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Friday, 18 September 2015

Landscape paintings - Monet inspired

Once more I am doing a painting class this semester with Michael Winters.  He always pushes the boundaries and I do art that I would never usually consider.  We have been looking at the work of Claude Monet, such a famous Impressionist painter. Colour and light were so important in his paintings.  I visited his garden at Giverny near Paris, several years ago and this first painting in acrylic was inspired by a photo I took there.  It is 100 x 70cm in size.

Monet's Garden painting

This second painting was done as a diptych - on two canvases put together (140 x 70cm).  The inspiration was from various photos I have taken over several years in the National Botanic Gardens.  This is one of my favourite spots - the rock garden and pond.  Sand was put on the canvas with PVA and then painted with gesso giving a more textured appearance which works well for the rocks.

Rock Garden Painting

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Botswana photobook

I travelled with my good friend Janice Redpath to Botswana and Namibia in the year 2000, just after I retired from teaching.  This is my book on Botswana made from colour slides I scanned. Click on the arrow on book and the fullscreen symbol below to see all the book. Hope you enjoy it.  It is for sale as are my other books.



Monday, 27 July 2015


Recently I made three different linocuts of trees with sinuous branches and then printed them one on top of the other in different colours.  I think I need to do some more with different colours and a different order as there are so many variations that can be made.  It is a fun thing to do.




Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Painting showing colour of Fauves

It has been a long time since I posted on this blog as I have been overseas in Scotland and England for 2 months, seeing the Scottish Isles and renting a car to visit many friends in England.

I am now settling back into the routine of printmaking and painting each week.  This large painting (100x70cm) on stretched canvas is painted in acrylic.  I have composed it to reflect the style of the three artists we studied in last semester -  Andre Derain's amazing colour, Dorrit Black's hills with shading, and a little bit of scribble from Michael Shannon.

I intend to put it on my wall after giving others on the walls a rest - no room for any extra paintings.  My walls are full!

Colour in the landscape

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Art after Andre Derain

The third artist we are studying with Michael Winters is Andre Derain, from the Fauve Movement - "Wild Beasts" in French. It was a loose group of early twentieth-century Modern artists whose works emphasized painterly qualities and strong color over the representational or realistic values retained by Impressionism.

Since I love colour, this suited me really well and I have made two artworks so far - the first using pastel pencils (stronger colours than coloured pencils) and the second acrylic on canvas.  The photo I worked from was one I took near Adaminaby some years ago.

Australian landscape in Fauve style

Australian landscape in Fauve style

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

More landscape paintings

Spinifex landscape in Western Queensland.  I used scribble for the pebbles in the style of Michael Shannon

Spinifex landscape

Palette knife painting of rough textured melaleucas

Palette Knife painting

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Painting of a dead tree in the bush

I have just finished this painting today.    It is fairly large on canvas and the idea was to paint it in the style of Michael Shannon, an Australian painter whose work is generally loose, often begun with scribble.  Most of the foliage was put on with a sponge.  A palette knife was used for some white areas.  It was finished with glazing to delineate the warm and cool areas.

The dead tree

Monday, 23 March 2015

Portrait in pastel

I have finally finished  the soft pastel portrait I began in Lyn Diefenbach's class in January.  I chose to work from a photo I took of an old Indonesian woman many years ago in the Lesser Sunda Islands. I think her face has lots of character and her hair is more blond than grey, a feature of old age.

Pastel portrait

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Landscape Drawings and Painting

This semester I am doing another painting course (through the Centre for Continuing Education at ANU)  with Michael Winters, a well-known Canberra artist.  He always challenges me to push boundaries and sometimes attempt work to which I don't feel an immediate attraction.  The course is

Landscape Painting - Shape, Form Colour and Texture
We are looking at the work of three artists in this course - Dorrit Black (Australian), Michael Shannon (Australian) and Andre Derain (European).

We have just finished doing work with the influence of Dorrit Black, an Australian painter and printmaker.  We were interested in form and shape with landscapes of rolling hills with the shading of colours and tones.  I really love her work as it pushes realism into graphic and more simple forms.

I took several photos of the Canberra Arboretum with its hills and the artworks are based on these.

The first was a black and white drawing using a 2B graphite pencil.  The Margaret Whitlam Pavillion at the Arboretum was a dominant contrasting feature.


I then did another picture in black and white with a charcoal pencil showing the graphic nature of the scene.  The Telstra Tower in Canberra raises above the background hills.


The third black and white work was done in acrylic paint and was an enlarged section of a drawing.  I made at attempt at some vertical lines to show the cubist influence on Dorrit's work when she was in Europe.


Finally a canvas was used with acrylic colour to show shape and form in the landscape. I like the colours and tones in this painting.

Drawing and painting

Friday, 13 March 2015

Photobook on my Africa Overland trip

This is my latest photo book on my Overland trip through Africa in 1974-75.  Click on the arrow  and it should take you to the Blurb Bookstore where my books are available for viewing and for sale.  Hope you enjoy it.

This book has 649 photos and 240 pages with slides scanned and text gleaned from the photos and my diary.  It was an amazing adventure which I'm glad I did when in my early thirties.