the year
My sketch kit

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Noosa Country Show Paintings for sale

Paintings for Sale at Pomona Qld  12th and 13th September 09
Remains 480$  120x61 cm
Noosa Beach $800 oil 120x61cms
White Roses 500$   92x62cms Pink Magnolia 490$ 60x60cmsColour Block 7 480$   
Today I delivered my 6 paintings for exhibition at the Pomona
,a small country town in the hinterland of Noosa where each year on the 12 and 13 Sept,
 the show is held .The organisers today told me that 75% of exhibitors this year are new.
This does not surprise me as there are very few outlets for local artists to show their work at a reasonable price
.Many gift shops and galleries  have closed down during the past two years leaving many talented artsits with nowhere to show their work.
 Please support your local show or visit if you are in the area, a very beautiful part of the world.
61x77cmsNoosa Sunset 850$ 120x61cms

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Baffle Creek , Bundaberg Queensland Australia, Oil Painting by Chris Hobel

Baffle Creek Oil Painting by Chris Hobel

This is a small oil painting on board and measures about 8x10 inches,
very small for me. Im doing a John Wilson Master Class in a few weeks at the Kenilworth Arts Festival and thought I should get back into the oils.
I mostly paint in Acrylics but love oils too, especially in the warm weather.I dont feel as rushed as I do painting with acrylics.
email me if you would like to purchase
Below is the photo I used to work from in my studio
Baffle Creek is a relatively unknown place north of Bundberg in Queenland Australia. My oils are very realistic in style
Comments appreciated
Daily painting by Chris Hobel, Australia

Monday, August 24, 2009

Published Project, Free to Fly by Chris Hobel using Masking Fluid

As seen in the Latest Fine Art and Decorative Painting Magazine, "Free to Fly"  Vol16 #11 published by Express Publications
It is done with  Atelier Interactive Acrylics  using Transparent Colours on Canvas, but looks like watercolour. Today I have just finished another article on masking fluid , it is really fun to use as there are many unexpected results

Friday, August 14, 2009

My Latest Publication in Fine Art and Decorative Painting Step by Step Instructions for Seaview Painting by Chris Hobel

My article shows step my step instructions for painting the faux cracked ivy covered stone window seaview scene including colourful terracotta pots of pansies, nasturtians and geraniums

This publication is widely available in Australia and also distributed in Canada and the US

My latest publication in Fine Art and Decorative Painting Magazine Vol 16# 10


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