Rose study 4 - adding deeper tone

A study of the rose

A walk through an artistic obsession – the study of the rose. Time and patience are the main requirements, so this was a good one to pick up during the Christmas break. I scrubbed back an earlier start of some lovely mop headed roses to give a base of mid tones. This worked really well … Continue reading

Sketch of ‘Musidora' by Marshall Wood NGV

Good art is… fearless

Keeping with the NGV’s fashion focus this month, Anthony Capon and his friends modelled some of his beautiful creations in the Grand Salon. So we were treated to layers of garment and a study of fabric on form. Marshall Wood’s beautiful marble sculpture, ‘Musidora’ set a mood of contemplation. For all of us still reeling from this … Continue reading

Happiness - Grasslands at the State Library

Good art is … Habitat and happiness

If I, a (somewhat trained) biologist describe a sparrow as ‘obviously happy’ – fellow (learned) scientists will suck their cheeks in in disgust. Proposing that a ‘lesser’ species is displaying joy could mean our dullard species might not be the greatest creature in the Universe – it would be like Galileo (fool) saying the Earth circled the SUN! So then – … Continue reading

Cafe of Life Portrait of a waitress detail

Good art is … meditating on Renoir

Strange how embedded some art works are in our psyche. I have been working away at a painting based on a cafe scene I captured one cold but dry day in Richmond. When I came to paint one woman who was leaving the cafe I laboured over it. Then I started thinking about Renoir’s Umbrellas (Les Parapluies) and … Continue reading

Pumpkins, sedums and cabbage flowers

Pumpkin time

It feels like I’ve had a winter’s absence but I have been working away on a few paintings. This one nearly finished but should be posted now of course – don’t want the pumpkins to not get out there…

Death of a Bungalow I.I

Death of the Bungalow I

Where to start? Well on balance it’s nothing like the scale of being in a war torn city – but there is something stomach churning in seeing a line of perfectly habitable sweet bungalows being shredded en masse.  If a row of sound little houses is sold as a single lot to developers, what chance is there … Continue reading

Fed Square Winter Lights III

Winter lights

at the end of the ride cold ears, pale sky light warms winter’s day Melbourne

Tangkuban Perahu

Bandung to Bali XXXii – To Tangkuban Perahu

The wheels of the angkot slip and screech through gravel as we wind up along Jalan Buniwangi toward Lembang and the mountain. Bandung trails out along the road in a tumble of shacks, road-side warungs and small farm-houses with skirts of tended vegetable plots and flags of banana trees. A veil of mist dampens the early noise as families stir into life and all … Continue reading

Art Works

Urban Wit #2 – Art Works

   I hope you agree.

RCH Melbourne View of the Playground

Can architecture get too close?

Having previously waxed lyrical about the Royal Children’s Hospital and its architecture …I’ve just had a very ‘close up experience’ from a week inside the hospital caring for my son. I’m sure there are easier ways to get glimpses of this great building, but the only way to understand the function of the design is to be … Continue reading

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