Saturday, December 6, 2014

Mike


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
invigorating.  
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

COSTA’S  BOO!
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

BREAKING NEWS

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.


Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Final Floe


The Final Floe - watercolour 600mm x 480mm Saunders 300gsm CP

The rapid decline of the arctic ice is bringing about a consequent disappearance of the polar habitat.
My symbolic representation could just as easily be an accurate depiction of the real world situation.

Standing in judgement


Standing in judgement - oil on canvas 900mm x 600mm

It is delightful to observe human nature.  While the speaker is delivering one message the spectators are all reacting differently; individually interpreting what they hear and expressing some of that in their body language.

This week in the studio.....

Just another week in the studio
Lioness

Raccoon

Hare

White pointer shark

Some of this week's work - all watercolour and small.
BTW - if you like some of these find me on facebook and like them.

Cheers

Monday, January 27, 2014

BALLET AT REST



 Ballet at rest  -  Oil on canvas 100cm x 45cm

It' been sometime since my last post - I haven't stopped painting I'm just a bit tardy with the posting.

Painting children can be both inspirational and hard work.  This little group was both.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Lost in Thought



















Lost in Thought - watercolour approx 30cmH x 40cmW

Winner : INAUGURAL GWENDA HACKETT 
MEMORIAL WATERCOLOUR PRIZE

Royal South Australian Society of Arts

I am both delighted and very proud to announce that my little
painting has been adjudged the winner of the inaugural
Gwenda Hackett Memorial Watercolour Prize.

The award is in memory of the late Gwenda Hackett, a long time 
Fellow of the Society, and was set up with a gift from her family.
It is to be awarded biannually for the best watercolour in the
RSASA Winter Exhibition.

This is a work that follows on from others I have produced, both in oils
and watercolours, honouring these lovely creatures.

A big thank you to all who have been involved in this exhibition and 
award.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hobo Study - watercolour on Arches 300 rough  approx 30cmW x 25cmH



WATERCOLOUR PORTRAIT WORKSHOP

Sunday 25th August 10am - 4pm  $60

I will be conducting a watercolour portrait workshop at SAWS
Marchant Community Centre, 338 Gorge Rd Athelstone on
Sun 25 August from 10am to 4pm.

I will do one or two demonstration paintings as we explore the challenges that watercolour portraiture can bring.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Winner 
Oil and Acrylic Section
4th Solar Art Prize
Caring for our Planet


Hanging on for dear life   Oil on canvas   40cm x 60cm

I am proud to announce that this little painting 
heralding the plight of the wild chimpanzee
was tonight awarded the 1st prize in the oil
and acrylic category of the 4th Solar Prize.
My sincere thanks go to curator/organiser Phillipa Fletcher,
her judges and her major sponsor
Natural Technology Systems. 
This competition is growing in stature each year
as it attracts more and more high calibre artists.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Exuberant




Exuberant - watercolour 31cm x 26cm medium 300gsm

It's difficult,at times, not to ascribe human emotions to animals.
This is one such example.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Six step watercolour portrait - 40cm x 30cm








In honour of the New SAWS website (link at top right by clicking logo) I thought I would show a step wise progression from pencil sketch to finished (almost still needs a signature) painting.

The SAWS website has been taking up much of my time but I'll be back to posting more frequent blogs from now on.



Friday, October 5, 2012

Running for joy

Running for joy - watercolour 76cm x 56cm on Arches 300 rough
Oh to be young again.  The exuberance of youth, to run for the sheer joy of running.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

NT Drover

 
NT Drover - oil on canvas  37cm x 25cm

Every now and then I find the need to do something a little different.  I don't think this gentleman is actually a drover but I'm pretty sure he's from the Northern Territory.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

RECENT HAPPENINGS


The Mechanic - 53cm x 73cm, watercolour on Arches 300 rough

This painting is one of my entries to the 2012 Walkerville Rotary Art Show next week.

RECENT EVENTS

My thanks to all who took part in the Watercolour Portrait Workshop at Port Community Arts on Sunday last.
I hope that you all got as much pleasure out of it as I did did.   A mental comparison of your work with images I saw in one of my books on watercolour painting tells me that each and everyone of you did an exceptional job in the short time we had.

Port Community Art Exhibition

Thank you to the judges who awarded my work 'Resigned' (see previous blog) with the third prize. And thank you to the sponsor 'Art to Art'.

Gawler Art Prize 2012

I am pleased to announce that my painting 'Wintersun' (see previous blog) was accorded First Prize at the 6th Gawler art Award.  This marks the third time that my work has won this prize over the years and I am truly thankful.
My grateful thanks to the judges, the organisers and the Gawler Council, as sponors, for their selection and support.