Thursday, December 2, 2010

Roos in the graveyard 2010 oil on panel

I had passed this old cemetary on the outskirts of Goulburn last week, and came back today to paint it. As I was walking around reading the tombstones, I got rather near a pack of kangaroos that were hanging about. We both had a start and then they backed off a bit, but not too far. I grabbed my gear and sat on the grass to capture this scene. Can you spot the roo? I'll be back to do a larger one on a similar theme.

Cherry interior 2010 oil on linen

Today I woke up to non-stop rain, so I headed in to the manor house to do some inside work. This is the library and the reflection of a print by Cherry Hood on the table caught my attention. As I was painting the light coming through the curtains, I realized they are portraits of David Gulpilil by Martin Sharp. I was glad to be able to appropriate these well-known pieces of Australian art in my own little painting. If you look close, you'll notice there's an extra chair leg in there, I wasn't about to sacrifice rhythm for realism...


  1. I'm so sorry to say it, but I can't see the roo's. I really thought I'd be fine! And it wasn't till I you mentioned the print on the curtain that I finally noticed it, wow, how could I have missed it? I feel a little blind now.

    But they are both absolutely incredible, amazing amazing.

  2. Thanks! Don't feel bad about not spotting him... He's in the bottom left hand corner. His body is facing left, but he's looking right. See him now?

  3. The reflection of the light on that dining table is amazing - reflected light is one of my favourite things to paint and photograph.