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Friday, September 30, 2011

Here is what Lindsay & Jo said when they saw the photo of Scoobie's portrait

30 x 40cms unframed Pastel

' WOW!!! That looks absolutely stunning!
You've got the expression down pat.
We are so looking forward to getting him! You have been able to capture the "essence" of Scoobie - he looks so serene!"
Lindsay & Jo

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My Oil portrait prices will be increasing at the end of October so if you have been thinking of having me create a portrait for you book before then and your portrait will be at current prices.
My pastel prices will stay the same except for the $300 sketch which will increase to $350.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Amazing sculptures outside Wollombi

I saw this sculpture as I was driving past a while ago and vowed to go and have a closer look.It's terrific! I'd call it
' The attack of the killer ants'

They are made of metal car parts(?) or similar.I'll post extra pics on my Blog.If you want to see it in the flesh it's part of the Wollombi sculpure trail that is on for October and it is located at the Lavender Gate gallery venue just before Wollombi.I wanted to see who made it but I couldn't find a name which was disappointing.

I love the way it is eating the logo!

Creating a portrait of Scoobie - 30 x 40cms Pastel

I'm creating a pastel portrait of a lovely terrier at the moment. I am having fun with colour! He is so cute.
  I'm having a ball with Pastel. The portrait is 30 x 40cms image size which is a great size for him.I've been given permission to enhance his colour and it's looking great!
 Here is the reference photo.
He is inside a tent New years day 2005.The photo isn't an ideal reference photo as it isn't sharp and his eyes and nose are just black blobs but it is such a happy pose and I have found a sharper photo to help with the details.
Some paintings seem to paint themselves effortlessly and his is one of them.I think the portrait is almost finished but I'll sit on it for a while and have a fresh look.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Here is the finished painting of the farmer with his dog.

For Sale

"Farmer's Friend"
38 x 48cms framed size
Have your own family memory created!

Framing. The name Sue Linton near the dog is not on the original painting - it is for internet copyright purposes only.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Farmer and his dog update

Here's an update on the farmer on his quad painting.I need to have it finished for early next week for an artshow but I don't think it will be 100% done by then.
I have a headache today so no more painting.I have a lovely old frame ready for it.

 30 x 40cms
 framed Oil

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Bonus - a palomino stockhorse X quarterhorse

Here's a portrait I've done of Bonus a palomino stockhorse quarterhorse cross.He has been a great first horse for Kate being a loyal, intelligent,placid ,lazy smoocher. He's now about 12 years old has done Parelli groundwork and does dressage.
The portrait is a Pastel sketch.

An entry for an art show

I've done a bit more to one of my 2009 portrait sketches from a model. I'm going to enter her in an art show.I've deliberately left her unrefined as I like her that way.I liked the feel of what I got on the day and even though I could have fixed her up a bit more I wanted to keep that feel.
30 x 40cms framed Oil
 Here she is framed

Monday, September 19, 2011

Newspaper photos with the Business Award

I've been away for a while and it's amazing how much everything grows when you are away - the place looks lovely.The ducklings have doubled in size! I'm gradually getting all my emails under control.Here's the photo of me with my business award that was in the Maitland Mercury Newspaper last week.
Sorry I couldn't fit the whole newspaper in the scanner.

Friday, September 2, 2011


 35 x 41 cms image 
Framed Oil. 
Ally passed away earlier this year.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Demo of the farmer and his dog

I know I had some photos of the very start and the sketch of this one but I can't find them so here are the earliest ones I have.
I sketched the whole painting up roughly with a few mistakes that I corrected as I went along.
Here I am just trying to cover the whole canvas with approximate colours.

This is what I did on the day at the horse event. I was too busy talking to get a lot done .I usually paint the whole painting to the same stage but I felt I needed to almost finish off the dog to show people what he would look like.

Now I've started to refine the farmers clothes. My aim is for the focus to be on the connection between the farmer and his dog with the rest of the painting not as important so I don't want to overdo the rest of the painting.
Now I have to do the farmers face, adjust the landscape a bit  and finish off the quad bike without getting too detailed..