Sunday, January 13, 2019

Starting the Year with a celebration of 2018

Every year I compile a page with most of the works I have created in the previous year. In 2018 thats over 744 completed paintings and prints.

This is usually the best way to see a large body of my work in one place - I also give and encourage the opportunity for you to choose your favourites.


I am sorry it may be a little small on a phone screen - I have yet to properly work out how to optimise for small devices correctly.

Thankyou in advance. I plan to put the results up in February.

In the meantime here is my first painting for 2019.

As yet untitled and still on the easel in case I decide it needs more work, it is of a local view in the Hawkesbury area I can walk to when I'm feeling fit. (About an hour and half round trip).

"Yet to be named"
Acrylic on Canvas, 92cm x 76cm

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Eve and All is Well (well despite Internet lowlifes)

Monday morning - also Christmas Eve, i am delighted to be on holidays. Just lying around considering whether to spend time in the studio or indulge in sloth.
Get a message from a friend asking me why I have deleted my Instagram Account.

PANIC!! I jump out of bed and spend the rest of the morning sending emails, codes, photos, etc to the required authorities. And Ive only just settled down. @readdevine still isnt reactivated but Im hoping I can prove I am me after the holiday downtime. Sigh. I had someone changing my instagram email address and username the other week, and after changing EVERY password and app access I ever knew I thought I was in the clear. It seems not so.

So the moral of the story is - well Im not sure - change your passwords, yes. Get as much security you can (Insta security protocols dont really seem that secure - there are so many more checks via Facebook - and I thought they were owned by FB?) Handy to have a picture of your own face in your Insta feed so you can prove who you are. Listen to your friends. And be a friend if you see weird stuff happening on their pages.

I have an emergency insta account that is my full name without the hyphen, if I have to stick with that, it will fill up with images soon enough. Sad if I lose my several thousand followers though.

Peace and Forgiveness....

Time for another mince pie.

Oh and picture time! Here is a recent painting I completed. Acrylic on Canvas 92cm x 76cm I have called it "Adornment" as all those bush flowers really are decorating the rock wall big time.

Have a blessed Christmas Season no matter how and if you celebrate it.


Monday, December 17, 2018

Its Nearly 2019 and I'm back on the Blog!

First of all, if you are reading this, then thankyou!

In this busy internet world of ours I have thought the Blog obsolete, but I realise it is still a very good platform that I can share with you my works, my thoughts and my painting tips. Yes Social Media is pretty awesome - but so fleeting, and hard to come back to when you are looking for information.

So, an early New Years Resolution to Bring Back the Blog.

Here is my latest painting "Beyond the Blue Hills"
Acrylic on Canvas, Framed, 95cm square.
Inspired by a walk in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney. 

Soon to arrive at 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast. Enquiries most welcome.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What's on the Easel

Apart from a large landscape to finish (joining others to go to a July exhibition); my main focus is FLORALS. Some new work for Purple Noon Gallery, and a series of works destined for 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace in September.

'Repose II"
92 x 45cm
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Another exhibition date looms over the horizon - actually the opening is next week so the work is just about done. But before I formally invite you, let me tell you a story behind one of the paintings in the show.

I wanted to paint a work that would sit well with a floral painting that I had completed some time before. I am currently exploring a new direction incorporating enigmatic portraits in my contemporary style. The floral painting is of the boronia flower, a genus of about 160 plants all endemic to Australia, so named after a young assistant botanist named Francesco Borone.

The best account I have found comes from the words of Ian Fraser, click on his name to follow his blog

On 1 November 1794, in Athens, a very talented young field botanist met a tragic death; furthermore it was a death that has become enveloped in mythology and mystery. His name was Francesco Borone, and he was the protegé of the great English patron of botany, Sir James Smith. Four years later Smith fulfilled a promise he made on hearing of Borone's death, and named a genus of very beautiful Australian shrubs for him; the flowering of Boronia is one of the highlights of spring in many parts of southern Australia.

Originally employed by Smith as a domestic servant, Borone soon showed his interest and intelligence and became a valued botanical field assistant. With Smith's recommendation, he accompanied the eminent Swedish botanist Adam Azelius to Sierra Leone then, fatefully, went with the great John Sibthorp to Greece to collect for the monumental Flora Graecae. Recovering from a bout of fever (which may have been something he picked up in west Africa) he appears to have sleep-walked out of a narrow hotel bedroom window high above the street. It sounds an odd tale, but we have Sibthorp's direct account in a letter written the same day to Smith. Unless Sibthorp and at least two assistants and companions of Borone were in some strange conspiracy - and there is no reason to suppose such a thing - the bizarre accident seems to have been just that. (Sibthorp also speculated that it was possible that Borone had mistaken the window; he was used to stepping out of the one across the room to walk on the hotel terrace.)

More versions of his death evolved to touch the imaginations of the tender hearted. But this one is deemed the correct one.

Boronia, a sweet flower, A lovely tribute.

Remembering Francesco
Diptych 65 x 96cm 
Exhibition Time!

If you are in Sydney, you are invited to an exhibition of mine and fellow artist Julie Simmons' works.

Held at the Depot Gallery, 2 Danks Street Waterloo for 2 weeks. opens 15 November.

If you cant make the show and are interested in viewing the work please send me an email and we will send you a catalogue.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Spring Sunshine

Thought I'd start the blog with a nice title. Nothing to do with the content. Sorry.
September has been a blur for me in retrospect, I've been kept pretty busy with family matters and have interspersed these moments with bursts of frenzied art making.

Pictured is a commission finished recently and delivered today "The Sound of Jubilee", 92cm X 106cm, acrylic on canvas. Not the best photo, but it suits the season don't you think?

I am feeling pretty excited about future projects coming up - just as well. I counted no less than FIVE rejections from major shows this month. 3 shows of which I've been a finalist in the past. 

Ah well. Move on. 

I did win a 1st prize at the Orange Blossom Art Awards Castle Hill (and a highly commended, and commended). And sales are happening regularly, so I have no right to complain. Certainly doesn't stop me from entering - the competition is of high quality and there's a lot of brilliance out there, which will make it all the sweeter next time I "get in".

Yes, move on.

pictured above "Guardian of My Heart" 76cm square acrylic on canvas.

I also have been printmaking again. I will be one of the artists representing The Hawkesbury Printmakers" in a Community Group show at the Regional Gallery later in the year, so I thought I'd better oil up the press and get to work.


Today I also booked a solo show in Sydney next year that will be all printmaking - the first time I've done that. That's exciting.

Anyhow, I'm going to try and get up early tomorrow and paint so signing off.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Living Dangerously

Well, I am living on the edge. I have taken to setting up the easel in the loungeroom and paint in constant danger of dogs, cats and personal knocks of paint, palette, water and canvas onto carpet.

Reason for this madness? I am cold, I like the company of fellow humans, I am closer to the kettle.

Unfortunately, (or fortunately?) I cannot bring the larger canvasses up the hill into the house, so I have been a little lax in finishing important commissions and works for upcoming competitions.

This week Springwood Art Show opens, and I am exhibiting two brand new works:

Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 50cm

"The Beauty of Stones"
Acrylic on Canvas
60 x 60cm
For details on the show open just for this weekend see the LINK

Next week, the The Royal Art Society will be having their annual Spring exhibition. Opens Friday 2nd September.

The week after The Orange Blossom Festival Annual Art Awards opens in Castle Hill.

Hope you are all well, and that I continue to keep paint off the carpet.