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?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A wrap up of a wonderful week or so....

started on Friday with a three day workshop with the internationally acclaimed watercolourist Keiko Tanabe. A great intro to landscape watercolour and a program that both challenged and inspired us. Thanks to SAWS and Adelaide Art Society and of course Keiko. ( I couldn't resist doing a quick sketch as she was demonstrating the final landscape.)

Monday it was session three of six with the Burnside Painters where I'm currently taking members through the joys of painting animals in watercolour with the occasional diversion into the use of mobile technology to help in creating art.

Tuesday it was delivery time for the portrait I completed as part of the RSASA Portrait Prize demonstrations. I hope my oil painting will be well received at the opening on Sunday.

 (I also entered an animal sculpture for consideration in the Solar Art Prize at the RSASA organised by Pip Fletcher)...

 then it was off to Pepper St Art Centre to submit my entries for the SAWS Members' Exhibition "A Wash of Colour" opening this Friday at 6.30pm and continuing until end of September.
I'll be doing a live demonstration there this Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Please come along if you have the time. If you are interested in doing a short 6 week course with me at Pepper St starting on 17th September you'd better hurry - only a couple of places are left. (see Pepper St website for details).

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Three days this week.....

The week started with the SAWS AGM and the twenty minute demo below....

Followed by a sprint to the Port Adelaide Community Centre opening of the latest exhibition, "Fusion"....  where my painting of the boy in the hat was awarded a merit... as was my elephant statue.   WOW

Then while sitting in at the Gallery on Wednesday morning I painted a couple of extra works. The one below was my favourite.

So this morning at the Elizabeth Art Society ANEAS I painted the small oil below in preparation for a larger piece.

SALA festival in Adelaide is always a busy time but I didn't realise just how busy until this year.

Friday, July 21, 2017

The week that was... and coming stuff

So what's new?....
So what's new?....
Well Mike Barr organised an article for all four Amigos ( Mike Barr, Bill Truslove, Alan Louis and I) to appear in the August 2017 edition of Australian Artist magazine and its out.... thanks Mike.(Bruce Weir took the photos .. thanks Bruce.) I am once again chuffed.
Last week's output included these watercolours...all on brown packing paper.
BTW my September/October class at Pepper St is filling quickly...
if you want more details.  Numbers strictly limited.

and more stuff...

The sculpture of Brian Cox (see earlier post) has been fired and mounted on a rustic wooden base. I decided to leave it in its terra cotta state without trying to colourize it or simulate a patina. The natural state has more honest integrity and shows up all the texturing well. It will be on show during the Royal South Australian Society of Arts Portrait Prize Exhibition for which it has been selected as a finalist. 
I'll be part of a portrait painting demonstration there on Tuesday 
8 August from 11am to 1pm - bookings are essential, contact RSASA.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Week just gone

Well - I've been doing heaps this week ... but I'm only showing the watercolour paintings... please enjoy.
BTW - I'll be sitting in at the fabulous SAWS - South Australian Watercolour Society exhibition at the Black Diamond Gallery at Port Adelaide (next to the Visitor Information Centre, Commercial Rd) from 10am to about 4pm tomorrow only (Fri 16th June) . Drop by and say "Hi".
The paintings are all about A4 - Brian Cox is from the sketch book, the guy in the cap, the forlorn, lost looking lady and the chap with the mo are on packing paper and the hirsute gentleman is on Arches rough 300.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

What's in store for this old man?
After pushing clay around for a couple of hours this morning this is what I have ended up with. But it's not finished.
If you'd like to see what happens next you can attend a demonstration at ANEAS - ArtsNorth Elizabeth Art Society 7 Judd Rd Elizabeth from 10am to 1pm Wednesday 7th June, where I shall be taking up where I have left off with this bloke.
But I'll also be showing/demonstrating a heap of other stuff in relation to clay modelling.
All welcome.

BTW - Thank you to Clare Rotary Art Show - my little elephant "Dignity" was awarded 1st Prize in the Indoor Sculpture Section.

Monday, May 8, 2017


Dignity - Bronze 31cmH x 20cmW x 18cmD Weight approx 8.2kg

This recently completed little elephant is mounted on a black nylon pad and square jarrah base.  It is my homage to the many elephants so harshly mistreated in the name of entertainment.  (Google "Anne - the last British circus elephant" to see what I mean.) Thankfully that era is rapidly disappearing although mistreatment still abounds in other countries. 
The dignity these magnificent creatures appear to display is what prompted my naming of this work.  It is going on display for the first time at the upcoming Clare Rotary Art Exhibition. 
I will be conducting a wide ranging clay modelling demonstration at ANEAS on Wednesday 7th June at Judd House, 7 Judd Rd  Elizabeth from 10am to 1pm.
(See right for details)

Friday, May 5, 2017

Recent Watercolours

Heart Breaker - Watercolour on primed plywood panel 15cm x 20cm 

Done for a small community gallery fundraiser.

Male Study Watercolour on brown packing paper 20cm x 20cm 

Man in a cap Watercolour on brown packing paper 20cm x 20cm 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

FUN FUN FUN in watercolour

From the just completed classes at Pepper St 
.... a demo piece I painted yesterday.....

Size about A3 - on medium paper
That's just a sample of the sort of work and fun you could have this Sunday at the 
HEADS UP      Animals and People Workshop
Are you a teacher?  Do you want to expand your art skills?
Want to paint animal and people portraits in watercolour?

Numbers are limited -  
Workshop is 50% booked so don't delay.

10am to 2pm Sunday 23rd April
Marchant Community Centre  338 Gorge Rd  Athelstone

Cost $60

Contact me for details grit@iprimus.com.au

(of course some of the works may be a little more charming).