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…

A double portrait

I haven’t painted in gouache in ages and I thought it would be fun to get them out again. I chose a subject from Sktchy of two sisters and painted it at about A5 size. I’m certainly out of practice with gouache (and it shows). But I enjoyed doing it,…

Maisie the gnome

I couldn’t let Gneville live his life all alone, so I made him a girlfriend. Meet Maisie! She had something of a tortured upbringing. I made her feet successfully and baked them. Then I made her torso and put that in the oven. Except that I set the oven to…