A Low Outlook- Splendid Fairy-Wren

  This is a watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot Pressed (smooth) Paper. The framing measures  48cm x 47cm high. The Original can be obtained only from Boranup Gallery. Unframed price $745.                

Flame in the Snow: PAIR OF FLAME ROBINS ON A SNOW GUM

  We visited the Mount Buffalo and Falls Creek areas last September and were delighted to see so many Flame Robins. They seemed to find food in the snow which I guess could have been insects of some kind. One of the particular aims of the visit was to see the Snow Gums (Eucalyptus pauciflora) which are truly one of the worlds most amazing…

Free As – A Welcome Swallow in flight.

  Simply elegant and simply beautiful small birds of the rural wetlands and urban verandahs. We notice the while  stains on a footpath, look up, and there is the nest with adult birds feeding the chicks in their cosy mud nests. Or, winging over a plain of water in the evening light swooping down and around to collect insects in their little open beaks….

Red-eared Firetails perched on Semaphore Sedge

    The Margaret River walking trails provide an excellent opportunity to observe many species of small birds. Occasionally, you get to see a small group of Red-eared Firetails in the bushland with various sedges and thickets of shrubs. These colourful little birds have been on my painting list for some time and now at last I have completed the watercolour painting with a…

Budgerigars after the Spinifex seed

  When wondering through the spinifex grasslands of central Australia I would occasionally encounter Budgerigars. As you passed by a small bushy Mallee out would fly a Budgie or three and scare the life out of you. And if you ever want to send yourself blind, try painting the striped feathers on the Budgie’s head. This is a watercolour painting on 300gsm Arches Hot…

The Princess is Preening: Princess Parrots on Marble Gum

  I remember that during our 11 + years in Alice Springs, whenever I got to travel west of Alice that I kept an eye out for Princess Parrots- I never got to see them in the wild. These beautiful birds with soft colour tones are a rarity for bird watchers mainly because they normally occur in the remote deserts of Western Australia (i.e….

The ELDER: from Central Australia

  This old man lived in the southern part of Central Australia and possibly belonged to the Pitjantjatjara Nation. I met him many years ago and admired both his self confidence and quietness. (I know his name but will refrain from using it here.) The scars on his chest and arms appear to be very old as well. This is a watercolour painting on…

AGONIZING THE ART

ON BEING AN ARTIST AND STARTING A PAINTING (or a poem) You come across words, in the most unexpected places at times, that just strike home so appropriately. There is a wrestling and an uneasiness that I experience each time I approach a brand new picture-to be. There is rarely an exception. And while reading the brilliant book: “The Hare With Amber Eyes” by…

IMPROVING PICTURE PRODUCTION- Drawing with Pitt Oil Base Pencils

Pitt Oil Base Pencils are a product of Faber-Castell. While holidaying in San Francisco I shopped at Dick Blick Art Berkeley as you do if you want a wide selection of products and great bargain prices: https://www.dickblick.com/stores/california/berkeley/ I now buy these Oil Base pencils through the Art Shop in Bayswater, Victoria: https://theartshop.com.au/ And as I do when travelling, in the USA or Australia, I…

OUT AND ABOUT: Eastern Rosellas on Yellow Gum

  Eastern Rosellas have been a favourite bird from as long ago as my earliest years living in Central Victoria. I remember drawing a picture of them while at Primary School as an assignment or project for the Gould League of Bird Lovers. Dunolly Primary School and nearby bushland was covered in Yellow Gums- the cream flowering versions. It’s taken a bit under 60…