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…

Perfect Day in Phoenicea: Red-collared Lorikeets on Eucalyptus phoenicea

  Red-collared Lorikeets pass under the radar unless you live in the north of Australia including the Kimberley Region of WA. The very common Rainbow Lorikeet from the east, south and Capital Cities of Australia is far more easily recognised. The eucalyptus is also a stunning feature of that region of Australia. The name Eucalyptus phoenicea is derived from the orange/red  flower filaments similar…

Western Rosellas on Eucalyptus erythronema

  I have a great love for these gentle little rosellas of Western Australia. We have 4 or 5 come to our garden fairly frequently and for us that is a bonus of living here in Margaret River. I previously painted this species a few times before based upon the colours of the sub-species found in the SW corner of WA. I think this…

Using Tracing Paper as a protection while painting with Watercolours

For those of you who paint with watercolours, the disappointment of smudging wet paint or dropping a spot of paint in an area that was meant to be either unpainted or left plain will be well understood. I remember dropping a blob of black paint on a proposed plain area of a painting of two Black Cockatoos. The drop was about 10mm diameter. I…

Australian Birds in natural settings- the essence of Australian Bird Art

Australian birds can be found in the bush, on waterways, in urban areas and around rural properties. Some birds are more recognizable for their urban predominance rather than occurring in their historically natural environment. Silver Gulls and in recent years in Western Australia- the noisy vandalising Corellas. When it comes to creating a composition to feature a native bird, I weigh-up the various options…