Zom Osborne

I dream of a world where humanity again lives as a child of Nature

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Why Would you Begin a Painting that you Knew Would Fail?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2015 in Journal | 2 comments

Today I began a painting that I think has little chance of working. I have made plenty of paintings that didn’t work, that is just part of being an artist. One friend of mine,  who is very accomplished and recognised, said that he assumes a 10% failure rate. When he was younger that rate was much higher. 10% is pretty good. I do a fair bit of...

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Repurposed Game Pieces

Repurposed Game Pieces

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Journal | 8 comments

  I have been teaching more than usual in the past few weeks, and I find that it takes my creative energy. This past week I have barely had the energy to go into my studio. My inspiration seems to be the last thing to return. But fortunately I already had started on these small pendants. I have been wanting to make some jewellery for myself, and am...

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Living with the Animals, and the Insects, and the Reptiles

Living with the Animals, and the Insects, and the Reptiles

Posted by on Mar 10, 2015 in Journal |

In the U.S. I would have said that we live in the rainforest, in Australia we call it living in the bush. One of the things that I love most about where we live is all the wildlife. I wake in the morning to pademelons (like small kangaroos) grazing on the grass around our house. They look up at me with their sweet faces and go completely still –...

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If I Could Live my Life Again

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Journal |

I am loving a new (to me) podcast Suggested Donation. It is by youngish artists who are painting using the traditional skills that were taught to 19th century artists. They talk about art and interview other artists. And so far nothing about how to sell or promote your art, thank heavens. I went to art school in the early 90’s. At that time it was...

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From Instagram

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Journal | 1 comment

New inspiration from my sketchbook. With the help of the photocopier. #wip #makingart A photo posted by Zom Osborne (@zomosborne) on Jan 27, 2015 at 3:37pm PST I am now in the process of creating a more detailed reference drawing before I begin this...

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What kept you going?

What kept you going?

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Journal |

I read a wonderful article in the online New York Times titled ‘Old Masters at the Top of Their Game’. There were a few paragraphs about the artist Carmen Herrera, age 99. “Herrera sold her first painting at age 89. Today her work is in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern.” I found this a little...

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the Importance of an Artist’s Color Palette

the Importance of an Artist’s Color Palette

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Journal | 4 comments

This is a small oil painting of mine from 2010. Does it look a bit old fashioned to you? As you may know, I am in the process of changing from oil to acrylic paints (here is a post where I talk about it). There are a few reasons for this, one is that I want my paintings to have brighter cleaner colour. I was thinking about this as I was in the process of...

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Changing from Oils to Acrylics means lots to Learn

Changing from Oils to Acrylics means lots to Learn

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Journal | 2 comments

Because I am changing from oil to acrylic paints, I am in a forest of new things to learn and I keep discovering more. Do you know the differences between painting in oils and in acrylics? I didn’t, and that is one of many things that I am learning. I have been painting in oils for 25 years. I have used acrylics in my art journal, and as one of the...

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