This will be perfect!

I’m absolutely delighted at how this painting came out, but boy, has it has been a journey! I used an 18×24″ linen canvas I’ve had for literally years but was too afraid to paint on (it was expensive!). Instead of drawing first, I decided to try doing a freehand underpainting…

When neighbours give you lemons

About a week ago a neighbour from up the street, who we’d never met before, knocked on our door. He was carrying a huge bucket of lemons from their tree and giving them away. I was happy to take some, and to meet someone from the street (I often feel…

Still life with fruit in an ornate urn

The inspiration for this painting once again came from a photo on Pixabay. Because I tend to use fuzzy, out of focus greens as my backgrounds in a lot of portraits, I really wanted to do something different with this one. I took my inspiration from the single white flower…

New landscape painting for sale

I’m a member of the “Australian Studio Painters” group at Facebook. Every few weeks they post a new reference photo so that we can a) paint it, and b) learn from how everyone else paints it. I’ve been meaning to join in for a while and the challenge photo this…

Untitled portrait

I needed quick inspiration for a painting to fit into a couple of spare hours on a Sunday afternoon, so as I so often do I turned to Sktchy and found just the thing! Salome had posted this reference with the caption “My friend wants to be an inspiration”. Well,…

A glow-in-the-dark polymer clay “painting”!

Anyone who knows me knows I’m an 80’s tragic, so when Reddit Gifts announced an 80’s swap in the current round, I was all over it like slime on Peter Venkman (bonus points for those of you who get the reference)! I always like to send something hand-made in these…

New painting to be auctioned for local animal charity

“Still life with a basket of apples”, acrylic on canvas, 12×10″. Thanks to Castleguard at Pixabay for the reference. This painting will be auctioned in mid-September by Denise at Paws Inc. to support their ongoing efforts in rescuing dogs from death row here in NSW, Australia. If you’d like to…

If at first …

A Facebook group I’m a member of posted a “challenge” photo for members to paint, and it’s been a while since I painted a landscape so I was keen to give it a go. This was my first attempt (painted yesterday), and I fell straight into a trap I’ve fallen…

The day trip

I recently discovered the website Pixabay, which is a library of a staggering number of royalty-free photos that are free for any use, including commercial use. This makes it a great resource when looking for new painting subjects! After some browsing I came across a great photo by the user…

We met in Paris

Life got in the way of painting for a week or so, but in that time I was re-arranging my Pinterest boards into a new format that makes sense to me. I also spent hours and hours collecting images that inspire me (now) and getting rid of stuff that I…

Gypsy girl

For a change I was looking through the r/RedditGetsDrawn subreddit, and came across a picture of a young woman in interesting clothes holding a crystal ball. Unfortunately the background was a bland brick wall. So next in my journey of exploration comes, can I do something interesting in the background…

What if I really pushed?

If you’ve been reading recent posts you’ll know that, as if by magic, my style (and my self-confidence) have evolved almost beyond recognition, and I’m still exploring all the new possibilities that has opened up. For this portrait, my question was; what if I really pushed the colours? Not to…

Three times is a pattern

If something happens once, that’s nice. Twice, it’s a coincidence. Three times, it starts to look like a pattern. Here’s the third painting in my “new” style (read my previous two posts for an explanation). Perhaps not quite so wild as the first two, but I think it captures the…

It’s a fluke, surely!

If you read my previous post you’ll know that after growing frustration I decided to just paint and see what happened, and the result was a huge surprise (and success). It didn’t take long for my negative self-talk to re-emerge. It must be a fluke. I bet you can’t do…

One small step, one giant leap

Even though the last few paintings went well, I was finding them somewhat stressful and not-fun to do. I’d been feeling this way for quite a while but it was getting to a point where I was seriously considering if I should just give up painting and find something else…

Two very different portraits!

Things have been crazy here lately, and not in a good way, but I’m not here to talk about that. In between the shitstorms I’ve created two very different portraits, both in response to a themed challenge on Sktchy. The first theme was “space” and we were randomly assigned a…

Seduced by the dark side

As I’ve been dealing with a lot of fatigue issues lately, I haven’t been making much physical art. When Youtube recently recommended a video to me about making “simple” landscapes in Photoshop, I decided to try it out. Normally I see digital art as the “dark side” (I’ve always preferred…

Draw a bird day 2019

According to our fun daily holidays calendar, April 8th is “Draw a bird day”. So I drew my favourite bird, the pelican. He’s sitting on a streetlight because there’s a lake not far from here with a bridge over it, and we frequently see pelicans sitting on top of the…