Thursday, 28 February 2013

Approaching Storm

A storm over Bridgetown, WA.
This is one of my oil paintings still in progress.
Although painted over a period of time with several layers I want to give the feeling of immediacy. As if it's been painted as the storm approaches!

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Sunset over Landscape

This painted was created 5 - 6 years ago. Back when I had the idea all paintings must have an epic approach to lighting and colour!
It was painted in acrylics - a medium I've never worked with comfortably.
Half a decade on I'm tempted to revisit the painting's approach but in oils - a medium that lend itself to a more subtle effect.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Sketchbook extract

This extract from my sketchbook gives further insight into my research methods.
This includes notes taking, visual dissection and further experimentation with the discovered methods.
This section of my sketchbook focuses on the art of Anne Grahame Johnstone...

Thursday, 21 February 2013

The rising dancer

This painting is a little bit different to my normal work.
It was painted after being inspired (again!) by the legendary Arthur Rackham (1867 - 1939).

I wanted to create a flowing form using a limited colour pallet. Although the colours and form suggest a slightly sinister creature I never intended it that way. I merely wanted a feeling of movement, a figure dancing in a cobweb of lines....

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Cloud study

This cloud study isn't very appropriate to the cloudless heat we've been experiencing in Western Australia!
The landscape isn't connected to the study but added to give scale in the overall image.

Friday, 15 February 2013

Dancing with the Past

'Dancing with the Past' is a visual interpretation of reminiscing - a fleeting, abstract memory never fully realised but always teasingly apparent.
Painted loosely in watercolour.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Stealing - it's a good philosophy!

Although I'm not the biggest fan of Pablo Picasso's art I'm a BIG fan of the artist himself!

He had fantastic philosophies as an artist. His quote "Good artists copy, great artists steal!" is a statement that I live by daily.

I never copy, that's is artistically boring and non creative. It's a journey where the destination has already been tagged...

I study the artists I admire and attempt to steal their techniques, concepts and motives. I maul it until the idea becomes mutated out of recognition, I state it's mine, sign it and place it in public where other artists may steal from me!

As artists we should be given life sentences for the amount we steal!

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Floating Island - the creative process

The Floating Island - uploaded in November 2012 - had the concept of escaping to your own island where you become yourself as you are.
Below are a collection of steps I took in creating the painting. The possibilities in colour, placement, and the experimentation of subjects i.e. the boatman in the sketch on the left.
Regardless of whether I used all the ideas in the final painting I have the option to pull on them for future projects.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Town on the River

A follow up to the painting 'City on the Sea', this latest work is less specky and more intimate in its format. Perhaps a subtle salute to Venice...(?)
Using watercolour over pencil and ink on Arches paper.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Duck Ditty - finished!

Duck Ditty has now been finalised in colour. Originally intended as an warm afternoon scene I adjusted the colour pallet towards a cooler morning (or evening) effect.
I'll also point out this image is based on three actual ducks!

Saturday, 2 February 2013


This picture is more of a doodle than a finished painting.
I was going to have him writing something fantastic - a revelation of the modern world. All I came up with was the word 'Paint'.....twice!
A major disappointment.

Friday, 1 February 2013

Cat Call

The latest contribution to the 'fence' series.
Painted with many layers of watercolour and ink.