Ode to Brett

Ode to Brett (June 2015) – Acrylic on watercolour paper, 29.8cm x 40.8cm This is another painting I created at my winter art residential in Bathurst. The technique, taught by Mitzi Verdill and called ‘finding the essence’, is to take an image  you like (in my case, Brett Whiteley’s The Green Mountain, Fiji – below) and trace it using tracing paper. You then put the image away and trace your tracing. You keep tracing your tracings until you find the essence of the painting. In … Continue Reading →


Bathurst bird

Bathurst Bird (July 2015) – Acrylic, modelling paste, hession, carpenters tape, tissue paper and corrugated cardboard on canvas board, 30.5 x 30.5cm This winter, between 5th and 12th July, I took part in a week of art workshops at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, NSW. This is a joint program run every winter and summer by The Art Scene and Mitchell School of Arts. I studied mixed media with Mitzi Verdill, a talented artist (and walking art encyclopedia) teaching in the Sydney … Continue Reading →


Black and white abstract Vliet no. 9

Black and White Abstract Vliet No. 9 (May 2015) – Acrylic on watercolour paper, 28.0 x 21.0cm This was created from instructional exercise no. 9 in the book Painting abstracts: ideas, projects and techniques by Rolina Van Vliet. It’s amazing how only two colours (white and Payne’s Grey) can look so effective.     IF YOU ENJOYED THIS POST CONSIDER SUBSCRIBING TO RECEIVE MONTHLY UPDATES OF NEW POSTS. To read more about creativity, see: What’s art got to do with business? Find your Element, … Continue Reading →


Jimi Hendrix Monterey bass guitar

Jimi Hendrix Tribute (May 2015) This is a bass guitar my fiance and I painted as a tribute to Jimi Hendrix’s iconic Fender Stratocaster which he painted himself then played and sacrificially burned on stage during the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival in California. While there are numerous copies painted on guitars we don’t know of any other bass that’s been painted like this. Rick prepared the red and white paint and sealed it when it was done, I painted the detail – it … Continue Reading →