Friday 31 October 2014

Garlic Bulb

Small oil painting of a white and purple garlic bulb.
As a child, I could never understand why Dr Who was afraid of the garlics.

Oil on canvas board, 2" x 2"

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Plastic Flowers in White Vase

Oil painting of yellow, orange, pink and dark red plastic flowers in a white vase, all sitting on a red tablecloth with a white and an orange plastic flower at the base.

A two-week class exercise in still synthetic life.

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Pear on Leather Bound Book

Oil painting of a green pear on top of a red leather bound book with gold edging.
Shortly after painting, I repaired to the library.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday 27 October 2014

Tomato with Torpedo Bottle

Oil painting of a red tomato in front of a pale green torpedo bottle.
Vine-ripened tomato with bottle-conditioned oxygen.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Sunday 26 October 2014

Watchtower at Pentridge Prison, Coburg, Victoria

Oil painting of a bluestone prison wall with a central watchtower and the leaves of a eucalypt to the left.
I bungled the vanishing point on this disused prison wall (though it appears to be worse that it is due to the wall's irregularities).  You could say I had trouble scaling the wall.

Oil on canvas board, 5" x 7"

Saturday 25 October 2014

Milk Jug with Apple

Oil painting of a white porcelain milk jug and a red and green apple on a wooden chopping board.
This painting doesn't simply get to the core of the matter, but goes straight for the jugular.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Friday 24 October 2014

Thursday 23 October 2014

Still Life with Plastic Lavender

Oil painting of three vases, a black bottle with an off-white label and a red label on its neck with a bunch of plastic lavender protruding from the top, and a stoneware mug resting on its side.
Painted over three consecutive Thursdays at art class, this is a classic example of what I call Method Greg--my teacher Greg Smith instructs us in his method so as to elucidate Greg's myth.

Oil on canvas board, 20" x 16"

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Monday 20 October 2014

Copper Jug with Banana

Oil painting of a small copper jug in front of a banana partial obscured by shadow.
A bug in pyjamas.  Er, no, a jug and banana.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Sunday 19 October 2014

Antique Whisky Bottle with Copper Vase

Oil painting of the top portion of an Art Deco copper vase and a black antique whisky bottle.
A Victorian-era bottle, an Art Deco vase, a Victorian-era interior wall and a twenty-first-century shadow.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Saturday 18 October 2014

Plastic Skull

Oil painting of a plastic skul--viewed from the front--with a red background.
This plastic skull came in a box that proclaimed the skull to be life sized.  I understand the bit about the size, but I don't see much life in it.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Friday 17 October 2014

Pitted Green Olives

Small oil painting of two pitted olives.
These olives are pitted but not to be pitied: their end was swift and painless (they were consumed as my reward for painting them).

Oil on canvas board, 2" x 2"

Tuesday 14 October 2014

Lemon with Mustard Jar

Oil painting of a lemon beside a jar of Maille Dijon mustard.
A lemon-coloured lemon and a mustard-coloured mustard jar.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday 13 October 2014

Pear with Glass

Oil painting of a pear next to a short glass.
This may appear to be a largish glass, but it is in fact a small glass next to a particularly petite pear.  One might use such a glass for an apéritif.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Sunday 12 October 2014

Apple with Blue Castor Oil Bottle

Oil painting of an antique blue castor oil bottle beside a red and green apple.
This bottle is blue and this apple is red; such bottles are rare, and such apples widespread.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Saturday 11 October 2014

Silver-Plated Jug with Onion

Oil painting of a sliver-plated jug beside a brown onion.
Some might consider that making a jug pun is to spout drivel, while others consider onion jokes to be more layered.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Friday 10 October 2014

Chilli Jar Detail

Oil painting of a glass jar containing chillies, topped with a brass-coloured lid.
I was going to make a bad pun about this jar of chillies, but I thought I'd better keep a lid on it.

Oil on canvas board, 2" x 2"

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Garden Gnome

Oil painting close up of the face and upper body of a garden gnome.
There's no way gnome I'd resort to gnome puns.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday 7 October 2014

Antique Poison Bottle with Plastic Roses

Oil painting of a green antique poison bottle standing amongst a bunch of plastic red roses.
O Rose thou art plastic, hence clearly impervious to the effects of poison.  Apologies to William Blake.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday 6 October 2014

Willow Pattern Teacup and Carrot

Oil painting of a blue and white Willow pattern teacup beside a carrot.
An orange carrot and a blue teacup may compliment one another visually, but I suspect it might be a while before the combination catches on gastronomically.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Sunday 5 October 2014

Manna Gum, Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek

Oil painting of a gnarled manna gum on a hillside, with rolling hills in the distance.
A Manna Gum painted in the manner to which I'm accustomed.

Oil on canvas board, 7" x 5"

Saturday 4 October 2014

Snow Gum at Rosebery Hill Looking Towards the Cobaw Ranges

Oil painting of a young snow gum, with paddocks and a low mountain range in the background.
By gum, there's no caption I can think of for this painting; snow gum pun at least.

Oil on canvas board, 5" x 7"

Friday 3 October 2014

Tomato with Small Copper Pot

Oil painting of a small double-handled copper pot next to a red tomato.
Perhaps I deserve to cop a tomato for my bad puns?  It would be doubtless less painful than to copper pot.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Thursday 2 October 2014

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Toilet Rolls

Oil painting of an empty toilet paper roll beside a full toilet paper roll.
Admittedly this isn't the first time I've attempted this subject, though it's been more than a year since the last undertaking.  It's not a subject I want to get bogged down in.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"