Saturday, 24 September 2016

Exhibition: A Muse on Small Things

An exhibition flyer including a painting of an apple beside a book and a painting of a mushroom beside a small copper pot.

During October I'll be holding a small exhibition of paintings in the members' gallery of the Victorian Artists' Society in East Melbourne.  There'll be around 60 to 70 works on show, all painted within the last twelve months.

The title of the exhibition--A Muse on Small Things--reflects that the majority of works are small and depict small things painted in the small kitchen of my small flat during the small time available before work, and not least because small things keep me amused.

You may of course be less than enthusiastic about pictures of fruit and porcelain jugs, but that's no reason not to drop in: the Victorian Artists' Society comprises many galleries where you'll doubtless find something to your taste.

When: Tuesday 4th October - Sunday 30th October 2016
10am - 4pm weekdays, 1pm - 4pm weekends

Where: Victorian Artists' Society
430 Albert Street
East Melbourne 3002

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Egg on Vase

The surgical removal of all or part of a gland is an add-an-egg-to-me, whilst the surgical procedure for male sterilisation is a vase-egg-to-me.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Sunday, 18 September 2016


Oil painting of a white porcelain teapot.
Every time I attempt to paint this teapot, I'm reminded that it's particularly difficult.  It's a strained exercise that drives me up the spout.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Mandarine with Earthenware Jar

Oil painting of a mandarine beside and earthenware jar lying on its side.
A jar turned on its side is a tip jar, whilst a mandarine adhering to its expected orientation is an orange order.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday, 12 September 2016

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Milk Jug with Onion

Oil painting of a white porcelain milk jug beside a brown onion.
The skin that forms on top of milk is known as lactoderm (or at least that's what Wikipedia tells me), whilst biologists apparently refer to onion skin as a tunic.  That I rely on the internet for facts proves that my knowledge is only skin deep.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Rue Saint-Séverin, Paris

Oil painting of a male figure walking in a narrow and partially sunlit street surrounded by shops.
Dear neglected blog,

Although I have devoted some time to painting on my two-month European holiday (including a wonderful week-long workshop with Julian Merrow-Smith), there's been little worth posting, and this latest update is no exception except I thought it was high time I added something.

This is a very quick sketch done from the balcony of my Rue Saint-Séverin hotel in the Latin Quarter of Paris.  I can't help but wonder if a Latin quarter should be expressed as I divided by IV or perhaps five solidi (one quarter of a libra).  The latter is a pun about a currency which is no longer current.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Monday, 25 July 2016

Gateway at La Madelène, Malaucène, France

Oil painting of a gateway in a stone wall with a wooden lintel.
This gateway forms part of a restored twelfth-century priory (the marvellous la Madelène in Provence) and was painted during a workshop run by well-known daily painter Julian Merrow-Smith.  Julian's sage advice and skillful demonstrations were, not unlike this scene, a gateway to new ideas and approaches.

Oil on board, 6" x 8"

Friday, 22 July 2016

Windows at La Madelène, Malaucène, France

Oil painting of afternoon sun shining on the side of a stone building with recessed windows and a tiled roof.
The steadily moving afternoon sun necessitated relatively swift execution--you might say that in order to paint this scene I was afforded only a small window of opportunity.

Oil on board, 6" x 8"

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Portrait of a Bearded Man in a Green T-Shirt II

Oil painting of a young man with dark hair and a beard wearing a green t-shirt.
This is the same pose as the previous week only composed from a different angle (which posed a new challenge).

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 12"

Sunday, 26 June 2016

North Melbourne Town Hall from Eades Park, West Melbourne

Oil painting of a Victorian-era clock tower with flag pole viewed from a distance with a foreground alleyway.
Despite an icy winter's breeze, my fellow Victorian Artists' Society painters and I braved the elements.  Many who'd been there since morning were in it for the long haul; arriving sometime later in the afternoon, I was somewhat less impressively in it for the long hall.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 14"

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Monday, 20 June 2016

Zucchini in Wine Glass

One of the great philosophical questions: Is the zucchini half present or half missing?

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Mandarine with Miniature Vase

Oil painting of a mandarine beside a blue and white miniature porcelain vase.
Mandarine: A male submarine commander (depicted in this painting spearheading an invasion).

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"