Yellow lemons against a blue cloth.

Yellow and Blue

Bright colours really stand out when combined with a dark background. I often use this effect in still life painting. I have a lot of blue-patterned cloths and when combined with yellow lemons from my tree that makes a great subject for still life painting.

Enamelware on a table

Enamelware

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.

A black cat sits on a sofa.

Country Kitchen

My sister in law, Judy, has an older-style Queensland house with a country kitchen. Whenever I visit, I sketch, and over the years I’ve painted just about all the house. There are lots of good angles and quiet corners. The house has a warm, friendly feeling. In my paintings from Judy’s house I’ve tried to…