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,…

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…

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,…

A trio of landscapes

First up, a big hello and thank you to Aenea-Jones on Deviant Art, whose wonderful photography and generous stock rules are an endless source of inspiration for me at the moment. All three of these paintings are based on her photographs. First up; I painted this one with watercolour first,…

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…

Miranda

A portrait of Miranda from Sktchy. It had been a while since I used just pen and ink and I had clearly forgotten that ink takes longer to dry than watercolour and is therefore much more prone to smudging! It was a bit annoying, but it’s still a cute portrait.

Baha’i Temple

I created this card for someone on r/RandomActsOfCards at Reddit. It’s pen and watercolour on a 6×4″ card. This beautiful temple is not far from where I live and I’ve wanted to paint it from life for ages, but for this one I worked from a photo.

Bryan

I own several pieces of Bryan Crowson‘s work, so for fun I created a fun watercolour portrait of him at one of his market stalls. I had fun abstracting pieces of his art in the background, and he really liked the end result!

Grigorii

I’ve been friends with Grigorii for many years, although he lives in Moscow and we’ve never met in person. We met when I was trying to learn the Russian language, and thankfully our friendship has survived despite me long-since giving up on it. I painted this portrait using Genesis heat-set…

Moses

A pen and watercolour portrait of Moses from Sktchy. I was drawn to this one because I hadn’t painted dark skin before. I focused a little too much on the skin tones and not enough on the likeness, but I am otherwise pleased with how it turned out.