The architecture of Melbourne is sprinkled with domes from the Grand domes of the Flinders Street station to lesser ones around the suburbs. Chapel Street has a few nice ones that add that special old-world flavor. It was a grey day when I was there recently and hoped it would rain - but it didn't.
They call Adelaide the city of churches, but there are more church steeples in Melbourne than you can point a candlestick at! There are parts of Melbourne that you would not be suprised to see the gas street lights being lit for the night. Brunswick Street is one of those places. It has an alluring mixture of up-to-the-minute fashion and an oldness that would have you expecting Oliver Twist to come dashing out of a shop front.
Top end of Brunswick Street - Acrylic on canvas board - 15x20cm
This small study painting started off with a watery watercolour wash as an underpainting, then on with the acrylic while it was still wet. I have found that the best way to do clouds is while the sky is still wet and using a large brush. The fluidity of the paint encourages bolder strokes with the brush and a more realistic look.
One of five little paintings done during my painting demonstration out on the street in front of Artistic License Gallery where I'm currently involved in an exhibition. Winter Regatta - acrylic on canvas - 30x18cm Available soon at Artists Haven Gallery - Fort Lauderdale
Having won last years show, I was invited to have a painting featured on this years program of the Glenside Lions Club art show. The opening night is Wednesday May 12 and runs to Monday May 17th at the ballroom next the the Burnside City council offices, Portrush Road.
I have roughly sketched out these four canvasses read for painting. This isn't my usual process as I normally sketch in paint, but doing it in charcoal was very enjoyable. Hopefully the paintings will be done over this weekend and will be posted here. All being done for the the Camberwell Show in Melbourne and are being picked up by the courier on May 20th!