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  The latter is a pun about a currency which is no longer current.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"

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"

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Looking towards Mount Dandenong from Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton

Oil painting of gravestones, with buildings including a minaret in the middle ground, and a mountain range in the background.
It was an overcast day interspersed with spitting rain, so in choosing a spot to paint I went to a watery grave.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Red Pepper with Ginger Beer Bottle

Ginger beer is supposedly a remedy for dyspepsia.  I certainly see this pepper, but am unsure why it needs to be remedied.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday, 13 June 2016

Manna Gum and Mount Macedon from Pipers Creek

Oil painting of a manna gum with a split trunk (one half of which is dead), with eucalpyts in the middle distance and a mountain range in the far distance.
I agonised for some time before selecting this scene because I wanted to capture the contrast between the warm foreground manna gum and the cool blue of the distant mountain range, and it was quite difficult to find a position where both were clearly visible.  That said, the beauty of painting is that I need not have gummed up the works by labouring over scene selection: I could have simply moved mountains.

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Shed on Wisemans Lanes near Newham

Oil painting of two dilapidated farm buildings and a telephone pole bounded by cypress trees.
Rather than being streetwise, Wisemans Lane is lanewise.

Oil on canvas board, 16" x 12"

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Mr Andrew Orr, Darebin Parklands, Alphington

Oil painting of a seated man surrounded by green grass and trees with a pond and swamp hens in the foreground.
This is a picture of Mr Andrew Orr dutifully engaged in the production of one of his distinguished watercolours.  I, in the meantime, dutifully struggled to distinguish the colours in the water.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Portrait of a Bald Man

Oil painting of a middle-aged bald man in a white t-shirt.
Speaking from experience, one great advantage of baldness is that no-one can tell if you're having a bad hair day.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 12"

Monday, 6 June 2016

Lemon with Glass Vase

Oil painting of a lemon beside a tulip-shaped glass vase.
There once was a lemon and vase,
Who should have been put behind bars.
For they held up a shop,
Before wounding a cop,
And hijacking numerous cars.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Self Portrait

Oil painting of a the head and torso of a middle-aged bald man with a dark-coloured beard.
This painting is unique amongst my pictures insofar as it simultaneously represents the front (i.e. the image you see) and the back of the canvas (depicted in the bottom right).  Given that it is also a mirror image, it is quite literally back to front.

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Pear on Copper Jug

Oil painting of a green pear positioned on top of a small copper jug.
I'm not sure if this has gone pear-shaped or gone up the spout.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"