I will never forget my trips to Kangaroo Island. Most were full of joyous expectation so the trip was coloured with delight. The crossing of Backstairs Passage between Cape Jervis and Penneshaw KI takes about 45 minutes and there are times when I have stood on deck for most of this time, just watching the … More Painting water
It is so nice to see the sun in an English garden. It enlivens everything. The very green grass, the dappled shade, the shapes and layering of the foliage all take on new life when the clouds lift. And so it was late this afternoon, two days after the summer solstice. Foxglove with a chili … More A summer afternoon in the garden
“How did it go in Sydney?” “Different, but really well!” “So why was it different?” It is a mystery I can’t explain. Is it the difference between Adelaide and Sydney markets? Or patterns of life? Gallery locations? The opening night was actually the 6th night of the exhibition. When we arrived there was a dazzling … More Exhibition sales! breathing colours, Balmain
So much about Sydney is inspiring for an artist. The excitement of the city and its people of course, but for me most exciting is its water – the harbour, inlets and ocean beaches. Coming from Adelaide many years ago to live on Sydney’s northern beaches I was impressed by the sheer power of the … More More Sydney paintings
These two may not line up exactly, but their titles “port” and “starboard” will give you the idea. Preparations are well under way for an outing in Sydney for me and my paintings! Breathing colours gallery at Balmain in Sydney’s inner west will be showing some new works from mid April until early May.This … More Paintings for Sydney exhibition
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
Now for the new direction! But “there’s nothing new under the sun” as my teacher and friend David Dallwitz used to say. I don’t worry too much about striving to be novel these days, I just do what I do. That might sound off-hand, but painting when pressures allow means I need some enduring themes … More So, what’s new?