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. 


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


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.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Light, Shade, Shape

I am honoured to have been asked to take part in and open the
Light, Shade, Shape Exhibition at the Top of the Torrens Gallery at Birdwood
this Sunday 22nd October at 2pm.

Come join us.

The venue is a short scenic drive from Adelaide through the beautiful spring vistas of the
Mt Lofty Ranges. It's an idyllic way to enjoy the pleasures only Birdwood can offer.

Both Colleen and Hans are two long time and long suffering artist friends and this is a first time for both of them and I am delighted to be able to share this experience with them.

One of the pleasures of producing art in a societal setting is that you get to meet so many wonderful people and establish long lasting relationships.  We are all on a journey of artistic discovery and development that is as open ended as we want it to be. 
University of the Third Age ain't got nothing on us.

Recent excitement....

All in reverse chronological sequence

Friday night:

WINNER   - St Peters Cathedral Art Prize  - Social Comment Section

"After the fire has gone out" - oil on canvas  60cm x 90cm

I was delighted to have my canvas receive the category prize at the St Peters Cathedral Art Prize 2017.  My sincere thanks to Rosie and the team for their concerted efforts.

Thursday Afternoon: 

Word from the Walkerville Rotary Art Exhibition that my bronze sculpture "Dignity" (see previous post below) has been sold.  (the new owner has let me know who he is and I am happy to report that it will go to a caring home)

Tuesday afternoon: 

I was thrilled to get advice that my elephant sculpture "Dignity" was awarded a Commendation at the Walkerville Rotary Art Exhibition. (I was just reminded that it had also won 1st prize in the indoor sculpture category at the 2017 Clare Rotary Art Exhibition - always a hotly contested category.)


The last session in my current Pepper St watercolour classes.  The images below were from the final session.     I hope that members were not too distressed by the challenges I set them during the last five weeks - I know from their work that everyone improved markedly - I just hope they also enjoyed the sessions as much as I did.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Just to round out the week

Just to round out the week here's a small oil study from yesterday morning ( 2.5mm MDF 200mm x 250mm) ..... 
Unless someone can come up with a better name I'll call it "Deep in thought"

With today's temperature set to reach 30 degrees C I took the opportunity to fast dry it by leaving it under the back window of the car out in the sun.   

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Recent works from classes and demos.....

This is a sequence of images of my painting of St. Teresa of Calcutta (her saint day was just recently celebrated).  Painted on brown packing paper about A4 size.

Professor Einstein from the class demo. We are painting Famous People and animals not so famous (not so frequently painted)

.... and Albert Einstein again - a more detailed study ... once more on brown packing paper.

.... and finally a Lurcher painted in my studio and a Camel demo from yesterday's class.

If you're not having fun - then why paint?