Friday, December 26, 2008

Walk along the bay

This sweeping view is loosely based on South Australia's southern coast.
This is the first painting that I've done for a long while without using a spot of yellow in the clouds but it seemed to work well on this occasion.
Walk along the bay - Acrylic on linen - 150x75cm
Available Art Melbourne 09

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Last glimmer - Coolum

Close up view

The last bit of sun hits some parts of the beach at Coolum as beach-walkers are out in force enjoying the coolness of the end of the day. The wide shallows reflect the clouds that are enjoying the last bit of light before darkness envelopes them.
Also show a close up of part of the painting.
Last glimmer - Coolum - Acrylic on linen - 150x75cm
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Race day

On most weekends little racing sail boats can be seen casting off from the shallows of Largs.
Race Day - Acrylic on linen - 120x90cm
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Goolwa beach path

During a visit to my favourite beach I was loading the car to go home and saw how paintable the beach path was. The painting has a solitary feel to it and wonder if it needs a figure on the beach. Many people were on the beach searching for cockles. It was a wonderful sight with the wide reflective shallows coming in to play.
Goolwa beach path - Acrylic on linen - 120x90cm
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

John in oils

I have redone the portrait of John in oils - well actually went over the acrylic painting in oil just to see the difference. Much easier to work with of course and the colours better.
John - 10x8" Oil on canvas.

Saturday, December 6, 2008


Acrylic portrait of Channel 7 TV personality John Riddell. It is from a photo taken at Artworx Gallery during an exhibition that he officially opened last month.
The difficulties in painting portraits in acrylic were quite apparent while painting but it was a good exercise.
John - Acrylic on canvas board 10x8"

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Something a bit different. A quick portrait sketch of James Raggett - President of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts.
James - Acrylic on Canvas board - 10x8"

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Burn-off near Kadina

From a photo I took over 3 years ago of a controlled burn near Kadina in South Australia. Towering plume was impressive from many kilometres away and loved the earthy colours in the smoke.
Burn-off near Kadina - Acrylic on linen 150x75cm
Available at the Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show Jan 2009 - $4200

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Torrential Melbourne

Rain glorious rain - and no better place to see it than on the reflective streets of Melbourne.
Torrential Melbourne - 75x60cm on canvas
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Saturday, November 22, 2008

After the rain - Melbourne

I'm not quite sure what part of Melbourne this was, but it was on a hill and there is a pub on the left. The man outside the pub was singing the praises of the rain as I walked past. It was the last working day before Christmas.
After the rain - Melbourne - Acrylic on canvas - 75x60cm
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Rain - Flinders Lane Melbourne

This painting is a larger version of one previously posted on this blog.
Still a few little things to do on it on reflection.
75x60cm - Acrylic on canvas
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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Beach day

A busy weekend in the shed/studio has seen about 20 little paintings completed for a sale next week. This little one is of no beach inparticular but it's sure to remind someone of a beach they know somewhere. For sale next week if unsold.
Beach day - 6x4" Acrylic on canvasboard

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Daisies in love

While having breakfast on the front porch a few weekends ago, I observed the daisies down the driveway. It was midmorning and the sun was going in and out of the clouds. Perceptably the daisies were craining their heads toward the sun and were swaying in the gentle breeze. The sun went in for quite a while and some of them already started to close their petals. The die-hards still had high hopes of the sun coming out again. They all live for the sun - they are in love.
Daisies in love - acrylic on canvasboard - 6x4"

Monday, October 20, 2008

More rain in Melbourne

I'm not quite sure what part of Melbourne this was. It was raining, I was getting wet, taking lots of photos and had to find my way to the bus station in the next half an hour. I did make it!
More rain in Melbourne
6x4" on canvas board

Sunday, October 12, 2008

grenfell street reflections

Home-time traffic reflects on the streets of Adelaide.
Grenfell Street reflections - 6x4" acrylic on canvasboard.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Raining on North Terrace

This little painting is a study of larger ones that I have done over the last few years. North Terrace is one of my favourite rainy day streets with its wide tree-lined boulevard and reflective pavement.
Raining on North Terrace - Acrylic on canvasboard - 6"x4"

Saturday, October 4, 2008

City rain

This little exercise in tonal work has been done with minimal brushwork and in a monotone. It really borders on being a watercolour painting as the canvas was sprayed with water before painting. Despite its lack of colour it does have a sense of atmosphere that will do well on a larger canvas. One of my favourites this one.
City rain - acrylic on canvasboard, 6"x4"
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Storm off Largs

Yachts head for home as summer rain clouds stalk across the sea
Storm off Largs - Acrylic on linen board - 4"x8"
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Sun and Rain - Melbourne

This little painting is one of a few exercises in using only a comparively large brush in relation to the canvas size. I put the smaller brushes away for this on in an attempt to keep the painting loose. Any detail has been added with the edge of the large brush. This is a study for a larger painting that was completed the same day and will be shown at the Port Adelaide Art Show in early January 2009. The subject matter is the joyful mix of sun and rain - of course joyful except if there is a cricket match to be played!
Sun and Rain - Melbourne - Acrylic on canvas board - 5"x7"

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Last light - Coolum Beach

The sun is almost gone for the day, but the very last bit of light captures some of the walkers that have taken advantage of the balmy conditions and the beautiful wide shallows. Most of the beach is now in shade the setting sun catches some of the walkers and the surf as it rolls in.
Last light Coolum Beach - Acrylic on linen board - 5"x7"

Friday, September 26, 2008

Noosa Corner

The wonderful Sunshine beach in Queensland is bound on its northern side by the Noosa Corner as I call it. It's a fitting backdrop to wide beach and shallows of this amazing place.
Noosa Corner - Acrylic on linen board - 4"x8"

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Midday clouds

On a hot summer's day even the clouds seem to labour under the heat. The clouds at this particular time of day seemed to be ejecting sunlight and heat instead of providing shade.
Midday clouds - Acrylic on linen board - 4"x8"
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Melbourne awash

This is based on photos taken while I was over in Melbourne during Art Melbourne 07. Luckily I found a 30 minute park and dashed around taking photos before the time was up.
Melbourne awash - Acrylic on canvas board - 5"x7"
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Spring at Semaphore

Even during spring it can be warmish at the beach and the jetty is an ideal way to keep cool. Coolness can be found underneath in the shade or walking on top in the breeze that comes off the sea. I've painted versions of this scene many times but this is the smallest painting of it. Being so small, it was painted more loosely than usual and has a plein air feel to it.
Spring at Semaphore - Acrylic on linen board - 4"x8"

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Rain in Melbourne

I'd heard that it was always raining in Melbourne. So, I thought I was safe taking a flight there when the forecast was for a day of rain - I was after a camera full of rainy day Melbourne shots for future paintings. I arrived early morning to find that it was overcast but no signs of rain. Not to be discouraged, I walked around the city taking photos anyway and hoped that rain would eventuate before my bus trip home at 8.30pm. I'd almost given up hope and was hovering around the bus station when the heaven opened up - it was 7pm. Already hobbled with a day's walking around town, I dashed back into the city to take what shots I could within the hour I had. The downpour had caught everyone by suprise on December 23rd 2006. The man in the painting had his suit jacket over his head as he speared down Flinders Lane - it was certainly the most interesting shot I took and have already done a large painting of it. This little one is in preparation for another largish one soon. Needless to say that it was a rather uncomfortable trip home to Adelaide on the bus, but was happy with some of the shots I had.
Rain in Melbourne - Acrylic on linen board - 4"x8"
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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Road awash

It was no where near sunset but darkness enveloped Port Wakefield Road near Salisbury, South Australia, as a rain squal swept across from the sea. Visibility was perilously low but it made a spectical with tail lights and headlights shining like beacons in the waves of grey.
Road awash - Acrylic on canvas panel - 5"x7"
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Yachties brave some worsening weather for their weekend fix on the water.
Largs Bay, South Australia

Shipmates - Acrylic on linen board - 4"x8"

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

South of Semaphore Beach

Just after the famous Semaphore Jetty are wonderful stretches of beach with wide shallows. Just around the point that you can see in this painting you can see the distant Grange jetty - then onwards to the Henley and then Glenelg. It's a hefty but lovely walk specially during the cooler months.
South of Semaphore Beach - acrylic on linen board - 8"x4"

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sun at Sunshine Beach

It was truly breath-taking to experience the warm of a beach in September. Not only so, but the beach itself is wonderful with it wide reflective shallows and the views toward Coolum on one side and hill on on Noosa corner on the other. Many reference photos were taken for painting later.
Sun at Sunshine Beach - acrylic on linen board - 4"x8"

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

From Grange to Henley Beach

The 25km or so of Adelaides beaches are punctuated by a series of jetties. All of them are different in some respect but they are all wonderful to walk along. Night or day there are always people there - fishing, walking or just taking in the fresh sea air that always seems so much more pronounced at the end of the jetty. From the now refurbished Largs jetty to the completely rebuilt and modern Brighton jetty, they all become a focal point. They provide a wonderful vantage point of the stretch of beach each side of them as well as provided often needed shade as the sun reaches its high-point in the middle of the day. The painting is taken from the middle of the Grange jetty looking toward the Henley jetty. Beyond Henley is the famous Glenelg beach and jetty. The hills in the background of those of the Seacliff area.
From Grange to Henley Beach - acrylic on linen board - 4"x8"

Painting blog pieces at the RSASA

The photos below show part of an exhibition I am a part of with four fellow artists at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts wonderful and historic gallery in Adelaide. My work is the recognisable blue stuff! As part of being in the Society's exhibition Ive been 'sitting' the exhibition and have been painting my small works. I've painted five little pieces this afternoon on rather a quiet day visitor-wise, including Storm at Largs - that was the last one for the day. More will be added to the blog starting from tomorrow.

Storm at Largs

The scene looks quite contrived with the skyline and wave line coming together in a point - but that's how it was on this stormy day at Largs Bay, Adelaide. The water was a grey-green and the sky changeable by the minute. I have painted several versions of this scene and this one was is more plein-air style.
Storm at Largs - acrylic on linen board - 8"x4"
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Victor yachts

Late afternoon and a couple of yachts are heading back to the Victor Harbor Yacht Club. In the distance the coastline stretches toward the Coorong and clouds reflect the setting sun in the west.
Victor yachts - acrylic on linen board - 8"x4"
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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Burn-off near Kadina

I took photos of this burn-off over 3 years ago. The ground was extremely dry and the plume of smoke spectacular.
Burn-off near Kadina - acrylic on linen on board, 4"x8"

Beach east of Victor

Victor Harbor - the playground of South Australia has miles of beaches to the east stretching all the way to the Coorong. On some days the water is as blue green as some exotic beach on a South Pacific Island. A wonderful place to walk and play by the sea and of course to perch a beach house nearby!
Beach east of Victor - acrylic on linen on board, 4"x8"

Rain - North Tce, Adelaide

I didn't take the usual train home this night. It was raining and there were photos to be taken. I had done a circuit of Adelaide and it was nearly dark - the train station was not far away. I was about to cross King William St and saw the last light peeping through one of the trees that line the road. Sky, trees, cars, lights and reflections - I took a few shots and this little painting is the study of a larger one soon.
Rain - North Tce, Adelaide - acrylic on canvas board - 7"x5"
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Rain - Waymouth St, Adelaide

When it's raining in Adelaide, chances are you will see some dodgy looking fellow taking photos of cars, umbrellas and traffic lights. Don't be too concerned - it will more than likely be me looking for reflections and light that will one day make an interesting painting. I was lucky this day. The painting here is a simplified one that worked very well. Not only did it make the people's choice award at a local art show but it was also bought as a wedding present at the same show.
Rain - Waymouth St, Adelaide - acrylic on linen board - 4"x8"
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A view from Brighton

It wasn't a cold April evening, but cool enough to keep Brighton beach near Melbourne pretty well empty. The sun sank below the bay's horizon and the lights came on illuminating the famous beach boxes. To the north the lights of the city began to take effect in the growing darkness. It was an alluring scene and I took a fair share of photos.
A view from Brighton - acrylic on linen board - 4"x8"
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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Moonlight walkers

I freely admit to being fascinated with the sky, and no less so with a cloudy moonlit night. On the few occasions when the moon is high and soft fluffy clouds cross its path I have observed the colours and hoped to be able to paint it and convey the majesty of such times. The colour of the sky itself is another factor and not easy to fathom when looking at it. Its certainly not black or shades of pure grey. Combinations of paynes grey and cobalt blue seemed to work quite well. As a strict rule I never use pure white in daytime clouds - it just doesnt work, even a very slight tint of colour seems to do the trick. However, with the moonlit sky, no greater white light can be had than that of the moon and fringes of the cloud with the moon almost peeking out are certainly as white as white and I have painted it as such. This little study painting of only 7x5 inches caught what I wanted in a moonlit night at the wonderful Goolwa beach. Not that Ive walked there on such a night or the night at all but I used the reference photos I had taken in the day as a basis of a night scene. I have included a section of the sky of the larger painting below 120x180cm that is almost finished - its just what I was looking for in the clouds.

I hope one day that I will be able to catch such a scene in the flesh on one full moon night and just walk and revel in perhaps a once-in-a-life experience. I hope whoever buys the study painting and the larger work will share in that wonderful dream.
Moonlight beach walkers - 5"x7" canvas board. SOLD

Friday, August 22, 2008

The longest walk

This little painting is based on a photo taken half-way on a walk along the length of Adelaide's metropolitan beaches - some 25km. The yachts at the Henley South Yacht club were preparing to set sail but I wondered how they would sail on such a calm day. It was interesting to see first-hand and in one day, the different types of beaches that are only a bus or train ride away. It's a walker's paradise at any time of year and in warmer months it offers recreation and coolness for thousands. This was the half-way point in the walk but already I was hobbling with blisters and more - got some great photos though!
Henley South Yacht day - acrylic on linen board - 8"x4"

Last surf

It's late afternoon just east of Victor Harbor and a couple of surfers are getting in their last surf before the curtains of night are drawn. The beach here, that stretches right down to the Coorong has its own sound. With the Southern ocean waves that seem to continually roll along in lines, you can't hear one particular wave. The sound of all of them together is like the resounding applause in a huge stadium. Perhaps it's natures way of appreciating the grand spectical of this ampitherical coast.
Last surf - 4"x8" linen board.
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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Goolwa beach shadows

I've seen many wonderful beaches in Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, but Goolwa beach in South Australia takes some beating. Better known for being close to the Murray Mouth and the Coorong, Goolwa boasts one the the most expansive beaches around. A constant swell from the Southern Ocean is always appreciated by the surfers and body-borders that go there. Amazingly, many South Australians are unaware of the beach here. Its a beach to be walked and there is no shortage of those who walk it. Often cocklers are to be seen with bare feet feeling for cockles in the wet sand with buckets in hand - its a colourful sight. I've painted this beach several times on large canvases, as the bigness of the place almost demands it be painted that way, with its large wall of sandhills, extra wide shallows and a beach the disappears into the ocean spray that looks etherial as it envelopes the distance in haze.

8"x4" Acrylic on canvas board

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

While it was raining outside

This little painting was done during the Cathedral SALA exhbition in Adelaide. It was raining outside and I'd been out there taking photos for future rainy day paintings. The rain kept visitors away but I painted from a vantage point were I could see people come in through the main doors and wander around looking at the works. It rained outside, as I painted the beach and blue skies indoors. It's a study painting but still has depth and life. It is of no particular place, but I'm sure there is somewhere in the world just like this.

8"x10" acrylic on canvas board.

'Afternoon Beach'


A study in clouds

This little study painting was completed with others during my SALA (South Australian Living Artists exhibition) at the Adelaide Cathedral. Not only was it a study painting but also valuable brush time in a place not normally associated with painting. Brush-time is the life-blood of artists - there is no progress without it. The painting is of no place inparticular but the sum of many beach scenes I have painted. It could be of a beach near you.