Finalist in the Gallipoli Art Prize 2023.
“Ernest Albert Corey, originally from Numeralla, was one of the most decorated men of World War 1 and the only soldier in the British Commonwealth to be awarded the Military Medal four times.”
I am excited to be soon be convening a new untutored workgroup with the Art Society of Canberra (‘ASOC’). ‘Life Drawing and Painting Portraits’ on Mondays between 1.30pm – 4.30pm. at Studio D, M16 Artspace, 21 Blaxland Crescent in Griffith Canberra. If you are an artist and interested it’s easy to register. Simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been a long journey, preparing, researching, then painting, framing and now delivering my small painting ‘Surveyors of Merauke’ into the Gallipoli Art Prize 2022. I reckon if my Dad and his mates were still alive, they would be happy to have a slice of their story during WWII caught in my painting.
Preliminary sketch of one of my current portrait subjects.
It is amazing though how much thinking goes into a portrait, for example I started planning for one of my portrait projects early in 2021 and only last week, after the Zoom shoot and about four days of sketching and going through hundreds of images and my research notes I finally decided on a composition, mood, theme and original message behind my painting.
I recently sat down to paint this swelling creek at Bowral, or should I say half way between Bowral and Mossvale. On a sunny, warm summers day, I gazed across the field of wild grasses and this startled wild duck in flight. It reminded me of the beautiful words in Lola Ridge’s poem, so I thought I’d share this with you P.S. My first ever painting of a wild Australian duck!
If you are love to explore and spend time surrounded by beautiful gardens and all things historically Australian, then you might like to keep an eye out on my ‘Historic Houses and Gardens‘ website page. I have carefully listed just a few of the many spots often included in Australia’s National Trust and Heritage sites.Continue reading “Plein Air Painting in Bowral”
With the new year well underway I recognise how important it is to set some new and exciting creative challenges and goals going forward. Here are just a few goals keeping me inspired and growing. I would love to hear yours?
Streeton Exhibition – 7 Nov 2020 – 14 Feb 2021 Limited number of timed tickets now available for extra sessions: 8-10am Friday-Sunday, 5-10pm Saturday. If you already have an untimed ticket, it is valid at any time. Last week I travelled back to see the Arthur Streeton Exhibition for the second time. The exhibition wasContinue reading “Journeying with Arthur Streeton”
‘The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery”, Francis Bacon Chatting to professional oil painter, watercolourist and more recently sculptor, Ben Winspear was intrigueing and fun. I had the good fortune of meeting with Ben and viewing his wide variety of painting subjects from hauntingly beautiful figures, landscapes to still life abstracts.Continue reading “The Job of the Artist – Conversations with Ben Winspear”