Tuesday, 9 August 2016


  #318 - 6" X 6" Oil ~ This is the last in this series based on Virat Kohli. I hope you enjoyed it!

Monday, 8 August 2016


  #317 - 6" X 6" - Oil ~ This is the penultimate painting. The name of the cricketer will soon be revealed. 

Friday, 5 August 2016


  #316 - 6" X 6" - Oil ~ Ok can you guess this International cricketer?

Thursday, 4 August 2016


#315 - 6" X 6" - Oil ~ Three more to go!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016


#314 - 6" X 6" - Oil ~  I've really enjoyed painting this series. Being a Cricket fan certainly helps!   :-D

Tuesday, 2 August 2016


#313 - 6" X 6" - Oil ~ Almost halfway through the series...

Sunday, 31 July 2016


  #312  - 6" X 6" - Oil ~ Completing the batting action of the previous post.  

Friday, 29 July 2016


  #311 - 6" x 6" - Oil ~ Here is number two in the Batsman Series.

Thursday, 28 July 2016


#310 - 6" x 6" - Oil I've decided to paint another Cricket series, but this time I'm focusing on one exceptional player. Luckily I found I had taken enough photos of this particular batsman to create a sum of nine impressionistic works. Here is the first. I'm hoping you'll guess the Batsman by the end of the series.   By the way. My Bus 472 series will still be popping up every now and then! 

Wednesday, 27 July 2016


Recently I was asked by accomplished Writer and Poet, Chris Driscoll, if he could attach one of my cricket paintings to his latest poem. It was in fact a tribute poem to the late Cricketer, Phillip Hughes. To all Cricket fans far and wide, you would be aware that this talented Cricketer was tragically taken far too soon whilst playing the game he loved. For me, it was an absolute honour to be part of this tribute. Click the title for a larger view of the poem: The Little Master

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

BUS 472 - #3



#309 - 6" X 8" - Oil

Finally it was a sunny winter's morning. With clear skys and sunlight this meant that I had lots of contrast in my tonal values and the colours were more saturated. ( compare studies #1and #2 ) What I really liked was the dark blue colour of the road as a result of heavy rain overnight. By the time I finished the painting the sun had dried it out to its usual grey colour. These studies cleary show how the same subject can look so different under diverse weather conditions.

Monday, 27 June 2016

BUS 472 - #2



#308 - 6" X 8" - Oil

Another grey day but this time with misty rain. Still not much contrast in my tonal values. I was hoping for heavier rain so I'd have lots of reflections on the road...... but that didn't happen. I almost decided not to paint this one because I thought it would be too much like the first study. But then I realized that even if the weather is similar, no two paintings will be the same. Which is one of the reasons why I'm doing these studies in the first place. The road surface is a lot cooler compared to #1 and the bus lights were on making them my lightest lights.

Friday, 10 June 2016

BUS 472 - #1



#307 - 6" X 8" - Oil

I want to work a lot more on my plein air painting so I've set myself a task. I see this view everyday and under all different weather conditions. It's one of the views from my front porch. Not that it's obvious here, but our house is situated on a bend and so the local bus seems to head straight towards us before turning. I wanted the challenge of painting the bus as it passes. So, while waiting for each bus, I paint the landscape and then quickly paint the bus as it momentarily appears and disappears. Sometimes it stops to pick up passengers, sometimes not. I've always liked the idea of painting the same landscape under different weather conditions, and in doing so, finishing up with a small series of paintings. Let's see how it goes!

This was a very grey day. To achieve this effect I made sure there was little contrast in the tonal values and kept all the colours muted.

Thursday, 2 June 2016

FOOTBALL ( Australian Rules ) at the MCG - Melb FC #4


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#306 - 6" X 6" - Oil

Here's another...I could do these forevever.....well almost :-)


Wednesday, 1 June 2016

FOOTBALL ( Australian Rules ) at the MCG -Melb FC #3


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#305 - 6" X 6" - Oil

The football season is in full swing, and just like the Cricket, I love to capture the players in action.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

FOOTBALL ( Australian Rules ) at the MCG - Melb FC #2




#304 - 6" X 6" - Oil

I did this one a while ago and forgot to post it... More Football ones to follow very soon!

Friday, 22 April 2016



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#303 - 8 X 8 in ( 20.3 X 20.3 cm ) - Oil

It's seems so long since I've painted flowers. I really enjoyed doing these small, white lillies. Hmmm, well I really enjoyed painting the glass bottle too. I just love it when parts of the glass are lost into the background...........if I don't see an edge then I don't paint one. It's all about observation and only painting what you see, not what you know is there.


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

A MOMENT #2 - Torrox, Spain


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#302 - 7 X 5 in ( 17. 7 X 12.7 cm ) - Oil

It's a standing moment this time. I got him just as he was leaving.


Monday, 18 April 2016

A MOMENT #1 - Torrox, Spain


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#301 - 7 X 5 in ( 17.7 X 12.7 cm ) - Oil

Revisiting some of my memories in Torrox, Spain last year. I just loved the strong light and shadow on this local who was enjoying the Spanish summer.


Tuesday, 5 April 2016

BATSMAN 8 - Cricket at the MCG




#300 - 6" x 6" - Oil

I loved painting these last four Cricket paintings............there will be more very soon!


Saturday, 2 April 2016

BATSMAN 7 - Cricket at the MCG


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#299 - 6" X 6" - Oil

More Cricket, more Batsman. I just love capturing the movement in sports. I'll be trying different sporting codes throughout the year.


Thursday, 31 March 2016

BOWLER 2 - Cricket at the MCG


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#298 - 6" X 6" - Oil

This is the second in this four part series.


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

BATSMAN 6 - Cricket at the MCG


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#297 - 6" X 6" - Oil

Here is another small series of Cricket paintings. One of my favourite subjects.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Laos Market, Phon Phisai, THAILAND



#296 - 17.7" x 13.7" ( 45cm x 35cm ) - Oil

Even though this market is called the Laos Market it is held in Phon Phisai, Thailand. Every Tuesday and Saturday people from Laos cross the Mekong River in long boats to sell their goods in Thailand. It takes just a matter of minutes to cross the river. Only the Laos people can make the crossing and they have to do go through a very informal immigration/customs area when they arrive. The market is very colourful and full of life. People sell everything from clothes, to cooked food, fresh foods, electrical goods, silk, pets and so much more. Local Thai people sell goods in the market as well however the majority of vendors are from Laos.

In this painting I tried to capture a typical Laotian who was selling fresh fish. She was using a plastic bag tied to the end of a stick to keep the flys away. In fact everyone selling fresh foods had the same type of fly deterrent. I wouldn't say that this is a pretty painting, but I just couldn't resist trying to paint the chaos and colours of the market.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Local transport, Mekong River, Phon Phisai, THAILAND


#295 - 15.7" X 15.7" ( 40cm X 40cm )

It has been quite a while since I've posted. Time does get away from you but I assure you that I have been painting. I really enjoyed my three weeks as 'Artist in Residence' in Phon Phisai, Thailand. I painted en plein air in oils ( watersoluble oils ) and watercolours along with sketching in ink using various fountains pens. And of course I also took lots and lots of photos. Over the coming weeks I will post works from my trip along with other paintings that I've completed since my return.

This painting, that I competed recently at home, is a lot larger that my usual work. You may notice that I have used a palette knife quite a bit throughout the painting. I found it really helpful in rendering the banana trees and other foliage in the background. The palette knife kept me from painting too much detail, and besides that, it was fun.


Wednesday, 6 January 2016





At the moment I'm in Thailand. I am Artist in Residence for three weeks, staying in a rural town called Phon Phisai, situated along the Mekong River. I will write more about my residency in later posts. In the meantime here is a recent painting.

1. Terrace Lanterns - 6"x6" - Oil


Wednesday, 23 December 2015


I can now finally reveal that I was recently contacted by the National Sports Museum, located at the MCG ( Melbourne Cricket Ground ) informing me that they were interested in my 'sports' paintings, notedly my Cricket series. I am excited and delighted to announce that the NSM, on behalf of the MCC (Melbourne Cricket Club ) have purchased eleven of my most recent 'sports' paintings.

Even though the MCC have now started to collect some of my 'sports' related works, various pieces will still be made available to the Public.

It is you, my collectors, that have helped get to where I am......thank you!


Tuesday, 22 December 2015

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Monday, 30 November 2015

UNE PAUSE - Île Saint-Louis, Paris



#294 - 7" X 5 - Oil

I guess broke a few rules here, but I think rules are sometimes meant to be broken. I decided not to edit anything in this painting. I kept the crowded foreground with the bike and the parked cars. To me this is typical Paris.

I have to confess though that I purposely took advantage of the reds here and there and curves of the bike to manipulate the viewer's eye. Do you see what I mean? ;-)


Thursday, 12 November 2015

STREET LIGHT #2 - Torrox, Spain



#293 - 6" X 6" - Oil

Just happened to have one more street light paint. :-D