Tuesday 29 July 2014

Teapot and Mandarine

Oil painting of a teapot and a mandarine.
Mand'rins are orange, but an orange they ain't; this teapot is white, and is damned hard to paint.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday 28 July 2014

Pink Rose and Whisky Glass

Oil painting of a pink rose and a Glencairn whisky glass.
I bought a bunch of cheap roses on the weekend, so I've wound up with a bunch of cheap rose paintings.  Unfortunately the single malt whisky that inhabited the glass prior to painting wasn't cheap.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Sunday 27 July 2014

St Peters Eastern Hill from Parliament Gardens, Melbourne

I joined my fellow Victorian Artist's Society members on Sunday morning for a paint out in Parliament Gardens.  Painting in public always involves making conversation with curious passers-by, and Sunday was no exception; after posing for a photograph and talking at length about my pochade box, I even found time to whip up a small picture.

Oil on canvas board, 5" x 7"

Saturday 26 July 2014

Milk Jug and Rose

Oil painting of a white milk jug and a pink rose.
A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.  Milk, by any other name, should be approached with caution.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Friday 25 July 2014

Glass Vase with Flowers

Oil painting of a glass vase alongside pink flowers.
I'd hardly call this subject matter a flowering of new ideas, and while I'm not always a glass-is-half-full kind of person, you could, at least, say this painting is almost half full of glass.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Thursday 24 July 2014

Pear and Coffee Jar

Oil painting of a green pair with a jar of instant coffee.
Instant coffee is much maligned; it certainly isn't as good as its noteworthy espresso superior, but I believe it is a passable caffeinated drink nonetheless.  Those who can't stomach it need to grow a pear (because they're unarguably tasty).

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Medicine Bottle with Measuring Cup

Oil painting of a brown cough medicine bottle with a plastic measuring cup.
One of the aims of an artist must surely be to imbue one's work with a sense of self, and following this, it seems I may have inadvertently succeeded: I was feeling fairly ordinary (take note of the subject matter), and I've produced a painting that can, at best, be described as fairly ordinary.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday 22 July 2014

Skull with Yellow Roses

Oil painting of a plastic skull beside a bunch of plastic yellow roses.
Life (plastic flowers) and death (plastic skull); neither is real, and this painting is an illusion.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday 21 July 2014

Tomato with Jar of Olives

Oil painting of a bright red tomato in front of a small jar of crushed green olives.
A jar of crushed olives, and an uncrushed tomato.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Sunday 20 July 2014

Light Bulb

Oil painting of a small incandescent light bulb and its reflection in a glass table top.
Obviously I was having a light-bulb moment.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Saturday 19 July 2014

Rainy Afternoon, Yarra Bend

Oil painting of eucalyptus trees overhanging a bend in Melbourne's Yarra River, with reflections of the trees prominent on the surface of the water.
A very damp and grey Saturday afternoon at Yarra Bend Park, Melbourne.  The reflections in the water were regularly broken by canoeists, so I asked one to keep still so that I could put him in the picture; for some reason he didn't oblige.

Oil on canvas board, 5" x 7"

Friday 18 July 2014

Black Bottle with Red Roses

Oil painting of an antique whisky bottle alongside a bunch of red plastic roses.
Roses are red, bottles are black; if I write you a rhyme, then frankly I'm slack.  And er, these roses are actually sort of orange, but orange doesn't lend itself to poetry.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Pear and Vase

Oil painting of a green pear beside a small blue and white porcelain Chinese-style vase with gold-coloured patterns.
A pair of objects, but only one is a pear.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday 14 July 2014

Onion and Bottle

Oil painting of a brown onion in front of an antique earthenware ginger beer bottle.
An onion and an earthenware bottle.  The bottle is much less scary than its full-moon counterpart, the earthenwere-bottle.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Sunday 13 July 2014

Copper Jug and Zucchini

Oil painting of a small antique copper jug and a green zucchini.
My brand new second hand copper jug and a historical record of a zucchini (it is now soup).  And er, does a painting of a copper object qualify as Copperart?  What would Pete Smith think?

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Saturday 12 July 2014

Red Pepper with Flat-Bottomed Torpedo Bottle

Oil painting of a red pepper in front of an upright green torpedo bottle.
This is the first pepper I've painted; perhaps I should have done a little more pepperation.  Conversely, the boring bottle has been done to death.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Friday 11 July 2014

Mandarine and Glass

Oil painting of an orange mandarine in front of a short empty glass.
A mandarine (that I later enjoyed for morning tea) and a glass of air (that I breathed deeply when I returned from work in the evening).

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Green Bottle and Copper Vase

As a child I was an avid bottle collector, and I found this green bottle in an old dump near where I lived in Pipers Creek.  A discussion was held--by my friend and me--as to the wisdom of taking the bottle home, given that on its side it clearly stated it was NOT TO BE TAKEN.  Needless to say, we took it anyway.

Conversely, there was no trepidation when I took the vase home from the second-hand shop.  I'm sure the proprietor was more than happy for me to take it, so long as I handed him the requisite amount of cash.

Thursday 10 July 2014

Tea Cup and Banana

I'd rather pour a cup of tea and peel a banana than have a poor cup of tea and an unappealing banana.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Tuesday 8 July 2014

Silver-Plated Vase with Tea Towel

A disrobing vase that would make a Victorian blush.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday 7 July 2014

Egg and Cup

This egg--as depicted--was an odd shape; it's not artistic licence.  If it was artistic licence, I'd be liable to lose it.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Friday 4 July 2014

Lemon and Milk Jug

Milk and lemon: a perfect curdling combination.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Thursday 3 July 2014

Castor Oil Bottle with Plastic Flowers

Roses are pink, bottles are blue; couplets like these almost make me spew.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Garlic Bulb and Dried Chillies

Garlic and chillies: a meal by itself.  Not a very nice meal, but a meal nevertheless.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Onion and Willow-Pattern Bowl

I don't think I'm going to bowl anyone over with this caption.  You'd think I'd have shallots of ideas.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"