Sunday 31 January 2016

Chimney and Roof, Parkville

Oil painting of the roof and chimney at the back of a Victorian-era brick building surrounded by trees and shrubs.
I investigated engaging a chimney cleaner but was told they were notoriously unreliable; however, this turned out to be a sweeping generalisation.

Oil on canvas board, 5" x 7"

Saturday 30 January 2016

Lamp Post in Canterbury Gardens, Victoria

Oil painting of a Victorian-style black lamp post surrounded by flowers and trees with a path leading towards.
If every picture tells a story, then this is a Canterbury tale.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Friday 29 January 2016

Teacup with Saucer

Oil painting of a Queen Anne teacup and saucer with a yellow rose pattern, both in front of a red background.
Although I've painted this cup and saucer on numerous occasions, I thought I'd tease out another.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Thursday 28 January 2016

Nectarine in Silver-Plated Egg Cup

Oil painting of a nectarine in a sliver-plated egg cup.
The Rolling Stone Fruit's platinum-selling albumen; well, silver plated at least.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Wednesday 27 January 2016

Self Portrait

Oil painting of the face of a middle-aged man with light moustache and beard.
Self facing but hardly self-effacing.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Old Kyneton Hospital and Emergency Ward

Oil painting of a boarded-up Victorian-era bluestone building beside a smaller red-brick building with distant trees and a small rise.
Whilst painting this picture, the police paid me a visit ostensibly to admire my work; in truth, I think they were wondering why I was hanging around an abandoned hospital.  Whilst holding my brush I also had a brush with the law.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Monday 25 January 2016

Saturday 23 January 2016

Pear with Copper-Plated Mug

Oil painting of a green pear partially reflected in a shiny copper-plated mug.
In an act of reconciliation, the copper and the mugger were paired in mutual reflection and understanding.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Friday 22 January 2016

Onion in Tea Towel

Oil painting of a brown onion nestled amongst the folks of a white tea towel.
Chopping onions may bring tears, but a tea towel will help you dry up.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Thursday 21 January 2016

Red Pepper with Antique Poison Bottle

Oil painting of a red pepper beside a green glass bottle.
Harry Secombe had a twin brother who was almost indistinguishable except for the fact that he always wore a red hat; hence his nickname Red Cap Secombe.  When asked to name his poison, Red Cap was said to have dubbed it Arthur.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Wednesday 20 January 2016

Lemon with Coffee Mug

Oil painting of a lemon in front of a green and white Penguin Book coffee mug.
The Invisible Man (the name of said book is printed on this mug) is just like using a pen filled with lemon juice: it is invisible writing.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday 18 January 2016

Banana on Old Fashioned Glass

Oil painting of a banana resting on top of an old fashioned glass.
Stabilising food on inanimate objects is an attempt to tip the balance is one's flavour.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Sunday 17 January 2016

Houses on the Corner of Park and Gatehouse Streets, Parkville

Oil painting of several Victorian-era single-storey terrace houses and a front garden with cast iron fence.
Having not painted these houses on the corner in their entirety, it might be fair to say I've cut corners.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Saturday 16 January 2016

Studley Park Boathouse

Oil painting of a Victorian-era double-storey boathouse with café umbrellas and tables in the foreground.
It was late afternoon by the time I arrived at the Studley Park boathouse, and as I set up my easel all the boats were put away.  I literally missed the boat.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"

Friday 15 January 2016

Copper Jug with Egg

Oil painting of a small copper jug beside a brown hen's egg.
Painting is an expensive hobby for which it is often necessary to shell out a few coppers.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Thursday 14 January 2016

Ginger Beer Bottle

Oil painting of an antique earthenware ginger beer bottle.
This painting was largely executed in the half light, and as the painting progressed it became increasingly difficult to see.  I thought I'd let you know, dear reader, so as not to keep you in the dark.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Wednesday 13 January 2016

Garlic Bulb

Oil painting of a garlic bulb in front of a yellow background.
Cloves maketh the lamb (especially roasted).

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday 12 January 2016

Monday 11 January 2016

Nectarine with Silver-Plated Jug

Oil painting of a yellow nectarine beside a small silver-plated milk jug.
The Silver Lode is a nectarine tree popularly grown in California; depicted here is the slightly lesser-known silver jug variety.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Sunday 10 January 2016

Jageurs Lane near Story Street, Parkville

Oil painting of buildings and a bin in a laneway, with a car in the background.
It was evening on a Sunday and I was struggling to find a subject to paint; I could have lain down in defeat, but instead, I went down on my feet to the lane (behind my house).

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Saturday 9 January 2016

Thursday 7 January 2016

Wednesday 6 January 2016

Onion with Vase

Oil painting of a brown onion beside a light blue porcelain vase.
Vases are blue, onions are brown;
This poem consists of adjectives and nouns.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday 5 January 2016

Miniature Vase with Carrot

Oil painting of a miniature blue and white porcelain vase beside an orange carrot.
Orange are carrots, vases are blue;
I spoke with a parrot and a cockatoo too.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday 4 January 2016

Milk Jug with Mushroom

Oil painting of a small porcelain milk jug beside a Swiss Brown mushroom.
This was going to be a simple painting of a milk jug, but it mushroomed into something more.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Saturday 2 January 2016

Lily Flower in Glass Vase

Oil painting of a white and pink lily in a green glass vase.
A watercolour painting of a lily might be executed on a lily pad, whilst this lily was painted on a lily canvas board.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Friday 1 January 2016

Red Pepper with Porcelain Jug

Oil painting of a blue and white porcelain jug beside a red pepper.
My paintings are liberally peppered with jugs and I've been known to juggle a few peppers.

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 8"