~ Catalogue of all works~
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216.A little slice of Heaven May 2018 92cmh x 92cmw Acrylics on birch panel
215.This is not David Apr 2018 50cmh x 40cmw Acrylics on birch panel
214.… and the trout jumped Jan 2018 61cmh x 76cmw Acrylics on birch panel
213.On Schemers Creek Jan 2018 40cmh x 50cmw Acrylics on birch panel
212.On Snug River Nov 2016 30cmh x 40cmw Acrylics on birch panel
211.Stags on Woodbridge Hill January 2017 72cmh x 61cmw Acrylics on cotton canvas
209.Stumped October2016 30cmh x 40cmw Acrylics on birch panel
208.Just past the second bridge August 2016 30cmh x 40cmw Acrylics on birch panel
207.Devils' den August 2016 30cmh x 40cmw Acrylics on birch panel
206.The burnt forestAugust 2016 30cmh x 40cmw Acrylics on birch panel
205.Gardners Bay poplarsJuly 2016 30cmh x 40cmw Acrylics on birch panel
204. Good morning walk July 2016 40cmh x 30cmw Acrylics on birch panel
203.Woodbridge china July 2016 40cmh x 30cmw Acrylics on birch panel
202.The Wind and The WillowApril 2016 40cmh x 30cmw Acrylics on birch panel
201.Birchs Bay Mar 2016 30cmh x 40cmw Acrylics on birch panel
200.Solo dancer Mar 2016 60cmh x 75cmw Acrylics and gesso on canvas
199.Woodbridge Hill - Le weekend Feb 2016 40cmh x 30cmw Acrylics on beech panel
198.Sandford, Tasmania - There were muttonbirds too, but they've just sailed away Feb 2016 60cmh x 75cmw Acrylics on canvas
197.There were Orcas in the Channel a few days ago - Tasmania Dec 2015 40cmh x 30cmw Acrylics on birch panel
196.Tide on the turn - D'Entrecasteaux Channel Tasmania Oct 2015 74cmh x 60cmw Acrylics on canvas
195.August Sunday at Gordon Tasmania August 2015 57 x 40cm
194.Hello friend July 2015 60 x 74cm Acrylics on canvas
193.Moon Bear July 2015 60 x 74cm Acrylics on canvas
192.Anne's parka July 2015 74 x 60cm Acrylics on canvas
191.DaybreakJuly 2014 122 x 102cm Acrylics on canvas
190.Topographical Bach©May 2014 76cm x 76cm Acrylics on canvas
189.They say that no two snowflakes are the same, but how do they know?May 2014 122 x 91cm Acrylics on canvas
188.Wrap me in a warm hug©May 2014 76 x 76cm Acrylics on canvas
187.There you are!©Aug 2013 91 x 91cm Acrylics on canvas
186. Walking back to Carmarthen, South Wales©Aug 2013 76 x 61cm Acrylics on canvas
185. I caught a tree daydreaming in Balmain©Aug 2013 76 x 61cm Acrylics on canvas
184.Three little yachts are we ©Aug 2013 61cm x 92cm Acrylics on canvas
183.At the beach ©Aug 2013 61cm x 92cm Acrylics on canvas
182.Flame tree at “Bundanon” ©June 2013 102cm x 102cm Acrylics on canvas
Commenced August 2012 while on an artist residency at “Bundanon” courtesy of the Bundanon Trust. Completed in the studio June 2013.
181. Hey drop me a line ©June 2013 76cm x 92cm Acrylics on canvas
180. By Blackbutt Creek ©June 2013 153 x 101cm Acrylics canvas
Based on a beautiful bit of bush in Gordon NSW Australia where the path crosses Blackbutt Creek. Commissioned work.
175.Urbanarium ©April 2013 14.5x21.5x14cm Acrylics on paper, canvas and modelling clay, plastic terrarium, galvanised wireBuildings and vehicles captured and living in a small isolated three dimensional fragment of “city”, an urbanarium, with roadways scattered on the ground for nesting material, the way we capture plants and animals and make them live in a small isolated three dimensional fragments of “nature” called a terrarium or aquarium.
174.Tree houses ©April 2013 13x18cm Acrylics on paper
Everything we have comes originally from the ground. Our lives are built on top of what came before and underneath. Houses painted on canvas, cut out and glued onto painting underneath of trees.
173.Night lights ©April 2013 13x18cm Acrylics on paper
I met a security guard when going to an event on Sydney Harbour and we talked about city vs nature. City lights burned everywhere around us, except for one black bulk of completely dark land which he pointed out. This painting is rendered with silver and opalescent paint on a French ultramarine blue and phthalo blue background and springs from the thought that at night, where there is no city, the land is black and the sky burns with myriad points of light, and where there is city, the land (and water) burns with myriad points of light because of which we can’t see nearly as many stars.
171.Red bug ©April 2013 10x15cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
Painted from all angles and around all sides of the canvas, a combination of images from the city, and the world of insects and other creatures whose world is as big to them as ours is to us, and a combining of the two.
170.Woods in hoods ©April 2013 18x13cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
Are buildings and neighbourhoods scattered amongst the trees, or are trees scattered amongst the buildings? Probably depends on whether you’re a person or a bird.
Painted around all sides of this canvas, I’ve thrown together trees and elements of city, fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle.
169.Birds of a feather ©April 2013 13x18cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
A city overpainted with white to leave fish - if you stare at the city, the fish disappear…
We see ourselves as individuals but we live, move and love in colonies as much as do other creatures which we see as being lower on an evolutionary ladder than we are. In many ways we are just the same.
168.Tree with a view ©April 2013 18cm x 13cm Acrylics on cotton canvas and paper
A picture of “Nature” (on paper) constructed from elements of “City” painted on canvas then cut out and glued into place. I love the personality of windows.
167. Gregory’s spider ©April 2013 18cm x 13cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
This urban spider has created its web in the form of a Gregory’s map of part of Sydney… Rozelle, which is the first place I lived when I arrived in Australia in 1973.
Created with silver paint, the web stands out against its French ultramarine blue background particularly in low or angled light. I continued the strands onto the mount backing. The spider’s legs are rendered in gold paint.
166. Itty-bitty city ditty ©March 2013 18cm x 13cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
City as a puzzle of buildings with trees and little patches of green preserved and interspersed like specimens in a bottle as refuge from the visual and physical hustle and bustle of our angular world.
165. Lost in France ©March 2013 46cm x 61cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
164. Garden party ©March 2013 30cm x 30cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
163. Blue city ©March 2013 61cm x 46cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
162.Gold fish ©February 2013 51cm x 51cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
161.Our cat ©February 2013 51cm x 61cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
160. Ella’s cottage ©August 2012 28cm x 41cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
159. River track ©August 2012 76cm x 76cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
158. “Bundanon” dam ©August 2012 40cm x 57cm Acrylics on paper
155. Singleman’s hut, “Bundanon” ©August 2012 40cm x 57cm Acrylics on paper
153. “Bundanon” morning ©August 2012 30cm x 40cm Acrylics on cotton canvas
152. Shoalhaven shores, “Bundanon” ©August 2012 40cm x 57cm Acrylics on paper
150.Stoney Creek ©June 2012 92cm x 92cm Acrylics and gesso on cotton canvas
Created while being filmed by Graeme Stevenson for Colour in Your Life
149.If a fish is asleep, how do you know? ©February 2012 40 x 57cm Acrylic on paper
147.Internet©December 2011 51 x 51cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
Created after my computer died and it looked for a time as though my backups hadn’t worked.
146.Are we there yet? ©December 2011 77 x 51cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
145.Cafe Frendz Nursery ©December 2011 61 x 77cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
The view from my easel at The Little Firefly - my pop-up gallery and studio in Lindfield.
144.Twiggy©December 2011 61 x 61cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
143.Rock pool ©October 2011 61 x 77cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
142....but one went the other way ©October 2011 61 x 77cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
141.Itty-bitty city ©Sept 2011 76 x 92cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
140.Just next door ©Sept 2011 30 x 30cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
139.Our house ©Sept 2011 30 x 30cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
138.Beside Darnley Oval ©Aug 2011 40 x 57cm Acrylic on paper
137. Thinking rocks ©June 2011 40 x 57cm Acrylic on paper
Painted in the bush beside the local park
136.Hello sunshine! ©June 2011 106 x 106cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
135.Go fishing ©June 2011 76 x 76cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
134.Mist ©June 2011 30 x 40cm Acrylic on paper
133.Skyscrapers ©June 2011 62 x 46cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
With lights and buildings reflecting off one another’s glass face it is hard to know where one ends and the next begins.
132.Traffic jam sandwich ©May 2011 40 x 30cm Acrylic on paper
131.Dog day ©May 2011 40 x 30cm Acrylic and ink on paper
130.Balingup trees ©May 2011 76 x 102cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
Based on countryside at Balingup, Western Australia
129.It’s a jungle out there! ©May 2011 76 x 102cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
Painted for my exhibition of the same name
128.Tree of life ©May 2011 102 x 76cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
Painted for an exhibition of the same name
127.Sunrise woods ©May 2011 50 x 70cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
126.Hill shadows ©May 2011 30 x 40cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
Based on countryside at Manilla NSW
125.Looking down from a hot air balloon ©May 2011 26 x 30cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
124.Go fish! ©May 2011 35 x 46cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
123.My town ©May 2011 77 x 61cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
122.Sunny hill ©May 2011 40 x 50cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
Based on countryside at Manilla NSW
121.River flats ©May 2011 41 x 51cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
Based on countryside at Manilla NSW
120.”Suncrest” grove ©May 2011 25 x 25cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
Begun in a paddock on “Suncrest” at Manilla NSW (Tamworth district)
119. ”Danderleith” hills ©May 2011 30 x 40cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
Begun in a paddock on “Danderleith” at Manilla, NSW. (Tamworth district)
118.Hill village ©May 2011 40 x 30cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
I found myself being taken back to the complicated little hill villages in France, looking like each house is trying to peep over the shoulder of the one in front to see what’s going on.
117.Dandelion breeze ©May 2011 51 x 41cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
More fun with textures and the amazing variety of life in the garden, particularly when adequately neglected.
116.Daisy day ©May 2011 46 x 61cm Acrylic on linen canvas
Another play with my tangled garden and textures upon textures.
115.Kangaroo paw ©May 2011 61 x 46cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
My garden has been having a whale of a time - all sorts of things popping up. Kangaroo paw is such an appropriately named plant! I enjoyed playing with textures on this painting.
114.Who can? Toucan ©May 2011 61 x 61cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
There has been a lot of rain so everything in my garden, including the banana trees, has been going nuts. It has inspired my upcoming exhibition - “It’s a jungle out there!” This Toucan in a complicated rainforesty setting popped up.
113.I went to Toronto and fell in love with a green bicycle ©April 2011 92 x 122cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
This work has opalescent paint on the left hand sides of the buildings and trees, and a flock of silver geese and a silver plane that light up when viewed from certain angles. I really did go to Toronto and fall in love with a green bicycle. I was on my way to Wales and France so couldn’t bring it with me. Sigh! This painting has been donated to The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.
112.Erik’s garden©April 2011 40 x 30cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
This painting was made in the garden of friends at Manilla, a lovely little town near Tamworth in New South Wales. I’ve called it Erik’s garden because Erik and I have painted there together. Margaret is also responsible for creating the absolutely beautiful garden itself. The setting is completely magical in this gently rolling countryside..
111.A fruitfly and a rose©Feb2011 76 x 102cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
This is a painting of a white-eyed female fruitfly who started out for Mars but had only got a few centimetres when she crashed into a rose in a glass vase perched on the edge of a table. In maths, biology, genetics, and chemistry classes I used to think that the numbers and symbols written in chalk on the board were quite beautiful. I was excited to realise that I could portray this scene with in formulae from physics, chemistry etc to represent the atoms in the air, orbit of planets, potential energy of the vase perched on the edge of the table, photosynthesis in the rose, ripples of water in the vase, transfer of energy when the fly hit the rose etc etc. Exciting to find a door through which I could step to think and create an artwork in an entirely new way.
110. Rivers of stone (Mount Amos, Tasmania)©Feb 2011 76 x 76cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
Mount Amos is on the south eastern coast of Tasmania on the Freycinet Peninsula separating Coles Bay from Wineglass Bay - the wonderful granite boulders are multicoloured and streaked with rain and lichens.
109The music room (four generations) ©Feb 2011 91 x 76cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
108Wednesday - Coles Bay, Tasmania©Jan 2011 76 x 102cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
107Sleeping Beauty Mountain, Tasmania©Jan 2011 76 x 92cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
106Spring hill©Oct2010 51 x 51cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
105Saffron summer©Oct2010 30 x 30cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
104Traffic©Nov2010 92 x 76cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
103Singing hills ©Aug2010 96 x 126cm Acrylic on cotton canvas (framed)
102Sun shower ©Aug2010 76cm x 76cm Acrylic on cotton canvas (framed)
This is painted over a childhood view map of the neighbourhood where I grew up. Then it became the weedy flowery meadow near the river where we used to walk. In the summer I liked to lie in the busy hidden world of the uncut pasture and watch the clouds and think; I’m now in the future I wondered about.
101Kettle Island ©Aug2010 76 x 61cm Acrylic on linen canvas (framed)
Kettle Island is half way across the Ottawa River near where I grew up. That’s Quebec on the other side. One day a friend took us over to the Island in his little boat but the wind came up and we couldn’t get back again. We had to be rescued. There’s a wonderful maple which turns the most magnificent red every fall.
100The house next door ©Aug2010 25cm x 25cm Acrylic on cotton canvas (framed)
I grew up in this little house with the red roof
99Sun puddles ©Aug2011 76 x 61cm Acrylic on cotton canvas
This is where we went for walks in Ottawa where I grew up.
97Night song ©Aug2010 76 x 101cm Acrylic on canvas (framed)
There is a lot going on in the dark places which didn't show up very well in the photograph...in reality it all depends on where you stand and where the light is...but this image gives the idea. The blues and greens are richer in the original painting than my camera could capture. It began as a lighter painting based on late sun slanting through the valley below my house and catching bits of branches at sunset, but the darker the painting became, the more it took me to the edge of night, the more exciting it became and the more it came to life.
96 I saw these trees in Tasmania ©Aug2010 76 x 101cm Acrylic on canvas (framed)
A windbreak on the crest of a hill which I spotted in Tasmania in March 2009.
95City ditty ©Aug2010 41 x 31cm Acrylic on canvas (framed)
Patterns of windows, street lights, fences, lines on roads, shapes and rhythms and planes of the city.
94Jelly deep ©Aug2010 41 x 31cm Acrylic on canvas (framed)
Playing with colours and shapes took me underwater. Touches of opalescent paint add to the glitter, translucence and delight of the liquid world.
92It’s a bit bouncy out today ©June2010 41 x 31cm Acrylic on canvas (framed)
90 Cobbler’s pegs ©April2010 76cm x 76cm Acrylic on canvas (framed)
Painted on a trip to Manilla (near Tamworth) NSW
89 Blue moon ©April2010 76 x 101cm Acrylic on canvas
88 Friday’s Roast Beef House ©April2010 91 x 122cm Acrylic on canvas
87 The tip ©April2010 76 x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
86 Tuesday, Tasmania ©April2010 91cm x 91cm Acrylic on canvas
85 Gully gum ©April2010 61cm x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
84I met this tree in France ©April 2010 92 x 122cm Acrylic on canvas
83Purple hill ©March2010 76 x 102cm Acrylic on canvas
82Touch of autumn ©March2010 61 x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
81Bush rock ©March2010 92 x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
79 Birch grove ©Feb2010 91 x 122cm Acrylic on canvas
78Black autumn ©Feb2010 61 x 46cm Acrylic on canvas
77Scribbly gum ©Jan2009 image31 x 43cm Acrylic on paper
This painting was done from life- the main elements are distilled down to broad brushstrokes just as we painted when children, while fine details ice the cake and add adult fine motor skills and attention to detail. The little bug is one who kept diving into my white paint.
76Mullee Mullee trees ©Feb2010 76cmx76cm Acrylic on canvas
I loved the shadows running up the hillside behind this stand of trees. This was started on location on a cattle property called “Mullee Mullee” at Bendemeer NSW, and completed in the studio.
75 Teapots ©Feb2010 31 x 41cm Acrylic on canvas
74 Bush moon ©Feb2010 31 x 41cm Acrylic on canvas
73 Sydney Bush ©Feb2010 46 x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
72 Patchwork Farm ©Feb2010 41 x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
71 Bare bones ©Jan2010 76 x 102cm Acrylic on canvas
Based on the drought-stricken Tasmanian midlands, March 2009 - trying to reduce the elements to the bare minimum
70 Bones ©Jan2010 76 x 102cm Acrylic on canvas
Based on the drought-stricken Tasmanian midlands, March 2009. Trees stand stunned with their branches dropped at their feet as if taken by surprise
69 Country road NSW ©Jan2010 76 x 92cm Acrylic on canvas
68 Apple gum ©Jan2010 76 x 92cm Acrylic on canvas
67 Mullee Mullee ©Jan2010 76 x 92cm Acrylic on canvas Painted from the top of a hill on “Mullee Mullee”, cattle property at Bendemeer, Tamworth district, New South Wales, Australia
66 Bendemeer hill ©Jan2010 76cm x 76cm Acrylic on canvas (framed) Painted from the top of a hill on “Mullee Mullee”, cattle property at Bendemeer, Tamworth district, New South Wales, Australia
65 Balingup evening ©Jan2010 25 x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
64 Blue sunset ©Jan2010 46 x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
63 My favourite tree ©Jan2010 40 x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
62 Willagee moon ©Jan2010 76cm x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
61 Night road W.A. ©Jan2010 61 x 50cm Acrylic on canvas
60 Balingup farm ©Jan2010 46 x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
59 Balingup tapestry ©Dec2009 76 x 102cm Acrylic on canvas
58 Balingup afternoon ©Dec2009 image42 x 60cm Acrylic on paper framed
57 Balingup hills ©Dec2009 image30 x 42cm Acrylic on paper
Painted on Christmas Day on a hillside at Balingup, Western Australia
56 Willagee garden ©Dec2009 image642 x 60cm Acrylic on paper
55 Willagee shed ©Dec2009 image42 x 60cm Acrylic on paper
Early attempt at painting in acrylics outside directly from life - Perth WA
54 Bower birds at the billabong ©Nov2009 61 x 51cm Acrylic on canvas
Opalescent paint adds a lively dimension to the water - changing character with
changing light. The dun coloured female is almost hidden.
53 Bower ©Nov2009 61 x 51cm Acrylic on canvas
I have lived in houses in the bush for most of my life and keep returning in my paintings.
There is something rich about the various textures and layers and patterns of light and
52 Requiem - ashes to ashes ©Nov 2009 40 x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
Inspired by film of burnt out homestead against a backdrop of denuded hillside
after the savage Victorian bushfires
51 Hill House ©Oct 2009 30 x 25cm Acrylic on canvas
Colours buzz against each other - gazing at this painting for awhile it begins to look
three dimensional and the white appears to lift away from the rest...fascinating!
50 Spring ©Oct 2009 41 x 31cm Acrylic on canvas
Textured with gesso, reminiscent of the weird and wonderful surprises which emerge
in the garden in spring.
49 Lagoon ©Oct 2009 41 x 31cm Acrylic on canvas
Textured with gesso, vertical and horizontal strokes with highlights create the edge
of a lagoon.
47 Neighbours ©Oct 2009 40 x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
Highrises in black against a crazy background - antennae resemble hair atop each
46 Shadow Land ©Oct 2009 40 x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
Grasses in opalescent paint add to the feel of light just over the hill, and catch the light
even when the painting isn't particularly well lit.
45 Ice pond ©Oct 2009 76cm x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
Very layered paint and gesso- patterns cut into the gesso- inspired by
learning about a bacterium which has tiny magnets in it so it can sink (it's at the
bottom of the canvas)...and taking me to the fascination I've always had gazing
into the world in ponds and under the microscope.
44 After the burn ©Sept 2009 76cm x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
In preparation for the bushfire season a lot of local bush has been burnt - it is beautiful
despite the destruction it represents. I love how secrets are exposed - I love the softness
of the ash and stunning blacks against greys. A few leaves in opalescent paint shimmer
as light on the painting changes.
43 India ©Sept 2009 41 x 31cm Acrylic on canvas
Fine layered detail and opalescent paint speak of the rich and exotic colours, patterns
and stories in India.
42 Pearl river ©Sept 2009 31 x 41cm Acrylic on canvas (framed)
Opalescent paint and rich colours take me to Nova Scotia.
41 Flame going out ©Aug 2009 26 x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
It is important to find the flame in this one. But be quick...it's going out.
40 Tulips too early ©Aug 2009 26 x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
A series of experiments with textures created early tulips caught in late snow...the air is
frosted and cracked with snow catching on its edges.
39 Travelling whales and a goldfish ©Aug 2009 76cm x 76cm Acrylic on canvas (framed)
Pure joy of colour- south coast NSW– whales migrating, and one goldfish...using
colours which become wonderful when used close to each other...the whales
suggested but not clear under water. (I love the idea of a goldfish going along on
an annual migration)
38 Sunflowers blue ©Aug 2009 76cm x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
I was in France in 2008 just before sunflower harvest. The heads, all bowed over
looking at their feet, with shoulders hunched, were so very very sad.
37 Toulouse roofs ©Aug 2009 76cm x 76cm Acrylic on canvas framed
Chimney pots and antennae sprouting from the jumbled roofs were delightful. I love
how we may make our bits facing the street look fancy, but our rooftops betray the
more mundane things that go on in the house. Like wearing a swish evening gown,
with the tag showing.
36 Sunflowers France ©Aug 2009 76 x 102cm Acrylic on canvas
The sky is the landscape. Many layers, much texture, playing with light and
discovering how villages can be gently suggested ...trying to capture the satisfying
rolling countryside, late shadows and tidy rows of trees, but only as a rim at the
bottom under the dominant sky.
35 Paris deux ©Jul 2009 61 x 51cm Acrylic on canvas
Different simplified layers end up combining to celebrate Paris: chimney pots,
golden statuary, the wonderful light, tall narrow buildings with delightful windows,
paving stones, street lamps, its art, its personality, architecture, depth of history
and joie de vivre.
34My front garden - winter ©Jul 2009 143cm x 143cm Acrylic on canvas
The perspective of Pacific Sky (painting number 33) suggested viewing my front
garden from above, and at an angle so that there's almost a sense of vertigo –
it is viewed from several perspectives at once so could be hung at almost any angle,
but hanging from this corner gives the best effect. The magnolia is reduced to a few
crazy blossoms- I love how crazy they are at their end.
33 Pacific sky ©Jul 2009 51 x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
A quick play with colour ended up with palm trees as seen from the dark rainforest
below. This perspective led into the next painting, "My front garden - winter"
(painting number 34).
32 Wicker Barn ©Jul 2009 51 x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
I loved weaving paper strips together as a child and wanted to see if a painting
could be done that way. Only knowing I was aiming at a rural scene, I started in
one corner building up a chequerboard of squares, then filled in the white squares
31 Water taxi ©Jul 2009 51 x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
I've always found blackened piles and the “gulp” of water under wharves just a bit
sinister. Here a little red boat skips across the rolling harbour against a conglomerate
cliff of city while a wharf edges in from the left.
30 Paris ©Jul 2009 102cm x 102cm Acrylic on canvas
This painting evolved over a number of days from simple shapes to more and more
detail – and from all colours to a limited palette which pulled it together better. There
was a waiter in it for a while, having a smoke, but I sent him back inside. I love the
buildings, chimneys, and detail in Paris.
29 Blue trees ©Jul 2009 102cm x 102cm Acrylic on canvas
White trees on patterned background (see “On the drawing table” on my website)
didn't work - I disliked starting a painting with a specific result in mind - the feel was
all wrong. I began to wander off and add detail and texture… three small blue trees
at the front changed the whole feel of the woods.
28 Tapestry woods ©Jul 2009 102cm x 102cm Acrylic on canvas
You can see the steps in creating this on my website (“On the drawing able”) -
learned that painting is all about inventing. I made patterned trees with white
between, but some people tend to see the white as trees. I added a few clues
but learned to embrace ambiguity...next painting decided to see what would happen
if I did it again but deliberately made white trees...see painting number 29 "Blue trees".
27 Birch trees ©Jul 2009 31 x 25cm Acrylic on canvas
Painting over a pattern I ended up trying leaving strips of pattern as trees with
white (sky) and blue (snow) solid background between. I loved the effect of such
textured bark. I was then busting to do a bigger version…which became "Tapestry
Woods". (See painting number 28)
26 That's me in the little boat ©Jul 2009 61 x 51cm Acrylic on canvas
at the top
This one involved a lot of thinking about reflections, shadows, colour relationships. In
the end I wanted the water to be the main character rather than being the filling between
other things. This painting is so busy that it really needs its several quiet areas for the
eyes to rest in.
25 City Park ©Jul 2009 92 x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
Began as a harbour view, turned on its side, evolved with long sinuous branches
and daubs of sky painted between them. The organic limbs against geometric
background takes me to parks nesting in the middle of cities.
24 Out of the blue ©Jul 2009 25 x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
Background textured blue suggests rainforest into which a butterfly has
appeared for a moment.
23 Cityscape ©Jul 2009 77 x 92cm Acrylic on canvas
A cityscape with buildings, traffic, parks, and distant hills was painted over with
different picture frames (no two alike) and windows- the way a city is fragmented
by the way its various inhabitants see it – through their own little windows or as
pictures of bits of it on their walls.
22 Crazy rain ©Jul 2009 31cm x 31cm Acrylic on canvas
Pure play with colour and shapes.
21 Round bales - Nova Scotia ©Jul 2009 46cm x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
In eastern Canada farmland and harbour are equally important; round bales of
hay wrapped in white plastic and little white lighthouses contrast with ploughed
fields and forests. Here I experimented with autumn trees painted like gusts of
smoke, and leaves sprinkle down to the right as snow sprinkles down to the left.
More experimenting with reflections on choppy water.
20 Winter garden ©Jul 2009 46 x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
Listening to a favourite cello concerto this one evolved quite spontaneously - it
reminds me of the corner of our garden in Ottawa when I was a child. I love the
effect of a touch or two of orange/red against a blue/green theme.
19 Whistling fish ©Jun 2009 46 x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
Now where did THEY come from???
18 Yukon moon ©Jun 2009 61 x 46cm Acrylic on canvas
An idea abandoned and turned upside down, then the light appearing as discreet
brushstrokes, then trees and pine-needled ground – takes me right to Canadian
bush. I suddenly see what van Gogh was doing and how much his brushstrokes
put life into the air- it isn't just an absence between objects. I didn't see the moon
is blue until it was pointed out- it felt right.
17 Holiday on Mars ©Jun 2009 60 x 45cm Acrylic on canvas
Fun with shapes and colour. It began underwater but ended up on Mars.
16 Bird World ©Jun 2009 61 x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
This one evolved around the three little birds on the upper right. It was a joy to paint.
15 Sydney ©Jan 2009 76 x 102cm Acrylic on canvas
An exciting-to-paint work done fast and instinctively- started with an arch which suggested
Sydney Harbour Bridge; when it was finished I had made a southerly buster, surf, wharves,
parks and inner city. I avoided painting the Opera House (which I think is beautiful) because
its image tends to dominate and calls out “Sydney” in its own way, not mine.
14 Saint-Flour France lower town ©Jan 2009 122cm x 91cm Acrylic on canvas
I was discovering how to simplify the view into shapes of wonderful colour which would work
together to create a sense of light and landscape and evoke the feeling of the scene. The
yellow sky and hints of roofs are suggestions to take us to a feeling we would have if looking
at the actual town from the walled medieval city above.
13 Croft House B&B ©Jan 2009 61 x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
Having painted the colourful outback, I wondered if an essentially green landscape could
support bright contrasting colours. I love washing hanging on lines; there's something so
playful about it while representing a task, often social, often hard, undertaken worldwide
through millennia, connecting people in the same way that childbirth does.
12 My back verandah ©Jan 2009 76 x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
Again experimenting with colour, and painting the FEEL and personality of subjects
such as chairs, watering can, flowers. Welcome to my world in which everything has
a personality and a take on the universe around it. It was also exciting to find ways
to use colour to recreate textures such as a brick wall, palm, fence, timber yurt etc.
11 Red country ©Jan 2009 102 x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
Memories of far western NSW from 1976 : Cameron Corner, red sand, dingo fence
(not pictured), low scrub, a long bone found in a clay pan. Born of a strong desire to
put deep blue (Ultramarine and cobalt) against the red and red/orange of the earth,
with pale green tussocks vibrating against the red in the same way that heat makes
the air shimmer.
10 My living room and a lambskin ©Dec 2008 48 x 61cm Acrylic on canvas
I love putting colours together that vibrate and fizz against each other bringing them
alive. This was an experiment in painting shape and tone and the FEEL of how
something looks, ignoring the detail of how things are actually put together. It is
viewed from several perspectives and tries to capture the cosy feel of this room.
9 Goanna and two geckos ©Jun 2009 61 x 76cm Acrylic on canvas
Australian bush is very messy and there's a lot going on. This one took me to a
sandstone gully with complicated bush and glimpses of wildlife through it including
three tadpoles and a Corroboree Frog who has no business being there- it must be on holiday.
8 Three French Houses ©Jun 2009 60 x 45cm Acrylic on canvas
A lot of working over and over this one to simplify and strengthen and make the
landscape make sense. The season changed. Discovered effects of sky reflected
in water and to be uninhibited in painting sky- just paint a feeling madly and see
7 Red kite ©Dec 2008 61cm x 46cm Acrylic on canvas
Looking at the background colour which was from a previous attempt still wet and
smushed together, this popped into my head as an almost fully formed idea. It was
a red kite right from the beginning, even though the kite itself was never in it.
6 Friends ©Dec 2008 50 x 60cm Acrylic on canvas
I made a light background then the rest arrived as a virtually fully formed idea...it
practically painted itself. I am fond of this painting- somehow the odd characters in it
(there are three) feel friendly and tender to me.
5 Poplars ©Dec 2008 41 x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
Experiment with pure colour around the bright red/orange roof which was central to
several versions painted over. I was thinking of France but funnily it takes me right to
Quebec every time I look at it.
4 Dog's dinner ©Dec 2008 30 x 40cm Acrylic on canvas
A quick study- the eternal wait for dinner. The lumps are from a previous painting. I like to
leave the lumps – I love texture in paintings and it can suggest more to their creation than
first meets the eye. I liked the effect when black and hints of bright colour and white are laid
against a muddy (technically “grey”) background.
3 Experiment in twilight ©Dec 2008 30cm x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
Inspired by trees at the end of my road- discovered glow is created by painting daubs
of light leaving branches between rather than painting branches on a background sky.
2 Between the flags ©Dec 2008 30cm x 30cm Acrylic on canvas
Colours of cossies (bathing suits); simplicity and clarity of sand and edges at the beach.
1 Little chair ©Jan 2008 40 x 30cm Acrylic and ink on canvas
First painting using acrylics. The sky came first and demanded a hill next. The hill demanded
a chair next. The painting evolved of its own accord. The cloud was clearly tied to the chair,
and there is a third chair below the hill.