I have chosen this month of July to feature Landscapes. Why? There is something about winter that drives us indoors. Obviously, to keep warm. But with that comes lots of nice comforting things. Log fires, rugs, soups and stews, cosiness, nestling in. And then daydreams, books and memories. For me, the home retreat needs a … More July – featuring landscapes!
Deadlines are killers aren’t they? Well, at a desk job certainly. And perhaps most certainly when you are working for someone else. For an artist it can be different. Time pressure is the essence of plein air painting and sometimes the best results come out of that enforced ‘shorthand’. On the other hand, studio painting … More The upside of deadlines
Painting. Should it be a battle? No, I don’t think so. Can it be a battle? Yes. What is the battle about? Who are the protagonists? Me vs the canvas? or the fast-drying paint? Technical things should have been resolved long ago. Some persist, but there’s always need for improvement. Is the battle about impulse … More The canvas as battleground
Deadlines are killers aren’t they? It’s all in the name. The idea is that if you don’t make it you fall dead on the line. Perhaps in a desk job, on Friday at 4.59pm when you are working for someone else. But for an artist it can be different. The pressure of time is the … More the upside of deadlines
Brisbane! I hated it at first after moving there from the northern beaches of Sydney in 1973. Rafferty’s rules seemed to apply. Rain in summer, drivers who gave way to the left instead of the right, mad untidiness, pot-holed roads patched up annually only to be washed away in the same places in the next … More Inspiring. Surprising. Brisbane.
November? You might well ask……. Lots of exciting ideas came to mind when my colleague and I agreed in August last year to take on a monthly challenge. Time? Not really a problem – it would be relatively easy to find 3 or 4 hours a month. November was getting towards the busy time of … More The November Challenge
It was hot out there yesterday – 37 degrees in the shade. After an aerobics/weights session at the gym I was a little worn out. Perhaps that’s why I decided to go out in the midday, out in the midday, out in the midday sun. I still had gym shoes on but not for long. … More Back on the beach!
Not sure whether you noticed, but this has been a post-free July and August for seascapes-aus. Just a few IT problems… In the meantime as I will be painting in Rome soon with Kelly Medford and friends, I’ve been looking beyond my usual obsession with the sea. Apologies for the uncropped images – on the … More streetscapes(non)aus
The story of my life as an artist started a long time ago, but I will spare you all that. A few decades ago my friend Mary and I used to venture out into the local countryside, sometimes together, sometimes alone. As years passed and our lives changed, our view of the world changed too … More More of Saltwater Series 2
Here are some images of larger works from the exhibition at Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, Adelaide South Australia. You might be familiar with these. There are some photographs needed of paintings I ‘tweaked’ the day before delivering them to the gallery. Perhaps it might be worth a before-and-after series. (Was I wasting my time)? … More Saltwater series 2. The bigger the better?