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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Old Ferry & Trunkey Creek Shack, Australia

Old Ferry & Trunkey Creek Shack, Australia
Watercolour, Size 38 x 28 cms
The impetus for this painting was the wonderful photo by Carol McLaren Theolog of the old do-it-yourself ferry across the creek, and then I decided to combine it with my photos of the old Australiana shacks …which as usual, I had to doctor and improvise to come up with a reasonable composition…so at least I hoped.
Unfortunately, the Arches watercolour paper gave me hell again…it was one of those frustrating pieces of ”blotting” paper (alas sizing gone bad)..but I persevered.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Majestic Gum Tree with a Pioneer Hut

Watercolour, Size 57 x 38 cms     
One of those endearing scenes somewhere in Australia.
I used 3 of my photos to create this painting using artistic license as I went along.
For me the gum in forefront was very important, to show different tones, textures, smoothness/roughness of the tree.
Spot the sheep??

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Watercolour Size 18 x 24
Inspiration for this painting was Suzanne Wallick's photo of her grandson - PmP

Friday, 2 November 2012

Lady Clown

Watercolour Size 28 x 38 cms.This my 3rd clown with few variations ...the other two were given away as presents ... and I just have to have one for myself.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Die Angel im Herbst, Emsland, Germany

Watercolour, Size 38 x 28 cms.  Photo by Maria Balcells, PmP & TPL
I had to paint this photo, it recalls so many happy memories when we were living in Emsland...not far from where the photo has been taken.
I think I do not want to paint trees for a while. This was quite a challenge to work out how to paint fallen leaves

Friday, 5 October 2012

Winterland_Snowy Farm

Watercolour, Size 38 x 28 cms
Thank you Maria for the inspiration for this painting.…

Flute Player

Watercolour, Size 18 x 25 cms
It is a bit out of proportion, but an attempt at a loose, impressionistic illusion.
Inspiration Steve Lyddon photo _ PmP

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Pensford Village, England

Watercolour, Size 38 x 28 cms
Inspiration was a photo from Steve Lyndon, PmP. I think I was a bit over-ambitious to attempt such a quaint but rather difficult subject.

Thursday, 27 September 2012

HAS AdHoc Exhibition

I am going to see myself "hanging" at HAS AdHoc Exhibition at Wallarobba on 28th September 2012.  Only a very minor representation on my part, mind you, but still I am chuffed. Ignore the little typo under my picture - it should read River Ems - and if you wonder where that is?  Emsland, Lingen-Schepsdorf, Germany
Ad Hoc Art Exhibition Opening Night 28/9/12 was, for me, a personal success....3 paintings sold (all "Australiana" theme).

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Old Restaurant "The Bridge" in Bradford on Avon

Watercolour & Pen & Ink,  38 x 28 cms
The inspiration for this painting was a photo from Steve Lyddon, PmP
This is an old restaurant, built in 1675 in Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Samos, Greek Island.

Watercolour, 38 cms x 28 cms .This delightful little house caught my eyes while walking in a scorching sun through Samos narrow streets. The white painted stripe next to the house walkway is painted deliberately to stop the ants & other undesirable little beasties to enter the house.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Olympia, Greece

Watercolour, Size 38 x 28 cms
Recent visit to Greece was full of impressions and vivid memories.... it is not at all easy trying to recapture the essence, the overwhelming past glory.........

Friday, 4 May 2012

Lavender Fields

Acrylics, Size 38 x 28 cms
If I weren't so miserly, I would throw all the gone-bad watercolour paper away instead of persevering and using it for the acrylics. PmP photo by Franklin was used as an inspiration

Tuesday, 1 May 2012


Acrylics, Arches 200 gr --- WC paper turned blotting paper Size 38 x 28 cms
Have a laugh, this is my attempt at semi-abstract & at using acrylics. These are meant to be be tulips .  Well I found a great use for my Watercolour paper which lost its sizing. There is no problem using it with acrylics.
I drew the design in roughly...but that all disappeared when I started applying the acrylics with a big brush and a smaller one later one to get some shapes in - so I simply improvised
In spite of this being more like a Kindergarten finger painting, I strangely enjoyed just clacking paint onto the paper, it was somehow liberating.

Ayers Rock (Uluru), Central Australia

Acrylics, Size 38 x 28 cms
Well I was determined to paint the famous landmark of Australia and also use my  watercolour paper which lost the sizing and thus rendered unusable for WC.  This is my 3rd attempt at acrylics and possibly last...I simply cannot get used to their opacity & loosing that translucence magic of WC. As I like strong tones, there is nothing in between, either straight out of tube, adding water makes them wishy washy.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Liebliche Landschaft mit Mohnblumen, Germany

 Liebliche Landschaft mit Mohnblumen (Landscape with Poppy Fields, Germany)
Watercolour, Size 38 x 28 cms

Monday, 9 April 2012

Port Somewhere

Acrylics, Size 38 x 28 cms WC Arches Paper
This is my 2nd attempt at semi-abstract.
Inspiration was Vlaminck...
I know it is "kindergarten" like...but I don't care, once again I really had fun, using a large flat brush, Jo-Sonja paints (left-overs from 15 years ago and another era), mostly paints just out of the tube...oh boy one uses lots of white with acrylics..anyway a great experience and a relaxing time for an Easter Monday...

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Slaters Bridge, Little Langdale, England

Watercolour, Size 38 x 28 cms
This is a picture from Sharon Whittley I really loved and was itching to paint, yet had considerable difficulties with.
One from the batch of “watercolour paper” which has lost its sizing and inspite of treatment  with MethyloCellulose and Methylat.  Spirit it still acted like a blotting paper.
Photo reference:

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Green Chair

Watercolour, Size 23 x 33 cms
Original photo by Sherry Schmidt
Such a beautiful photo, could not resist but to pick up a paint brush

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Monday, 5 March 2012

Winter Scne, Ontario

Watercolour, Size 38 x 28 cms
The photo inspiration Patricia G_PmP. The name is Sulpur Spring Rd and is part of the "Bruce Trail" hiking trail.      I really enjoyed painting this winter scene.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Venice on a Misty Morning (Santa Maria Dell Salute)

Watercolour, Size 38 x 27 cms
Inspiration Ruth Archer's Photo_PmP.
This has been sitting pre-drawn for over 2 weeks on my desk, somehow I foreseen the difficulties & was hesitant to get going...the attempts only exacerbated by the WC paper behaving like a blotting paper once again.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Circus Clown

Watercolour, Size 30 x 19 cms
a clown is always jolly & happy and must make people laugh, but may be he is deep down unhappy and crying inside?  Like some humans may do - they put that “scintillating mask” on and sometimes one wonders?
Needless to say, my daughters do not like him, they find him scarry

Monday, 20 February 2012

Tortoiseshell Butterfly

Tortoiseshell Butterfly                  
Watercolour, Size 20 x 10 cms
Inspiration was photo by Gary Jones_PmP...a beautiful photo, difficult to do justice to

Majestic Gums, Thredbo River, Kosciuszko National Park

Watercolour, Size 33 x 25 cms
Inspiration was one of my photos from Kosciuszko National Park, Thredbo River Gums

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Winter Barn Somewhere, Everywhere

Watercolour, Size 34 x 24 cms
I really enjoyed painting this winter scene.

Photo inspiration by Stephanie Joan_PmP

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Beach Huts

Watercolour, Size 35 x 25 cms
Photo inspiration by Ann Bentley PMP.  It was not as easy as it seemed.

Friday, 13 January 2012

Fex Valley, Switzerland

Watercolour, Size 38 x 28 cms
Considerable challenge, felt like abandoning it half way through..
Photo by Elise - Fex Valley (towards Furtschellas)