Saturday, December 04, 2010

The Model at the Beach

Watercolour from a lifedrawing session. The original drawing was transferred onto Arches rough 300gsm and then painted with a few embellishments (the towel)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Missy on the Mat

A small watercolour of my little dog Missy. (22cm x 18cm) The support is yupo..a synthetic "paper".When painting on yupo, the colours sit on the surface and retain their brilliance when dry.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fallen Flowers.

A small watercolour that was painted quite some time ago. I think it is a good example of how a simple subject is best....well at least it is for me. Art Spectrum Watercolours on Arches rough 300gsm. SOLD

Saturday, July 24, 2010

The Old Goulburn bridge at Trawool

This old wooden bridge was removed a few years back and was replaced with a modern concrete structure. The old bridge was fondly remembered by many who lived in the area. As a child I remember swimming there in the summer, when the river was low. The river was a popular fishing place and the bridge provided good shelter from the heat in the summer...also, large Murray Cod used to linger amongst the snags. Many family picnics were enjoyed in the area... Today, the highway is much busier...people don't frequent this spot like they used to .

Monday, May 31, 2010

Morning Light

You have met Hazel before.It seems as though she is going to be my model for quite a few paintings ...especially watercolours. She is very obliging, especially when she has found the warmest spot in the house,in which to doze.

Friday, May 21, 2010

This was inspired by my granddaughter who was learning the cello at the time.

The Model.

This painting was the end result of a sketch from a life drawing session. Watercolour and coloured pencil on Arches Rough 300gsm

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Between Poses.

This watercolour was from a lifedrawing. The model was having a break between poses. I thought that the relaxed pose would make a good drawing. Later, I used the drawing as the basis for this watercolour. Materials: W&N watercolour on Arches Rough 300gsm. Size:Approx. 36cm x 28cm (14" x 11")

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Jugs and Flowers

The delft blue jug belonged to my mother. During WW2 she saved coupons from a company (maybe Cadbury Cocoa) When she had the required number, she was able to choose on item to a certain value.She chose this jug.I remember that she used to make cocoa in this jug, which also has a lid to keep the cocoa warm. I always loved the shape and colour of this jug, so it was an easy choice for part of this stlll life oil painting. The white gravy jug, which I have used for the daisies, belonged to my mother in law. Materials: Oil on canvas board. Size: 46cm x 33cm

Friday, April 02, 2010


I was doing some reorganization of my files recently and I came across this image of an oil painting of Trevor, a very good friend and colleague from my teaching days. Trevor commissioned me to do this was my first portrait for a long time, and it was a joy to paint. Medium: Oils on canvas board Size: approx. 80cm x 56cm SOLD

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Daisy Chain

It seems that when I am am having trouble getting back into painting mode...I relax and paint daisies. No doubt there is some deep and meaningful reason why I do this , but so far I haven't discovered what that reason is. In the meantime I get to enjoy the processes and feel free to relax and enjoy myself... Materials: Mixed media on Arches rough 300gsm

Friday, February 19, 2010

Sarah in the Pool

My paintings tend to vary quite a lot...probably because I cannot resist the various delights of different mediums.Right now watercolour on yupo is my favourite! I love the freedom of yupo...make a "mistake" and wipe it off! The subject for this one is my granddaughter, Sarah. The last few summers have been very hot in Australia. After a hot day at school, nothing beats a dip in the pool.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Under the Old Avenel Bridge

This is a view from under the old stone bridge at Avenel , Victoria, Australia.The bridge was built by convict labour across the Hughes Creek which was on the main highway between Melbourne and Sydney. I used to live at Avenel as a child and spent many wonderful summer days playing along this creek and swimming in the deeper holes. Watercolour on gessoed Arches rough 300gsm.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Brooding Hills

This painting is from the same place as "Hills Near Euroa" But, this time it is painted in acrylic and on canvas. I made this one deliberately more moody than the watercolour version. These hills have a brooding quality. The mood changes all the time depending on the weather, light and the seasons.