Sunday, September 27, 2009

Natural Selection

This is a recent painting, it's just over 1 meter in width, oil on canvas. This will be my last posting for a few weeks as I am moving to Victoria from South Australia. I will need to set up a new internet account, I will also be having a new email address, so much to do and so little time! I'm hoping to setup my own Studio/Gallery 5 kms from a beautiful town called Daylesford. I'm building a studio and it should be up and running about April next year.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Man on Horse

This is a photo of a painting  did about 10 years ago.  I did it to look like a George Stubbs original!  It has fooled many visitors to our house.  I used an oil paint cracking substance to give it some authenticity, and lots of layers of different varnishes.  We have just sold our house to move to Daylesford in Victoria, the people who bought the house wanted me to include the painting in the sale, which I did.  It's about 1 meter 20 cm in width.

Across the universe

A recent nest painting that I had on display at the Cathedral.  The red in real life is slightly darker in tone, more of a Japanese red.

Jo side on

A drawing completed last week at our groovy life drawing session.  I like the profile on this one.


I enjoyed painting grapes 1 so I have tried another one with a different coloured background.


Here are a few photos of my recent exhibition at the St Peters Cathedral in Adelaide.  

Monday, August 17, 2009


Oil on canvas, 1 meter x 1 meter.  Notice the trade mark little beetle on the leaf on the left.  Thank you bloggers!  I'll add some more things next week.

Celine, side view

I like the way the model's toe curls around her ankle, and the spontaneous marks make this a dynamic drawing.  It is about 70 cms or so in depth, so a fairly large drawing.  Anyone interested in purchasing it, send me an email.

Celine, back view

Another drawing completed at the life session.  This would have been a 10 minute pose, which is long enough to make the marks necessary.  Any longer and I would get too fiddly!!  


This drawing was completed last week at our groovy life drawing session!!  I loved this pose, and knew straight away it would make a nice drawing.  The pastel that I used left a lovely texture on the paper.  Also it was an unusual colour to select, but it seemed to work nicely.


This painting was completed recently and was part of my exhibition at the St Peters Cathedral.  It's oil on canvas, 1 meter by 1 meter.


This is a painting that was completed in 05.  I made the image from various objects and items lying around the studio.  It's 1 meter in width, it's oil on canvas.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Space Ship

I have been selling a few of my larger nest paintings recently, which is good one way but leaves me short of work to display at my upcoming SALA exhibition.  So, this is a new one fresh off the brush.  It is 1m x 1m.  It has a Japanese impressionist feel with some calligraphic brush strokes.


Oil on canvas, 400 x 350 mm.  This would make a really nice image for a wine label.  If there's anyone out there with friends in the industry, send them my way!  This painting is available for purchase, email me for details.

Still life; apple and pears

This is a recent painting, it's one of my favourites.  It was an easy painting, in as far as it happened very quickly, just fell off the brush in about an hour.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

Still life with three pears

I quite like the mysterious presence of the objects against the dark background.  

Lemon and Chinese vase

I did this painting recently and was interested in the reflection of the yellow in the lemon onto the stone texture of the vase.  It's only a small painting, about 300mm wide.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Welcome to my blog

If you are visiting this site as a result of seeing my ad in the Australian Art Collector Magazine, thank you for making the effort.  When I paint something, I'm interested in bringing out the essential beauty in everyday objects.  I'm a traditionalist, I'm not out to make smart comments, political stands or shock the community, I just love painting, I do hope you enjoy looking at my work.  

A lot of the paintings shown have already sold or are on show in galleries interstate.
However if you are a collector and are interested in purchasing something, email me and let me know the genre that interests you: 1. Nests 2. Still Life 3. Life Drawings.  I would then send you a PDF of available works with a price indication.  Only genuine enquiries please.


This is a large piece, over 1 meter in width.  This work is available for sale, if it interests you, email me for a price.  


Another painting, using the same cauliflower in the picture below.  It tasted just as good as it looks!  This will also go up at the Cathedral exhibition.

Kitchen Table

A new still life, to go on display at the Adelaide Cathedral as part of the SALA exhibition.  It's oil on canvas, and about 60 cms in width.

Tree (sold.)

This is a small painting completed about 5 years ago.  It sits in a little corner of the studio, all neglected and alone!  If anyone is interested it's yours for $50.00 + postage, to the first person that contacts me.  Go for it!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Fruit and Ginger Jar

Another painting of this little ginger jar, done on the weekend.  It is oil on canvas and measures about 350 x 230 mm.  This painting will be part of the up-coming SALA exhibition at St Peters Cathedral, Adelaide - open from August 14th - August 16th - come if you can!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

looking for clues.

keeping it simple, small painting oil on canvas, 26c.m. x 26.c.m.I like the central full on, layout, not what anyone would teach you, but it has an air of mystery about it, you will notice my display of nest paintings at Hunt Leather as you scroll down the page, they have sold 2 works so far, with another two weeks to go before they change the display, so only 3 left for any keen art loving bloggers in Sydney, so go to it!!

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Apples from the Garden

Another painting, a result of cold damp weather locking me in the studio.  Hope you like it - if anyone has any comments, I would love to hear from you.  Don't be shy!

3 Degrees of Light

I have just used this painting in an advertisement in the new edition of the Australian Art Collector Magazine.  It is on display at the New Hampton (Without Pier Gallery) in Melbourne.  It's only a small painting, it has a beautiful gold frame.  You can contact Richard Watson, gallery manager, on (03) 9598 5006.  If it's still available, he would put a hold on it for you.  Snap it up!

Still Life with Pumpkin and Apples

A new little painting, produced last weekend.  It's the middle of winter here in South Australia, drizzling with rain and only 10 degrees C, which was great - I was able to spend my time in the studio without the guilts! 

Poster for exhibition

This is an A4 poster to go with my exhibition at Hunt Leather.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

New Old Nest! (SOLD)

I have lightened the background of this picture,  It is done in oils, ( most of the backgrounds to my large nest paintings are done on acrylic.) it has improved the look of the painting generally, and while I was at it, I added some colourful highlights here and there, no one else would notice, but you have to do what you have to do!! 

Illustration Promotion

This a little promotion I did recently to give my illustration work a plug, we just emailed it around, I'm tempted to have them printed at Ai size to get the impact I would like, the headline will mean nothing to most overseas visitors to my blog site, it was a phrase used a few times by our Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to gee up the workforce!!

Monday, June 1, 2009

On Display

My paintings (5 of them) have just gone on display at Hunt Leather, a prestigious leather goods store in Sydney, at the MLC Centre, right in the heart of Sydney.  If you live in the area, go in and have a look!  And even better, purchase one!  It will be on show until the end of this month.  

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Pumkin and grapes.

this is a new painting, 21cm x21cm, oil on canvas, the photo isn't as good as the original, I may re-shoot it later, if I have time, but then who ever has spare time! let me know your comments. 

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Fallen Nest

This is a relatively new painting on my favourite theme.  It's a meter wide and around 700mm deep.  Oil on canvas.  I look forward to your comments.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Model turning to the right.

the following drawings measure almost a meter in hight, and are on good quality offset paper,
anyone interested in purchasing one please email me, I can post it to anywhere in the world, rolled in a tube, make me an offer! 

back view.

I forgot my own drawing materials, so I borrowed a friends charcoal, (thanks Paul.)it has a softer quality than pastel, but I like the freedom it gives and it stops me making the blacks too dark.

Celine in blue

Our new drawing group has started, we used to go to the local art school, but a new CEO wanted to change things such as, no music, and that a supervisor would be taking charge, etc, etc, so we all walked out and have now organised our own drawing group, so here are the results from last night.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Two new still life paintings.

Another couple of still life paintings.  I will be having an exhibition at the Adelaide Cathedral as part of the South Australian Living Artists Week (SALA) with three other artists.  The Cathedral is pretty big, so I must get a lot done to fill the allotted space.  If anyone is interested in making some comments, don't be shy please enter into the fun!!  And speak to me.

Chinese vase and lemons

Hi fellow Bloggers!  Sorry I haven't been very active in adding pictures recently.  Like many other artists, I'm trying to surf the Global Financial Crisis without falling off my board!  Hope you like this little picture.  It is 25 cm x 25 cm, oil on canvas.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

3 Apples

Here's a new painting, oil on canvas, completed a few weeks ago, I will be posting more images up over the next day or so, watch this space, bloggers!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


This is a portrait of my beautiful granddaughter, Arrabella.  She was in the studio, so I requested she sit on the chair next to my easel and asked her to keep as still as possible!  the process of making the painting was around half an hour.  It was at the limits of her patience!  Can you spot the difference between the two images?  I took out the heavy line under the chin and the dark line on her hair parting, and a couple of other minor adjustments.   The following day, a friend saw it and has requested I paint her grandchildren and daughter-in-law.  I'll let you know what happens (pressure!!).

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Space Walk.

This painting will go in the Balmain art show, later this year, (Nov 2009.) try to get along to 
see it, along with Orbiter, one of my larger nests. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Nest Painting

This painting will be destined to hang in an exhibition for SALA (South Australian Living Artists) at St Peters Cathedral later in the year.  

Arrangement with Protea

This painting has been sitting in the corner of my office since '04.  I liked it at the time, I still think it has some merit and I might pursue this kind of layout in some future pictures.

Quadrata - SOLD

Another new painting, the background effect was a new experiment for me.  It was almost good enough to leave as it was without the nest!  But then, Jackson Pollock has already done this!  I struggled a little bit with the weave of the canvas, it needed another coat of gesso to prime the canvas and fill in the little craters between the weave.  It's a meter by a meter.