Monday, November 28, 2011


I painted a live study of Hannah on Saturday, and did another sketch from a photo reference

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Two portraits of Austin

an 80 minute20 x 16 oil  portrait of Austin

 I decided not to do any more to it and painted another one in the remaining 40 minutes

Friday, November 11, 2011

Bert Moriarty

began an oil portrait of Bert today about 100 minutes, oil 24 x 18, hopefully we can arrange another session next week

Monday, November 07, 2011


this weekend we had the annual exhibition of our Thursday night figure drawing group, traditionally called the "Fruits of the Figure' exhibition from when it was part of the now defunct and council sponsored 'Fruits of the Hawkesbury' Festivals.
I showed a small selection of work from this year on the wall, four folders with 40 drawings in each, a digital frame with over 350 images from the past few years and  had some recent portraits on the floor as well as a stand with some framed paintings.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

more still lifes

a couple more 10 x 8 still life's from this week... good practice!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

a change of pace

I've decided to start doing some still life's 

and am gearing up to get back to plein air paintings

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Skirts, Shirts & Flirts

Some paintings I exhibited at the 'Shirts, Skirts & Flirts' exhibition at the Deerubbin Centre, Windsor this weekend.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Today's oil portrait of Robyn, 16x 20 on linen, approx 2 hours

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Blacktown Arts Centre Sketch Club

I've been going to the Blacktown Arts Centre Sketch club regularly this year.
A photographer was there one day earlier in the year, and I don't know how it happened but I seem to be the main focus of the photo that appeared in their latest brochure!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tuesday, August 02, 2011


Portrait of Ian, painted  Saturday 30th July, Oil 20x 16

demo from last year

Last year I gave my first ever real portrait painting demonstration for the Baulkham Hills Art Society.(about 1 hour's painting)
I didn't take any photos at the time but have recently been sent   some.

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Saturday's 16 x 20  oil portrait of  Olivia in traditional  Indian costume... and  not so easy to keep her looking like a 12 year old!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sunday, May 08, 2011

the Piggery Studio

Some photos of the studio at the Piggery taken on the Saturday

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Portrait 26th March

Saturday's portrait was only 80 minutes as I had to dash across to the Blacktown Sketch Club for the afternoon life drawing

Sunday, March 20, 2011

adding to the portrait

I don't really like working from the photo as it can go wrong, and its often better just to to start another version
a bit of change to this one today

Friday, March 18, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

considering another medium

I'm considering using something other than colour pencil for the 10 minute live portraits. I like c/p because it's very direct, more attractive than graphite, very resilient  and does not need spraying, but it's not the easiest medium to get a satisfactory result all the time! Conte would be good but it takes at least twice as long  to work with, and needs to be fixed

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Australia Day saw the re-opening of The Australiana Pioneer Village at Wilberforce after it had been closed for a decade, and was attended by over 5000 people.
The official temperature in the afternoon was 39.6 C, but it felt hotter... some said it was 42!
I sat on the veranda of 'Cartwright Cottage' and offered my 10 minute Portrait Sketches... and did over 30, this was one of them

I discovered this photo on the The Friends of the Australiana Pioneer Village Facebook page which was taken on this day, it contains a view of Cartwright Cottage on the left, where I was sketching a couple on the bench, with about 5 watching over my shoulder and one on the ground