Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Following my success at Tea Tree Gully Lions Art Show .... Fame in my own lunch time

This came in an email this week.... extracted from the Tea Tree Gully version of the weekly Messenger paper.
PS my two elephants taking a bath also won the People's Choice Award. Tops off a wonderful exhibition for me. Thanks Jack Rogers and the Tea Tree Gully Lions.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Back in the swing....

This morning (Fri 23rd Feb) I'm sitting in at the Port Adelaide Community Art Centre from 11 am and doing my watercolour thing. You're most welcome to come along, entry is free and the exhibition "Synthesis" will amaze you. Its work by PCAC members and well worth a visit. Also this weekend the Tea Tree Gully Lions Club exhibition starts at the Tea Tree Gully Library and once again there are many wonderful works on display. This is one of the few competitions that shows hand built ceramics and I have one of my pieces on display as well as an oil portrait and a full sheet watercolour portrait.
To get you in the mood here is a selection from this week's small watercolours - as usual all under A4 size - some on white, one on brown and some from my sketch book. Please enjoy.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Watercolours .... nothing else is quite as versatile and exciting....

Here is a small sample of my recent works. 

On Thursday morning a fellow artist presented me with a feather so... well you can see the result. ( In retrospect I guess I should have painted a bird with it.) All these works are less than A4 in size, some in my sketch book, some on the backs of failed pieces and some on brown packing paper.
My Burnside class still has a few vacancies, but you'll need to hurry. The beginners/introduction workshop at Adelaide Art Society is almost booked out and the two day workshop for the Northern York Peninsula Art Group is filling rapidly.                Busy, busy, busy and loving it.

All watercolours and all approximately A4 size. 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018


These are a sample of the type of watercolour work we do at my classes and workshops. Drawn from previous years they are indicative of my work and my subject choices.
Join me in my Tuesday morning classes at Pepper St from 20 March to 17 April.

More classes and workshops details on the right.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Belated thanks to ANEAS ....

I've started my series of US watercolour animals on brown paper. 

Today's contributions are a bison (buffalo), bald eagle, coyote and a bobcat. All, as usual, about 20cm x 25cm. 

 The other two watercolours are of British comedian Richard Ayoade aka Gadget Man, and Richard Schiff, American actor currently on our tv screens in "The Good Doctor". Also on 10" x 8" brown paper

The pastel is entitled "Emperor" and is my one and only attempt at pastel painting - and what do you know - it won a prize at the current ANEAS exhibition. I'm chuffed

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Kapunda here I come...

After almost a week spent in the inspirational company and under the expert tutelage of master watercolourist Paul Jackson its back to my mini easel for me.
While I am looking forward to conducting a Watercolour Portrait Workshop this Saturday at Kapunda my fellow SAWS members will be busy at Athelstone with the first of the Christmas Card Workshops for this year. Everyone is welcome to attend and create their own heirloom Christmas Card. ( See theSAWS website for details)
and.... here is a Galah and a Young Chimp both painted this morning at ANEAS - Arts North Elizabeth Art Society.

and nice to report that my Union Soldier from a previous post on Facebook is on its way to a new home in Texas.

All these paintings are watercolours on brown paper approx A4 size.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Light, Shade, Shape

I am honoured to have been asked to take part in and open the
Light, Shade, Shape Exhibition at the Top of the Torrens Gallery at Birdwood
this Sunday 22nd October at 2pm.

Come join us.

The venue is a short scenic drive from Adelaide through the beautiful spring vistas of the
Mt Lofty Ranges. It's an idyllic way to enjoy the pleasures only Birdwood can offer.

Both Colleen and Hans are two long time and long suffering artist friends and this is a first time for both of them and I am delighted to be able to share this experience with them.

One of the pleasures of producing art in a societal setting is that you get to meet so many wonderful people and establish long lasting relationships.  We are all on a journey of artistic discovery and development that is as open ended as we want it to be. 
University of the Third Age ain't got nothing on us.

Recent excitement....

All in reverse chronological sequence

Friday night:

WINNER   - St Peters Cathedral Art Prize  - Social Comment Section

"After the fire has gone out" - oil on canvas  60cm x 90cm

I was delighted to have my canvas receive the category prize at the St Peters Cathedral Art Prize 2017.  My sincere thanks to Rosie and the team for their concerted efforts.

Thursday Afternoon: 

Word from the Walkerville Rotary Art Exhibition that my bronze sculpture "Dignity" (see previous post below) has been sold.  (the new owner has let me know who he is and I am happy to report that it will go to a caring home)

Tuesday afternoon: 

I was thrilled to get advice that my elephant sculpture "Dignity" was awarded a Commendation at the Walkerville Rotary Art Exhibition. (I was just reminded that it had also won 1st prize in the indoor sculpture category at the 2017 Clare Rotary Art Exhibition - always a hotly contested category.)


The last session in my current Pepper St watercolour classes.  The images below were from the final session.     I hope that members were not too distressed by the challenges I set them during the last five weeks - I know from their work that everyone improved markedly - I just hope they also enjoyed the sessions as much as I did.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Just to round out the week

Just to round out the week here's a small oil study from yesterday morning ( 2.5mm MDF 200mm x 250mm) ..... 
Unless someone can come up with a better name I'll call it "Deep in thought"

With today's temperature set to reach 30 degrees C I took the opportunity to fast dry it by leaving it under the back window of the car out in the sun.   

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Recent works from classes and demos.....

This is a sequence of images of my painting of St. Teresa of Calcutta (her saint day was just recently celebrated).  Painted on brown packing paper about A4 size.

Professor Einstein from the class demo. We are painting Famous People and animals not so famous (not so frequently painted)

.... and Albert Einstein again - a more detailed study ... once more on brown packing paper.

.... and finally a Lurcher painted in my studio and a Camel demo from yesterday's class.

If you're not having fun - then why paint?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A wrap up of a wonderful week or so....

started on Friday with a three day workshop with the internationally acclaimed watercolourist Keiko Tanabe. A great intro to landscape watercolour and a program that both challenged and inspired us. Thanks to SAWS and Adelaide Art Society and of course Keiko. ( I couldn't resist doing a quick sketch as she was demonstrating the final landscape.)

Monday it was session three of six with the Burnside Painters where I'm currently taking members through the joys of painting animals in watercolour with the occasional diversion into the use of mobile technology to help in creating art.

Tuesday it was delivery time for the portrait I completed as part of the RSASA Portrait Prize demonstrations. I hope my oil painting will be well received at the opening on Sunday.

 (I also entered an animal sculpture for consideration in the Solar Art Prize at the RSASA organised by Pip Fletcher)...

 then it was off to Pepper St Art Centre to submit my entries for the SAWS Members' Exhibition "A Wash of Colour" opening this Friday at 6.30pm and continuing until end of September.
I'll be doing a live demonstration there this Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Please come along if you have the time. If you are interested in doing a short 6 week course with me at Pepper St starting on 17th September you'd better hurry - only a couple of places are left. (see Pepper St website for details).