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WHERE IS LIVE THEATRE IN LA

Artist donates large oil painting of Long Beach to Australian Theatre Company (ATC) in LA for their live auction at the Annual Gala October 1, 2016

I was inspired to help the ATC build for the future because of her family’s history on stage and screen in Los Angeles.  The films that sprung from their time inspire us and the theatre is the place where we can play. The ‘play’ has evolved into many things, not just entertainment but thought provoking drama, psychological exploration, high art and more.

There must always be live theatre!

I have been exhibiting for over 30 years. My paintings and sculptures have won a number of prizes and been a finalist in the Fleurieu Art Prize, the Blake prize, Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi, the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London and exhibited at art fairs in London and throughout Australia. Over one hundred and twenty of my paintings have sold in the last three years.

My inspiration is drawn from the natural world.

Palm Trees Longbeach by Stephanie Burns
Palm Trees Longbeach by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
© Stephanie Burns

I am essentially a Post Impressionist artist in the era of global warming. Inspired by the innate beauty of life and the sea.

The ATC has been working tirelessly over the years to shine a light on Australian arts in the USA, providing opportunities for Australian actors and actresses, directors, producers, writers and crew to showcase their talents.   My son, Laurence Fuller, is a very active member of the Australian arts community in Los Angeles, another reason I felt so drawn to support this wonderful artistic cause.

The painting I donated was created for an episode of the TV program “Put Some Colour in Your Life” which can be viewed on YouTube follow the link here to see the painting in progress.

ATC’s Annual Gala is on October 1st in Los Angeles

The event will be hosted by the Australian Consul-General in Los Angeles commencing at 5pm

Join ATC for an evening of cocktails, canapés and entertainment, plus a live auction of incredible prizes and experiences including:

– Return airfares to Australia courtesy of Qantas plus an accommodation package at The Langham Hotel Sydney

– Painting by Australian artist Stephanie Burns valued at $5000

– 2 night stay at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita Mexico

– 2 tickets to Human Nature’s “Jukebox – Pop. Soul. Motion & More” including a meet and greet at the Venetian Hotel Las Vegas

Tickets are available by calling 310-467-8291 or email 

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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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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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Mammoths at Long Beach

Mammoths at Venice Beach, Stephanie Burns

When I first went to LA in 1982, my father booked us into a hotel next to the La Brea Tar Pits. I remember looking out the window and being amazed that there were mammoths in what looked like a swamp below. Since then I have been very intrigued by the idea of Los Angeles in the Pleistocene age and how it changed from a forest teaming with wildlife, into the desert it is today. I began to imagine what their world must have looked like since then. When I was out on the pier at Long Beach and looked back at the land with the few palm trees I could see dotted among the apartment buildings I thought that the height of the buildings was probably the same as the forest that was once their and in my minds eye I would see the forest and the Mammoths on the beach.

The Columbian Mammoth is the only species of mammoth found in LA and was excavated in 1914. The more common American Mastodon also lived in Los Angeles during the Pleistocene age. Mastodons differ from mammoths by their smaller size and lower crowned ridged teeth. Mastodons in Rancho La Brea tend to be smaller than those found in other areas. There are the remains of 15 individuals and at least one baby in the Museum and excavations continue today.

Many scientists believe that these great creatures became extinct from over hunting, but there are 3 million bones in the La Brea Tar Pits Museum and none of them are human.

Mammoths at Long Beach has been brewing in my imagination for over 30 years. I hope you like the painting and that it does justice to these great creatures and the world they lived in up until 10,000 years ago.

Mammoths at Long Beach by Stephanie Burns
Mammoths at Long Beach by Stephanie Burns 2016
Oil on canvas
36 x 48 in
$5000
© Stephanie Burns

If you would like to receive the free link to the upcoming TV program where I paint Long Beach on “Colour In Your Life” or you are interested in buying this painting, fill out the form below and I will get back to you.

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Exhibition Catalogue of Migaloo The White Whale

Creating all these paintings of our great white whale Migaloo has been an amazing experience. You can view the catalogue here.

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At The Filming Of The TV Program

Yesterday the team from Put Some Colour In Your Life came into my studio to do a program on my work. During the program I start a painting of Longbeach from the Pier from scratch. I mean one of those scary blank white canvases. Graeme Stevenson and Sophie Stacey were great, they made me feel at ease with their professionalism and their friendliness.

There is always a worry that the show won’t go the way I hoped for or the painting won’t go well. Inviting people into my studio is always a bit nerve wracking because you never can predict the reaction of the viewer. Obviously people make judgements as soon as they walk in and no one want to hear negative comments about new work. Graeme and Sophia sat down with me and went through all the photos I had chosen for the program and we discussed art, artists, nature and the structure of aesthetic beauty. The Golden Ratio and fractals are also one of Graeme’s interests.

The program will be on YouTube in the next 6-8 weeks.

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Painting a Blue Whale

Creating a painting is a long process. I am on the balcony in Hollywood making decisions about the background and talk about dreaming the painting into existence.

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New book

My new book “The English Paintings” turned up today. Very exciting.

The exhibition starts next week on the 19th Sept. Opening Thursday 2nd October 6 – 8 pm.

The English Paintings by Stephanie Burns 2014
The English Paintings by Stephanie Burns
2014