Saturday, 28 September 2013

No One Put's Baby in the Corner

My sister, Mary Myfanwy, has just finished recording a collection of her own songs to put onto a CD.

She's in the midst of deciding album artwork. As an incredibly awesome brother ;) I've been helping her with ideas.

One of my ideas - that she wasn't at all keen on - was this little sketch. I'd imagine a good title for this piece would be 'No one put's Baby in the corner...'

Friday, 27 September 2013

Relaxation - Still Life

The coffee themed still life - now renamed 'Relaxation' - is complete.

I've enjoyed using gouache in a similar way to oil - although there's  been several complications that I'm going to have to research and solve through practice.......nothing like a challenge!

Greeting cards will be available on Creations in a Teapot as soon as a minor issue regarding product upload has been resolved....yet another challenge ;)

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Flight to the Dawn

Still in early stages of development this painting follows a similar theme to 'Dream Flying' .

I must point out that this little guy is no relation to Peter Pan ;)

Friday, 20 September 2013

The Show Goes On

The book launch of a biography recording the history of the Bridgetown's Repertory club is taking place today.

As a favour to the club I provided the cover art for the book. It as a simple enough project as my contribution was limited to the sketch of the building leaving the designers to add footprints and parchment effects.

The book, written by Gwen Read (with assistance from other people including my mum, Sarah Evans), has been a work of love for the past decade. It's nice to see her hard work has finally paid off!  

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Sunset Through Pear Trees

Further experimentation with gouache was the reason behind this small painting, 'Sunset Through Pear Trees'.

Majority of this work is watercolour with white gouache giving the  opaque body.

Measuring 36 x 17cm this painting is available for purchase. Please email me directly for further details at

Monday, 16 September 2013

Ode to Coffee

As I'm waiting on confirmation for a number of illustrations I submitted I thought I'd paint a still one does.

This was a good opportunity to try using gouache to its full potential.....both like watercolour and oil.

Although incomplete I've already decided on a name - "Ode to Coffee"!

Pirate Day Image

The Fremantle Pirate Day Festival is fast approaching - September 22nd.

I'll be donning the garb of a pirate and painting pirate pictures from my art stall....

This'll be the picture I'll be messing with on the day. I deleted the smouldering cigar from the kangaroo's mouth after thinking that a children's picture promoting smoking might be frowned on. And if anyone asks I'll inform them that the possum is getting tidily on lemonade........!

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Snow White....Cover Exercise

This piece was painted as a basic 'cover' art exercise about a year ago.

It's nothing brilliant but I like to show it during children's workshops as an example of 'fun learning'. Taking a well know story and creating a cover is great preliminary training for illustrators (especially if you alter a cute character like Snow White to resemble a used car salesperson!) :)

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Kevin Rudd

I try and not bring politics into my art because - oddly enough - my art doesn't reflect that area of life!

But after being bombarded with the election over the weekend I can't help but upload this drawing of a little dude we won't be seeing for a while.....

Christmas Card Design

When I first began designing greeting cards for our family business, Creations in a Teapot, I experimented with some small scale oil paintings.

This is one of the designs I toyed with several years ago. However, it never made it into the greeting card range.

In preparation for this painting I managed to convince my sister to pose in full winter gear (during the middle of summer) with one of the family dogs.

I would like to eventually reattempt this image in watercolour to add to the Christmas range......

Friday, 6 September 2013

Ye Old Windmill

Ye Old Windmill!

One of my many sky studies. I find it helps to anchor a sky study with a basic landscape. In this sketch I might of been thinking about Jack and Jill - the two windmills on the Downs in the UK....

Monday, 2 September 2013

Canning Library Workshop

Wow! This photos depicts me looking as if I know what I'm doing!

I believe at this point in the workshop I was explaining to the kids that it's fine to leave mistakes in a painting i.e. sketchy pencil marks. The reason: Because it shows the viewer the painting's journey...

I'm happy to say I heard one young lad was happily leaving in the 'mistakes' because (as he told his Mum) 'that's the way artists learn!'

Good on him! :)

(Photo kindly borrowed from the City of Canning Library)

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Medieval Artist

Another painting I was working on during the Balingup Medieval Carnival was 'The Medieval Artist'. Still far from finished, I've gone for a cool feel....after all, the medieval times didn't exactly have central heating! So dominant washes of burn umber, cobalt blue, winsor blue and light red will help sombre the mood.

Please keep an open mind when viewing this painting....there is no historical accuracy. Purely whimsical!!!