New Portraits Underway

Preliminary sketch of one of my current portrait subjects.

It is amazing though how much thinking goes into a portrait, for example I started planning for one of my portrait projects early in 2021 and only last week, after the Zoom shoot and about four days of sketching and going through hundreds of images and my research notes I finally decided on a composition, mood, theme and original message behind my painting.

QPRC Art Prize Exhibition

What a great experience to have my landscape painting ‘WILD GRASSES AND DUCK AT WINGECARRIBEE CREEK’ hung in the Queanbean Palarang Council Art Prize competition.

Duck Takes Flight at Wingecarribee Creek

I recently sat down to paint this swelling creek at Bowral, or should I say half way between Bowral and Mossvale. On a sunny, warm summers day, I gazed across the field of wild grasses and this startled wild duck in flight. It reminded me of the beautiful words in Lola Ridge’s poem, so I thought I’d share this with you P.S. My first ever painting of a wild Australian duck!

Plein Air Painting in Bowral

If you are love to explore and spend time surrounded by beautiful gardens and all things historically Australian, then you might like to keep an eye out on my ‘Historic Houses and Gardens‘ website page. I have carefully listed just a few of the many spots often included in Australia’s National Trust and Heritage sites.Continue reading “Plein Air Painting in Bowral”

Setting Creative Goals for 2021

With the new year well underway I recognise how important it is to set some new and exciting creative challenges and goals going forward. Here are just a few goals keeping me inspired and growing. I would love to hear yours?

Journeying with Arthur Streeton

Streeton Exhibition – 7 Nov 2020 – 14 Feb 2021 Limited number of timed tickets now available for extra sessions: 8-10am Friday-Sunday, 5-10pm Saturday. If you already have an untimed ticket, it is valid at any time. Last week I travelled back to see the Arthur Streeton Exhibition for the second time. The exhibition wasContinue reading “Journeying with Arthur Streeton”

Conversations with Anne Spivey

I recently met with artist Anne Spivey, an emerging talent inspired to capture a variety of different subjects, including some lovely landscapes with pastels.

Finding the Golden Zone – Conversations with Artist Paula Mitchell

I’ve been avidly watching on my Fox Arts channel the UK Sky Arts ‘Landscape Artist of the Year 2019’ series and have been enthralled to find a number of outstanding artists that really impressed me with their unique styles and excellent landscape paintings. Paula Mitchell was one of those artists. She also had in myContinue reading “Finding the Golden Zone – Conversations with Artist Paula Mitchell”

The Job of the Artist – Conversations with Ben Winspear

‘The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery”, Francis Bacon Chatting to professional oil painter, watercolourist and more recently sculptor, Ben Winspear was intrigueing and fun. I had the good fortune of meeting with Ben and viewing his wide variety of painting subjects from hauntingly beautiful figures, landscapes to still life abstracts.Continue reading “The Job of the Artist – Conversations with Ben Winspear”

Transforming the Ordinary into the Extraordinary with Watercolour

Andy Evansen, the internationally recognised master watercolour artist and teacher based in Minnesota, USA talks about his studio and paintings

Having fun exploring figures with watercolour

Chan Dissanayake, Australian Master Watercolourist demonstrates painting with figures.

Time To Play

Apart from covering the key fundamentals of using watercolour and watching Chan’s demonstrate, we got time to play!