New Directions

Welcome to my new 2020 BLOG – signaling New Directions for my art, but maybe a little of returning to a favourite style and medium.

Twilight Calling – Oil Paint, Ready to hang – Stretched Canvas 91.5cm (W) x 68.8cm (H) x 3.5cm (D) More Info 

If you have followed me on Facebook or Instagram you may remember that a few months ago I admitted that I had stopped using oil paints (and solvents) after fifty years, for health reasons. Well it’s one year and twenty-two days since I actually ‘quit’. I added a couple of cloud changes to the image above of The Glass House Mountains at sunset. I think giving up oil paints is like quitting smoking – they say if you’re still counting the days then you still miss them ?

I am focusing my art practice on healthier water-based paints, and of course digital photography. I’ll be exploring acrylics, mixed media, and watercolours; and building on my abstract concepts and paintings from the early 1990’s to mid-2000’s. Abstract and semi-abstract requires, at least for me, a different mindset to my traditional style of oil painting that I was taught in the early 1970’s. But I found that the traditional oil style was very easy and beneficial to me while doing post-graduate studies and research for my Dementia Activities, and then building the Share-Time Pictures portfolio. It was a familiar and relaxing painting style.

I’ll be posting How-to-Do-Its, Studio Updates of what’s on my easel, and sharing some painting Tips and Hints that I’ve accumulated over that half century.

I look forward to you following and hearing from you



Please feel free to comment below, or contact me directly re any of my artworks.

Then and Now

A Breakfast Stroll with a View 2019 – Oil Paint, Ready to hang – Stretched Canvas 91.5cm (W) x 46cm (H) x 3.7cm (D) More Info

Above my old worn brushes – Aberfeldie Park, Melbourne 1969, first oil, en plien air, untrained.


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