Monday, May 18, 2015

Nature Studies

Beautiful autumn foliage abounds outdoors; the outcome of which are some water color studies and gifts as greeting cards.

Friday, March 6, 2015

people are so interesting to draw

kids are out on a long weekend hike with their cousins, pictured above..... and I have some quiet time to update my blog.....some recent portrait sketches.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Sunday, January 11, 2015

some slats from an old broken bed frame,
frames my painting of Cape Schanck.

Anyone for some muffins? I'm a good cook.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

a few adjustments to this painting over the weekend

'storm brewing '

acrylic on canvas
95 x 65 cm

Saturday, October 11, 2014

i read somewhere that a a 2 degree increase in global temperatures could push us past the point of no return. 

'tipping point'

acrylic on canvas 

50 x 60 cm

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Took a trip into the city recently and at the last minute , made the spontaneous decision to stop off at the Southern Cross Station and take in the sights of the Polly Woodside and surrounding docklands. Well, all I had was a biro, but I took the opportunity anyway to sketch this beautiful piece of maritime history. Later on in the day, touched up the drawings with watercolour.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Painting, seeing what surfaces and once again , I'm painting the sea. ...
An imaginary watercolor sketch

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Been painting today. .... with my hands as tools on paper. I have a roll of cheap paper that measures over a metre wide so I just spread it out on the floor and painted using my hands as my tools. This technique frees gives me freedom and I am able to create a myriad of varying effects. The painting is an extension on my other white cloud series , but with a sombre note this time.
No longer a pure white cloud, but rather a dark and polluted cloud. The dark cloud of human 'progress'.

sketch on the same theme. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

During a  recent wander around the forests of Olinda I spotted this little bird on various occasions, flitting about here and there in the lower forest storey - it's voice , a recognizable, high pitched 'chit'chit'chit. 
An elusive little bird, it was difficult for me to observe it close up, only identifying it as an Eastern Yellow Robin by it's yellow breast, size, habitat and characteristic voice.
Such was my curiosity, I felt inspired to create this lovely little bird with paper, watercolors and some pliable wire for the feet which can be adjusted to any position. This little bird, as with my others, took me many  hours to create, but it is time well spent!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Finished painting of the beautiful Bushrangers Bay at Cape Schanck. 
Acrylic on board
90 x 60 cm

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Have started a painting of Cape Schanck, a most beautiful part of Victoria and one that I haven't visited for some time. Home of the Great Southern Right Whale that we were most fortunate to see the last time we visited, the cape holds fond memories for me. Getting familiar with the scene,  a rough start this morning using acrylic paints.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

'Ivory Madonna dying in the dust,
waiting for the manna to come in from the west'

The goddess crying for mankind and what they have become.
My interpretation of the song Food For Thought by UB40.

Monday, December 30, 2013

The old bungalow out the back

The weather is perfect  so I have taken the opportunity to sit outside and paint a few 
studies of the old out - house in our back yard. The yellow daisy's are popping up their bright sunny faces all over the lawn and the native birds are frequenting the bird table- meanwhile I sit and paint at the table under the shade cloth, the only nuisance being the occasional mosquito.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

 'four masts'
acrylic on recycled timber palings

scorching heat calls for a languid afternoon, watching as the sun sets, casting soft light on my immediate surroundings.  

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Rhythms in pencil. 
From my sketchbook today. 

Friday, November 8, 2013


My second attempt at a papier mache sea bird - 
an improvement on my first. 

Banded Stilt - Cladorhynchus leucocephalus

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

sketches in pencil

' while sea birds sing
musical ripples of silver, turquoise and blue
  meander gently ' 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Silver Gull in paper mache

Working with the book 'The Field Guide to Birds of Australia' as reference,
a recent model of a Silver Gull. This one stands approx. 17 cm high.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

From a black and white photograph by Frank Hurley, today I made my own colorized version in pen and water color. The image depicts The Endurance in harbour at South Georgia Island. Original photograph taken atop Mount Ducefell.