Sunday, September 5, 2010

Art Talk

What a week ! The art gallery talk on Victorian Visions was very well attended with many extra people from the general public. The reaction was enthusiastic with requests for many more and a rather special moment in my life, a happy coincidence ,as I was speaking the owner of the collection ( Mr Schaeffer himself) was looking over his pictures without my knowing and asked one of the attendance who I was as he had listened to my explanations of his pictures I quote ' he obviously knows what he is talking about' at the break we were Introduced a long enthusiastic conversation followed with some inside information about the next picture I will be speaking about.
This was John William Waterhouse Mariamne 1887. Great story, but what was so exciting I was able to announce at the end of my explanation not known to me or the general public until my meeting with Mr Schaeffer. On the right behind Herod in the background just poking his head into the picture is believed to be a self portrait of the artist, at the end of the exhibition the painting is to be removed from the frame so the gallery can have a look.

My latest talk at the art gallery of New South Wales will contrast British Victorian Art with French Impressionism dates and title to be announced

Also there will be a special portrait workshop Saturday 25th September.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Have I painted a contraversial painting?

I am so busy running and teaching at my artschool it is very difficult to find the time to write words for my site each week typical of the last three weeks is: I have just spent the holidays teaching a school workshop for all ages which is wonderful for me and great fun for the kids see pictures although by the end of the week I'm exhausted.

My students are constantly asking me to enter one art competition or another, time is the problem but this year I said I would do it as I miss the challenges of freelance illustration and working to deadlines so three weeks ago I made a decision to enter a picture for the Mosman Art Prize deadline tomorrow 19th of July anyway I completed the picture two days ago being painted in oils its quite a large picture which would normally take a week or so to be dry, so it had to stand in front of a fan heater for the last two days and nights to be dry enough to take.

The Mosman Art Prize is quite controversial, some years the winner has baffled many, in other words its 'crap' but the publicity and interest it generates well i guess that's what its all about, so what about my picture there are literally thousands of entries with only space for a hundred or so, so the first hurdle is to get in, well my picture is painted in a traditional style (I thought this was the right technique to make it believable) but the subject matter is controversial as you can see, it may make it in? I chose a subject matter which is close to my heart Global Warming the title being '' Who's Telling Us the Truth'' take a close look and you will see the water level has risen to half way up the Opera house ( whilst I appreciate this is a gross exaggeration, the intention is to make people think) with ice bergs floating in Sydney Harbour .Why the title? depending on which group of elites you listen to its already happening re:Al Gore( An Inconvenient Truth and others) or Sir Nigel Lawson or is it Lord? former treasure in the Thatcher government it is some sort of hoax, if Global Warming is a reality its not caused by man,s activity on earth its just a natural cycle the earth is going through, or to quot the leader of the Australian Opposition ''ITS A LOAD OF CRAP'' thank you Mr Abbott, so what can 'we' really believe that's what the picture is drawing attention to!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Portrait workshop

I will be conducting a portrait workshop on April 24th at my studio at the Northshore School of Art which is already full. -----
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Mosman Art Gallery

Invited me to submit one of my paintings for the anual exhibition of 'Artist's of Mosman' this year I actually submited one of my favorite's titled 'Icon' one of the most difficult paintings I have undertaken in years the subject being Australia's most famious train the 3801bult in the 40's.
It was created without photographic reference except for the 3801 which I stumbled accross a few years ago in a sideing outside Maitland railway station but not at the angle I have painted it,it was quit an undertaking to draw the whole picture using free hand perspective, particularly where perspective reverses itself as the rails converge into the turntable then imagine how the play of light would effect the colours through a steam filled roof,and the braisier on the floor. -----
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Thursday, March 25, 2010