Sunday, February 1, 2015

This is an opportunity for anyone interested in expanding their expertise in watercolour portraiture.

The workshop covers two full days and will deal with a wide range of topics.  It will include demonstrations and guided work sessions and is strictly limited in numbers.
To ensure your place please email or call.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Wedding Guest - oil on canvas - approx 60cm x 60cm

This painting was recently awarded the runner up prize in the Open Section of the Port Adelaide Rotary Art Exhibition 2014.  It shows my grandson's character exactly - and I daresay that of many other boys his age.

Saturday, December 6, 2014


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
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

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


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



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.


Monday, January 27, 2014


 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


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 

Monday, July 15, 2013

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


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

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 - 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.