Monday, July 18, 2016

200 year old gum

On the Plenty River Trail behind the Viewbank silos, there's this ancient tree crawling its way into the morning air.


The path is on the ridge that comes up from the Plenty River, on the bank opposite Rosanna golf course. The ground slopes away sharply from the trail, so the tree almost looks like it's leaning away from the slope.

The trail is popular in the mornings with cyclists, joggers, or people just out for a stroll with the dog. One older gentleman stopped to chat. He wanted me to know that he has spoken to an arborist who was assessing the tree for the local council. He has estimated that the tree was over 200 years old.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Price park, Viewbank

Seems like there's a few of these fallen logs lying around in parks near my place. They almost look like they're alive:

Long fallen, 15x30in

Some process images:

And here's one I started earlier and gave up on:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

NSW coast holiday

Another trip up to sunny Hawks Nest. I began these paintings on site and continued them later in the studio. I've included some process shots. Hope you like them.

Patchy sunlight. 12x16in.

After the Rain. 12x16in.

Boats on the Shore. 12x16in.


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Portrait of Freya

Here's my daughter in a happy mood! I based the painting on a photo I took a couple of months ago. Oils on canvas.

20x30 inch canvas.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Monster paintings July 2015

This top painting was picked up in an op-shop on holidays on the NSW central coast last year. It looks like a kind of idyllic Islander scene, so I figured some tranquil Brontosaur and Brachiosaurus would fit.

Oil on board, 33x20". Available.

It was surprising to find an image of this size and quality in my local op shop, but I thought it was a little too symmetrical to leave it alone. It's the Melbourne Exhibition building. Oil on masonite board 35x19". Available.

Here's a small sketch I made before painting:

Monday, June 29, 2015

Avant Card artist of the month!

I had my image 'Dinosaur Roar' accepted by Avant Card to be their feature postcard this month. Here's the header they put on their display racks in cafes and theatres:

I had a few people report that they spotted one, but I haven't seen them around yet. However, I do have a ton of postcards they sent me. Let me know if you want one!

River Gum Walk

January, 2015.
This painting is based on a photo of my son walking past the massive gum out the back of our place, on his way to school. The grass was very dry but the yellow works well with the blue of the sky. 3x2 feet.