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,…

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…

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…

Re-branding

It’s been a while since I posted, and a lot has been going on, most of which I won’t bore you with here. The short version is this; I’ve finally accepted that just painting is never going to be enough for me. I have too many ideas for other things…

Clayhenge

OK, so technically this isn’t a henge, because it’s not an entire circle, just one set of standing stones. But who knows, maybe I’ll make enough to make a whole circle! This was really fun to create and paint. It stands about 5″ tall and took about 8 hours in…

Branching out into clay!

Because I was starting to feel a little stale with painting, I’m broadening my artistic horizons by adding a third dimension! In the last few months I’ve looked at a lot of things people are making with clay, and got very inspired to try it myself. After much research I…

Blue Nude

A Reddit user asked if anyone could paint her wonderful photograph in the style of Picasso’s “Blue period”. Hello, yes! This is what I came up with, using acrylics on a 5×7″ canvas panel. She liked the end result so much, she bought it immediately. It’s so great when both…

Casey and Candace

My good friend Casey, who runs The Comic Jam, has been a great friend and supporter this year. I wanted to surprise him and his wife with a portrait for Christmas. I painted this using acrylics on a 14×11″ cradled wood panel, referring to photographs on his Facebook timeline. I’m…

Aussie Christmas cards

I decided to paint a design for our Christmas cards this year. Naturally it had to reflect where we are (Australia), the fact that Christmas is a summer holiday here, and I also wanted it to be lighthearted. I painted it using M. Graham acrylics in my sketchbook at around…