Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Brrrr it's cold outside

Winter in Adelaide.....
It may be cold outside but when you look at what the conditions could be like (Northern Hemisphere winters for instance) we really can't complain.
I'm one quarter of a joint exhibition "New Beginnings" opening this Friday evening at Pepper St Art Centre on Magill Rd. May I extend a warm invitation for everyone to attend. I will have oils, watercolours and sculptures on show. (The watercolours below are either for competition, exhibition or class work demos. These paintings are new and will not be among those on display.)


Before the resurrection, Christchurch February 2011 - Watercolour on Fabriano 300gsm
Approx 35cm x 45cm


 Cat Study - Watercolour on Fabriano 300gsm approx 30cm x 30cm


Pygmy Possum - watercolour on Arches 300 rough
Approx 15cm x 20cm


Lois - portrait sketch - watercolour on Arches 300
approx 15cm x 22cm


Friday, June 8, 2018

Regrette rien


I started painting when I was 53. I taught myself when materials were more expensive and scarcer and internet access to shopping and reference photos were almost non existent.
Many people who come to my classes or who see my work comment on how they used to draw or paint when young but haven't kept up with it, much to their regret. The time to start painting is always NOW. Have no regrets.

Sue - watercolour on 300gsm  about A4

Sue's duck - watercolour on Arches 300gsm rough about 15cm x 8 cm




Flinders Ranges red gum - oil on canvas sheet about A4


Monday, June 4, 2018

Temptation

I can resist anything except temptation... 
that's when it comes to sweets or watercolour materials.
so I've been testing some different paper with a new brush.
I won't go into details but the brush is better than the paper - and so it should be at the price.
The course at Pepper St starts in a fortnight and I can still accept some more participants.


 Hands - study in charcoal and watercolour 
cheap paper A4


Study in charcoal and watercolour - cheap paper A2


Duck - watercolour trial 1/8th sheet (paper new to me)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The BIG EVENT 19th May 2018

The BIG EVENT this Saturday 19th May won't be in London....
It will be right here in Adelaide when the Four Amigos, Mike Barr, Alan Ramachandran, Bill Truslove and I will be performing something never before attempted without a safety net.
At the Campbelltown Rotary Art Show from 12.30pm on we will be painting simultaneously, in our chosen medium, from the same mystery reference subject. Each work will be the same size and all four works will be offered for sale matted and backed ready for framing. The sale price is $200 each and, sorry, we can only accept cash.
We will all be equipped with microphones and will take questions as we go. This novel, not to be missed event is always popular.

Oil Sketch 20cm x 25cm on canvas on board

Tonal watercolour sketch - 20cm x 25cm on unknown paper

Big Red - watercolour on 200gsm sketch book paper - 15cm x 15cm


 "Nation Building - before O H & S" Watercolour on Arches 300 rough - 56cm 76cm

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Recent Successes

Silvio Apponyi
My New Facebook Cover Photo - the Port Community Art Centre's last Members' exhibition was "Big is better". My painting of Silvio is among the biggest I've completed - 1600mm x 1200mm or there abouts - oil on canvas. It received top honours from the judge and also attracted the most People's choice votes. I'm honoured. 





BTW at yesterday's opening of the current exhibition at the PCAC my watercolour "Nation Building - before O H & S" 

(image coming soon) received the top prize and my terra cotta sculpture "The Laugh" was awarded a special prize.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

A week is a long time in arts....


A week is a long time in arts....
Imagine my surprise when I attended the Watershed Art Prize opening at the John Harvey Gallery in the Salisbury City Council buildings tonight (Friday 27 April) and heard my name announced as the winner of the 1st prize.
My little acrylic "The Night Watch" references the environment and water conservation in the Barker Inlet. 
My sincere thanks to City of Salisbury and the organisers as well as ICE WaRM the major sponsor.


"The Night Watch" acrylic on stretched canvas.
My submission supporting statement:-

The Night Watch – uses humour to highlight the issue of environmental protection. Under the protective umbrella of the Salisbury Council’s Watershed project the Barker Inlet pelicans are able to squabble nightly over the best nesting spots. Their future is being carefully watched over and sensitively managed.

Image may contain: Gerhard Ritter

Friday, April 20, 2018

May 2018 Issue 407 Australian Artist Magazine

May 2018 Issue 407 Australian Artist Magazine

I am delighted to report that the current issue of The Australian Artist magazine contains my eight page article detailing how I paint watercolours on brown packing paper.
I hope it will prove enjoyable to readers.






BTW - I'm really looking forward to this weekend's two day workshop at Adelaide Art Society where I intend to pass on some of my acquired techniques and hints. 

Cheers.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Following my success at Tea Tree Gully Lions Art Show .... Fame in my own lunch time

This came in an email this week.... extracted from the Tea Tree Gully version of the weekly Messenger paper.
PS my two elephants taking a bath also won the People's Choice Award. Tops off a wonderful exhibition for me. Thanks Jack Rogers and the Tea Tree Gully Lions.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Back in the swing....


This morning (Fri 23rd Feb) I'm sitting in at the Port Adelaide Community Art Centre from 11 am and doing my watercolour thing. You're most welcome to come along, entry is free and the exhibition "Synthesis" will amaze you. Its work by PCAC members and well worth a visit. Also this weekend the Tea Tree Gully Lions Club exhibition starts at the Tea Tree Gully Library and once again there are many wonderful works on display. This is one of the few competitions that shows hand built ceramics and I have one of my pieces on display as well as an oil portrait and a full sheet watercolour portrait.
To get you in the mood here is a selection from this week's small watercolours - as usual all under A4 size - some on white, one on brown and some from my sketch book. Please enjoy.





Friday, February 9, 2018

Watercolours .... nothing else is quite as versatile and exciting....


Here is a small sample of my recent works. 

On Thursday morning a fellow artist presented me with a feather so... well you can see the result. ( In retrospect I guess I should have painted a bird with it.) All these works are less than A4 in size, some in my sketch book, some on the backs of failed pieces and some on brown packing paper.
My Burnside class still has a few vacancies, but you'll need to hurry. The beginners/introduction workshop at Adelaide Art Society is almost booked out and the two day workshop for the Northern York Peninsula Art Group is filling rapidly.                Busy, busy, busy and loving it.

All watercolours and all approximately A4 size. 









Wednesday, January 24, 2018

D'YAWANNAJOINME....

D'YAWANNAJOINME....
These are a sample of the type of watercolour work we do at my classes and workshops. Drawn from previous years they are indicative of my work and my subject choices.
Join me in my Tuesday morning classes at Pepper St from 20 March to 17 April.

More classes and workshops details on the right.






Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Belated thanks to ANEAS ....

I've started my series of US watercolour animals on brown paper. 






Today's contributions are a bison (buffalo), bald eagle, coyote and a bobcat. All, as usual, about 20cm x 25cm. 




















 The other two watercolours are of British comedian Richard Ayoade aka Gadget Man, and Richard Schiff, American actor currently on our tv screens in "The Good Doctor". Also on 10" x 8" brown paper

The pastel is entitled "Emperor" and is my one and only attempt at pastel painting - and what do you know - it won a prize at the current ANEAS exhibition. I'm chuffed

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Kapunda here I come...





After almost a week spent in the inspirational company and under the expert tutelage of master watercolourist Paul Jackson its back to my mini easel for me.
While I am looking forward to conducting a Watercolour Portrait Workshop this Saturday at Kapunda my fellow SAWS members will be busy at Athelstone with the first of the Christmas Card Workshops for this year. Everyone is welcome to attend and create their own heirloom Christmas Card. ( See theSAWS website for details)
and.... here is a Galah and a Young Chimp both painted this morning at ANEAS - Arts North Elizabeth Art Society.




and nice to report that my Union Soldier from a previous post on Facebook is on its way to a new home in Texas.


All these paintings are watercolours on brown paper approx A4 size.