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. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Recent watercolors

Cape Wild, on a good day no doubt.

The antarctic continent  both mesmerizes and fascinates me -
therefore am glad to have the net to draw inspiration from when I can't visit first hand.

And some sketches closer to home.

My beautiful Camille by the sea.

More watercolors from a recent trip to historic Williamstown.....

Point Gellibrand Heritage Park .

And on location below -

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sailing far far away....

Add caption my little ship, the Everon.

A recent creation in paper mache and fabric remnants.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

recent charcoal study in front of mirror.

Monday, August 5, 2013

pure skies. going, going, gone.

My love of nature is more than that of civilization, of wish i need to escape.

So making use of some smaller canvases that I've had laying around for a while,
and going into the studio , I escape into pristine blue skies - a feeling of space being the main objective . Fooling myself that those skies I see are indeed 'pure'. Is there any place left on the earth that can claim that title?

The human race is but one huge polluting and devouring monster. 

Sunday, May 19, 2013

From the depths.....

Four panels of late, painted on reclaimed board.
Keeping it simple, bold and strong. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Stormy mind scape.....

I enjoy painting both realistically and abstracting reality too. The purpose of this painting , really though, was for something to display in my home and transport me away from the burbs....
and without a car, ( well I am proud to be non car dependent) it's seldom that I am fortunate enough to visit the seaside , let alone paint it, in its many moods.....therefore, I have to rely on my imagination.

'raging with anger above
 silent waters run,
dark and deep below'

'Stormy Mind Scape'
acrylic on canvas
150 x 100 cm

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

'rogue wave'

acrylic and varnish on reclaimed plywood
70 x 34 cm

I have four panels of plywood that I put aside some time ago , saving these from some old furniture that was falling apart, as they were the perfect longer format that I needed for this design. After a series of quick loose sketches, I have chosen a few that I felt were the best, and so I continue on with this series. 
Above is the painting in it's first stages, roughly drafted in with chalk.  I decided to omit the moon  behind the wave , and instead opted for the crest of the wave as it drops from overhead.

Now, what  I would really like to do, with just a little bit of luck for a change, would be to  paint this as a very large mural.....

Monday, March 11, 2013

Take me to the sea

Don't know if it's this relentless heat or what, but I've been inclined to drawing seascapes from my imagination of late.

Searching  for ideas and inspiration for further work.....

Thursday, March 7, 2013

"man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity - that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself - and by violating his own feelings, becomes cruel."

"A human can be healthy without killing animals for food. Therefore, if he eats meat he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite."
Leo Tolstoy

Remarkable words by a man way ahead of his time .... today was the day I had to draw him.
charcoal and white chalk on paper

Saturday, January 19, 2013

'Thank God men cannot fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.'
 - Henry David Thoreau.
charcoal on paper

My cloud study and portrait juxtaposed on photoshop.

“Optimism is the true moral courage”
Ernest Shackleton

David Suzuki
charcoal on paper

Archie Roach
charcoal on paper

Reading a book about Leonardo Da Vinci and his passion for drawing the human face, I was pleasantly surprised to come across the term 'physiognomy' - at last I have a name for my affliction!

The dictionary definition as is-

noun (plural physiognomies)
The art of judging human character from facial features.
a fascination for the human face
a person’s facial features or expression, especially when regarded as indicative of character or ethnic origin: