Trying out different subjects, has also meant a chance to experiment with different mediums and mix them together. Most of the subjects in this gallery are stepping out of my comfort zone in one way or another, but that's the fun of it.
Please note the red dot next to the artwork images in this gallery indicate that the artwork is sold or not available from the artist.
Pastel portrait of the artist derived from a photograph taken at the Rose Garden in front of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) in Mornington, Victoria. The photograph has been cropped and several filters applied in Photoshop. A colour laser print was then run out and used as a guide for this final work.
Pastel portrait of the artist on the way to the shower. The white part is the towel I am holding. This was an impromptu photo which resulted in a nice enough photo to move me to have a go at a self portrait.
This rose pastel is the first floral artwork for 2011. 2011 looks like the year of florals and still life. I have a commission for a still life and because of the better weather during the end of 2010 the roses in the Mornington Art Gallery Rose Garden have done especially well. This prompted a photo shoot which has left me with an abundance of material for floral and still life paintings and drawings for the rest of the year.
Acrylic painting of daisies from the garden. A nice simple topic with a small range of colours. Painted simply for a clean uncluttered finish.
Pastel on pastel board of a little dragonfly in a rose garden in Victoria, Australia. The colours of dragonflies in Australia vary widely and I was surprised when I began researching them, how lovely they are when looked at close up.
Pastel drawing on dark blue pastel paper of a drover in the outback of Central Australia riding in from a long day in the saddle.
Pastel painting of apples from the garden and a stoneware jug. A nice simple topic with a small range of colours. Painted simply for a clean uncluttered finish and for tonal effects. Only about six colours have been used to create this work, the colour range has been kept to a minimum to focus on the feature of the work which is lighting, the tonal effect and the textures. The green apples should be the first thing your eyes are drawn to.
Oil painting (French Impressionist style) of a woman in a field harvesting a grain crop. This painting was created in a workshop at the McClelland Guild of Artists.
The Horse Head Nebula is one of my favourite scenes from deep space. I have loved certain aspects of astronomy since I was very small and read a lot of books on the subject, so it seemed natural so extend this into my art.
Little Marjorie Jones eventually became my mother. At the age of 2 she had her photograph taken and the hand tinted print framed in a lovely oval frame. The style of which was very fashionable around the 1920s.
Acrylic portrait painting on board of journalist Matt Preston derived from several sources and combined into the one artwork.
Acrylic painting of female figure with the morning light streaming in the window in front of her. The aim of the artwork is the light and the contrasting colours of gold yellow and purple and how they work around the figure.
Oil painting on board derived from photos taken at the rose gardens in front of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. A lot of little details have been deleted and the colours have been modified to suite. The background has been simplified and darkened so that your attention is only on the large rose and its few companions.
Pastel on beige paper sketched at a life drawing class at Artgallop Gallery in Narre Warren, Victoria. The drawing was done in a twenty minute sitting during one of the regular Saturday morning classes. The usual routine for a class is to start with several five to ten minute quick drawings. We then take a break and have up to three or four twenty minute poses.
Pastel on beige paper sketched as a practice piece and for showing at the McClelland Guild for a monthly demonstration. As this is not a properly finished artwork it is not for sale. I friend sent me a heap of very nice pics of male models in some fantastic lighting so that I could practice on the human form. It is a subject I have veered away from in the past as I have had little interest and not a lot of material to work from that really inspired me to try it.
Pastel on pastel paper derived from photos taken at the rose gardens in front of the Mornington Peninsula Art Gallery (MPRG) on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. A lot of little details have been deleted and the colours have been modified to suite. The background has been simplified so that your attention is only on the single rose.
I am the first to admit that my best subject is not human portraits. I was lucky to catch Stephen in a relaxed and visually appealing pose and took one of my best photographs of him. It has given me the opportunity to try my hand at something out of my comfort zone. There is still a lot of room for improvement but I was pleased with this early effort.
Pastel artwork on Canson pastel paper of a bowl of fruit on a kitchen table.
Oil painting on canvas of one of the layout photographed for a commissioned early in 2010. A photo shoot was held in the client's home home and she had input all during the process so that the composition was exactly to her liking. She chose the photograph that she wanted for her commission and gave me permission to use all of the other pictures for my own artworks in the future which has left me with a lot of very nice layouts to try out.
Pastel on dark blue pastel paper from photograph taken by Janice Mills of the shoreline near Flinders, Victoria, Australia. The scene is near the pier where there are remains of older constructions along the beach. I don't know the history of the area so I don't know exactly what all the left over wooden and metal pieces were part of but they make for interested compositions.
Oil Painting of what many people see in their gardens in the spring. The lovely perfume coming form the wysteria complemented by the busy buzzing of the bees hopping from one bunch of flowers to another.