Bee – A Work In Progress…

The first painting of the new year before things get moving (I’m anticipating a very busy year ahead), currently enjoying some space and the luxury of no stress, last year was a howler and I’m glad to see it’s arse as it disappears from my sight…

Here’s how things are looking so far. Acrylic/oil on panel 10 x 12″

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Recent Background Art…

Told you I’d been busy 🙂 I’ve been bashing away at these over the past week, heaps more to come…

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Salvaging A Failed Painting…

As an artist is always learning at whatever stage of the game, it stands to reason there’ll be a few screwed up pieces of paper and unfinished canvases along the way. This one was almost 5 feet tall when I worked on it, I tried to get it right but it simply wasn’t having a bar of it. I’ve been through this a couple of thousand times or more over the years so naturally, thought nothing of it. Luckily I thought to take a photo of it before I painted over it, and equally lucky that I know my way around a Wacom tablet and painting software. I salvaged it with very little work and I’m happy as a result.

A win.

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Here’s the ‘before’ (abandoned) version…

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Baby Fairy Wren…

I LOVE painting Wrens, I love watching them and I love taking photos of them. Logan has a wide variety of many of Australia’s species. here’s one I’m finishing up at the moment…

Acrylic/oils on canvas panel 10×12″

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Abstract Stuff…

I’m not really known for this sort of thing (mainly because I don’t do a whole lot of it I suspect) – I wanted to try something different from my normal sort of thing, So, here’s what happened…

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‘From A Distance’

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‘Manifestation’

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‘Overflowing’

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‘Pulse’

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‘Mindscape’

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‘Breaking Down The Walls’

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Stoned.

This one may take a while, it’s 4ft tall, didn’t quite realise the work involved, still, getting there slowly… The shot (left) shows how it stands right now, (right) close up of the top portion…

Acrylic on canvas 48×15″

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Cygnet…

Took a whole heap of fabulous photos on the weekend, dearly wanted to paint one of the cygnets I took pics of. This little watercolour is 3 x 4″, I’m definitely going to paint a larger one, most enjoyable

🙂

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Small Rocks…

When my sons were very young, they used to collect stones for me, as a sort of love gesture, I saved many of them and kept them in tubs. I pulled out a few out earlier today and painted them, great subjects for finding the hidden little nuances that you wouldn’t normally pay attention to (as with the shells (posted earlier)) each stone is unique…

Recommended.

watercolour on parchment paper 8 1/4 x 11 3/4″

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Some progress…

Been working periodically on this one, it’s lovely seeing it come together without a single hitch (touching wood as I say this). Looking forward to doing some more very soon.

oil on canvas.
27 x 20″

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On The Run…

been working on more Finn MacNiall stuff for my VALIANT project. Here’s Finn, on the run…

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And I wanted to try something out, using watercolours, looking for a style that also involves some linework. (apologies for the scan)

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On The Drawing Board…

Back into the fantasy stuff again. I’m currently working on bits and pieces for the new publisher of ‘The Fantasy Artroom’. This is one I worked on but discarded, wasn’t quite what we were after. Still, it has a certain charm…

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Sylvia’s Itch and Scribbling Away In The Corner…

Went to the book launch for my latest illustrated book yesterday, entitled ‘Sylvia’s Itch’, about a pair of Australian sugar gliders. Had a great time catching up with and meeting new people…

I painted this canvas whilst I was there. Managed to scratch something coherent out in the time I spent on it… Can’t wait to get on and finish it. (acrylics)

The book (btw) is available from the lovely Robin Adolphs:
http://www.robinadolphs.com/

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AVAILABLE FOR COMMISSIONS…

Christmas time is (almost) upon us, although the shops’ll have you believe it was already here.

I’m available for one off commissions, so if there’s anything you’d like drawn or painted, let me know. Reasonable rates of course, most things considered (except portraits). PM with your details. I’ll only be available until I’m swamped…

Rockpool in Watercolour…

Just tried this current watercolour out in a frame I had laying around. Just so happens it was a perfect fit. Happhappy…

Will sell this when it’s completed if anybody’s interested.

Watercolour on 300gsm hot press watercolour paper.

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Close Up…

In between commissions and everything else I do, I’ve been scratching away at this painting. Here’s a close -up, will post the finished article as and when.

watercolour on 300gsm Arches hot press…

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Stones And Wildflowers…

Finding beauty in everyday things. I believe it’s not until you really look, or ‘want’ to see something, that you can appreciate it’s beauty. I’m finding the more I paint these watercolours, the more appreciation I’m finding in not only the subject, but for the love of painting itself…

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Watercolour Warmups…

As I’ve been working on my most recent children’s book in watercolour, it stands to reason that I should get into the right frame of mind with a loosening up session. I painted both of these this morning, both very enjoyable. I’ll do this more often…

 

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The Fantasy Artroom.

It’s been a little while since I posted about my new book here. The Fantasy artroom has been winging it’s way around the globe for 3-4 months, and right now, I’m in the process of putting a youtube channel together, I’ve updated the website, I now have the Facebook page up and running. Can I ask, if you like what you see, or if you’ve bought a copy of the book, that you spread the word. I’m hoping the project grows into more publications, more How To’ videos and more workshops. If you’d like to find out more, check out these links:

http://thefantasyartroom.weebly.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCa7_-M8r5lfplgfIHOiX4nw

https://www.facebook.com/fantasyartroom11?fref=ts

And if you needed to know anything that hasn’t been covered already, wanted to arrange workshops etc, please feel free to contact me.

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The Fantasy Artroom KIckstarter Is On A Roll…

After a day, the pledges have begun rolling in…. If you’d like to be involved, please repost the links, pledge, share to your Facebook wall (etc), every little helps. The book is being developed for beginner to intermediate students who love fantasy art, but not limited to fantasy art. he techniques in the book will be useful across a whole range of genres and the mediums covered are pencil, pen and ink and watercolour.
Click on the video below to find out more.

Thanks, In Advance!

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Eastern Water Dragon…

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Every now and again I’ll have a root through my hard drives, looking for something and come across an old drawing or painting I’ve filed away. I found this one and thought I’d post it here. It harks back to the days when I spent a lot of time painting and drawing wildlife. this one’s an eastern Water Dragon from here in Australia… (watercolour/gouache)

Watercolouring…

I’m working digitally on most of my commissioned work at the moment which always leaves me desperate to paint traditionally, I satisfied that urge in front of the telly last night with my watercolours, painting this small scene- 5 1/2 x 4″. (It’ll appear larger here than the original.)

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Work In Progress…

I have a lot of stuff happening right now. If you’ve seen any of my recent posts you’ll know I have an exhibition coming up. I’ve been absolutely inspired lately and am playing things by ear. I haven’t made a shortlist of art to exhibit yet so I’m frantically painting away to see which ones resonate the most with me. I started this one earlier this morning and have spent approx. 4 hours on it so far, the fact that I’ve done this much in such a short space of time leads me to conclude that I’ll probably be exhibiting this. (oils).

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Medusa… Updated.

I seem to be posting more and more progress shots of the things I’m up to, don’t I?… Here’s another one, the lovely Medusa in all her frightening glory. More updates as I go…