Girl (January 2016) – Mixed media on cartridge paper, A2 I produced this artwork at a Jody Graham expressive drawing workshop at ArtEst in Leichardt, Sydney. We first produced a surface of newspaper, coloured acrylics and spray paint for the lettering. We then chose from Jody’s stack of photos and used charcoal and pastels to depict the photo’s subject expressively on the surface.  

The Block Arcade, Melbourne

The Block Arcade, Melbourne (June 2016) – Charcoal and white pastel on cartridge paper, A2 I produced this charcoal and pastel drawing of the interior of the beautiful Block Arcade in Melbourne, Australia at a drawing workshop with the highly talented Sydney-based artist, Jody Graham. The Block Arcade is one of my favourite buildings in Melbourne and Melbourne is one of my favourite cities due to its gorgeous architecture, artistic, makers culture, laid back, cool style and amazing food and coffee.

Under the Sea

Under the Sea (October 2015) – Acrylic and rice paper on canvas board, 30.5 x 30.5cm. I created the background of this work by laying down rice paper for texture then wetting the surface, dripping a highly pigmented Pthalo Blue and running the end of a brush through the blue to spread it. After painting a cool and warm greeny blue over the top it made me think of the ocean. The octopus is based on a picture from a scientific magazine … Continue Reading →

Web of life

Web of life (October 2015) – Acrylic and pen on watercolour paper, A4. A great thing about doing art is that you can practice using your intuition. I often have no idea what’s going to emerge when I start. As I stared at the blank page for this work I imagined a red background. I couldn’t decide which red to use, a warm or cool, so I used both which I think worked well. I then felt drawn (pardon the pun) to … Continue Reading →


Home (July 2015) – Acrylic and pen on watercolour paper, 28.0 x 21.0cm This creation is based on pictures of beautiful living spaces I’ve collected over the years from home and garden magazines and Pinterest. I picked a number of design elements I liked and added some creative licence.

Mythic sunrise

Mythic Sunrise (July 2015) – Acrylic and coloured ink on canvas board, 30.5 x 30.5cm This is the final painting in my Bathurst series. It started life as the painting below left. I liked the colours but wasn’t happy with the design – it didn’t turn out like I expected. So when I got home from Bathurst I set about changing it and Mythic Sunrise is the result.   I had bought some beautiful gold Atelier Interactive paint in Bathurst … Continue Reading →

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 →