Thursday, 28 December 2017

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Malmsbury Viaduct

Oil painting of stone arches above a pool of water surrounded by vegetation.
This bridge works in a similar way to central heating: via duct.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Monday, 11 December 2017

Egg in My Left Hand

Oil painting of an egg held in a hand.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, but an egg in the hand is possibly counting your chickens.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Monday, 4 December 2017

Nectarine with Silver-Plated Jug

Oil painting of a nectarine beside a small silver-plated jug.
There once was a keen nectarine,
Who invented a juggling machine.
Many things did it throw,
But to catch it was slow--
Some were found and some never more seen.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Apple with Glass Vase

Oil painting of a tulip-shaped glass vase beside a red apple.
 The apple belonged to a secret society devoted to vases, popularly known as the cultivars.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Tomato with Small Glass Bottle

Oil painting of a red tomato beside a small clear glass bottle.
 Tomatoes are traditionally used as a cure for the bottle.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Copper Jug with Banana

Oil painting of a banana beside a copper jug.
Copper are jugs, bananas are yellow;
And this be a verse scant the worth of Longfellow.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday, 27 November 2017

Copper Pot with Onion

Oil painting of a small two-handled pot beside a brown onion.
Copper are pots, onions are brown;
But this revelation's hardly talk of the town.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Teapot with Rose

Oil painting of a silver-plated teapot beside an apricot-coloured rose.
By laying a rose against a silver teapot, I put the petal to the metal.

Oil on canvas board, 

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Royal Park Railway Station

Oil painting of train tracks leading to a railway station surrounded by trees.
Though this painting started well, I fear it may have gone slightly off the rails.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Still Life with Chair and Flowers

Oil painting of a vase of flowers on a table with an open magazine and beside a chair with a blue cushion draped with a red cloth.
Hardly an electrifying painting, despite the fact that I'm giving you the chair.

Oil on canvas board, 16" x 20"

Monday, 6 November 2017

Old Stables at Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek

Oil painting of an old shed with a red roof surrounded by trees and shrubs, with a wheelbarrow in the foreground.
Paintings have been few of late as I've struggled to recover from the dreaded lurgy.  What better way to get back on the horse than to paint a stable.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Monday, 23 October 2017

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Copper Jug with Lemon

Oil painting of a copper jug beside a lemon.
Two objects in the picture, with one beside the pitcher.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Pear with Wooden Puzzle

Oil painting of a wooden cube beside a green pear.
I'm sure there's a simple caption for this painting, but I just can't seem to work it out.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Tractor in Shed, Rosebery Hill

Oil painting of an orange tractor with cabin in a shed on a sunny day.
This painting was slow at first as I struggled to gain traction.

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Mandarine with Milk Jug

Oil painting of a mandarine beside a small white porcelain milk jug.
There once was a star mandarine,
Who appeared in the big magazines;
But dirt by media dug,
Exposed addiction to jugs,
So to rehab he went to get clean.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday, 9 October 2017

Copper Vase with Banana

Oil painting of a small copper vase beside a banana.
Vases are copper, bananas are not;
They're a fruit largely yellow with various spots.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Trin Warren Tam-Boore, Royal Park

Oil painting of a bridge across a shallow pond surrounded by trees and shrubs.
Trin Warren Tam-boore is a wetland of around five hectares, only a small part of which is depicted here.  It's the abridged version.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Onion in Glass Jar

Oil painting of a brown onion in a glass jar with metal lid.
A pickled onion after finding the bottom of a few jars

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Monday, 2 October 2017

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Teapot with Camellia Flower

Oil painting of a silver teapot beside a pink camellia flower.
This Camellia flower is not from the Camellia sinensis, or tea plant, and as such, is not my cup of tea.

Oil on canvas board, 10" x 8"

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Post Office Tower, Castlemaine

Oil painting of a Victorian-era clock tower surrounded by trees and buildings.
Pursuing a pleasing picture, I went first past the post office, then returned to paint the post office post-haste.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10" 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Carrot in Wine Glass

Oil painting of an orange carrot in a wine glass.
Overindulging in this particular drop might explain the otherwise mysterious presence of carrots.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Main Yarra Trail, Templestowe

Oil painting of a gravel path winding through eucalypts.
Some of parts of this painting were successful, others less so; it was largely a case of trail and error.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Richardson Street, Middle Park

Oil painting of a footpath lined with houses with front fences and gardens.
Middle of the road painting executed from the side of the road.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Mandarine with Coffee Mug

Oil painting of a mandarine beside a green and white Penguin-branded coffee mug
This is my Invisible Man mug beside a visible mandarine.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Sunday, 17 September 2017

River Red Gums, Royal Park

Oil painting of several gum trees, large and small, with long afternoon shadows.
The afternoon light passed before I could properly sink my fangs into my work; as such, this painting is all gums and no teeth.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Self Portrait

Oil portrait painting of a middle-aged bald man, partially in profile, looking back towards the viewer.
The model made this painting particularly difficult: he wouldn't stop turning his head.

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Teapot with Lemon

Oil painting of a white porcelain teapot beside a lemon.
When life gives you lemons, make a pot of tea (it's much better for you than lemonade).

Oil on canvas board, 6"x 4"

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Pear in My Left Hand

Oil painting of a green pear held in the palm of a hand.
This painting was a bit of a handful.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

P. S. The obvious pun (a pear of hand) has already been made, making a pair of hands and a pair of pears.

P. P. S. Thanks to everyone who came to visit my show recently--to see you in the wool shed was shear pleasure.

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Exhibition: Shedding Light on Small Things

Exhibition flyer

Each year my parents open their garden as part of Kyneton's Daffodil and Arts Festival, and it has become an almost dyed-in-the-wool tradition for them to arrange a small exhibition of my paintings, as an accompaniment, in their shearing shed.  This year I've decided to take the ram by the horns and apply a more selective curatorial eye--as such, I'll be showing more than sixty of my favourite pieces from the last twelve months (in the conveniently-located megapopolis of Pipers Creek).

My parents have aptly described their garden as a place where nature has triumphed over human endeavour, and whilst their varied collection of trees are best viewed during autumn months, there's more than enough to keep the most apathetic botanist entertained, not to mention crowds upon hosts of daffodils (golden and otherwise).

Where can I view this prosperous partnership of paintings and perennials? I hear you think.  Well, I'm glad you thought:

When:
Saturday 2nd September - Sunday 10th September 2017
10am - 4pm daily

Where:
The Shearing Shed
Rosebery Hill
156 Pipers Creek-Pastoria Road
Pipers Creek 3444 (See Google Maps)

Web:
http://paintingaday.net (the good, the bad and the particularly ugly)

I'll be in attendance during weekends, so please let me know if you're planning to visit and I'll be sure to be on hand to pontificate about the artwork.

Saturday, 9 September 2017

House at Rosebery Hill, Pipers Creek

Oil painting of a house featuring a gabeled red roof and chimney, surrounded by trees and shrubs.
I've been trying to think of a house pun, but I'm tired of dwelling on it.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Monday, 4 September 2017

Carrot with Sauce Jug

Oil painting of a small blue porcelain sauce jug beside an orange carrot.
I'm having trouble devising a pun for this image: I'm not sure if the jug is the source of the problem or if the carrot is the root cause.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Silver-Plated Jug with Banana

Oil painting of a small silver-plated jug beside a banana.
Silver are jugs, bananas are gold;
Though bananas don't glisten, they're of worth manifold.

Oil on canvas board, 6" x 4"

Monday, 28 August 2017

Daffodil in Miniature Vase

Oil painting of a yellow and orange daffodil in a miniature blue and white porcelain vase.
There once was a gold daffodil,
In a vase, not in vale nor on hill--
And it never was spied
By a poet lakeside,
Nor did dance, but remained very still.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Blue Castor Oil Bottle with Désirée Potato

Oil painting of a Désirée potato resting against a blue castor oil bottle.
This potato was added to my soup, thus making it a blue chip stock.

Oil on canvas board, 4" x 6"