Sunday, October 19, 2014

Radicchio Lettuce. (sold)

Hi people out there, this is a new painting done for a collector friend of mine, about a meter square,
and oil on canvas, I haven't been adding much to my blog recently due to the fact we are about to move back to Daylesford again, not that there is anything wrong with Adelaide!! we love it,  but the draw of old friends and the small community and also the proximity of Melbourne, and the galleries, is a big magnet to us.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A hint of Japonica.

Trying to keep the brushwork nice and loose, I still have trouble photographing a painting that has had a coat of varnish, anyway I shall keep trying.!

3 Pears.

Hi Guys, this is a new little painting, completed a couple of weeks ago, I was after some simplicity,
and wanted to see if I could give the pears an inner glow,
It seems funny to be painting pictures when the world is in so much turmoil at the moment, with trouble spots all over the place and evil being shown on the news every night, maybe if we all made more art and less war the planet would be so much better off.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Starry Starry Night. (sold)

This is a commissioned painting done for a collector in the U.K. I dont think my photo does it justice,
I find that when you varnish a painting to bring all the colours together, it makes the peice hard to photograph especially when there is a sheen on the surface.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

cover picture.

You will need to click on the image to get it bigger, to read it, (It's me, !!! ) this one belongs to an earlier post that shows the article that belongs to this cover, cheers. keep on blogging!!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Drawing in pastel

A 15 minute drawing in black rembrandt pastel, at Eastwood, click on it for enlargement.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Nest. August 2014

This painting has been on and off the easel for weeks, it's a large piece about 120 cm x 100 oil on canvas, in the end I have to let it go, and get on with my life!!  you know what they say... 'a painting is never finished it's only abandoned" my photo isn't that great, but I must say it looks very strong on a white wall,  very rich with lots of depth to it,  it will go into an upcoming exhibition. click on it for a close up.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Japanese Vase and fruit.

Continuing with my dark backgrounds ( much to the annoyance of a few people!!)
this one is 20 inches by 16 inches or in Ozzie measurements !! 51 x41 cm
my next still life will be a more high key approach on a light background watch out for that!!
click on image for better detail.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Vase with fruit

I re-shot this one it looks better than the previous image, hope you like it, email me at  and let me know your thoughts.

display cupboard.

A very ordinary photo! of a cupboard that contains a lot of my props used in various paintings,
When I have the energy, I will take another with better lighting,! this one was taken with bright sunlight streaming in the window.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

studio views.

Just thought I would take a couple of shots of my studio, nice place to work.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Juicy Fruit.

Another small still life painting, it looks like it was painted in candlelight, ! very limited and subtle colours, I tried to make this a little less 'busy' than the last few images.

In Flight.

This is a recent painting on a favorite theme! the size is 1 meter deep by 120 cm wide, oil on canvas,
I will keep this for my exhibition early in the new year at 'Togs' in Castlemaine Victoria, I will give details of the location etc when we are closer to the date.

Sunday, August 17, 2014


This drawing produced recently, at Eastwood, a little different as I have added some colour.

Out of the Darkness.

I get all my fruit from the Hahndorf fruit and veg store, which I must say is one of the best fruit shops ever!!, and it is close by in the Adelaide Hills, funny I love painting fruit but seldom eat it!! weird Hey!!

Fruit and Japonica.

A smallish still life painting that seems to glow out of the darkness, I'm happy with the Mandarin,
please leave a comment I would love to hear from you. hope it's not too "Old Fashioned ? "

life drawing

A recent drawing done at Harry's famous Eastwood evening session! black Rembrandt pastel and rag.
a 15 minute pose.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Still life for Richard and Pam (sold)

Some friends of ours bought a big still life painting last year, and have recently commissioned another one to go on the wall of their new kitchen this one is in acrylic and will suit the position really well,
Richard is a very good cook who does a brilliant curry!!  again over a meter square, it really 'Pops' as they say!!

Oakbank Nest.

My daughter Emily requested a big nest painting for her house, as I had 'borrowed' back an
earlier nest painting left over from an exhibition, so after much procrastinating, !! I finally
made an effort and did this one, click on it to get better detail.
it is over a meter deep and 120 wide.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

my kitchen rules!!

I have produced a number of these large scale ( over a meter square ) acrylic paintings, over the last couple of years, with the emphasis on 'brightness', ' fun' and 'colour', this one is on our own kitchen wall,  hopefully we can have it for a while, before it goes to a new home.  The vases shown are a part of my collection of 'Carnival Glass'  or 'End of Day ' glass.

still life with mandarin.

Another small still life, 510 x 420 mm. oil on canvas. looking for a home, email me for price and freight charge. I can see a gold frame on this, it would look sensational.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

life drawing from last night.

Another drawing using same method as described below, click on it to get larger view.

drawing from last night.

I used a black rembrandt pastel stick together with a rag to blur edges and get a tone, then added highlights in white, it has a painterly effect. click on image for a better and bigger image.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

life drawing.

Another fairly new drawing done at Eastwood recently, large format drawing on cartridge paper,
about 90 cm deep.

still life with Japonica.

another pensive little still life, all ready to go, unframed, my email address is
for pricing and delivery. click on image for enlargement.

still life with small vase.

This is a small painting oil on canvas, done a few weeks ago, only about 30 cm across. hope you like it.

Drawing at Eastwood.

A new drawing made at harry's life drawing group at eastwood in Adelaide, done in charcoal
and using a rag to wipe away areas, the rag acts almost as a drawing implement.

New Nest Painting.

This one is about a meter square,  it is in Sydney at the moment, if anyone is interested please email me.

Some new paintings.

I have been doing some smaller still life pictures, very traditional but really close to my
heart, I may put a few more of these up over the next few days, I enjoy seeing the brush strokes.
let me know if you like it.

Nest paintings on new wine label

My nest paintings have made it on to some bottles of wine, the company is called McLaren Vale Winemakers, Bloom wines.  I haven't tasted the wine yet, the release date is yet to be set,
but the images look really good, everyone is very happy.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Leaving Home

This is a new Nest painting, completed recently.  It will go on display in Sydney in a contemporary furniture shop in Double Bay.  I have now moved back to Adelaide and have built a new studio so hopefully I can add on a more basis to this blog.