Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Tomato with Coffee Mug

Oil painting of a tomato beside a green and white coffee mug.
An Invisible Man mug next to a visible tomato.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday, 27 April 2015

Shearing Shed at Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek

Oil painting of a high-gabled shed with a red roof, surrounded by trees with autumn leaves.
Despite the overcast sky, the sun occasionally subjected the shed to light, or if you like, shed light on the subject.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Pipers Creek-Pastoria Road

Oil painting of a bitumen road disappearing over a small rise with trees on either side and in the distance.
The grey skies of approaching winter occasioned a dull day, so I responded with a rather dull painting--or at least, a painting that is fairly middle-of-the-road.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Brick Pillar at Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek (unfinished)

Oil painting of a brick pillar with a stone plant pot/basket on top.
The afternoon sun was shining through the clouds onto this brick pillar, so I set up my things to paint only to be assailed soon after by icy rain.  I persisted--remembering that C├ęzanne painted for two hours in a storm before collapsing and dying--for at least fifteen minutes until the water began to well on my palette.  Unfortunately oil and water literally do not mix and I was forced to retire inside to put my feet up in front of a raging open fire.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 8"

Friday, 24 April 2015

Pear in Bowl

Oil painting of a green pear in a willow-pattern bowl.
A polar bear.  Sorry, a bowl of pear.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Still Life with Fake Yellow Roses

Oil painting of two fake yellow roses and two vases, one silver plated and the other a light purple-coloured porcelain.
Second week back at class and we're still painting still life.

Oil on canvas board, 16" x 12"

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Lemon with Small Chinese Teapot

Oil painting of a lemon beside a small white porcelain teapot.
This teapot is tea-ny tiny, but the lemon is no pipsqueak.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday, 20 April 2015

Mandarine in Wine Glass

Oil painting of a mandarine inside a large wine glass, with an indigo background.
This rare vintage is characterised by its overwhelmingly zesty bouquet with more than a hint of citrus fruit.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Red Pepper on Leather-Bound Book

Oil painting of a red pepper on top of a red leather-bound book with aged gilt edging.
Both of these items may be cooked, but only one is tasty.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Whisky Bottle with Glencairn Whisky Glass

Oil painting of a bottle of Highland Park whisky beside a Glencairn whisky glass.
Orkney is an island of ancient and wonderful sights such as the exceptional Skara Brae and the majestic rings of Brodgar and Stenness; however, arguably Orkney's most remarkable experience is pictured here (and can obtained at a very reasonable price).

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Friday, 17 April 2015

Copper Jug with Onion

Oil painting of a brown onion beside a small copper jug.
This jug painting could very easily have gone up the spout, but luckily I sort of know my onions.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Still Life with Purple Drapery

Oil painting of a white porcelain vase with blue and white patterns beside a tall copper vase with two white flowers and one red flower in the foreground, all resting on purple drapery.
Given that nothing in this still life is or has been alive (the flowers, for example, are fake), perhaps it should simply be called a still.

Oil on canvas board, 16" x 12"

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Mandarine with Milk Jug

Oil painting of a mandarine beside a white porcelain milk jug.
The mandarine is the male of this small citrus fruit species, while the female is known as the womandarine; milk jugs are commonly thought to be hermaphrodites, but you shouldn't believe everything you read on the internet.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday, 13 April 2015

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Campaspe River at Kyneton

Oil painting of a river edged by trees in autumn colours.
The light on the water was constantly changing, so I had to paint rapidly--the paint was flowing and my easel was creeking under the strain.  Sorry about that terrible stream of puns.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 12"

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Granite Outcrop, Prendergast Lane, Pastoria East

Oil painting of granite boulders surrounded by dry grass, illuminated by the late afternoon sun.
It was late afternoon before I went out to paint and I had to work quickly to finish before the sun went down.  You could say it was a boulder dash, which homophonically, also describes most of my captions.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"


Friday, 10 April 2015

Ginger Beer Bottle with Tea Towel

Oil painting of an antique earthenware ginger beer bottle partially wrapped in a tea towel.
Tea towels aren't for tea alone--they might also accommodate other beverages such as ginger beer.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Teapot with Zucchini

Oil painting of a small white teapot beside a zucchini cut in half.
Zucchini slice is easy to make and is unusually enjoyable with a cup of tea.  Zucchini sliced, however, is somewhat easier to prepare but not nearly so popular with afternoon tea guests.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Pear with Copper Vase

Oil painting of an Art Deco copper vase beside a green pear.
Pears are supposedly a good source of copper, but I'm not entirely sure I'd like to try a sauce of copper, good as it may be.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Copper Pot with Banana

Oil painting of a small copper pot with two handles beside a banana.
I was arrested by the coppers after a lady fingered me in a line-up.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday, 6 April 2015

Autumn Garden at Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek

Oil painting of a garden of trees, many exhibiting vibrant red and orange autumn colours.
Rather than fall into the trap of making a bad pun about autumn, I'm going to lumber you with word-play on the subject trees.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Manna Gum, Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek

Oil painting of a manna gum with a fallen branch in front and distant rolling hills.
This is at least the fourth time I've painted this particular tree; I certainly can't be accused of branching into new territory.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Malmsbury Railway Station

Oil painting of a double-storey bluestone Victorian-era railway building adjoining a weatherboard building with a red roof.
I stationed myself outside this railway building, and its stationary nature allowed me to take a leisurely approach to its depiction employing various forms of artist's stationery.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"

Friday, 3 April 2015

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Lemon with Miniature Vase

Oil painting of an onion-shaped blue and white miniature vase beside a lemon.
A tiny vase or a particularly large lemon?

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Apple with Glass Vase

Oil painting of a Pink Lady apple beside at tulip-shaped glass vase.
You could say that comparing an apple with a glass vase is like comparing apples and oranges, but you'd only be figuratively correct.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"