Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sketches While On Holiday

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Doodling Mixed Media Art

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Doodling with Marker Pens and White Out

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Love the Charcoal!

Relaxing after a hectic couple of weeks with Annual Art Exhibition and then Discovery Festival Week-end!  Gallery had loads of visitors and we had a Verandah Art Market Stall out the front!

Charcoal Drawings from two John Perkin's paintings

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

More Paintings For Discovery Festival Week-end Verandah Market Stall

Well hopefully getting ready for the 33rd Annual Art Exhibition has warmed up my painting skills as I now need to do some more to sell at the Discovery Festival Week-end Verandah Market Stall.  

I have some unfinished works I hope to finish off and two new ones I started today titled 'Fish Pond' and 'Potty' - just have the base layer down so far.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Finished Paintings for 33rd Annual Art Exhibition!

Paintings due to gallery in the morning - finished!  If I had more time I would have liked to work on some a little more but am happy enough with what I managed to get finished for now!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Finished The Painting!

Painting I am entering for the Cook Shire Award.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage 3

Final Stage - Signed

Monday, May 23, 2011

Portrait of Dad as a Young Man - Stage I

After many failed attempts in the art room and by the end of the day having achieved very little I start to question 'why be an artist?'  Sometimes I have no idea what direction I want to take.

Having started the day with high hopes and a vision of what I'd like to see on the canvas. I experiment with a technique that I may have seen or read about.  Having no formal art training (unsure if this is a good or bad thing) I often become lost with the new approaches. I am sometimes so completely wrong that the results are less than promising. Testing and experimenting are all well and good but sometimes I wonder why I am bothering at all.  Frustrated, I feel like binning everything!

Then suddenly and somehow I will start doing something and step off into a 'zone' that is magical.  I see something new and exciting emerge on the canvas and am so absorbed in what I am doing that time has no meaning.
Then I know why I do this!

Final Version!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Last Minute Panic to Get Painting Done for June Exhibition!

Started on an Endeavour River Scene and a close up of Rocks on the Foreshore if I manage to complete them!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Have a Guess!

Started another small canvas - can you guess what it'll be?
Start for a Street Scene in Cooktown

Sunday, April 3, 2011

White Ginger Painting - Stage One and Two and Final

First Stage: Getting the tones and shapes using black and white.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Kitchen Chimes Recycled Art Competition 26 March 2011 Entry

Opening Saturday 26th March 2011 at 2:30pm with an afternoon tea at the Elizabeth Guzsely Gallery with entries on display until Thursday 28th April
  • Functional- furniture, craftwork, wearable objects
  • Garden Art -  3D free standing
  • Artistic - imagination is the key!
  • Environmental - materials used form a significant proportion of waste going to landfill, is of functional use, is energy efficient and illustrates the pertinence of environmental issues
This is my entry in the Artistic Section - Kitchen Chimes - from old utensils - sanded, primed, painted with anti-rust in grey.

Thursday, March 10, 2011


Just entered a competition at to win a years supply of stationary!  That'd be so cool!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Thumb Nail Doodling!

Thinking art and so lots of doodles - procrastinating on rock painting!!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Quick Spontaneous Still Life

Did this at Red Pepper Art while waiting for paint to dry on Boat painting.  Not 'complete' in that I could detail it a lot more and look at foregroud but something about it I like so am going to leave it at this.

Further Work on Boat Painting

Still have a final glaze to do. Today I mainly reclaimed the outline - drawing - and did some improvementa on tonal values.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Attending Red Pepper Art Second Week - Boat Painting

Went to Cooktown Community Centre to start a painting.  Using Atelier Interactive Acrylics in three primary colours and white - pthalo blue, quinacridome magenta, transparent yellow and titanium white - to produce all the colours I need.  Trying to keep it simple.  Working on tonal values I have laid down the first 'coat' of paint and will do more on this next week.  Am happy I have the image I wanted.  

Want this painting to produce a feeling of peacefulness.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Buddhist Monks Pastel

Stages in a pastel painting of Buddhist Monks. The discipline of a Buddhist monk is intended to be conducive to mindfulness and wisdom.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Old Scrapbook Art - Sketches and Ideas for Paintings

These drawings and sketches are from scrapbooks I have used over the last few years.  I was looking back at them the other day looking for inspiration.  Sometimes I find they look better than I remember - and sometimes not!  I often look through art magazines and get ideas for compositions and do sketches of an art work.  I don't intend any breach of copyright or to copy another artists work or claim it is my own however some art works are such good examples of composition or use of negative space that I explore the layout of the work by doing a thumnail sketch.  All part of learning to become a better artist!  Well that's the plan anyhow.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

PROCRASTINATION! How To Get Started Painting??

Doddling and procrastinating!  Need to get some painting done for our June Exhibition!!  Instead of getting organised and starting to paint I have been doing the odd doodle - usually a drawing of an existing art work from a book or magazine!  Anyone else have the same problem getting started!

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