Sunday, 17 September 2017

River Red Gums, Royal Park

Oil painting of several gum trees, large and small, with long afternoon shadows.
The afternoon light passed before I could properly sink my fangs into my work; as such, this painting is all gums and no teeth.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Self Portrait

Oil portrait painting of a middle-aged bald man, partially in profile, looking back towards the viewer.
The model made this painting particularly difficult: he wouldn't stop turning his head.

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Teapot with Lemon

Oil painting of a white porcelain teapot beside a lemon.
When life gives you lemons, make a pot of tea (it's much better for you than lemonade).

Oil on canvas board, 6"x 4"

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Pear in My Left Hand

Oil painting of a green pear held in the palm of a hand.
This painting was a bit of a handful.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

P. S. The obvious pun (a pear of hand) has already been made, making a pair of hands and a pair of pears.

P. P. S. Thanks to everyone who came to visit my show recently--to see you in the wool shed was shear pleasure.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Exhibition: Shedding Light on Small Things

Exhibition flyer

Each year my parents open their garden as part of Kyneton's Daffodil and Arts Festival, and it has become an almost dyed-in-the-wool tradition for them to arrange a small exhibition of my paintings, as an accompaniment, in their shearing shed.  This year I've decided to take the ram by the horns and apply a more selective curatorial eye--as such, I'll be showing more than sixty of my favourite pieces from the last twelve months (in the conveniently-located megapopolis of Pipers Creek).

My parents have aptly described their garden as a place where nature has triumphed over human endeavour, and whilst their varied collection of trees are best viewed during autumn months, there's more than enough to keep the most apathetic botanist entertained, not to mention crowds upon hosts of daffodils (golden and otherwise).

Where can I view this prosperous partnership of paintings and perennials? I hear you think.  Well, I'm glad you thought:

Saturday 2nd September - Sunday 10th September 2017
10am - 4pm daily

The Shearing Shed
Rosebery Hill
156 Pipers Creek-Pastoria Road
Pipers Creek 3444 (See Google Maps)

Web: (the good, the bad and the particularly ugly)

I'll be in attendance during weekends, so please let me know if you're planning to visit and I'll be sure to be on hand to pontificate about the artwork.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

House at Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek

Oil painting of a house featuring a gabeled red roof and chimney, surrounded by trees and shrubs.
I've been trying to think of a house pun, but I'm tired of dwelling on it.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Monday, 4 September 2017

Carrot with Sauce Jug

Oil painting of a small blue porcelain sauce jug beside an orange carrot.
I'm having trouble devising a pun for this image: I'm not sure if the jug is the source of the problem or if the carrot is the root cause.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Silver-Plated Jug with Banana

Oil painting of a small silver-plated jug beside a banana.
Silver are jugs, bananas are gold;
Though bananas don't glisten, they're of worth manifold.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday, 28 August 2017

Daffodil in Miniature Vase

Oil painting of a yellow and orange daffodil in a miniature blue and white porcelain vase.
There once was a gold daffodil,
In a vase, not in vale nor on hill--
And it never was spied
By a poet lakeside,
Nor did dance, but remained very still.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Blue Castor Oil Bottle with Désirée Potato

Oil painting of a Désirée potato resting against a blue castor oil bottle.
This potato was added to my soup, thus making it a blue chip stock.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Red Pepper with Old Fashioned Glass

Oil painting of a red pepper beside an old fashioned glass.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: somewhat old fashioned, but going in and out of style.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday, 21 August 2017

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Dam at Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek

Oil painting looking across a small body of water with trees and shrubs on the far bank.
At first I wasn't sure if this scene held enough interest to warrant painting, but after some reflection, I decided to proceed.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Figure Study

Oil painting of a seated male nude with left knee raised.
A not-so-lively knees-up (the model had to remain very still)

Oil on canvas board, 16" x 20"

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Lemon with Petite Liqueur Bottle

Oil painting of a lemon beside a green onion-shaped bottle with a cork (a Moët & Chandon Petite Liqueur Bottle).
There once was a lemon and bottle,
And each tried to quote Aristotle;
But neither could speak
The antique form of Greek,
Nor had requisite skills polyglottal.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Daffodils in Glass Vase

Oil painting of a bunch of yellow daffodils in a tulip-shaped vase.
I asked the florist if she cut these daffodils with secateurs, but she replied, "Nar--cissus".

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Daffodils in Carafe

Oil painting of a bunch of daffodils in a 1 litre glass carafe.
Modern readers may be confused upon reading of Wordsworth as a metaphorical cloud coming upon a host--I mean, everything's hosted in the cloud these days, isn't it?

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Cow Sculptures at Heide Museum of Modern Art

Oil painting of two multi-coloured cow-shaped sculptures in front of a forest of eucalypts and a flowering wattle.
It's much easier to paint stationary cows than their animated counterparts.  Now, if only I could think of a pun involving bovines that don't move.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"