The Sakura Fairy

I call this painting The Sakura Fairy. It is acrylic on canvass. This is the first painting that I have entered into an exhibition. I entered it in to the Sydney Road “Window Frames”exhibitionΒ  and was selected as one of the winners! I was pretty happy about that πŸ™‚

“Window Frames” is an exhibition in Brunswick that utilizes shop fronts to display peoples work….. So its kind of a street gallery. Pretty cool idea. The project began in 1996 to create interest in the street and support local artists and businesses. It has been shit canned by some as pointless as there is so much competing advertising in the shop fronts on Sydney Rd that the paintings are lost but I still think it is a good idea and lacks any pretentiousness. I was lucky to be in a shop front with lots of open space. Here is a link to “The Dressing Room” blog featuring the painting. They were extremely helpful and supportive πŸ™‚


One of my more recent acrylic paintings

OK….. this painting took FOR EVER to do. I had a crack at it over a period of about 3 years. Yes 3 years! But I got stuck on it here and there and put it away for a couple months at a time. I also did some other paintings in the mean time. Just a couple of commissioned paintings. Nothing spectacular. When I started cracking into it though, it still took six months to complete! Man it was like an opus πŸ™‚

The general idea of the painting is this. It is a black and white painting of an old woman’s face. Someone has gone over the painting in colour with a wide brush to reveal the true young face that lies beneath. The younger area in colour on the lips is where the paint has splashed down from above.

It’s supposed to be symbolic of the fact that your “chronological” age or outward appearance does not necessarily dictate your age. Youth is all about attitude so people can be young for as long as they wish. The painting is broken up over eight canvasses to add a little more of a design element to it. The idea is that your imagination fills in the gaps.

I always thought the mouth looked too low down even though it is positioned where it should be πŸ™‚

I call it “The Eye” because thats how i would always refer to it when talking to other people. The eye painting. It is just over 1m wide and about 1.7m in height

Beach Bum

This is my second crack at oil painting. I call it “Beach Bum” for the obvious reasons πŸ™‚

I wanted to do a simple painting with bright colours. This seemed like great idea and I was really glad with the way it came out. Although, it was as much an exercise in skin tones as it was about the subject matter. But at the end of the day, I just like the beach and wanted to do a beach painting. I cant claim credit for the idea though. That belongs to my wife and so does the bum in question. She said I should paint a series of bum shots at the beach. So there will be more one day πŸ™‚

My first attempt at oil painting

So this is basically a close up of Ned Kelly’s eye (Australian Bush Ranger for those of you outside Aust). I call it “A Brief Encounter With Ned”. It was meant to beΒ  scary looking……. I think I succeeded πŸ™‚ I was going for a very rusty look to the mask. The real thing is not nearly so worn. The painting took about twelve hours to do. I got a bit stuck on the rust as I was having trouble getting the effect that I was after. The eye came pretty easy. I like doing eyes and this one had me very keen πŸ™‚