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.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Rough - watercolour 20cm x 28cm on some very old, very rough about 300lb paper

Painted yesterday morning - on the back of a previously painted image.
The paper was inherited and is about 50 years old - 
I'd leally love to find out what it is and if it is still being made.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Night Fishing

Watercolour - 30cm x 24 cm on arches medium 140lb

The first painting for a couple of days - inspired by a photo from the net.

As I was putting in the background a few starry shapes emerged and gave me the title.

This is a complete contrast to the two children before.  Both approaches have their merit and both are a joy and a challenge. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Brother and sister watercolor portraits.

 Brother and sister - watercolour  on Arches 300lb rough - A3 size 

Completing any commission involves a level of stress and anxiety
however in this case the experience was comensurate with the result.
The children were a genuine delight and meeting their parents was
There is so much negativity about in the media that
one sometimes has doubts about the future - it is truly reassuring 
to see that our future is in the hands of young people such as these.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bald Archy Finalist 2014 - SOLD

My Bald Archy Entry 2014

What do you get when you cross Tiny Tim with the Wooky?
Costa – the TV host with the most – hair that is – and a marshmallow toughness that couldn’t hurt a fly.
This hippie love child has the looks of a remnant from the musical ‘Hair’ with a beard that’s “a nest for birds – there ain’t no words”.
His scarecrow looks belie his communication ability.  He uses his down to earth skills to convey an infectious, deep rooted love for life and all things living; plants, animals, birds and insects.
There simply is no better example of the adage
“Never judge a book by its cover.”
Subject – Costa Georgianis

Oil on Canvas – 90cmW x 60cmH

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Laugh - Patinated Terra cotta on Jarrah Base
approx 45cm W
This is my winning piece - what a delight - after winning first prize overall last year I was chuffed to get First Prize in Freeform Ceramics as well as Second Prize in the Watercolour Section.

Lookout  - Watercolour on Arches 300gsm 70cm x 50cm
This is the work awarded second prize in the Watercolour Section of the Lions
Tea Tree Gully Exhibition 2014.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

"Oil & Water" - Solo Exhibition

This is my invitation to my second ever solo exhibition.
Everyone is invited. 

(Please click on the image for full view)

The exhibition features a number of my recent oils on canvas and watercolours on paper.

"Pig Tails" - 30cm x 30cm watercolour on Arches rough 300lb

Monday, March 24, 2014


I'm just thrilled to advise that "The Final Floe"
has taken out 1st Prize for Works on Paper in the
2014 Solar Art Prize at the Royal South Australian
Society of Arts.  

Coming on the heels of my 1st Prize
in the 2013 Solar Art Prize, Oil and Acrylic Section
I can only take it as an endorsement of my current
art direction.