Monthly Archives: April 2010

WHY ARE ART MATERIALS SO EXPENSIVE? Part 1.


The cost of living continues to rise and artists are not immune from price rises. Sales tax is an unfortunate burden that we all must experience, but why are art prices so high and getting higher? Living on the island … Continue reading

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SIMPLE IS HARD


I’ve always told my students that drawing a complicated subject is much easier than one that lacks detail. You can make mistakes in a very detailed drawing and nobody need know that you have done so. There’s a case for … Continue reading

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GLOVER PRIZE 2011 UPDATE 2.


My entry for next year’s Glover Art Prize continues to develop and at this stage it is coming along quite nicely. I have made one major change in that I have decided to make the drawing 800 x 1200 cm, … Continue reading

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WASTE NOT, WANT NOT


I hate waste, especially where art materials are concerned. Prices keep rising and it’s not easy being an artist these days! I use hundreds of coloured pencils each year, but when each pencil is about 10 cm long, I have … Continue reading

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ABSTRACT OF THE MONTH (APRIL)


“The complexity, yet simplicity of the structure of a leaf created so many delightful spaces to visit. Each section worthy of a painting in its own right – the texture, the dividing veins, the way nature has added its own … Continue reading

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DRAWING LIGHT


Late last year I commenced another drawing featuring a door from one of the outbuildings at the historic property, Cheshunt. It’s now time to complete this work and I hope to do so in the next week. Silent Light depicts … Continue reading

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REVIEW: TIME LAPSE


Last Saturday I had the pleasure of viewing an exhibition of abstract paintings by Gardenia Palmer at the Artisan Gallery in the magnificent Tamar Valley in Northern Tasmania. Time Lapse is a visual documentation of seasonal rural activity and features … Continue reading

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LOTS OF ROCKS


Earlier in the week I completed the second of two small (30 x 40 cm) drawings featuring some of the rocks from my collection. These drawings are destined for the official opening of the Scottsdale Art & Framing Gallery in … Continue reading

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WORLD RUN DAY 2010


About a fortnight ago I completed a commission for Bill McDermott in New York to design a T shirt for this year’s World Run Day. For more information regarding this event visit: WORLDRUNDAY.com This was a challenge as Bill had … Continue reading

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AUTUMN ABSTRACT ART CLASS 4.


Here is a selection of major paintings from last Friday’s art class. Not all the work was finished, but it will be soon! You will notice that loud palettes are much in favour. I particularly admire the first single image, … Continue reading

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