The fall of light

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This is a study of how an oil painting is constructed. This particular exercise was about the fall of light, so our model had quite a harsh light directly above her left shoulder, which cast interesting shadows over her body. We also had a different model for the second half of the exercise, painted over a full term of 8 weeks at ACSA (Adelaide Central School of Art), which is evident in the slight change of body structure. I chose not to include the head knowing that this change was going to occur. Firstly we begin with a charcoal sketch on paper which is then transferred onto the canvas via a grid method. The second stage is the Grisaille (or underpainting) which is where I sometimes feel my paintings are at their best, because they are quick brush strokes with not too much detail applied. The final painting is created in the Alla prima style; directly applied paint rather than building up the layers.

Note: I acknowledge that this was created during the life painting second year class, with tutor Rod Gutteridge from Adelaide Central School of Art.


The difference in us all

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A study of the same model, two poses, superimposed more than once onto the paper. Which incidentally is 2.5 metres in height. The variance of technique and expression in us all is wonderful: these are by my class mates from ACSA. The pastel and charcoal drawing was done over an eight week term and taught by the inspiring Chris Orchard, an awesome teacher! I am going through my colourful period, so thats mine in the middle.

Note: I acknowledge that this was created during the life drawing second year class, with tutor Chris Orchard from Adelaide Central School of Art.

Looking Back

looking back

Inspired by a pastel sketch I did in November last year at school. I decided to take it further and did a large oil painting. I liked my composition of the 3 women, and decided to call the new one ‘Looking Back’. The woman in the foreground is observing and reflecting on her life: the 3 stages of womanhood, youth, adulthood and finally maturity.

3 Mile End


My painting ‘3 Mile End’ depicts a personal allegory. The environment is Mile End, and my partner is reflecting over our life’s path together. Umbrella in hand, the storm is brewing, ominous and dark, but there is a ray of light shining though the clouds onto the church steeple, and the hall on the left. The symbolic religious cross on the defunct church has been replaced with a domestic weather vein and a $ symbol pointing south. 3 graffiti tags on the building are by the 3 most important people in my life (my sons & daughter in law) which I asked them to do specifically for the image. Max, Dan, Zoe (the hot water bottle of love) all have 3 letters in their name. They are drawn over a rock foundation, representing their solidity in my life. The domestic letter box at the entry to the church also has the numeral 3. The church represents domesticity,  the spirituality and sanctity of marriage. The 3 doors represent the 3 properties in my life,….which one will I / he enter now? The 3 blossom trees with the leaves falling, again represent 3 pink Italian rendered houses, a shedding of necessity.  As he looks back down the path, and over his life,… will he keep walking? Or will he cross the line?

They say things happen in 3’s….

Aviator Woman

aviator drawing

Two completely different illustration styles for my aviator woman. Left one is oil charcoal pencil, and one on the right fine pen line. Aviator gear: courtesy Army Disposal store Wellington New Zealand.

Note: I acknowledge that this was created during the life drawing second year class, with tutor Chris Orchard from Adelaide Central School of Art.

Abstract 2

Abstract 2

One might wonder how artists arrive at these junctures of abstract fissures. I can only say that it is a ‘process’, and a delightfully experimental one at that. For this exercise from 1st year drawing class at ACSA we were given an object which was wrapped in material. So we had to draw what we felt it looked like. Then 3 new objects were placed on the table for us to superimpose over what we had drawn from memory. The teacher then cut our drawing in half and gave one half away to another student whilst we inherited someone elses completely new work to join to our drawing. We did not choose whose drawing we could match with. BUT we did have to incorporate their style into ours and vice versa, to make it look homogenous once more.

I have titled it “I am all at sea”: 1.5metres square, charcoal on 350gsm paper.