Thursday, 23 May 2019


Thank you Jenny for the opportunity to paint this gorgeous chinchilla cat.  I hope that your friend will remember her beloved Oscar fondly when she looks at this painting. It is always quite sad to know that the animal I am painting is no longer with us.  Oscar was loved dearly and will be missed every day.

Monday, 13 May 2019

Shades of Autumn

'Shades of Autumn'

Gentle Sounds of Edi Cutting

'Gentle Sounds of Edi Cutting'

When exploring the King Valley Region Edi Cutting is a must for all campers and artists alike.  The spectacular area offers reflections, beautiful trees, the smell of camp fires, the sound of the King river raging over a rocky river bed.  What a find!

Saturday, 4 May 2019

As the Sun Goes Down

'As the Sun Goes Down'
The King Valley Region is beautiful any time of year but the best time must be autumn.  As the sun was disappearing behind the distant mountains a fairly ordinary scene jumped out at me.  The warm colours were muted as this little corner of the world was thrown into shadow and the scene came alive in my mind.  The contrast between the dense foliage and the bare deciduous trees was very exciting to me.  This scene I could paint again and again changing the colour palette.

Autumn Magic

'Autumn Magic'

About a year ago I had stumbled across this scene as I was exploring the area, but the colour of the trees was so vivid once lit by the sunshine that I felt I could not make a good painting.  This time I saw the painting in my mind straight away with no fear!  I am not sure if I have changed or if the scene was somehow different, but the main thing is that painting this was so enjoyable.

Road Trip

'Road Trip'

A day out around the King Valley and beyond revealed the beauty of the region.   In this little painting I have captured the dense foliage and the unbelievable colour of the autumn landscape contrasting with the man made road.  It was a beautiful, quiet little scene that I saw as a painting the moment I laid eyes on it.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

A Trip to The King Valley Region, Victoria

Recently I went on an Art Weekend Getaway to the  King Valley Region in Victoria, staying in Oxley.  In the Autumn this area comes alive with the most spectacular colours.  The weather was kind providing lots of sunshine and we gathered enough inspiration for a life time.  The township of Bright is magic!  The colours of the autumn foliage has to be seen to be believed.  Thank you to Eileen and Julie for coming with me and enduring all the stops along the way to get inspiring photos.  

Flowering Gum in Clay Pot

'Flowering Gum in Clay Pot'
Best Pastel at Kilmore Art Show 2019

In my local area the Flowering Gums put on a beautiful display during the Summer.  I set out on a mission with scissors in hand to acquire a rather large bunch, only to find I had nearly missed my opportunity, as they were not as abundant and alive as they looked from the front seat of my car.  I managed to collect an adequate arm full and had the most fun painting them.  The clay pot I found recently in a second hand store.  I have been on the lookout for a pot like this for a few years after regrettably turning one down.  The imperfect finish on the pot in contrast to it's highly glossy glaze is wonderful.  Happily this painting won a prize at the Kilmore Art Show recently.