"Colours pursue me like a constant worry...They even worry me in my sleep." (Claude Monet)

30 March, 2016

05 February, 2016

Cloud Study - Oil on 8"x10" paper

Did this little cloud study late in the afternoon of 1 February.  Fast changing light and equally fast moving clouds are always a challenge!

Oil on 8"x10" linen textured paper

26 December, 2015

Local Scenery - Launceston, Tasmania

Some recent small studies of local scenery around my hometown, Launceston, in Tasmania.  I'm currently working on a much larger painting from a small study and sketch.

Tamar River Boats with Cataract Gorge behind -
Oil on 8"x10" linen
Grey Day over Trevallyn - Oil on 7"x10" linen

25 December, 2015

Merry Christmas! Copy of "The Valley Road"

Copy of "The Valley Road" by Foster Caddell
Oil on 8"x10" linen-textured oil paper

Hope you're having a wonderful Christmas wherever you may be.

This is a copy of Foster Caddell's painting, "The Valley Road," painted as a learning exercise not so long ago.  I've long admired this artist's work and I love this piece in particular for its beautifully painted foliage, the representation of light and colour and of course the overall design.   It was a fun exercise and I hope to apply what I've learned from it to my own work.  Hope you like it.

24 June, 2015

Flowers at Night with Window Reflection

I found this lovely blue vase at the local Sunday market a few weeks back and knew immediately I could put it to use in a still-life painting of some kind.  Tried various floral arrangements with it and finally settled on this as I liked the colour combination and shapes against the dark reflection and brightly lit windowsill.  So now for my next painting...  Maybe another vase of flowers, or will it be the beautiful cherub sculpture given to me yesterday by a very kind lady I know... :)  I do enjoy painting at night.  It's a very quiet and relaxing time to paint.

Oil on 10" x 8" linen.

22 April, 2015

Silver Teapot & Poppies

My first still-life in a while...painted with bristle and synthetic brushes.  Really enjoyed painting the poppies and studio reflection.

Oil on 10" x 10" linen panel.

23 May, 2014

Window Roses at Night - Oil on 8"x6" Linen Panel

This is my first flower painting in a while.  I started these roses late the other night and put the brushes down sometime after midnight.  The window reflection shows my paintbox (pochade) and tripod, top centre.

22 May, 2014

At The LGH ARTrium Gallery - 14 May

This photo was taken at the opening of The LGH ARTrium Gallery exhibition on 14 May.  Some great works of art to see, all themed on art in health.  If you're in the area and would like to have a look, drop into the ARTrium Gallery, Launceston General Hospital, on Frankland Street, Launceston.  Exhibition runs from 14 May to 20 June 2014.

01 May, 2014

The LGH Art Prize 2014

Excited to announce that my painting, "Pastoral Sunset, Raglan Street", has been selected for a juried exhibition at The LGH ARTrium Gallery opening 14 May.  If you're in the area, come along and see an exhibition of work by Tasmanian artists at the ARTrium Gallery, Launceston General Hospital, Frankland Street, Launceston, from 14 May to 20 June 2014.  For more information, click here.

24 April, 2014

Pastoral Sunset, Raglan Street

My latest painting, based on a small study of the same scene done last year.  This is 12"x16", oil on linen.  May try an even larger version with looser brushwork some time.

02 February, 2014

View from the top of Youngtown Regional Park

A quick oil sketch done late in the afternoon from the top of Youngtown Regional Park.  There is also a black and white pencil sketch of the same scene posted on 29 Dec 2013 on my drawing blog (click here to view).

Oil on 6"x8" linen.

07 October, 2013

Tamar Marine Boats, Launceston - Oil on 6"x8" Linen

A small study of boats on the Tamar River, Launceston, based on photographic reference and a drawing I did recently (on my drawing blog) of this area.  I'm tempted to return and paint this on location.

27 August, 2013

Eight Daffodils in a Jar - Oil on 8"x6" linen

A second version of the daffodil painting I posted on 23 August.  I'm happier with this painting, so have deleted the first.

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18 August, 2013

Peonies - Oil on 8"x6" linen panel

A relatively quick study of peonies, which turned out better than expected.  I've been keeping a sketchbook lately, which, in addition to improving drawing skills, seems to calm the mind and sharpen my focus at the easel.  Very enjoyable.  To see my sketchbook entries, click here.

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07 August, 2013

Fragrant Tea - Oil on 8"x6" Linen

Another experiment with tea and flowers.  It's a similar composition to the last, but from a slightly different perspective.  I loved painting the peonies...flowers are always a special challenge.  The teacup, saucer and spoon were a 21st birthday gift many years ago...

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28 July, 2013

Sunshine Tea - Oil on 8"x6" Linen

A teacup and saucer from a dinner set purchased many years ago.  The sugar is from the cane fields of Bundaberg, Queensland (the Sunshine State).

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20 July, 2013

Balls of Colour - Oil on 8"x6" Linen

I put these flowers on a tabletop and was immediately attracted to the bright colours and dark/light contrast, so painted them just as they were.

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14 July, 2013

Silver Teapot & Others - Oil on 10"x8" Linen Panel

Most of my still-life compositions have been close to eye level, so I decided to try something different and came up with this.  I also find that this style of teapot looks more interesting from above.

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28 June, 2013

Yellow Posy in Magenta Glass - Oil on 10"x8" Linen Panel

An experiment with a different colour combination for me.  I liked the way the glass reflected its colour onto the wall and elsewhere.

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14 June, 2013

Silver Bowl & Fresh Produce - Oil on 8"x10" Linen Panel

I started painting this on oil-primed hardboard, but decided to start again on linen.  I like the texture of the linen contrasting with thicker brushstrokes.  After letting the painting dry for more than a week, I came back to it and made some adjustments around the tomato and rim of the bowl.

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03 June, 2013

09 May, 2013

Pastoral Sunset, Raglan Street - Oil on 6"x7" Linen Panel

A short walk along Raglan Street and typical suburban homes turn into grassy fields and grazing cattle.

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