Sunlight streams into this veranda past the lush foliage outside. The table is set for afternoon tea.
The wide, sunny, Queensland veranda is one of the treasures of living in this state. The sunny verandas make a perfect with our warm winters. A cane chair, a cushion and a book complete the scene!
A series of photographs reveal the stages of a nasturtium painting on its journey to completion.
The Brisbane agricultural show is an old and well loved Queensland institution known locally as the Ekka. The quieter parts of the show provide good material for paintings.
The green and gold of the wattle is Australia’s national flower. The glorious blaze of the yellow wattle blooms are a great subject for still life painting.
In this Covid-infected time we have rediscovered what a backyard is for. We can reverse the effects of severe lockdown with a spot of reading by the fence.
Bright mandarins smoulder against a deep blue background. This deep tonal contrast is a feature often seen in my still life paintings.
Many old Queensland gardens grew sweet-tasting papaw. The best plants were nursed into extreme old age with much care and love because the sweet fruit they produced were worth the effort.
Nasturtiums are a joy to paint. Their happiness brightens up everyone’s mood. However the long, sinuous tendrils give an indication that there is a darker side to this innocent plant. These contradictions make for an interesting still life painting.
Colourful enamelware makes a great painting subject. First it has to be thoughtfully arranged and lit with a spotlight. Then comes the challenge of depicting the hard, bright, coloured surface of the metal.