Sunday, 30 October 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

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Plastic Irises with Porcelain Vases

Oil painting of white plastic irises in a creme-coloured vase with a white porcelain vase and more plastic irises in the foreground.
A three week class exercise in painting through observation; in other words, a painting of iris by pupil.

Oil on canvas board, 16" x 20"

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Red Pepper with Cider Glass

Oil painting of a red pepper beside a cider glass with a red background.
This painting represents two popular children's nursery rhymes: a pickled pepper from Peter Piper's peck, and the spider from little Miss Muffet who sat down be cider.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday, 17 October 2016

Pear with Antique Whisky Bottle

Oil painting of a green pear with an antique black glass whisky bottle.
The pear is forward in this painting, whilst it's probably sensible to pare back on the whisky.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Garlic Bulb with Chilli Jar

Oil painting of a glass jar of dried chillies beside a garlic bulb.
There once was a bulb and a jar,
And each wished to play the guitar.
But as neither had fingers
A certain doubt seemed to linger
Of finding the right repertoire.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Sunday, 2 October 2016

Manna Gums beside Pipers Creek Tributary

Oil painting of two manna gums beside a creek with distant hills.
This scene appears tranquil despite the blustery conditions under which it was executed.  My father suggested the difficult circumstances might potentially lead to a blow par painting; if this is true, I'll simply declare it a draft.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Old Stables at Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek

Oil painting of an old shed with a red roof, viewed across the reflective water of a dam.
Following heavy spring rains, the main dam at my parents' farm has been steadily filling almost to the point of overflowing.  However, as the water has approached the shed in the picture, it seems to have stablised.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Friday, 30 September 2016

Garden Featuring Atlantic Cedar at Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek

Oil painting of a garden including flowers and cedar trees.
Despite the apparent sunshine, my painting activities had to be abandoned due to an unexpected deluge.  As such, it might be compared to Charles I of England: while one had his reign cut short, the other was cut short by rain.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Monday, 26 September 2016

Apple in My Left Hand

Oil painting of the top of an apple held in a hand.
One bad apple in the hand spoils two in the bushel.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Alfred Crescent, North Fitzroy

Oil painting of several double-story Victorian-era buildings on a semi-circular street with parked cars.
'Twas rather pleasant on the crescent where the light was iridescent but its beauty evanescent.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Carlton

Oil painting of a red-brick domed church tower in front of a blue sky.
I saw this church tower and thought to myself, aisle paint that.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Banana with Copper Pot

Oil painting of a banana beside a small copper pot.
Be wary of stepping on banana peels or you may come a copper.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

P. S. Something seemed familiar about this image, and a quick dip into the archives revealed this: Copper Pot with Banana.  In the immortal words of Britney Spears, oops, I did it again.

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"