Monday, 24 September 2012


All guns are firing at the moment

I had booked up an exhibition for October 2012

And then all sorts of things happened

Mainly my youngest daughter decided to get married in October 2012

Somehow the exhibition was almost forgotten

I was sort of thinking pretty seriously about calling it off as life was starting to get a little crazy

But the gallery rang and were all set for my work to hang through October

and as sometimes happens it all seemed to come together

My daughter in law had booked me up to baby sit my beloved and hardly every seen grandson
while she and my son organized and competed in the Roma Campdraft

which just happened to be on the some weekend as the opening of my exhibition.

So that sort of worked

BUT the million dollar question

Have I done enough work

the Gallery isn't that big so that in it's self is good as I don't need a lot of work to fill it
And sometimes well most of the time


I decided to call it   PINK

because most of my knew stuff is PINK

 I can thank  an old friend who told me quite bluntly that I needed to use more colour

and I think this lot of work is all about colour....and I'm enjoying it

anyway yesterday I got STUCK IN and painted like a women possessed

I finished a painting that had been sitting looking at me for about 2 weeks

I painted another one which just happened and worked of a magpie with attitude

I finished another one which I call Loopy Cow it is a bit of fun

I then did another one of a white/pink Cockatoo flying

I was a little worried about this one but I think I got it in the end

Like I said ...nothing like pressure...

I have another big one planned for to day ......lets hope it comes off

I have my eldest daughter home and she has been a great help

yesterday I shoved a paint brush at her and she took on the job of varnishing all the new paintings

It's all the little things that take the time

Also to day we have to wrap all the paintings and pack the car

just had a phone call from my son wondering if I can bring my saddle!!!

Here is the invite to the exhibition

Love to see all and sundry at the opening on Thursday night

......OMG ..... thats tomorrow night!!!


Just received some small paintings back from the framer
This is one of the highlights of the trade
Sometimes when you have completed a work and it'
You think's ok
You take it to the framer and if you have a good one, or even one that you can throw ideas about with then that is a great thing
because a good framer can make an average work into some thing special

That;s what I think anyway

I'm not saying that the frame makes the work all the time and probably not even some of the time ...but every now and again it works just like


Mostly this happens only when framing behind glass
Framing a canvas is a little less exciting because you can't PLAY as much but it is still fun to come up with different ways of making the most of your work.

I am lucky as I have a great framer and we seem to see things in the same way most of the time

As a struggling artist I don't sell enough to be able to let myself go with framing I always have to keep one good eye on the cost......I do dream of the day I can afford NOT to do that.

To Frame or not to Frame

This is a hard one. As an Artist I think some works can stand up on their own with out a frame and others can't
That's what I think as a struggling Artist.....but really to be perfectly honest if I could afford to frame every thing I would

What do you think?

I would love to hear what non artist think about the framing question

Anyway I have praddled on enough
Here are my latest framed small paintings
A good example of the frame making the work....I think anyway

This is

Lady # 1
Acrylic on Canvas board

 And this

Lady # 2
Acrylic on Canvas Board
And these

3 Horseman
Acrylic on Canvas Board

And last but not least
Ringer from the Top End
Arcylic on Canvas Board

Red Ringer
Arcylic on Canvas

That's all for now

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Galah Talk

I have been a little slack with my blogging of late.
But I have an excuse
as my blog is about painting then it is hard to blog when I haven't really been painting much
But I have managed to finish a couple in the past week

2 Galahs
91 cm x 122 cm
Acrylic on Canvas

I enjoyed doing this painting as I did  it quickly with a large brush and tryed not to think too much...just went for it.

But of course before hand I had to do the drawing this I did with a small brush.

 I think some times you are better off drawing in with a brush rather than a pencil as the result is usually less fussy and uncomplicated.

I then mixed up the galah pink and slapped it on with gusto. 


The galah's were finished in no time but then I had awful trouble with the background colour. Probably serves me right for achieving such a fast result with birds.

But I think this is OK

I have promised this painting to be auctioned at the Gaia Women's Festivel Gala Black Tie Event to be held on  the night of the 27th October at the Girls Grammer School Rockhampton

more information contact Jessica Ph 4926 3633

But if anyone falls in love with it before hand... so be it.....let me know


81 cm x 81 cm Square
Acrylic on Canvas
Once again I have painted Annie my dog she is very paintable as you can see and very obliging and that is her exact look

 Kind and Tolerant.

That's it for now

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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

New Paintings

These are very small

and they are all the same pink

it's just that I have the worst camera

I am having them framed the same so that they will hang together as a set

This one is actually pink and red also small

I know I keep painting Annie but she is the only dog about

and she is rather paintable

Thats all for now


Having been for a little trip to the Downs recently I was struck by the milking cows on green crops.
They are so striking as you drive along.

I got to thinking that they would be great to paint

They are not only amazingly coloured they also look to have some personality.
This always helps when painting a cow or anything else for that matter

So I have done this painting and then thought that the pink really looks stunning with the black and white

What do you think


I started this blog some time ago and got way laid.

After I did this painting I had the bright idea of doing a whole series of Pink paintings well using some pink or a verison of the colour.

I think that this is a good idea as I probably need to get into some colour so I'm doing it but you will have to wait for the next one as not finished yet

 well it maybe is but I haven't made the absolute decision yet

Until next time