Sunday, April 4, 2021

Air and Light #2

Air and Light #2, 2021, oil on linen, 61 x 51 cm

I've always liked paintings of light entering empty interiors, they have the effect of being about something else other than rooms. Artists like Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth and Wilhelm Hammershoi have painted memorable works on the subject.

Wim Wenders, a film maker who has been inspired by the paintings of Edward Hopper, responded to Hopper’s work where he says,


‘The only subject is the light as an existential condition of man. There’s no need to paint a person, light suffices, it produces us’. 

For me, this says it all, light and space being representative of something within ourselves, something you can't touch and yet something that is us.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

The Day's Last Hours

The Day's Last Hours, 2020, oil on linen, 40.5 x 50.75 cm

I've driven past this hill on many occasions and it's always caught my eye and I finally got around to painting it. Most of the things I paint are viewed from the car and I return to the spot and park just off the road. On this occasion the space where I placed the car was very narrow and it was a bit hair-raising as cars and trucks were speeding past at 100 ks/hour. I got a few horn blasts which made it worse and I was constantly thinking it will be a relief when it is done.

It's a fairly simple painting in that the detail is done to a minimum and yet perhaps it looks more detailed than it is.

Monday, March 8, 2021


This painting, Raindrops, was inspired by Gustave Caillebotte's painting of the river Yerres in the rain. 

There is a lake near to where I live called Lake Esmond, but on a rise of land running next to it is a pond. Sometimes it is so still it looks like a mirror and it is this pond that became the model for my painting. Most of it was painted on site but I did the rings in the studio. I didn't paint it when it was raining, but now and again I threw some very small pebbles in the water to remind me of how rings form when raindrops begin to break the water surface. 

Raindrops, 2020, oil on panel, 40 x 40 cm

The Yerres, rain, 1875, oil on canvas, 81 x 59 cm

Monday, January 25, 2021

Spring Light


Spring Light, 2020, oil on linen,  66.5 x 66.5 cm

This is another painting done en plain air. My favourite viewpoint is from a high perspective so having access to locations like this is amazing. It's from Mount Warrenheip, near Ballarat, and within a 2 kilometre radius there are so many possibilities for paintings that I could paint there for years. I think I'm remembering correctly that Cezanne said when he was paintings Mount St.Victoire, all he had to do was shift his head a little to the right or left and he would have a new motif to paint.  

The scene is different to reality. The dam in the foreground is not there and the roll of the landscape is not accurate either. But that's what realism is, to make people believe that what you paint is actually there, even when it's not.