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Creating Balance In Your Life

Creating a balance in your life between high energy and invigorating stimuli and meditative and contemplative moments can be achieved with paintings. I paint landscapes and seascapes for your aesthetic pleasure and that of your family.

We are here to enhance your every day life through imagination and creativity. Take a look at the range of paintings I have available for sale and see if any of them suit your home here.

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From The Esoteric To The Abstract, Is Art Too Difficult

Stephanie Burns The Song

Is art too hard for most people. I don’t think so. Art museums wouldn’t be one of the main attractions for tourism if art was too difficult. Art is rarefied, enigmatic, obscure, mysterious, art may be little known, hard and perplexing. But, human beings consider art to be special. Arts difference sets it apart from the norm. Consider this mother and son conversation;

“I said to my mother as we walked, that I was worried my interests lately had been too esoteric. Investing myself in the ethereal realms of art and philosophy the past two years in pursuit of finding my father amongst the relics of the 20th Century art world (Peter Fuller Project). Had been so complex and it consumed my life, I wondered if there was ultimately any point to it all in a world that was ultimately driven by capital, a crisis of faith not helped by the fact that I had studied existentialism for Road To The Well to get inside the characters skin at the bequest of the director. Which served as my greatest inspiration for the experience and, yet for at least a year after we wrapped I found myself in the grips of that same void, wrestling with intellectual riddles which set me both apart and directly in the centre of the world around me.

She told me how at art school she would tell people that Monet was passé, because of his popularity in mainstream culture, but now she paints homages to his Waterlilies and her work is firmly in line with post-Impressionism. She told me that artistic life tends to flow in circles like that, periods of resistance and at times feelings reverence towards the same inspiration. The only thing that remains the same is the image, or the film/painting.” Laurence Fuller read more…

Art stays the same, it doesn’t change once made. Art whether film or a painting is of its time. Perhaps that is part of arts importance to us we can look at it and feel secure, safe and on solid ground. While everything else has changed that particular artwork or piece has stayed the same. Perhaps that is also why artworks that change become less important to us over time.

Antiques that have been broken and repaired are of less value than the same or similar antiques that are in the same condition they were made.

We love art even if it is esoteric.

Stephanie Burns, Luna Park, Sydney
Stephanie Burns Luna Park Sydney 2014
Acrylic on canvas
198 x 198 cm
© Stephanie Burns
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Art Was Night And Day

Stephanie Burns and Laurence Fuller

“We really lived in a milieu of artists writers and philosophers, so everything was art. People like Roger Scruton, who is a British philosopher, and Howard Jacobson who is a prize winning novelist, all these people were just part of our milieu so art was night and day.” Stephanie Burns, Fine Art Tips with Colour In Your Life

Sir Sidney Nolan, Peter Fuller and Charles Rycroft
Sir Sidney Nolan, Peter Fuller and Charles Rycroft

Watch Stephanie as she paints Long Beach in California while talking to Graeme Stevenson about art life and the human condition.

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Follow An Artist’s Journey Finding The Inspiration To Paint

“It’s really difficult to talk about nature.  I think that’s because we feel nature and we smell nature and in some ways that’s sort of like art, too.  It’s hard to talk about art, it’s something that we feel … I try and paint that feeling” – Stephanie Burns on “Put Some Colour in Your Life”.

In June I travelled to Catalina Island with my son, Laurence Fuller, to find the inspiration for my next paintings. Follow me on the journey as we fly over the island in a helicopter, dive under the water in a submarine and take a boat out to search for Sea Lions.

It starts in the helicopter as we get our bearings of the island.

My camera man looks pretty cool getting off the chopper in the video of my search for inspiration.

Avalon Catalina Island from the helicopter
Avalon Catalina Island from the helicopter

Catalina is much larger than I expected, too large for me to do an aerial painting of the Island and add in people and architectural features. It was great to see the island from  this perspective and feel what it is like from an eagles vantage point. This view might work as a painting.

We get on the semi-submersible sub Nautilus and head out to Lover’s Cove. An area I spot from the helicopter with aqua water and scuba divers.

Stephanie Burns getting on the Semi Submersible Submarine Catalina Island in search inspiration
Stephanie Burns getting on the Semi Submersible Submarine Catalina Island in search inspiration

Although it was great to see the fish the underwater experience did not give me that special feeling I need for a painting.

Stephanie Burns on Nautilus
Stephanie Burns on Nautilus Catalina Island

Out on a boat in search of dolphins and sea lions just past Lover’s Cove that moment of excitement and anticipation swept over me. Up ahead we saw a pontoon covered in sea lions, as we approached a young male slipped into the water.

Sea Lions on the pontoon at Catalina
Sea Lions on the pontoon at Catalina
Sea Lion Catalina
Sea Lion Catalina

Then the moment happened, all of my senses where alert. The smell of the sea lions can be a shock at first, making me aware of the fresh sea I smelt the moment before. As I searched the surface for the male sea lion to surface again he jumped out of the water creating an arc with his reflection in the water. Nature had been amazing and I had my first subject.

Sea Lion Jumping off Catalina Island
Sea Lion Jumping off Catalina Island
Sea Lion by Stephanie Burns
Sea Lion by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
USD$5000
© Stephanie Burns

The painting created from the moment the male sea lion jumped is very different from the photo. I use photographs as a memory jogger. A camera does not see the way we see, it doesn’t feel the air, it can’t smell, it doesn’t see the surface and see through the water at the same time. When I paint a subject like this I am not Stephanie Burns standing on a boat with a camera watching a sea lion. I am the sea lion. I feel the air as he jumps from the wet to the air, I feel the water dripping off him, i feel his intention to nose dive back into the water. Most importantly I feel his sense of pride as he shows off to the humans on the boat watching him in front of the females on the pontoon. What male doesn’t feel great when he knows he just pulled off a perfect jump. Bonus, all the girls were watching.

We cruised over towards the shore, the captain pointed out the sea lions and pubs basking in the sun. One of them raised herself onto her front flippers and arched her neck back.

DSC01543There it was another perfect moment.

The sea lion in the water is a great balance to the two on the shore. The background of the hillside wasn’t right. As we turned towards Avalon the water was so aqua and clear it was incredible. A white rock stood out in the distance, there was a sea lion pup lying on the white rock. We got closer he didn’t move. No performance for the humans today from him.

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In my mind I can see my sea lions on that rock.

Detail of Sea Lions by Stephanie Burns
Detail of Sea Lions by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
US$5000
© Stephanie Burns

I have my second subject for a painting.

Back at the hotel I start to do a study to see if the structure I have in mind works as a painting.

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The colours work the structure is right, I know when I get back to my Hollywood studio that I can start work on a large oil painting.

Sea Lions by Stephanie Burns
Sea Lions by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
USD$5000
© Stephanie Burns

The finished painting evokes the experience of that day. You can even feel the sea lion in the water swimming towards the rock.

 

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Australian Artist on US TV Series

STEPHANIE BURNS CREATES JOY

Burns joins “Put Some Colour in Your Life” and shows us what her art feels like in this must-see episode

HOLLYWOOD, CA

“It’s really difficult to talk about nature.  I think that’s because we feel nature and we smell nature and in some ways that’s sort of like art, too.  It’s hard to talk about art, it’s something that we feel … I try and paint that feeling” – Stephanie Burns on “Put Some Colour in Your Life”.

Australian artist, Stephanie Burns, has led a fascinating life and with that, a fascinating career has evolved.  She joined “Put Some Colour in Your Life” (debuted August 10th) to take us on her wonderful journey as she paints.  As she tells her story – from living in Exmouth as a child and experiencing the red desert meeting the blue sea, to falling in love and moving to England and California and returning home to Australia – it is how she eloquently describes how she finds her inspiration that is most intriguing.

As she speaks (with host Graeme Stevenson from her Hollywood studio), she is masterfully creating a scene she remembers (with the help of an image) of Long Beach, California.  Although she is able to utilise technology, such as Google Earth, to help spark memories, she feels she “really has to have been there” for her to paint a scene and for her artwork to emote joy.

“A lot of artists have tragedy and despair locked down.  My paintings are about joy”, she says.

Stephanie has been studying art for over 30 years.  For her, inspiration is drawn from nature and the natural world and for her, it’s always about water.  Working with both acrylics and oils, she has had a decorated career, including being the recipient of the Waverley Art Prize three times.  Not only does Stephanie exhibit and sell her art around the world, she also creates fine fabrics – printing her divine artwork and creating clothing and decor  – she also commissions her art.

Stephanie’s episode of “Put Some Colour in Your Life” is now LIVE on Youtube and can be viewed at: https://youtu.be/4a0x8jY2s-c

To find out more about her journey and her art go to the About Page.

To find out more about her fabrics and commissions : aquaburns.com

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Imagination and Identity

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“Human beings live in the realm of nature, they are constantly surrounded by it and interact with it. The most intimate part of nature in relation to man is the biosphere, the thin envelope embracing the earth, its soil cover, and everything else that is alive. Our environment, although outside us, has within us not only its image, as something both actually and imaginatively reflected, but also its material energy and information channels and processes. This presence of nature in an ideal, materialised, energy and information form in man’s Self is so organic that when these external natural principles disappear, man himself disappears from life. If we lose nature’s image, we lose our life.” Karl Marx

The Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach, Luna Park, Monkey Mia, The Royal Crescent in Bath and Long Beach California have all been major subjects of my paintings. Very often great buildings take part in the juxtaposition of man and nature. The greater the interest we have between the nature and the man-made elements the more it invades our imagination and speaks directly to our sense of self our identity.

If you would like a painting of an iconic place surrounded by water contact me by filling out the form below.

Stephanie Burns, Mollymook Beach
Stephanie Burns Mollymook Beach 2014
Acrylic on canvas
102 x 153 cm
SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
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Stephanie Burns Crampton Island 2014
Oil on canvas
91 x 152 cm SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
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Stephanie Burns Sydney Opera House 2014
Acrylic on canvas painting
102 x 214 cm
SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Luna Park, Sydney
Stephanie Burns Luna Park Sydney 2014
Acrylic on canvas
198 x 198 cm
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Big Lagoon Shark Bay WA 2013 Acrylic on canvas 200 x 215 cm  SOLD © Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Big Lagoon Shark Bay WA 2013
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 215 cm
SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns Migaloo Jumping 2015 Oil on canvas 110 x 180 cm SOLD © Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns Migaloo Jumping 2015
Oil on canvas
110 x 180 cm
SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, Two Artists and a Writer
Stephanie Burns, Two Artists and a Writer 2012
Acrylic on board
30 x 40 cm
SOLD
© Stephanie Burns
Long Beach, California by Stephanie Burns 2016
Long Beach, California by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 inches
USD$5000
© Stephanie Burns
Stephanie Burns, The Cove 2011 Acrylic on canvas, 101.5 x 152 cm SOLD
Stephanie Burns, The Cove 2011
Acrylic on canvas, 101.5 x 152 cm SOLD