Monthly Archives: September 2009

ABSTRACTS FROM NATURE Part 1.


I have always used images from nature as the inspiration for my abstract work. I like something tangible to work from. I’m not that good with spontaneous artwork and I suppose it’s all about having control of what you do. … Continue reading

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MORE STICKS & STONES


My latest drawing is the second in a study of sticks and stones. It’s the same size as my last drawing ( 40 x 80 cm). Both drawings will not look the same when completed. There’s always a danger with … Continue reading

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WEARABLE ART


In the late 1980s I designed a range of woollen jumper patterns that were derived from my (at the time) pastel drawings. Today I have posted one example and the drawing (oil pastel) that inspired it. I had several designs … Continue reading

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ART AWARD


On Friday night I won the Artery Prize for art in any medium at the Tasmanian Art Awards at Burnie in Northwest Tasmania. These annual awards offer 14 prizes totalling AUD $19,950. This is the third year in a row … Continue reading

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MY LATEST DRAWING


Sticks and Stones 42 x 80 cm     Coloured pencil on Canson Pastel Board I enjoyed this drawing so much that I have commenced another one, not the same, but with a greater emphasis on sticks. To “balance” this … Continue reading

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OIL PASTELS: THE VERDICT


Today’s selection of oil pastel drawings are related to studies from Lake St. Clair in Tasmania’s highlands. The top drawing was in response to a graphic design assignment I did for the then manager of an accommodation complex that is … Continue reading

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THE TRUTH ABOUT OIL PASTELS Part 3.


In the late 1980s my oil pastel drawing became a lot more hard – edged, and I concentrated on close-up views of landscapes. The more work I did, the simpler my style became. Tomorrow I will post more “simplified” examples. … Continue reading

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THE TRUTH ABOUT OIL PASTELS Part 2.


After a few years of “soft” landscapes, I became interested in concentrating on smaller landscape subjects, although I still enjoyed the landscapes that I first exhibited. By now my palette had seen stronger colours and textures become the norm. I … Continue reading

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THE TRUTH ABOUT OIL PASTELS Part 1.


I haven’t always drawn with coloured pencils. My first “serious” medium was oil pastel in the early 1980s. My first major exhibition in 1982 was with oil pastels on heavy watercolour paper with a rough surface. I have included four … Continue reading

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LATEST DRAWING: UPDATE


I had a varied and quite busy week last week, but I managed to spend some quality time on my latest drawing, Sticks and Stones. Progress has been slow but I am pleased with it and aim to complete it … Continue reading

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