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?
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
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,000 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 33 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the … More 2014 – rather a quiet one
Happy New Year, my creative friends! I wish for you the promise and potential of the clean slate or white canvas AND the mystery and joy of messing it up a little with your own mark. May good health, love and safety all feature for you in 2015.
Come 30th June and another year gone. A financial year that is. Usually I am almost ready to visit the tax agent by early July. My twelve envelopes for dockets and the spreadsheet mostly filled out. This year was a bit different. Our appointment was much later than usual so I let things go a … More My tax agent’s eyebrow
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.
On a Friday and Saturday morning at the end of May I painted a seascape. I actually set up on Wednesday morning but I had a companion who needed more attention than my canvas. To steal a line from Tangerine Meg, the artist’s face has been yarn-bombed to protect her identity. The May weather was … More May sunshine, a seascape and a seat-scape