Saturday, December 24, 2011

Grange to Henley

It's a fantastic view from the Grange jetty looking toward Henley Beach. The twin pines are landmarks, once once you find them you have found the jetty and kiosk!
Grange to Henley - 16x12" acrylic on linenboard.

Adelaide rain

I have gone for atmosphere instead of detail on this one. Late afternoon showers greet office staff as they head home on a rainy monday evening.
Adelaide Rain - 20x25cm acrylic on canvas board

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Award for Yachts in a Storm

My painting Yachts in a Storm was recognised in the 3rd Watermedia Showcase and is to be published in the Feb 2012 Watercolour Artist. It was given an honourable mention in the competition and billed as one of the 36 Best Watermedia paintings of the year on the magazine cover.
More details on the painting here

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

2012 Mike Barr Art Calendar

The 2012 Mike Barr Art Calendar will be available in the first week of December and you can order your personally-signed and numbered calendar now.
Their will be a limited run of 50 calendars this year.
The calendar can be kept as a collector's piece at the end of the year, or you can frame the individual paintings to your liking.
$39.95 + $5 postage in Australia - $15 postage overseas.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

No sailor harmed....

Just in case anyone was wondering, this scene is quite ficticious and no sailors were harmed by sailing into the storm. However, I hope you enjoy the atmosphere in this one.
No sailor harmed.. - acrylic on canvas - 150x50cm - $3250
Available from Sunday at Artworx Gallery Goolwa.

Ready to race - Largs

Sails peep over the sandhills at Largs as they set up for the race.
Ready to race - Largs - Acrylic on canvas - 120x60cm - Port Adelaide Rotary art show 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sunspot - Goolwa Beach wins award

Sunspot - Goolwa Beach has just won Outstanding Acrylic in the International Bold Brush Painting competition -

Goolwa Beach is such a wide expanse, that a large painting of it is needed to do it justice.
While a rainstorm approaches, shafts of sunlight hit the sandhills as if some giant in the sky is searching the landscape with a torch.
Of course, even with the impending storm, beach walkers take in the amazing sights.
Sunspot - Goolwa Beach - acrylic on canvas - 150x75cm
$4950 availabe at the Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show - Jan 2012
Prints of various sizes and greeting cards of this painting available here

Friday, November 4, 2011

Two yachts - Seacliff

At the end of the day's racing there is a flurry of dismantling and putting away of boats at Seacliff.
I could see that those who sailed the boats on the sea were also expert at beach duties too!
Two yachts - Seacliff - acrylic on canvas - 10x8"
Port Adelaide or Victor Harbor Rotary Art Show

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

River's back

The river's back at Goolwa! After a period of drought that had the river port of Goolwa languishing, the river is back and so are the boats.
River's back - acrylic on canvas - 50x50cm -$1250
Prints of this painting in various sizes and greeting cards are available here

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Last Race

Boats set up for the race before the weather sets in.
Largs Bay, South Australia.
Last Race - acrylic on canvas - 90x60cm - $2700
Appearing at an art show soon.
Prints of various sizes and greeting cards of this painting are now available here
See available sizes and prices here

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Beach from above

The view of the beach at Goolwa is from the lookout on the sandhills.
The colours of the sea are quite amazing from this vantage point.
Beach from above - acrylic on canvasboard - 50x40cm
$1000 - email for payment details -

Monday, September 26, 2011

Beach walkers

One of six special works produced for the occasion of being chosen as one of the feature artists at the Glenelg Rotary Art Show that officially starts on Friday Sep 30.
Beach walkers - acylic on canvas - 90x45cm
Available at the Glenelg Rotary Art Show
Brighton Secondary School, 305 Brighton Road, North Brighton
29th September - 4th October 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Summer Sun - Semaphore

Some of you may recognise this painting. Actually it is a slice of a work I completed in late 2009 The bigger work won first prize in the Port Adelaide Rotary Show on Jan 1, 2010 and I layed claim to the first art prize in the world in 2010! It also found its way onto the cover of the 2010 Lions Club Art show at Burnside.
I have since cut it down in size to form a new painting. The size is 73x45cm on linen. It will need to be framed by a framer - perhaps even under glass and matting.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Semaphore sun

Semaphore is in my opinion the most attractive of all the jetties along the Adeliade coast. It certainly has taken the brunt of some fearce storms in recent years which has required and extensive rebuild. Semaphore jetty is the venue of the annual Kite Festival that sees the jetty full of onlookers.
Semaphore Sun - acrylic on canvas - 40x30cm
Available at the Adealide Royal Show 2011 - $600

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Moonrise, Pirie Street

I love the shadows of the city on a winter's afternoon and the highlights that catch the sun. This time a moonrise looking toward Pirie Street with the Adelaide hills as a backdrop.
Available at the Royal Adelaide Show soon.
Moonrise, Pirie St - 40x30cm Acrylic on canvas

Sunday, August 7, 2011

afternoon light Goolwa

Cocklers, walkers and surfers take advantage of the last few hours of light on Goolwa Beach.
Afternoon light Goolwa - acrylic on canvas - 50x50cm - $1250
Email for sales enquiries -

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Waymouth puddles

Dear old Waymouth is back again. This time a study for a larger work in which more light will be evident.
A little more light than exists in this study and a little more colour.
Waymouth puddles - 20x25cm acrylic on canvas panel

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

King William from Belair

Belair affords a great view of the city of Adelaide and particularly King William St - the central road through the city. The salt pans and Port River shimmer in the distance.
King William from Belair - 120x90cm - Acrylic on canvas - $4950
Available from Art Images

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Puddles on Waymouth

Yes, another painting of Waymouth St in Adelaide - do they ever end? It seems not!
This one is headed to Artworx Gallery at Goolwa this weekend.
Puddles on Waymouth - acrylic on canvas - 45x45cm

Monday, June 13, 2011

Semaphore shade

I am revisting one of my favourite subjects - in fact I will be painting a series of these in the next few months.
If you are wondering what the people on the jetty are looking at, the scene is based on photos I took of the annual Kite Festival at Semaphore some years ago. The jetty had hundreds of people of all ages trying to get a vantage point to look at the incredible array of kites on show. As you can see I did not paint every person that was on the jetty that day! Blue sky, barmy autumn sea breeze and a display of kites you would not believe.
Semaphore shade - 30x40cm - acrylic on linen board
Available at the Blackwood Rotary Art Show - 14-24th July - $695

Monday, May 30, 2011

Franklin St rain

Franklin St in Adelaide is a wide road and attractive in the rain.
The land-mark Post Office tower dominates the streetscape even among the newer larger buildings.
Franklin St rain - acrylic on linenboard - 12x16"

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Colours of Autumn - Waymouth St

Autumn has taken hold of Adelaide and it's subtle greys are reflected in the shiney wet pavement of Waymouth St. Umbrella's are hoisted and a man dashes for cover with a makeshift shelter made from his suit jacket.
Colours of Autumn - Waymouth St - acrylic on canvas - 90x90cm

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Under the bridge

I waited for a while to get the right photo of one of the yachts half in shadow and half in light. The relatively new bridge to Hindmarsh Island at Goolwa casts shadows where none had been for thousands of years.
Under the bridge - Acrylic on linen board - 12x16"

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Waymouth Autumn

One might imagine that Waymouth St is the only street in Adelaide that I know, as nearly all the rainy day scenes I have painted are from there. It's not the only good rainy street but it is certainly one of the best. This scene is looking toward the west.  A small porch of one of the businesses reaches out into the street and causes a dry spot in the pavement.
Waymouth Autumn - 45x45cm - acrylic on canvas
$1200 - available soon at Artworx Gallery, Hays St, Goolwa
See clip from Channel 7's Discover below

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Adelaide Shadows

Long winter shadows envelope Adelaide's city streets during lunch time.
The view is from the top end of Waymouth St and looking toward Pirie St and onwards toward the Adelaide Hills.
Adelaide Shadows - 16x12" - acrylic on linen.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Waymouth reflections

Formally a squarer format work, I trimmed it down into portrait mode and fiddled with the highlights and more. It is now framed under glass and looks the part.
Available at the Burnside Lions Club Art Show commencing Thursday May 12 - 16 - open from 10am - 5pm daily - always a great show!
If you would like to go to the opening call Evan 08 8331 7271

Waymouth Reflections - Acrylic/oil on canvas - $2200

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Victor Sails wins at Camberwell

Victor Sails has won one of the major prizes - Best Work by an Artist Not Previously Awarded a Prize - at the Herald Sun Camberwell Rotary Art Show this year.
Victor Sails - 120x90cm acrylic/oil

ARTISTS' DEMO On Sat 16th April at about 2pm at the Campbelltown Rotary Art Show the old foursome is getting together to demonstrate what we do. I'll join Hans Koppan, Gerhard Ritter and Alan Ramachandran in a four way presentation that's always popular. Do come along - it's free.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Between the flags

This finished commissioned painting has now found its way to its new home at Glengowrie. It is based on a busy summer's day at Goolwa Beach, South Australia.
Between the flags - 180x90cm - acrylic on linen

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Storm at the Tea Cup

It was a stormy day at the annual Largs Tea Cup, where racing teams and yachts represented the many tea brands available in Australia.
Storm at the Tea Cup - Acrylic on canvas - The Great Tea Pot Show - Greenhill Galleries Adelaide.  April 17- May 10th - 120x90cm - $5350

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Becalmed II - Victor Harbor

The second in the series based on real-life observations from last weekend. Yachts large and small were marooned in a sea of calm just off-shore at Victor Harbor in South Australia.
Becalmed II - Victor Harbor - 70x60cm - acrylic on canvas

Friday, March 4, 2011

Becalmed - Victor Harbor

Recently while driving into Victor Harbor, I noticed a bundle of yachts on the shore of the yacht club getting ready to race. I took photos of the activity and wondered how they would sail at all in the very calm conditions. Passing by again in about an hour, all the yachts of various classes were stuck  in the bay with not a breath to get them going. It was something I had not seen before and I knew it would be the basis of a series of paintings.
This painting is the first of the series that will no doubt find their way into quite a few art shows this year. I have been selective as to how many yachts I have put in the painting - there were many more than this.
It is for me the epitome of tranquility- it was a grand sight and I shall not forget it. Now I share it.
Becalmed - Victor Harbor - Acrylic on canvas - 70x60cm

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Between the flags

A small study painting in preparation for a much bigger commision painting.
During the summer months the lifesaver's flags flutter on the beautiful Goolwa Beach. Surfers, cocklers and walkers frequent this amazing beach.
Between the flags - 50x25cm - acrylic on canvasboard

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Moonlight regatta

I thought 'Moonlight Regatta' was a clever and completely fanciful title for this painting. Moonlight regattas however do occur around the world and there is a notable one at the North Shore Yacht Club at Port Washington NY. The winning boat gets to cook a complimentary breakfast the next morning for the rest of the contestants in their division. Be that as it may, I thought this scene will captivate the attention of those even remotely involved with sailing. If you look closely at the detail, each yacht has its own little light source. Perhaps more than anything to warn others that there is a yacht where the light is! However on such a moonlit night yachts would not be hard to see.
There is something mellow and soft about moonlight shadows. There is a quiteness to them too - what do you think?
Moonlight Regatta - 100x100cm - oil/acrylic on canvas - $4950
Available Artworx Gallery, Goolwa

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Largs series III

The third in the Largs series that can be seen in the flesh at the CBC Twenty 11 art show.
There is a real comfort and safety aspect to viewing yachts from the shore. I'm not sure I would want to be involved in the bounce and bustle of a race, but it does look interesting from a standing position on the shore!
Last time I was at Largs I noticed a few vessels with clear sails - they just didn't look right. When I did a painting of them I made sure that the see-through sails were quite opaque. Wonderful thing this artistic license!
90x60cm acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Largs series II

Another in the Largs series.
These are based on some photos I took a few years ago and rediscovered them the other day. there is something about sails that is up-beat and happy. Perhaps it's the whiteness against the blue. I get the same feelings when passing a cricket match in progress on a sunny day - all those white shirts is a wonderful sight, most fitting for such a grand game!
90x60cm acrylic on canvas - Available at the CBC Twenty 11 Art Show coming up in a couple of weeks.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sails at Largs

One of four in a series of paintings that will be shown at the CBC Twenty 11 art show that commences Friday 25th February  7pm- 214 Wakefield St, Adelaide. and runs till Sunday 27th
Sails at Largs - 90x60cm - acrylic on canvas

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cockles and Sails

This a painting was completed quite a while ago and has been in storage for a while too. It was resurrected and given a new heart with a few additions including the sails in the background. I've never seen sails at Goolwa Beach but that's not to say they have never been there. Of course, cocklers are always on the beach when the cockling season is in!
Cockles and Sails - 100x75cm - acrylic on canvas
Available soon at Artworx Gallery - Goolwa

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Walkers at Encounter Bay

Is there a better place to spend time walking than the walking path along Encounter Bay? With the landmark Bluff on one side,  Wright Island and then Granite Island on the other side there is always plenty to see on the walk along Franklin Parade. The shade of the magestic sea-side pines adds to the appeal of the place.
Walkers at Encounter Bay - 75x50cm acrylic on canvas board

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Yacht club pines

When I saw this scene at near Victor Harbor Yacht Club I knew it would make an exeptional subject for a painting. I was captivated by the the serenity of the park and the lady reading while have a picnic on the right. The dark forms of the row of pines are like frames in which to view the yachts getting ready to race. Further still there is the beach and the buildings of Victor Harbor where people are enjoying the warm conditions. After I had finished the painting I sat and looked at it for ages - I think it is the most beautiful scene I have ever painted and hope I have done it justice.
Yacht club pines - acrylic on canvas board - 40x30cm
Available at Bay Discover Centre, Glenelg, SA
On, under and by the sea postcards exhibition.
Feb 26th - April 27th, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ready to race

A couple of weeks ago there was a line up of yachts ready to race at the Victor Harbor Yacht Club. There were obviously different classes of yachts taking part in events this Saturday morning and it was quite a sight. From the beach, just the sails could be seen as they waited their turn to take to the water. The stormy sky is my addition to the scene - it was beautiful and sunny on the day.
Ready to Race - Victor Harbor - 100x100cm acrylic on canvas.
For sale at Artworx Gallery, Hays St, Goolwa during the woooden boat festival at the end of February.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

End of the day - Largs

The race is over and it's time to pack up and head toward the sailing club rooms.
End of the day - Largs - 40x30cm acrylic on canvas

Monday, January 24, 2011

Sheep with a view - Strathalbyn

I stopped the car on the way home from Victor Harbor when I saw this scene late in the day.
Sheep with a view - Strathalbyn - 75x50cm acrylic on canvasboard.

Shadows on the sea

A view from the towering sandhills of Goolwa revealed the sea in unbelievable colours on this day. To top it off, clouds shadows drifted along upon it's surface in a wonderful play of colour and light and shade.
Shadows on the sea - acrylic on canvasboard - 40x30cm
Available at Artistic License, Melbourne St, North Adelaide.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Exhibition at Artistic Lincense

This weekends's opening at Artistic License was showcased in today's SA Weekend - a magazine supliment to the Advertiser. Needless to say, I was very happy with the treatment they gave my painting.
The show opens at 2pm Sunday Jan 22nd. See details here.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Victor Sails

The final version of Victor Sails is now hanging at Artworx Gallery at Goolwa.
Victor Sails - 120x90 acrylic on linen - $5350