Wednesday 30 September 2015

Tuesday 29 September 2015

Plastic Grapes in Wine Glass

Oil painting of green plastic grapes in a wine glass with red background.
A white wine known for it's distinctively rugged mouthfeel.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday 28 September 2015

Banana on Leather-Bound Book

Oil painting of a banana on top of an old red leather-bound book.
There are many books on bananas, but very few bananas on books.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Sunday 27 September 2015

Maribyrnong River at Moonee Ponds

Oil painting of a river scene with trees on each bank reflected in the water.
Despite the pleasant scene, painting was difficult due to the proliferation of passers-by who were a little too keen to offer suggestions.  They tended to interrupt the flow.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"

Saturday 26 September 2015

Workshop at Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek

Oil painting of a building with a low-gabled roof and chimney, with a tall fence in the foreground overgrown with trees and shrubs.
I'd work up a bad pun about this glorified tool-shed only I don't want to talk shop.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Thursday 24 September 2015

Laneway off Fitzgibbon Street, Parkville

Oil painting of several garage doors backing onto a laneway with strong contrasting light and shadow.
On this particular morning, I found a scene to paint only a few steps from my door.  The close proximity to my house meant that I could take my time and experience life in the slow lane.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Red Pepper with Glass Vase

Oil painting of a red pepper beside a tulip-shaped glass vase.
This is not a drawing on pepper but an oil on can-vase.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday 21 September 2015

Copper Kettle with Plastic Fruit

Oil painting of a copper kettle with a plastic pear and two plastic apples in front.
Each of these pieces of fruit is merely a plastic simulacrum--a bit like the real thing only a different kettle of fish.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 12"

Sunday 20 September 2015

Rear of Parkville Store from Butler Lane, Parkville

Oil painting of a gate in a high creeper-covered wall, partly illuminated by afternoon sun and viewed down an alleyway.
Sunday's beautiful sunny afternoon cast strong shadows across this Parkville laneway--a scene in fact, that was right up my alley (well, a neighbouring alley technically, otherwise it would have been right up my street).

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Saturday 19 September 2015

Rear of House from Bayles Street, Parkville

Oil painting of the rear of a double-storey Victorian brick house and a dull red fence.
After many months of imprisonment imposed by the cold and grey winter weather, I was out on Bayles painting in the spring sunshine.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Friday 18 September 2015

Blue Castor Oil Bottle with Mandarine

Oil painting depicting a blue castor oil bottle beside a mandarine with an orange background.
Rather than making a bad pun about a mandarine and a bottle, I think I'll peel off and put a cork in it.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Thursday 17 September 2015

Back Study

Oil painting of a female nude (with back to the viewer) lying on a green cloth,
Not so much back to the drawing board as back to the easel. (Four-week class exercise.)

Oil on canvas board, 20" x 16"

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Lemon-Scented Gum, Royal Park

Oil painting of a lemon-scented gum beside a bitumen path with trees and shrubs in the background.
Spring has sprung and the temperate weather has brought some rather pleasant mornings.  Indeed, as depicted here, happiness is a warm gum.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Monday 14 September 2015

Friday 11 September 2015

Lamp-Post in Australian Native Garden, Royal Park

Oil painting of a green lamp-post in amongst Australian native trees and shrubs, with an ornamental pond in the foreground.
The Australian Native Garden at Royal Park was designed by Grace Fraser in the mid-nineteen seventies and is devoted interesting Australian native trees and shrubs; however, I suspect the illuminating feature of this painting might be an introduced species.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Wednesday 9 September 2015

Copper Jug with Carrot

Oil painting of a small copper jug beside a carrot.

According to Wikipedia, "Eighteen karat red gold may be made of 25% copper and 75% gold".  In comparison, my little painting consists of 50% copper of only one carrot.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Tuesday 8 September 2015

Self Portrait with Green Beanie

Oil painting of the head of a man wearing a green beanie.
While I might not necessarily be a shadow of my former self, this is my former self (circa Tuesday morning) partially in shadow.

Oil on canvas board, 5" x 7"

Monday 7 September 2015

Pear with Silver-Plated Jug

Oil painting of a green pear beside a small silver-plated jug.
A pear and a jug with an obscured handle--not to be confused with poor old George Frideric Handel, for whom everything was obscured.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Plastic Skull

Oil painting of a plastic skull resting on a grey cloth.
This particular piece of plastic is known in my flat as Douglass, and the act of painting him as skulduggery.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"