Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Victor yachts

Kats come in after a morning race at the Victor Harbor Yacht club.
Victor Yachts - 120x90cm acrylic on linen.
Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show - Jan 2011
(Disqualified due to being slightly oversized but now available at Artworx Gallery at Goolwa)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Grey day - Largs

The grey conditions did not deter keen sailors at Largs!
Grey day - Largs  100x50cm acrylic on canvas
Available Port Adelaide Rotary Art Show

Monday, December 6, 2010

Storm at Semaphore South

Amid a blustery late afternoon out come the beachwalkers with their dogs.
Storm at Semaphore South - 100x50cm acrylic on canvas
Available at Port art show - dec 2010/11

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Storm at Largs

Another in the 'storm-at-Largs series.
Storm at Largs - 100x100cm  acrylic on canvas
Available at the Port Adelaide Rotary Art Show at the end of December

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Late afternoon - Semaphore

Not only is it late afternoon but a rain storm approaches too!
This view is from the Largs Jetty looking toward the Semaphore jetty, a beautiful stretch of beach to walk especially in cool conditions. It's a great vantage point to watch storms come over the gulf.
Late afternoon - Semaphore 100x50cm acrylic on canvas.
Available at the Port Adelaide Rotary Art Show late December 2010.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Yachts in a storm - award

I test the waters all over the place and entered this painting in the Fine Art Views - Bold Brush Painting Competition. It was awarded a finalists place as an Oustanding Acrylic. The painting can be seen live at Artworx Gallery, Hays St, Goolwa, South Australia.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Painting outside

As part of the warm-up for next year's Fleurieu Art Prize (the world's richest landscape prize) the organisers arranged for two one-day paitning competitions. I attended the second one based at Victor Harbor. It was a great day with some 70 artists converging to paint during the day then judging in the evening, and with works for sale.

I secured a shady spot near the beach to paint from.
The paintings is acrylic on linen 100x75cm

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Victor Harbor beach path

There are little gems like this along the esplanade but you have to look for them!
Victor Harbor beach path - acrylic on canvas - 40x30cm
Available at Artistic License - January 2011

Friday, November 19, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Porthmeor beach - St Ives

Beach walkers travers the sandy beach of Porthmeor with its distinctive landscape.
Porthmeor beach - St Ives - 40x30cm acrylic on canvasboard.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wall to Wall exhibition at Artworx

One of my small paintings that will be shown at this year's 5th birthday exhibition at Artworx Gallery at Goolwa. Artists that will feature will be Tom O'Callaghan, Lorraine Lewitzke, Cheryl Brown, Margo Miles, Katie Wyatt, Chris Wake, Mike Barr and others.
Proceeds start at 3pm Nov 7th at the gallery, 12 Hays St, Goolwa - phone 08 8555 0949
Why not come down to Goolwa, have lunch then pop into the Gallery in the afternoon and make a day of it!
There is always a great selection of paintings, sculpture and giftware to delve into at Artworx.
See you there.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

A day at the beach

A beach in Australia, South Africa or Cornwall?
A day at the Beach - acrylic on canvasboard - 40x20cm

Friday, October 29, 2010

Late afternoon Encounter Bay

Encounter Bay at Victor Harbor is a favourite haunt for many a holiday goer in South Australia. Late afternoon shadows are being chased by beach walkers.
Late Afternoon - Encounter Bay - 6x8" acrylic on canvas
Available at Artworx Gallery, Goolwa from Nov 7th

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Yachts at the Bluff

A large painting of South Australia's most popular playground - Victor Harbor.
Not many yachts are seen near the Bluff but it make for an interesting scene.
Yachts at the Bluff - Acrylic on linen - 180x90cm
Available at Artworx at their official opeing of the Wall to Wall exhibition starting at 3pm Nov  7th

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Bike on Grenfell St

A lone cyclist leads the traffic on a busy Grenfell Street, Adelaide.
A heavy shower has just one through and left lots of puddles for reflections.
Bike on Grenfell St - Acrylic on canvasboard - 40x30cm

Friday, October 15, 2010

The dunes of Victor

These little dunes are pretty well hidden and some are fenced off for protection. This one has been well used.
A small yacht is being prepared for play in the shallows.
The dunes of Victor - acrylic on canvas - 40x30cm
Available soon at Artworx Gallery

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Town Hall revisited

Another smaller painting in the town hall series and this one destined for the production of prints.
Showers - Adelaide Town Hall  - Acrylic on canvas - 40x30cm

Saturday, October 2, 2010

North Terrace colour

Another in my North Terrace series. I have attempted to add a little more colour to this one.
It is also somewhat smaller than usual.
North Terrace colour - 40x30cm acrylic on canvas board.
Destination unknown at this time.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Red Brollie wins at Glenelg

Red Brollie won best acrylic/oil at the Glenleg Rotary Art Show last night.
I have done several similar paintings. This one is still for sale at the show.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Artworx Gallery - Goolwa, South Australia

Of course this is not one of my latest paintings, but you can see my work at Artworx Gallery and Gifts, 10-12 Hays Street, Goolwa, South Australia.
Owned and created by Wendy and Stephen Middleton, the Gallery is a wonderful mixture of paintings, sculpture and jewellery. Some of South Australia's premier artists show here including Tom O'Callaghan, argueably one of Australia's, if not the world's leading landscape painters and, he shows exclusively here at Artworx.
Last year Channel 7's life-style program aired a segment on the gallery and I invite you to look at the short clip and hope that it encourages you to drop in on this amazing art space.

It is worth the trip to Goolwa just to see it alone!
Last Wave - Acrylic on canvas - Available at Artworx Gallery and Gifts
Artworx Gallery and Gifts

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Town Hall rain

Adelaide Town hall in South Australia is the cities most beautiful spot in the rain.
Town Hall Rain - acrylic on linen - 55x55cm
Available at the Cathedral Art Show

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Rain at the Show

I work very near the showgrounds at Wayville. The Friday to start the Royal Adelaide Show was a wet one, so I ventured out to the main gates with my camera and brollie. People were scurrying in and out of the gates with earnest looks on their faces. Still, the show must go on - and it did!
Rain at the Show - Acrylic on linen - 55x55cm
Available at the Cathedral Art Show

Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Qantas overland

One of the first of a new series of aerial paintings. Inspired by Qantas flights across the amazing Australian landscape. Below is a verse I penned a few years ago that was inspired by the same scenes.
The Qantas Overland - acrylic on canvas - 150x90cm
Available at the Cathedral Art Show - Oct 2010

The Qantas Overland
I sipped my bottled water
And peered the depths below.
How big is this enormous land
With its dry and brazen glow?

Who carved that track - plumbline-straight
That feels toward the sea?
And every squared-off farming plot
As far as eyes can see?

Shadows made by fluffy whites
Vaunt their rainless form.
And skim across unborn crops
With hope of rain forlorn.

But there amid the burnished red,
In shades of silver-green.
A snaking line drawn in the dust
Is filled with liquid sheen.

A slender thread filled with life
An umbilical of sorts.
That feeds the roots of fruit and vine
And hedonist resorts.

It winds its way to the sea at last
To the Mouth east of the bluff.
A mouth that 's never ever filled
And filled not near enough.

Then as the plains turn into hills
And hills to roofs of tin.
I swigged my bottled water down
And thought on where I'd been.

Roads and crops and burning scrub
And serpent river bends.
Australia - our home - our life
And where our heart attends.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Yachts in a storm

This painting has developed from one that just depicted a storm over wetlands, to a beach scene with yachts.
Based loosely on the beach at Largs where many a yacht has cast off into the sea.
The painting is available at the Cathedral Art Show that runs from Oct 9 - 16.
Yachts in a storm - Acrylic on linen - 120x90cm

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Semaphore wins at Gawler

I felt honoured today by being awarded the best in show (my painting, not me) at the Gawler Art Award.
Quite a number of my Semaphore paintings have won awards over the last 6 years.
Thanks Semaphore!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Four for the Adelaide Royal Show

These are the four works I have entered for the Adelaide Royal Show Art Purchase section. They are all 55x55cm - acrylic on linen with a 10cm white border around all of them. They have the theme of Adelaide Rain.
The Royal Show runs from 3-11 September 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

People's Choice

Magic Medina has just won a second People's Choice award - this time at the Tea Tree Gully Art Show.
The painting will make a final appearance at the Loreto Spring Art show.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Reflections of Sydney

5.30pm and Sydney Harbour is bustling with people trying to get home from work. The ferries are filling fast as the rain starts to fall. The harbour lights are coming on and it's looking beautiful.
Reflections of Sydney - Acrylic on Canvasboard - 7x5"

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Semaphore Sunday

A favourite subject of mine which I paint differently each time.
The Semaphore jetty is currently under major repair after storms last year demolished some of the middle part. Reference photos where taken for this painting during several years of the Kite Festival which is held there each year. As you will notice people are looking out from the jetty - they were actually looking at an amazing array of kites on the day.
The jetty is not unlike the scene that Charles Condor painted in his work 'Holiday at Mentone' many years ago. It resides in the South Australian Art Gallery and remains as one of my favourite paintings done by the impressionist of the 19th century.
Semaphore Sunday - 90x60cm - acrylic on board.
Available at the Mt Waverly art Show in Melbourne next month.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

A day for yachts

A fictitious little painting with all the cosiness of a yacht club next to the sea animated by people walking in the shallows.

Only the brave are out today,
Out in the wind and chill.
Others watch from the comfort zone,
With an arm on a window sill.

A day for yachts - acrylic on canvasboard - 12x9"
Available at Mt Waverly Art Show - Aug 2010

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Yacht day

Some days are just made for yachts!

Fluttering sails,
And billowing clouds
Three boats on a beach,
Away from the crowds.

Yacht day - acrylic on canvasboard - 12x9"
Available at the Mt Waverly Art Show - August 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Red umbrella - North Tce

The red umbrella has returned to North Tce on this lovely rainy day.
There's nothing like a rainy day,
When pavements turns to glass.
With brollies just like parachutes,
That make it hard to pass.
Red Umbrella - North Tce - acrylic on canvas 55x55cm

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Rain on Waymouth

I've had this painting done for a while but added some needed darks today. I also added the bicycle, which I think has added some charm to the scene. The building on the right is the Union Hotel. The Union was the place to go for a quick, cheap businessman's lunch - the place was always a buzz when my dad took me there. Today it is more upbeat and hip. Still a great place for lunch no doubt.

A table at the Union
Where ties and shirts still meet
A parmi with some favourite sauce
And a beer goes down a treat.

Rain on Waymouth
Available at the Blackwood Rotary Art Show

Monday, June 28, 2010

Beach path, Largs

It's quite a way from the walking/cycling path to the beach, at Largs.

When it's hot and the sun is high,

And walking's such a task.

You'll reach the sea eventually,

And in the shallows bask.
Beach path, Largs - acrylic on canvas - 8x6"

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Grey day at Largs

A grey blustery day didn't put off sailing enthusiasts at Largs.
Sentinal pines oversee the beach,
As flapping sails are set.
Wistful looks toward the sea,
with thoughts of cold and wet!
Grey day at Largs - acrylic on canvasboard - 8x6"

Friday, June 25, 2010

Shadows and sails

Shadows sweep across the beach as sails are hoisted ready for a day's sailing.
The wind is having its way today,
As clouds surrender their will.
Shadows race across the sand,
And sails are having their fill.
Shadows and sails - acrylic on canvas - 91x45cm

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Victor yachts

I was amazed last year to witness a group of red little yachts doing maneuvers in the bay in the middle of an early morning downpour - they almost disappeared in the low visibility. But this day was not like that. The sun was shining as a red kat came in as another yacht was dismantling it's sails.
Victor yachts come in at last,
And some have won the day.
They'll all be back again real soon,
To race and tack and play.
Victor yachts - 8x6" - acrylic on canvasboard

Monday, June 21, 2010

A beach for yachts

Loosely based on Sunshine beach although I didn't see any yachts while I was there!
What's a beach without a yacht,
and sails that flap in the breeze.
What's a beach without a yacht,
to ply the green-blue seas?
A beach for yachts - acrylic on canvasboard - 7x5"
Available Mindfield Book Gallery - Blackwood - July 2010

Sunday, June 20, 2010

South Head - Sydney

You can't help but notice the lovely South Head when on the ferry to Manly from Sydney. It's about at this point that the swell from the open sea hits the ferry with obvious results.
A ferry ride to Manly bound,
In a boat of cream and green.
A harbour jewelled on either side,
With views once wished, now seen.
South Head - Sydney - acrylic on canvasboard - 7x5"

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Victor Harbor Yacht Club

There are few yacht clubs that can boast such beautiful sorroundings as the Victor Harbor Yacht Club. To the artist's eye the club is landmarked by a row of mature pines that act as a dark backdrop to the sails that are hoisted and pulled down before and ending the day's sailing - it's a wonderful sight.
The pines have arms to bring us home,
They call us back to land.
The pines protect our club of sails,
And shade our blessed sand.
Victor Harbor Yacht Club - Acrylic on canvasboard - 7x5"
Available at the Mindfield Book
Gallery. Blackwood. July 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Town hall reflections

There's always a picture to paint from under the porch at the Adelaide Town Hall.
Town Hall reflections - Acrylic on canvasboard - 8x6"
Available at my exhibition of small works at the Mindfield Bookshop Blackwood during July 2010

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Waymouth rain

Rain on busy Waymouth St near the Union hotel is alway nice to look at.
Waymouth Rain - acrylic on canvasboard - 8x6"