Thursday, April 13, 2017

Moonlight Paintings

Glow, 2017, oil on 56 x 46 cm

Another oil painting in my series of moonlight as the subject matter. This is a completely made up composition, but inspired by what I see at night when I'm driving back and forth between Melbourne and Ballarat. There are no actual hills this high but taking the eye into the sky works well with an exaggerated viewpoint.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Paintings of Moonlight

Continuing with my series of moonlight paintings, this one is a view of the lights of Melbourne coming down the Pentland Hills, about 50 Kilometres outside of Ballarat. It's also a variation on this view, the other similar work is titled City Lights and the Moon, 2016.  Again these works are a combination of memory and invention, because this observational point can only be seen going down the hill in a car. Every time I travel this road at night, I take particular notice of the night lights so that my memory becomes my sketchbook.

Midnight Glow, 2016, oil on linen, 61 x 91.5 cm

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Portrait of Paul Compton

This is another portrait in an ongoing series of profile portraits of artists, and Paul Compton was the terrific sitter. The session lasted about 3-4 hours and was done in charcoal on grey paper with touches of white pastel.

Portrait of Paul Compton, 2016, charcoal and white pastel, 47.5 x 35.25 cm

Sunday, March 19, 2017

White Horses and the Night

These two paintings are an extension of my horse racing series and the moonlight series. Although these scenes could occur in real life, the aim is to create a mood rather than a horse in the landscape. 

The Still of the Night, 2016, oil on linen, 35.5 x 41 cm

Flight, 2016, oil on linen, 29.5 x 36.25 cm

Friday, March 10, 2017

Portrait of Aimee Board

Aimee is the fourth profile portrait I've completed recently. My aim is to do a number of such portraits and form a collection of people in the arts.

I met Aimee recently at Warrnambool Art Gallery where I had an exhibition, but when we got talking it turned out we were in the same drawing class space at RMIT but in different years, so we didn't mix as students. So in fact, it was a meeting up again after so many years.

Aimee ia an artist and is currently doing photography as an extension to her curatorial studies at Melbourne University.

Aimee, charcoal and white pastel, 2017

Aimee sitting for her portrait

Monday, March 6, 2017

Arthur Streeton Prints

Last week at the Queenscliff Gallery and Workshop, an exhibition of Arthur Streeton prints was introduced to the public. I had no idea that that he had created any prints at all, but last year, William Streeton, the grandson of the artist, called in to the gallery with some plates under his arm which turned out to be the work of Arthur Streeton. They had not been preserved well so there was a question over whether they could be printed with satisfactory results. He presented them to Theo and Soula Mantalvanos, who run the gallery, and this exhibition is the result of this historic meeting and Theo's brilliance as a printer.

Photo credits - Deborah Klein

Some of the Streeton prints on view.

One of my favourite etchings 

Looking at the work of Joel Wolter, artist in residence 
during the Streeton exhibition.

 Theo and Should Mantalvanos opening the exhibition with Marguerite Brown.

 Marguerite Brown, General Manger of the Print Council of Australia, 
adding some insights to the Streeton exhibition.

 Taking advantage of the Queenscliff weather, Deborah and 
I took a stroll along the beach.

Deborah's pet name drawn with a wonderful feather 
found amongst the seaweed.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Portrait of Peter Wegner

Last year Peter Wegner and I agree to draw each other and this is my version of him, I was going to say sitting, but he actually stood for his portrait. It's a charcoal drawing with touches of white pastel. I don't fix these drawings because I've found that if you use a white pastel with the charcoal, the white darkens when the drawing is fixed. 

Peter is yet to draw me!

Portrait of Peter Wegner, 2016, charcoal and white pastel, 68.5 x 46.75 cm

Monday, February 6, 2017


Tacit Contemporary Art kicks of the year with its Editions 17 exhibition of prints, and below are my two works. The attendance at these exhibitions, which are held at the beginning of each year, are amazing.

Profile, 2016, etching, 12.75 x 7.25 cm

The Little Nude, 2016, drypoint, 15 x 9.5cm

Tacit's annual print exhibition, with more than 150 works by 45 Victorian printmakers

Artists include Elizabeth Banfield, T J Bateson, Louise Blyton, Peter Brown, Craig Daniels, Kevin Foley, Peter Garnick, Janet Goldman, Jackie Gorring, Carolyn Hawkins, Jodi Heffernan, Kate Hudson, Clare Humphries, Hyun Ju Kim, Kyoko Imazu, Lana de Jager, Shane Jones, Myra Kaufman, Marita Kelly, Michele Kershaw, Deborah Klein, Damon Kowarsky, Marion Manifold, Jane Marriott, Marie Mason, Malini Maunsell, Paula McLoughlin, Karen Neal, Marte Newcombe, Sharron Okines, Helen Oliver-Skuse, Diana Orinda Burns, James Pasakos, Catherine Pilgrim, Stephanie Jane Rampton, Libby Schreiber, Gwen Scott, Lisa Sewards, Beata Slifierz, Jennifer Smyth, Jan Stickland, Anne-Maree Taylor, Steven Tester, Yvonne Torrico and Joel Wolter.

Exhibition continues until 26 February

Tacit Contemporary Art
312 Johnston St
Abbotsford, Vic 3067

Wednesday to Friday 11 to 6
Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Unknowing the Real

At the moment I have an exhibition of my work at the Warrnambool Art Gallery, titled UNKNOWING THE REAL, and the other day I gave a floor talk about the work in the show. My partner, Deborah Klein, took these shots on the night, which is now a nice memory to keep. One thing I liked was that the work was spotlit, which is different to many exhibitions where the room is essentially of a more uniform light. It was a small but intimate crowd, but their attention and interest was something I greatly appreciated.

Click on images to enlarge.

Introducing the exhibition, and a work comprising seven balsa wood models

 Missing (left) and Another View


 Looking at a set of small works

 Easel Picture and a viewer

 Untitled #104 or, me and my shadow

 Threshold (left)  Untitled #104


Towards the end of the floor talk

 Overview of the exhibition

 Acting director, Murray Bowes, introducing me.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Len Fox Painting Award 2016

The Len FoxPainting Award 2016 at the Castlemaine Art Gallery and Historical Museum has now come to an end, and Deborah and I finally found some time to see the exhibition. Prue Flint won the art prize with her work titled Wash. The shots below will give you a good example of the selected works. My work is called City Lights and the Moon, based on a view of distant Melbourne as one descends the Pentland Hills by car.

It was a refreshing visit to the gallery because the walls have been repainted and there's been a rehang of the collection, which is fantastic. I've seen paintings that were unknown to me before as well as some of my old favourites which are on display again, so you could say the gallery is looking superb.

Photo credits - Tim Gresham top image. Deborah Klein other images.

City Lights and the Moon, 2016, oil on canvas, 71.25 x 91.75 cm

Standing under my painting. The one below is titled  Bluff and Moon, Barwon Heads by Mark Fox,
 and the other to the right is by Ariane Strampp, titled First Light.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Merry Christmas for 2016

Wishing everyone all the best for Christmas and the new year. Decorating the tree is one of my favourite things to do at Christmas and it would be good to have the tree out all year. Many of the decorations are collected from all over the world and bring back wonderful memories of our trips. 

Deborah found a wonderful App which created the snow effect over my painting of lake Wendouree. Just in case you were wondering, on occasions, it has snowed in Ballarat.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Celebrating Deborah's Birthday

Deborah had a birthday recently and we spent a night at Queenscliff, a beautiful coastal town on the Bellarine Peninsula. We stayed at the Vue Grand Hotel, built in the Victorian era and one of the most magnificent buildings in Victoria. The weather was perfect, and we certainly tried the local cuisine with gusto.

 Vue Grand Hotel

 Deborah relaxing in the courtyard

 View out into the courtyard

 Another view of the courtyard

 The architecture was like revisiting another era

Breakfast served in the Grand Dining Room

 Deborah and I having a delicious birthday meal at the nearby Athelstane House Hotel. 

Birthday wishes for Deb, and her nickname

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Winter Moon

Winter Moon, 2016, oil on linen,

This painting is based on a view over Lake Wendouree at Ballarat and it's one of a series I'm doing where moonlight is the main subject matter. These paintings are constructed mainly from memory and imagination and it's a very different approach to the way I've been working in the past, where I've preferred to work mainly in front of whatever I've been painting. Occasionally I've taken notes, quick line drawings with words added to help my memory. As the painting progresses, I sometimes feel the need to revisit the site to make sure the picture reflects the nature and mood of the moon spreading it's light upon the scene.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Balance, 2016, linocut, 15 x 10cm (image size)

The Australian Print Workshop is having its biennial fund raising sale and exhibition from 25 Nov 2016 - 25 February 2017. All the artists involved donate a limited edition print at set prices to the APW which are offered for sale to the public. 

The above image is my print donation in an edition of 10.

The APW has an artists' party in early December, and along with good food and drink, there's a musical performance put on by printmakers who play musical instruments, and they're really good.

To see a list of the artists in the exhibition and a link to the APW click HERE

The Australian Print Workshop Gallery
210 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy 3065

Friday, November 11, 2016

Meeting Cadel Evans

The evening of the 10th November was an exciting time, as Deborah and I attended an In Conversation with Cadel Evans, and a book signing of his biography, CADEL EVANS, THE ART OF CYCLING. What an interesting, funny and eloquent speaker Cadel is, not only as an interviewee but also during the Q&A afterwards. The event was hosted by Dymocks books and it took place at the magnificent Werner Brodbeck Hall on Collins Street Melbourne.

At the end of the talks, Cadel not only signed books, but as you can see, generously allowed many people to have a chat and a photo session with him. We sometimes hear it said that certain athletes transcend their sport, and Cadel is certainly one of those.  

Signing of his book

I've always wanted to shake Cadel's hand, and now I have!

Cadel, Deborah and I