Dec 19, 2020

I have been doing some plain-air landscapes lately.

Above is the view out my studio window. I have a classic dam in my backyard, and here it is half full. Once a year it overflows, and often it is empty. A constant reminder of the extremes we live with.

My sister Barbara and I visited the Megalong Valley. We were able to set up our easels and do an afternoon's painting. It was warm, not hot. A slight breeze, and very sunny.

Last February I painted this beach and the village at Stanley in Tasmania. I think it was my last one for the holiday, and I've just found it in the trailer, still attached to the board. So it finally gets an airing. I really like it, and might frame it for myself.

One day, Bob and I and Honey took the motorhome and went off looking for some water to paint. We were disappointed at how many parks are still closed due to fire damage. Our closest (going south from Mulgoa) was at Thirlmere. One of the few 'natural' lakes in Australia (most a dammed rivers). So I painted this grassy scene, which had ducks frequently landing and swimming past. Magic.

A plein air day with friends at the Old Weir at Penrith. They are in the distance. When I go out with other painters we always spread out so far that its like painting alone. Except if you have a tea break, or need a colour that you left at home! It's always a treat.

After painting, we visited the Lewers Gallery to see the Warrick Fuller Retrospective. 
Left to right: Myself, Don Talintyre, Salwa Woodroffe, John Rice.

On my recent trip for a two day break, I hit the waves! 
Well, I painted them from a rock platform anyway.


 My open studio went very well. Sold a few paintings, and ended up with a clean, organised studio. 

Nov 18, 2020

My Open Studio (Sydney, Australia) 28th and 29th November

 Hello! I am having an Open Studio weekend as a part of the Mulgoa Art Trail. You are welcome to come and visit! I’d love to catch up.  

I’ll have lots of my art on display, as well as some early works from the 70’s!!
You can visit the other artists in the area, and have coffee at the nearby cafes. 
It’ll be fun! 
Hope you can come!

Oct 8, 2020

My 2020 Le Tour de France paintings are now finished. I have uploaded them to Redbubble and Fine Art America for people to order prints and merchandise. Mugs, bags, t-shirts!!



Jul 19, 2020

"Booderee Botanic Garden" is my latest painting for my Youtube Channel

Hi guys, 
Just a quick note to say I've recorded my painting this work, and uploaded it as a 'step-by-step' guide on YouTube. Lots of fun for me, because I get to chat all the way through. Hope over to Youtube and check it out. Cheers.

Jun 19, 2020

Ready to record, almost.

I've been reorganising my studio. Bob has had these lights packed away for years. I've set them up, and luckily they are still working. 

BUT, I've misplaced my Rode Go microphone, and I cannot find it for love nor money!
So I'm going through each room in my newly renovated house, and checking pockets etc from clothes that I've worn recently.

It's just a little square box like thing, but I cannot record without it! I'm almost at the stage of buying a new one, but, it's gotta be here somewhere!!!

Jun 17, 2020

New hair!

Hello Blog followers!
Just a quick post to show you my new look!
I've had my hair cut short and I'm super happy with it.
Ready for some new videos this week.

Jun 15, 2020

Instagram has hidden "likes", but they are visible on my computer. 2020

I'm going to start using this blog for general discussion. If you want to chat, please leave a comment. 
I noticed that Instagram "like" counts are visible on a computer, while on my iPhone they have been hidden. I wonder what they are thinking? If you know the reason for this disparity, please let me know. 

I'm not enjoying Instagram so much since they hide likes: I have always wanted to see how popular some posts are, that is part of the game!

If Youtube were to hide the stats, I think I'd look for another video platform.

Watercolour Lesson #30 something on my Youtube channel.
It's a 30 x 40cm Arches page, using Daniel Smith paints. 

Jan 11, 2020

Acrylic Painting Demonstration: Brunswick Heads

Hello! I've just uploaded a very long video! Jump over to have a look, and maybe through me a like and subscribe?