Monday, February 20, 2017

Recent Watercolours

I will try to update this blog with watercolours on Monday posts.

This is a selection of my recent work and as they are mainly all small (less than 14cm x 22cm) I'll only give more details on the larger one.

Baby - on brown packing paper

Horse (in sketch book)


Ostrich (in sketch book)

Splish, splash

Galah ( 20cm 29cm)

I intend to update oil painting posts on a fortnightly basis.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Year of the rooster - but which rooster?

Squaring off - watercolour on Arches medium 12cmx16cm

We know 2017 is the year of the rooster but these two are deciding just which rooster it is going to refer to.

Just a quick sketch from earlier in the week -
posted here to try and work out a means of auto updating facebook from my blog.


Koala - Oil on MDF 10cmx15cm

These little marsupials are NOT BEARS.  A lot of people mistakenly think that, because of their cute, furry resemblance to commercial Teddy Bear toys they must belong to the bear species. They are arboreal, fussy about the eucalypt leaves they feed on and rarely need to drink water. They are endemic to Australia and one of our fauna emblems not commonly found on fancy restaurant menus.

This was a quick 20 minute rendition to use some of my excess paint from my palette yesterday morning.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


Thinking...  Watercolour on Arches 300 rough 16cm x 22cm

From last week's efforts - but it got me thinking that too often I tend to use too many colours so this is a very limited pallette.

BTW - there a quite a few new entries in my activities calendar - see the list on my blog

Two from the last couple of days

Bassett Hound - Watercolour in sketch book 10cmx10cm

My recent posts have been a bit on the serious side so yesterday I wanted to have some fun and found this little guy eager to be in my sketch book.

Lagoon -  Watercolour in sketch book 17cmx27cm

I don't know why  but I find landscapes a real challenge - I'm determined to improve though.

Don't forget this Saturday at SAWS - FREE workshop.  See details at right.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Sir John Hurt - R.I.P. Watercolour in my A4 sketchbook
It's always a pleasure to paint someone who's work has given me enjoyment... and if his face is as expressive and wonderful as this it adds to the experience. Vale Sir John

BTW - this one includes white pen to bring out that wonderful shagginess in his hair, beard and moustache. The puddling at the bottom of the tie shows I painted it almost upright.

Want to come along to a FREE 4 hr workshop  - check out my calendar entry at right for next Saturday.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Betty - watercolour 38cmx27cm on arches 140gsm rough

 I was watching David Jon Kassan doing an oil demo on youtube. What a wonderful artist he is. I liked his subject and wanted to try capturing her in watercolour. 
BTW the South Australian Watercolour Society has its second round of Watercolourist of the Year 
event, a Critique Day will be on Saturday 4th Feb 2017, theme will be Fauna. So get painting and come and join in. Check the SAWS website for more information.

and now for some fun......

John Goodman - oil on MDF panel -25cmx20cm

From the movie - The Monuments Men - at least I had got more enjoyment while painting this pic than I did watching this insipid movie. Ah well - you live and learn.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Welcome to 2017

 I know I haven't posted much lately - but now it's time to get back into the swing of things.
The works below are some of my watercolours done since the start of the New Year. They are my way of easing into the year ahead.

I've actually updated my activities calendar on the right hand side - if anyone is interested in any of the workshops or classes just click on the email links and take it from there.
(Based on last year's responses these fill very quickly so I suggest you act quickly.)

Going Ape - watercolour on Fabriano rough 300gsm 19cm x 13cm

Beany - watercolour on sketch book smooth 200gsm 19cm x 19cm

Cassowary - watercolour on Fabriano rough 300gsm 17cm x 25cm

Hippo - watercolour on Fabriano rough 300gsm 22cm x 19cm

Johnny Vegas - watercolour on Fabriano rough 300gsm 19cm x 13cm

Pleading Eyes - watercolour on Fabriano rough 300gsm 19cm x 13cm

Sunday, December 4, 2016

That worried look....

Version 2 Watercolour on Arches 300 rough 5" x 7.5"

I wanted to have a second go at this subject and wanted to push it towards additional realism. I'm undecided about which I prefer. Light or dark background? Paraphrasing Richard Schmid - I just love what you can achieve with a small piece of paper, some paints and water and a stick with some animal hair fixed to it.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Winner - Best in Show -

Young Galahad - watercolour on Arches 300lb - full sheet

 I am pleased to announce that my painting of my grandson was awarded the Adelaide Brighton Cement prize at the current Port Community Art Centre memebrs' exhibition "ARTiculated" , on until Sunday 4th September.  The title is play on our surname which translates as Knight.  The broad sword is all his own work.

I will be sitting in at the exhibition this Monday 22nd of August from 11am to 1pm.
Pop in and see me at work or just for a chat.  Entry is free.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Not always laughing - watercolour approx 30cm x 25cm Fabriano rough 300
Painted just before lunch today - 

Even comedians have their serious side. Some people just seem to get more attractive as portrait subjects the older they get.
You can see me attempt a watercolour portrait demo in the company of mates Alan, Bill and Mike this Saturday 21st May at the Campbelltown Rotary Art Show from about 1.30pm. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

SIBLING RIVALRY   watercolour Full sheet Arches 300 rough

I am delighted to report that this painting has been juried into the 1st IWS International Watercolour Biennale in Vancouver Canada in July 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Oil, Water and Clay

I am delighted to have been awarded a two week exhibition at the Black Diamond Gallery
after having accrued the largest total of
People's Choice Awards at Port Art Centre Exhibitions during 2014.

Never before has so much of my work been on display in one location.

There will be much that's new as well as work that has been shown before.

I believe there will be something that will interest everyone.

...and if you'd like to see me at work or just come for a chat I'd love to see you.

I'll be there from this Saturday on.



Tuesday, December 29, 2015

WINNER - My watercolour of my young nephew - titled "Lookout" has been awarded second prize overall at the Port Adelaide Rotary Art Show (now on). It's the second year in a row I've won second prize and I am delighted. Congratulations to Sam Thompson (1st prize watercolour section) and especially Victoria Rolinski who took out first prize overall - well done guys.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Someday at Christmas - Watercolour on Arches 140gsm medium A3 size

Some pictures just cry out to be painted. This little girl was singing along to Stevie Wonder on Apple's Christmas ad on TV last night and this morning I yielded to temptation. The painting "fell off the brush" in about 30 minutes of casual painting. Enjoy!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Winner Watercolour Section
Kidman Art Prize 2015
Drafthorse Foal - watercolour on canvas stretcher approx 70cm x 70cm

In a week that held many surprises this win was somewhat unexpected but very welcome.

On view in Kapunda until Wednesday 21st October 2015.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Winner 2015 St Peters Cathedral Art Show

Mike - Unable to forget

I am thrilled that this painting of Mike was awarded first prize at St Peters Cathedral Art Show 2015.

This marks the third time that one of my paintings has won this prestigious art prize - 2011 and 2008 previously.

My sincere thanks to the sponsors, Paradise Motors, and the organisers and helpers that bring this show together time and again.

Thanks again Mike, for letting me paint you.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

This is an opportunity for anyone interested in expanding their expertise in watercolour portraiture.

The workshop covers two full days and will deal with a wide range of topics.  It will include demonstrations and guided work sessions and is strictly limited in numbers.
To ensure your place please email or call.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Wedding Guest - oil on canvas - approx 60cm x 60cm

This painting was recently awarded the runner up prize in the Open Section of the Port Adelaide Rotary Art Exhibition 2014.  It shows my grandson's character exactly - and I daresay that of many other boys his age.

Saturday, December 6, 2014


Mike - Oil on canvas, 100cm x 75cm
Mike is a Vietnam veteran. For many vets the fighting has never stopped - now it is not in the jungle but against belligerent bureaucracy and politicians.
This portrait is part of my involvement in a group exhibition in April 2015 to commemorate 100 years of ANZAC. It will widen the focus to include not only WW1 and foreign battlefields but look instead at Australians at home and abroad in wars and skirmishes since 1915.

Thanks Mike, for agreeing to sit for me.