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Monday, 9 November 2015

Landscape extreme art

Michael Winter's class on "Landscape Extremes" ranged from Monet with a focus on light and colour to the work of Godfrey Miller, who was at the beginning of abstract art in Australia in the mid 20th century.  He used a ruler and geometric forms.  Some of his paintings took years to do, and even my attempt to use a very simplistic version of his style took a long time!

The first image here is a drawing I made with coloured pencils of a range in the Grampians Mountains in Western Victoria.

Painting in Acrylic

The second image is painted in acrylic on a canvas board.  It is from a photo of mine of large rocks in Namibia.  I enjoyed doing this more than I anticipated but doubt I'll try any more as it is so slow.

Painting in Acrylic

Monday, 19 October 2015

Photobook on Namibia

I travelled to Namibia in 2000 with my friend Janice Redpath and took many colour slides.  I have recently scanned them and just completed this book using Blurb software.  Here is the book you can look at by clicking the arrow.  Use the full screen icon to see it clearly. I hope  you enjoy it. It is one of my favourite African countries and is not as well known as it should be.

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