Thursday 27 June 2024

Outbuilding at Château de Campagnac, Sarlat-la-Canéda

 

I don't think I offended my fellow painters, but I did find myself on the outer.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Tower at Château de Campagnac, Sarlat-la-Canéda

 

Landscape oil painting of a medieval French tower
Painting many castles kept me on my châteaux.

Oil on gessoed board, 6" x 8"

Gateway at Château de Campagnac, Sarlat-la-Canéda

 

Landscape oil painting of two sandstone pillars with a path, a low wall and vegetation
Although entirely uncontroversial, the activity I engaged in on this day was known as painting gate.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Monday 24 June 2024

Dordogne River from Domme

 

Landscape oil painting of a river and trees viewed from a height
This was painted from the medieval village of Domme, from a high vantage point -- the river was a long way dogne.

Oil on gessoed board, 6" x 8"

Looking North from Domme, Dordogne

 

Landscape oil painting of distant hills and buildings
This scene was a long way in the distance and I deliberately simplified it as much as possible -- you might say I Dommed it down a little.

Oil on gessoed board, 6" x 8"

Sunday 23 June 2024

Houses at La Roque-Gageac

 

Landscape oil painting of houses surrounded by vegetation
This is a 30 minute sketch of some houses at the village of La Roque-Gageac.  Maybe I succeeded, maybe I flew like a Roque.

Oil on gessoed board, 6" x 8"

Château La Malartrie, La Roque-Gageac

 

Landscape oil painting of a river with sandstone buildings and trees on either side
A scene similar to this is typically depicted on La Roque-Gageac tourist brochures.  You might say it's classic roque.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Sunday 26 May 2024

Malmsbury Viaduct

 

Landscape oil painting of a stone railway viaduct beside water
This is my final piece for the VAS 9x5 Exhibition done today at the Malmsbury Botanic Gardens. It was a glorious late-autumn day with no sign of rain: not such good weather for ducks, but great weather for ducts.

Oil on plywood, 9" x 5"

Tuesday 21 May 2024

Self Portrait in the Studio

 

Selfish portrait: A portrait that looks a bit like the artist

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Saturday 18 May 2024

Still Life with Mandarine and Assorted Flowers

 

A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and a mandarine cannot live without love (apologies to Max Müller).

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Sunday 12 May 2024

Wedge Street, Kyneton

 

Landscape oil painting of a road with shadows cast by trees and telephone poles beside
You might say the necessity to paint on plywood for the VAS 9x5 Exhibition drove a wedge between my normal approach to painting and the approach followed for this picture.  You can definitely say I drove on Wedge as I took a little jaunt in my car looking for subject matter.

Oil on plywood, 9" x 5"

Autumn, Kyneton

 

Landscape oil painting of a eucalypt with autumn colour in the middle ground and distant blue hills
This is the first painting I've done directly on plywood, as per entries into this year's VAS 9x5 Exhibition.  It was certainly a different way to ply my trade, though I'm not sure I'd trade my canvas for ply.

Oil on plywood, 9" x 5"

Monday 6 May 2024

Mandarines with Enamelware Jug

 

Still life oil painting of three mandarines with a white enamelware jug
A man is judged by his deeds, and a mandarine is judged by its seeds (or lack thereof).

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Monday 29 April 2024

Onions with Enamelware Bowl

 

Still life oil painting of three brown onions beside a green enamelware bowl
Usually when I paint onions I'm reasonably happy with the results -- I'm not, however, enamelled with these.

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10"

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Quinces with Enamelware Jug

 

Still life oil painting of three quinces with a white enamelware jug

These quinces make a good subject, but are also for eating; if they were merely for display they'd be mannequinces.

Oil on canvas board, 16" x 10"

Saturday 6 April 2024

Still Life with Lemons and Linen Tea Towel

 

The towel saved the citrus by providing lemon aid; otherwise they might have dried of natural causes.

Oil on canvas board, 16" x 20"

Saturday 30 March 2024

Wednesday 20 March 2024

Still Life with Large Squashes

 

I had to paint these squashes of unusual size on a larger canvas -- I didn't want the scene to be too squashy.

Oil on canvas board, 16" x 20"

Monday 18 March 2024

Off Dan Hallorans Lane, Pastoria

 

Having nominated a location for a paint-out with my friends Paul and Hiro, I said, "See you in Hall-orans Lane".

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Tuesday 27 February 2024

Colour vs Skull

 

Don't be bored out of your skull, add a little colour to your life.

Oil on canvas board, 16" x 20"

Saturday 24 February 2024

Near Kyneton Station

 

Landscape oil painting of a brick chimney beside an array of buildings an two eucalypts
Trialling the 9x5 format in preparation for the VAS 9x5 Exhibition.  I quite enjoyed it, though I'm not sure I could do it 9 to 5.

Oil on canvas board, 9" x 5"

Monday 12 February 2024

Still Life with Garlic Bulb

 

The cloven hoof in the depths of allium.

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Monday 22 January 2024

Ripening Tomatoes with Enamelware Bowl

 

Still life oil painting of orange and red tomatoes beside a green enamelware bowl
A subject ripe for wordplay (or not quite, as the case may be).

Oil on canvas board, 8" x 10" 

Thursday 18 January 2024

Sunday 14 January 2024

Still Life with Fruit Spectrum

 

Richard of York before the battle (or ROY for short).

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"

Sunday 7 January 2024

Bosc Pears with Bottle

Still life oil painting of two pears and a bottle
Keen observers may notice a subtle echo of the pears in the bottle glass; you might say it's two Bosc in reflected glory.

Oil on canvas board, 12" x 16"