Thursday, May 3, 2018

train to the other side of melbourne yesterday






Alighted at Laverton Station and walked to the trail that runs the Laverton Creek. The beginning of our journey was not a pleasant one; our senses being dominated by the crude sounds of traffic along the freeway, and overhead aircraft associated with tullamarine airport. The noise however was to be short lived, as we persevered along the trail, eventually, only the sounds of the water gently rippling and the calls of so many different types of birds were our reward. Egrets, plovers, ibis, black swans, pardalotes, swallows, pacific ducks, cormorants.......and the best part was, no one else was in sight. I took the opportunity to sit by the laverton creek and managed a quick 10 minute sketch, and another when we reached doug grant reserve in altona. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018


But most men, it seems to me, do not care for Nature and would sell their share in all her beauty as long as they may live, for a stated sum – many for a glass of rum. Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth! We are safe on that side for the present. It is for the very reason that some do not care for those things that we need to continue to protect all from the vandalism of a few.
-Journal entry, 1861 Henri David Thoureau

Sunday, April 8, 2018


......so I found a tiny frame whilst tidying up the garage and decided to paint a small landscape to fit.

Winkarlin Beach
oil on canvas board
3 x 12 cm



Friday, March 9, 2018


Watercolor sketching at Jawbone Reserve, Williamstown Beach. Walked right around Point Gellibrand, along Williamstown Beach until we reached Jawbone Reserve. Very warm, 31 C, and at the last of my water supply, had to made do with spittle and watercolor 'til I got home , and touched up as needed. Spotted a strange bird, one I hadn't seen before. After a bit of research, discovered it to be a spotted crake. Depicted here in my sketch, pottering about in the rock pools.


Friday, February 23, 2018


The environmentalists view of Cape Royds, Antarctica. Arm chair travelling -ipad sketch.

Friday, February 16, 2018

From my sketchbook



Revisiting winkarlin beach.
Well , I wasn't there in person so I painted while sitting in front of some moving footage .






Friday, February 9, 2018


sketching on the ipad.....pure escapism.....need a decent work space where I can put my ideas onto canvas

Sunday, January 28, 2018








 managed three watercolor sketches duting our stay at yanakie. that's one a day. the most difficult of these was the darby beach scene, as the glare was very hard on the eyes.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
















patiently handmade and  smoothed stones. 
arranged in various compositions. 
featured timber - hakea, callistemon, plum.
 timber retrieved from fallen branches 






Sunday, January 7, 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018


a bit of escapism from the furnace that is 41 degrees outside. today.
the paper is not suited to watercolor, so had to add definition by adding ink line.


Monday, December 18, 2017





experimenting on a small scale 
vistas condensed inside a shell

Tuesday, November 28, 2017


Walking the  Mornington Peninsula National Park trail yesterday. Rested beneath the shade of  the cliffs, and managed a brief  5 minute sketch. Drinking water as precious as gold in this heat , so resorted to spittle with watercolor. Plenty of salt water about but that wouldn't do much good to my materials. Pretty soon , the waves started encroaching on my safe little hideaway, so  thought it best to  move on.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Thursday, August 31, 2017

to the top of a hill
a vast sky
a sea of clouds


to see space above
and beyond
opened the cage


vision was hindered not 
by tall concrete 
blocks of invasion


I could see.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

various drawings made in the garden




ipad sketches of
the neighbours tidy weatherboard
and
the old outhouse






Wednesday, August 16, 2017




to reach the top of a hill while walking the burbs, and be presented with a vast panorama of sky and clouds abovea grey and depressing urban landscape.
the mind needs to see space above and beyond for mental clarity.
the spread of high rise buildings into the urban landscape and the subsequent claustrophobic atmosphere will pose further threat to the mental health of the population. 
seems to be the essential plan of the controller.

Sunday, July 9, 2017
















round organic shapes make their appearance  in most of my paintings so i'm playing around with various compositions using this three dimensional method to explore the possibilities.