Thursday, August 3, 2017

Three days this week.....

The week started with the SAWS AGM and the twenty minute demo below....

Followed by a sprint to the Port Adelaide Community Centre opening of the latest exhibition, "Fusion"....  where my painting of the boy in the hat was awarded a merit... as was my elephant statue.   WOW

Then while sitting in at the Gallery on Wednesday morning I painted a couple of extra works. The one below was my favourite.

So this morning at the Elizabeth Art Society ANEAS I painted the small oil below in preparation for a larger piece.

SALA festival in Adelaide is always a busy time but I didn't realise just how busy until this year.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The week that was... and coming stuff

So what's new?....
So what's new?....
Well Mike Barr organised an article for all four Amigos ( Mike Barr, Bill Truslove, Alan Louis and I) to appear in the August 2017 edition of Australian Artist magazine and its out.... thanks Mike.(Bruce Weir took the photos .. thanks Bruce.) I am once again chuffed.
Last week's output included these watercolours...all on brown packing paper.
BTW my September/October class at Pepper St is filling quickly...
if you want more details.  Numbers strictly limited.

and more stuff...

The sculpture of Brian Cox (see earlier post) has been fired and mounted on a rustic wooden base. I decided to leave it in its terra cotta state without trying to colourize it or simulate a patina. The natural state has more honest integrity and shows up all the texturing well. It will be on show during the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Portrait Prize Exhibition for which it has been selected as a finalist. 
I'll be part of a portrait painting demonstration there on Tuesday 
8 August from 11am to 1pm - bookings are essential, contact RSASA.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Week just gone

Well - I've been doing heaps this week ... but I'm only showing the watercolour paintings... please enjoy.
BTW - I'll be sitting in at the fabulous SAWS - South Australian Watercolour Society exhibition at the Black Diamond Gallery at Port Adelaide (next to the Visitor Information Centre, Commercial Rd) from 10am to about 4pm tomorrow only (Fri 16th June) . Drop by and say "Hi".
The paintings are all about A4 - Brian Cox is from the sketch book, the guy in the cap, the forlorn, lost looking lady and the chap with the mo are on packing paper and the hirsute gentleman is on Arches rough 300.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What's in store for this old man?
After pushing clay around for a couple of hours this morning this is what I have ended up with. But it's not finished.
If you'd like to see what happens next you can attend a demonstration at ANEAS - ArtsNorth Elizabeth Art Society 7 Judd Rd Elizabeth from 10am to 1pm Wednesday 7th June, where I shall be taking up where I have left off with this bloke.
But I'll also be showing/demonstrating a heap of other stuff in relation to clay modelling.
All welcome.

BTW - Thank you to Clare Rotary Art Show - my little elephant "Dignity" was awarded 1st Prize in the Indoor Sculpture Section.

Monday, May 8, 2017


Dignity - Bronze 31cmH x 20cmW x 18cmD Weight approx 8.2kg

This recently completed little elephant is mounted on a black nylon pad and square jarrah base.  It is my homage to the many elephants so harshly mistreated in the name of entertainment.  (Google "Anne - the last British circus elephant" to see what I mean.) Thankfully that era is rapidly disappearing although mistreatment still abounds in other countries. 
The dignity these magnificent creatures appear to display is what prompted my naming of this work.  It is going on display for the first time at the upcoming Clare Rotary Art Exhibition. 
I will be conducting a wide ranging clay modelling demonstration at ANEAS on Wednesday 7th June at Judd House, 7 Judd Rd  Elizabeth from 10am to 1pm.
(See right for details)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Recent Watercolours

Heart Breaker - Watercolour on primed plywood panel 15cm x 20cm 

Done for a small community gallery fundraiser.

Male Study Watercolour on brown packing paper 20cm x 20cm 

Man in a cap Watercolour on brown packing paper 20cm x 20cm 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FUN FUN FUN in watercolour

From the just completed classes at Pepper St 
.... a demo piece I painted yesterday.....

Size about A3 - on medium paper
That's just a sample of the sort of work and fun you could have this Sunday at the 
HEADS UP      Animals and People Workshop
Are you a teacher?  Do you want to expand your art skills?
Want to paint animal and people portraits in watercolour?

Numbers are limited -  
Workshop is 50% booked so don't delay.

10am to 2pm Sunday 23rd April
Marchant Community Centre  338 Gorge Rd  Athelstone

Cost $60

Contact me for details

(of course some of the works may be a little more charming).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


HEADS UP      Animals and People Workshop
Are you a teacher?  Do you want to expand your art skills?
Want to paint animal and people portraits in watercolour?

Numbers are limited -  
Workshop is 50% booked so don't delay.

10am to 2pm Sunday 23rd April
Marchant Community Centre  338 Gorge Rd  Athelstone

Cost $60

Contact me for details

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Today ... at the SAWS Saturday session.

I usually go to my art group sessions without any real plan of what I want to paint. 
That was the case today and I started out painting a gentleman with a red bow tie on some paper Lynda Fanshaw asked me to try out. We both agreed the paper was so so. 
Then I saw Steven Lush 's post of his grandmother on Face Book - he was most gracious to allow me try to paint her. The result, on brown wrapping paper, is below. Thanks Steven, I tried to keep in sympathy with the look of the old photograph.
 Finally, with a few minutes left, I got out the sketch book and added the small painting of the little boy. 

They are all about 20cm x 25cm.

Tomorrow the workshop at Art Stretchers on Light Square.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Innocent - Watercolour on Fabriano rough A3

In a world full of "In your face" confrontational art I like to present an alternative ... it's the softer side of me emerging.

BTW the Pepper St class "Feathers, Fur and Fins" is fully booked - thank you to those who are coming - I'm sure it's going to be fun and I'm looking forward to it.

This Sunday 19th March I'll be hosting a Watercolour Portrait Workshop at Art Spectrum.
Details from Angela at Art Stretchers 82122711.

Happy painting.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The week that was...

Saturday night my little elephant was awarded 2nd prize in oils at Tea Tree Gully Art Show.

I didn't have time to paint until Thursday morning when I did three small oils
all approx 12cm x 18cm .....

The Blacksmith - oil on canvas sheet

Child study - oil on mat board (unprimed)

Head of a woman - oil on primed MDF board

Then yesterday morning I tried a watercolour on some paper a dear friend had given me.

Fisherman - watercolour on Blue Lake handmade toned paper from Mt.Gambier. approx 30cm x 40cm

and then in the afternoon when I went to pick up my work from the Tea Tree Gully exhibition I had a lovely surprise.
My small terra cotta had been accorded, what some artist friends regard as the ultimate accolade, a People's Choice Award.

Winston in the garden - terra cotta and australian oak - approx 30cm x 20cm x 15cm

Perhaps colleagues are right - I really haven't got anything to complain about. 

BTW - the watercolour portrait workshop at Art Stretchers on March 19th still has a few vacancies - contact Angela on 82122711 for details.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Missed one from last week

Koala  -  Watercolour on Arches approx 20cm x 28cm 

This one tried to avoid inclusion - but I found him lurking in the bottom of my painting supplies bag - so here he is.  BTW check my blog for the next one day workshop - this one is in the Adelaide CBD.

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.