Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Madly Thinking About Vuillard part 2

Trying new techniques out...some were successful and some not so much. I think I will probably work Ben into the painting on the left hand side.... every morning when we wake up he makes us a coffee and as if he does he chucks the coffee grinds from the night before out the window onto the grass out the back, that's sort of what I have shadowed in so I can get him to pose for me. (it's hard to pin him down long enough to pose these days) 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Factory Paint- Oil Sketch # 1

First oil sketch for my mini factory series of 2 or possibly 3 paintings. I have done a few pencil sketches and added colour notes and i then i just painted the colours from memory and the notes, fhis is the first time i've tried this and it was really easy. I have another painting planned of the massive factory interior the the 20t bright lemon yellow gantry set amonst the columns of light that flood through the vast on space. I'm planning to do the painting from about 20m of the ground looking down onto the factory floor, the colours will be the biggest challenge, i love muted browns and greys, but i don't know how i can make it work on such a large scale painting...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

a very sad portrait

By Alice Pike Barney

when I first saw the second painting I thought it was quite a joyous painting, but looking at it closely I believe it is something completely different

Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thinking about the Han Heysen Painting

Hans Heysen, Australia 1877—1968, Mystic Morn (detail) 1904|

I've been thinking about this painting and what it was like when I saw it.

When I saw this painting I was a little underwhlemed by it....there was just something about it I didn't like. Sometimes I think the scale of paintings can make or break an art work. I had seen photos online and in books of this painting before I saw it in real life....but then in life it was just too big. My eyes couldn't take it all in, no matter how far back I was.


I would like to paint a long thin canvas that is longer than it is high. I'd like to paint a portrait of Ben moving through the white trunks of the Eucalyptus and have the light bright and glaring.

my other ideas are to paint Ben turning and paint him semi abstractly in sucession on the same canvas. Not an original idea at all but I need to start representing movement, otherwise I'll stop painting an move on to some plywood sculptures.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

night time painting finished

perhaps this is finished

i haven't put damar on this yet so it looks a bit light.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Wip Oil portrait - Anne Lowe

progress shot at 6 hours
(live sittings)

I wasted 2 hours the previous week messing up all the work i started off with, but i'm getting there now.


Saturday, July 31, 2010

Building with shakes.

I've been looking into different roof and cladding construction that used timber and so far my favourite roof is by far shakes. Shakes are a rustic version of wooden shingles. They are about 10mm to 11mm thick and taper at the top. Shakes also last longer than shingles. I'm also looking into making some shakes for my little shed that is 3 x 3m out on my block of land...the idea is to have a grass roof over a traditional colorbond roof and alter the roof to alow grass to be grown of the top of it. The shed is on a hill and should look good in front of the grassy hill behind it. I'm going to do some research on the Australian Standard about types of hardwood used in cladding and ask around to see what type of Australian timber I can make my shakes out of(preferably grown in Tasmania)

Traditional shakes that I've seen have been made out of cedar....but it's not an option for me.

Anyway i will post photos of the little shed when i start work on it again.

at the moment it has a 100 percent recycled Tas oak floor so I'm happy with how it's looking. (all we have to do is join the two sections of flooring together somehow?

p.s watch the video...this looks so meditative.