Acrylic Paint: Achieving Textural Effects

Acrylics with impasto and gel mediums create superb contrasts of rough and smooth, peaks and valleys that I find quite beautiful and useful in many landscape and abstract paintings. This type of texture works great for tree bark, building walls, hills, ocean waves, even certain flowers lend well to this approach. I mixed the acrylicsContinue reading “Acrylic Paint: Achieving Textural Effects”

Evocative Texture II

Colour, Tone and Texture play important roles in my art making processes. I want my Art to evoke a heartfelt response both within myself and the viewer. Using texture, tone and colour seem to work best for me to achieve that. Choosing subjects that are personal, those that I love and wish to tell aContinue reading “Evocative Texture II”

Clouds: The Impressionist Approach

Colourful, bold, Impressionist cloud painting in watercolours captures the mood of the day near Warwick, Queensland. A limited palette of three tubes of paint  and mixing  them has provided more than enough colours to create a lovely sense of aerial perspective. Notice the warmer orange browns are in the foreground and the cooler colours,  greyContinue reading “Clouds: The Impressionist Approach”

Into The Light: Value of Tone

Success in any painting has meant that I have created adequate tonal value nuances of light and dark. When I find areas that seem ‘flat,’ without depth, not very interesting, without shape or form;  I always discover I have not created enough tonal variations in that area.     The very basic, minimum I canContinue reading “Into The Light: Value of Tone”

Experimental Art Processes

The last few weeks have been quite prolific with a number of experimental drawing and painting workshops.  The themes ranged from Klee, Degas, to music, to landforms and then to pure imagination –  wonderful art creations  emerged though out the workshop processes!   Two of the key points in each of the workshops was (1)Continue reading “Experimental Art Processes”

Zen of Colour

Snippets of just a few of the styles and media planned for my  upcoming  “Zen of Colour”  creative art course at Atwell Gallery, Perth   Term 1     2015.   I will also be conducting a demo preview for this course at the Jackson’s Art Supplies  Alfred Cove, Perth  Thursday January  29,  2015 ColoursContinue reading “Zen of Colour”

Good News about Epic Art Failures

The Good News is there’s a lot to be gained by yesterday’s art wreckages. This morning I reviewed my ‘artistic overflow of enthusiasm’  i.e. experiments that look pretty horrible.   I came up with a plan and 6 ways these less than ideal images can be of use to me. I’m quite determined to salvageContinue reading “Good News about Epic Art Failures”


Loose bold free impressionistic watercolour mountains and hills!  Bold bright cobalt sky emphasizes the top of the hill providing a sense of heat, summer and sun to the landscape. Mountain in Blue is an inspired mix of cerulean blue, prussian blue with a bit of umber; then allowing some of the paint to drip downContinue reading “mountains”