Thursday, August 25, 2016

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Robert Smith

A rough and ready beginning of a painting. Thanks Robert for the photo

Cabarita Production Unit

Where ICI produced chemicals, property developers now cultivate residents. This is the first coat of paint. Thanks to Robert Smith for the photo

Martin Walshe and Janet Venn-Brown

I went down to Martin's in Woolloomooloo yesterday to draw another portrait of 92 year old artist Janet Venn-Brown. She lived for many years doing street art in Rome and elsewhere, her memory is failing but it sounds like a pretty wild ride. 

A couple of years she retuened to Australia and retired to an apartment in the Cross. There is another drawing of her here

Friday, August 12, 2016

Camperdown Park

A little painting I started this afternoon in Newtown. It's kind of a study for the painting I will be doing in the foyer of the office beside my Newtown last supper at Newtown Mission

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Marge and Grace at Rough Edges

As well as bits and pieces of Alex and Tor and another lady whose name I don't know

Friday, August 5, 2016

Concord Fragments

Outside a cafe near the Post on Majors  Bay Road.

A fragment of Robert's backyard view - the roof next door and frangipani branches festooned with the strange dangleweed Rob has been cultivating, a kind of hanging air plant, with a silvery green colour like a lichen.

I went out to stay overnight and work a bit at Concord about a week ago, but I've had a cold since I got back, so I haven't posted them till now

I've also started a couple of paintings out there, a landscape of the bay, and a portrait,but I haveno photos as yet

Monday, July 25, 2016

Blueshound at the Old Fitzroy

I went down to my local @oldfitzy to see if anything had happened with my painting of the pub that's hanging there. I didn't get around to asking about that, but I saw [sorry, I forget yr name!] and Joe playing their first show as Blueshound

Saturday, July 23, 2016


At Rough Edges - Purple Heads

Mitch , Linda and Mama Mea at Rough Edges in Darlinghurst.

I didn't have a pencil in my bag so I resorted to a purple one from the set on the art table

There's a lot of artists who come along to Roughies. I'm hoping to take part in another Rough Art show, maybe in October. Last year we made $200 or so for the art table and a bit of cash for some of the exhibitors, and a chance to show for everyone, regardless of their capabilities

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mervyn and Floyd

At the art table at Rough Edges in Kings Cross.

It looks like there may be another Rough Art show like the one last year to pay for a few more materials for the people who come along.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Gabrielle Parnaby

I think I'll leave it at this point(I did a bit more to background after taking the photo, so I may replace this image at some stage - but it will be hard to see the difference in the photo, it's hard to see the changes from the version immediately below.

This is just about finished now

The nose is a bit small but it's not irritating me as much as when the paint was wetter, and I remember past dramas resulting from trying to fix faces in portraits. The hair and background are still unfinished

Here's a start on a painting, 


I've started another Gabrielle painting which I don't have a photo of yet. These are a couple of drawings I did to get started

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Jonny's Averagely Legendary Birthday Bash

For the third year running I drew portraits of guests at Jon the Pom's birthday pub crawl from the Gladstone to Bar Broadway. He has a whole sketchbook full now.

This portrait of a guy whose name escapes me and whose inscription I can't decipher - it was about 3am by then and the deal involved a few(hic) free drinks -  is in my book because there was no paper left, I'll hand it over to Jon when I see him.

The last 2 years I've included slightly crappy photos of the drawings taken at the time but my phone got smashed a couple ofdays ago so I didn't get any this time, hopefully I can borrow the book sometime and get proper scans of it all.

Happy 52nd Jon

Friday, July 8, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Golden Commodore

Guys Golden Commodore and the enormous Jasmine leaves on fhis water tank

I didn't havre time to finish this unfortunately, hopefully next time

Toormina Woolies

Nambucca Landscape Box

A piece of street furniture I painted inthe main street of Nambucca Heads

Thanks to Tony Stokes from Nambucca for organising the gig, Warwick and Darlene from the newsagent for their support, Guy Crossley for actually getting me there, and all the people of Nambucca for their enthusiasm

I even got a lovely lecture about how I, and all the other artists, should be paid much more - and if you can please chip in to the paypal donation thingy in sidebar.

Here is the Nambucca Mermaid I painted last time I was in Nambucca

A light switchbox outside the newsagent in Nambucca Heads I painted with a Nambucca Landscape and some local animals

The Oyster Catcher Panel on top, finished

3/4 view with pelica and waer dragon

From the othe direction with a Brush Turkey

Detail of the oyster bird on top

The front panel at the end of day 2

Seaward side, end of day 2

Other end.

After the first day - the main panel

Landward panel

Oyster bird first coat

The boxbefore I got started


One  of the prep landscape drawings


Brush Turkey

Another View

The diagram I confused Warwick with at the newsagent

Oyster Birds

Sketch for the seaward panel with Pelican and Water Dragon

Pelican landing