Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Classical Guitar

Trying out the Esteve GR08 guitar 

I've always loved listening to classical guitar music and I greatly admire a great classical guitarist. I had guitar lessons for three years from when I was 12 years old, but rarely touched the instrument until recently. I also had a desire to compose a tune one day, any tune, so long as it was something one could play. Over the last twelve months I've been attempting to write small, and simple, compositions. This one, titled FAREWELL, was the first one I kept. The other day I bought a classical guitar, an Esteve GR08, and it sounds fantastic, especially on the 4th, 5th and 6th strings, and a good guitar does make a difference when one practices.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Drawing Marguerite

The next profile portrait in my series is of Marguerite Brown, manager of the Print Council of Australia. After a number of charcoal drawings, I decided to change mediums, so this is the first portrait of the series drawn in pencil. Mediums can effect the way you think, so the pencil portraits emphasise line perhaps more so than charcoal, which lends itself more to chiaroscuro. Of course each medium can achieve both kinds of rendering, but I get a more linear feel for a portrait through pencil, and a more light and shade feel through charcoal. Margeurite sat for about three hours with a very short break in between.

 Portrait of Marguerite Brown, 2018, pencil on paper, 36 x 25 cm

Friday, March 2, 2018


My painting below, titled Track Record, has been included in an exhibiton at Charles Nodrum Gallery until March 17th. The exhibition is called HEADS AND BODIES, and explores the theme of human and animal bodies, sometimes in relation to each other and at other times as a self contained entity.

An online catalogue may be viewed HERE. There is also a 32 page catalogue available which is displayed below. The cover is a painting by Russell Drysdale.


Charles Nodrum Gallery
267 Church Street
Richmond 3121
(61 3) 94270140

Half Caste Woman, 1960, oil on canvas, 91.5 x 71 cm

Track Record, 2016, oil on canvas, 111.5 x 83.5 cm