Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Misty Goolwa

There always seems to be plenty of drama in the skies at Goolwa Beach and of course always busy with cocklers.
Misty Goolwa - available at the Port Adelaide Rotary Art show - $3500

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Mike Barr art calendar

Only a limited number of these calendars are available.
Australian Calendar - A4 size that opens to A3. 12 images that can be framed later.
$39.95 each.. free postage in Australia - International postage extra
buy now

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Summer sun - Semaphore

One of my favourite scenes to paint - Semaphore jetty, South Australia.
Summer sun - Semaphore - 100x70cm acrylic on linen
Port Adelaide Rotary Art show - $3500
Portside Christian church
Causeway Road, Ethelton
Opens Sat Jan 2 - 7th

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Misty beach - Goolwa

It was just before Christmas 2008 and a low sea mist enveloped cocklers on Goolwa Beach looking toward Middleton.
Misty Beach - Goolwa - 150x75cm acrylic on linen

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Winter's afternoon at the beach

A demonstration painting done at a demonstration afternoon today at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts. It is of nowhere inparticular and developed on the canvas during the 2-hour demo.

Winter's afternoon at the beach - Acrylic on linen - 120cmx60cm

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Dawn rain - 'Victor Harbor

A morning rain storm sweeps across the bay at Victor Harbor - South Australia. It doesn't deter a couple of sailing enthusiasts that have just cast off from the Victor Harbor yacht club.
Dawn rain - Victor Harbor acrylic on linen - 150x75cm - $4950

Late storm - Goolwa beach

Goolwa Beach is dramatic enough in normal conditions but far more so with grey skies and late afternoon sun. Cocklers continue to dig for cockles while there is time.
Late Storm - Goolwa Beach
180x60cm - Artworx Gallery Goolwa - SOLD

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Yellow umbrella - Semaphore

A favourite subject revisited - just a little more to be done on it as I look at it in this form. Having said that, can you see a story in this painting?

Yellow umbrella - Semaphone - 80x80cm Acrylic on linen

Red umbrella 2

The second version of a previous work last week. A little larger this time.

80x80cm acrylic on linen.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Surf Collection

I was thrilled to receive this substantial book in the mail a few weeks ago. Titled the 'Surf Collection' it's one of the heaviest books you can imagine outside the realm of the Greater Oxford Dictionary. It comprises the greatest collection of surfing memorabilia ever put together by co-author and renowned archeologist of surfing, Gerard Decoster.
The book has no contents page and none of its 350 pages are numbered. It's a book to be dipped into without regard to order - each page is an entity and a discovery - a delight to anyone even remotely connected to surfing.
Gerard bought one of my paintings last year all the way from France and I am honoured that this very painting depecting a lone surfer heading for the last waves of the day at Coolum, made it into this historic work.
Thank you Gerard and well done on such a spendid publication.
See the link for more information on the book and its authors -

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Red umbrella - North Tce

The pretty North Terrace boulevard is always ready to show off something red in the rain.
Red Umbrella - North Terrace - 55x55cm - acrylic on linen - $1500

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Moon on the beach

Near Middleton beach.
The moon illuminates the beach from behind the clouds and attracts walkers on this special night.
100x70cm - acrylic on linen
Moon after the rain

Sunday, October 18, 2009

North Terrace in the rain

One of the most picturesque places in Adelaide when it rains.
Here you will find the gallery, museum, the state library and more including the gallery of the Royal South Australian Society of Arts.
North Tce in the rain - Acrylic on linen - 55x55cm
$1500 available at Red Opus Art Space - Mike Barr gallery room

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Demonstration afternoon at Red Opus

The four paintings produced at the painting demo afternoon at Red Opus Art Space.
Many thanks to the orderly and attentive group who attended.
All paintings 30x30cm acrylic on canvas.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Medina - Adelaide

One of my favourite places on a wet day is near the Adelaide Town Hall looking towards the Medina.
Medina - Adelaide - 55x55cm acrylic on linen

Rain - Pirie St

Rain at lunchtime has people taking cover on one of Adelaide's rainy days.
Rain - Pirie St 45x45cm acrylic on linen

Monday, October 5, 2009

Beach reflections

One of three paintings for the Florey 'For the love of Art' for charity exhibition in which all paintings will sell for $300 on Wed Oct 28, Bonython Hall, The University of Adelaide
50x40cm Acrylic on canvas

Stroll in the shallows

One of three paintings for the Florey 'For the love of Art' for charity exhibition in which all paintings will sell for $300 on Wed Oct 28, Bonython Hall, The University of Adelaide
50x40cm Acrylic on canvas

Wave walkers

One of three paintings for the Florey 'For the love of Art' for charity exhibition in which all paintings will sell for $300 on Wed Oct 28, Bonython Hall, The University of Adelaide
50x40cm Acrylic on canvas

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Flower seller - Rundle Mall

Even on rainy days, flower sellers are in demand in Rundle Mall, Adelaide.
Flower seller - Rundle Mall - 55x55cm acrylic on linen

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Showers St Peters

Rain sweeps across Payneham Road at St Peters, Adelaide.
Showers, St Peters - 45x45cm acrylic on linen
Available Glenelg Rotary Art show starting Oct 2nd 2009

Friday, September 25, 2009

Carpark full - Waymouth St

Another brushier version of my old favourite. I used a one inch brush on just about everything, including the figures and used a small brush right at the end to do little bits. It gives the work a much freer feel to it.
Carpark full - Waymouth St - 70x70cm acrylic on canvas

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Beach cricket - Adelaide Oval

Anyone who knows the Adelaide oval will know how fanciful this painting is! It's just a whimsical combination of the most picturesque cricket ground in the world and beach cricket - a form of the game that is played on beaches all around Australia.
Beach cricket - Adelaide Oval
40x40cm - acrylic on canvas
Available Adelaide Cathedral Art show Oct 1oth

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Jetty Road

Glenelg - One of the few places that is the same said backwards. It is Adelaide's seaside resort town and home to the fabled Glenelg tram. The old ones are gone now but the new yellow ones look very nice on a rainy day.

I've included a couple of progressive photos of the work in progress.

Rain - Jetty Road - 46x46cm - acrylic on linen

Friday, September 18, 2009

People's Choice

I've posted this painting before, but do so again because it won the People's Choice award at this year's Loreto Spring Art show as well as selling on the opening night. I regard a People's Choice award as the most satisfying of all awards.
Hometime - North Terrace - 70x70cm acrylic on canvas

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Busy beach

A view on a summer's day from the sandhills at Goolwa.
Busy beach - 33x18cm - acrylic on board
Available soon at Red Opus Art Space

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Sunset walk

No where inparticular, but wouldn't it be nice to be there.
Sunset walk - acrylic on board - 33x18cm
Available at Red Opus Art Space soon.

Semaphore jetty

Semaphore Jetty is one of my favourite places to paint. The jetty provides shade and in interesting elevation from which to view a long wide beach.

Semaphore Jetty - acrylic on board - 33x18cm
Available soon from Red Opus Art Space

Monday, September 7, 2009

Beach walkers

One of the five little demonstration paintings completed at the Red Opus Art Space on Saturday.
Beach walkers - Acrylic on canvas - 30x20cm
This one still for sale at Red Opus - $250

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Rain - Payneham Road

Nothing makes a road look nicer than a good downpour. Payneham Road is no exception.
Rain - Payneham Road - 100x75cm acrylic on linen
Available soon at Red Opus Art Space

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Rain on Waymouth Street

This is about the fourth version I have done of a similar scene - one of my favourite rainy day streets in Adelaide.
Rain on Waymouth Street - 60x60cm Acrylic on canvas
Available at the Adelaide Royal Show in the first week of September

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Grampians view

The sky is the star of this landscape. The views are breathtaking from the top of the Grampians.
Grampians view - 100x75cm acrylic on linen
Adelaide Cathedral art show -

Umpire's picnic

Almost there. This year's entry into the inaugural Cricket Prize depicts a classic game of beach cricket - but wait, there's more. In the background are a group of cricket umpires enjoying their annual beach picnic. They can't help but be involved, with waving arms and glances at light meters. The umpire closest to the action keeps a keen eye on proceeding as the batsmen take a cheeky single!

Umpires picnic - Oil and acrylic on canvas - 120x60cm - $3600

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Moon after rain

Scenes like this are rarely seen outside of a car - but what if we did get out and take it all in. There is a wonderful mystery in a moon drenched landscape. The shadows whisper gently.
Moon after rain - 100x70cm acrylic on canvas

Friday, August 7, 2009

Moon River

This has been posted before - but now has been fine-tuned
Heysen Prize entry. 100x100cm acrylic on canvas
Moon River
Painting has made it as a finalist in the Heysen Prize

Friday, July 31, 2009

Red Opus Art Space

Some photos of my room at the gallery. The gallery opens officially tonight at 6.30pm

119 Payneham Road, St Peters, South Australia