Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Candy Star


Candy Star
Oil on board
Oct 30, 06
To purchase for $100 click here

Some stars arn't worth reaching for.

Monday, October 30, 2006

English Beauty



English Beauty
Oil on gessoed board
145x150mm
$300 Sold

I painted this one over the last few days. I always find it a challenge, and an interesting conundrum, depicting a three dimensional object on another three dimensional object on a two dimensional picture plane, while at the same time keeping in mind that the painting, (and the paint), is a three dimensional object itself. Keeps me happily amused anyway.
English Beauty is the name on the bottom of the cup.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Donald Duck Contre-jour


Donald Duck Contre-jour
Oct 24, 06
115x115mm
To purchase for $200 click here

Sometimes I feel like a cartoon character...

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Match With Ember


Match With Ember
Oil on gessoed board
45x80mm
Oct 22, 06
Sold

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Small Safety Pin


Leonard's contribution


Small Safety Pin
Oil on gessoed board
Oct, 21,06

This one was painted with the help of a rat. I painted it yesterday and left it on the easel. When I came into the studio this morning I found that it had several long diagonal scratch marks across the wet paint. The previous few days I'd noticed that lots of little objects and paintings had been knocked off the shelf and I'd suspected a rat or something had been making nocturnal visits. Why a rat would want to jump on my easel and deface my painting is beyond my comprehension! Praps it is a punk rat with a fetish for safety pins..? Or maybe it's a budding art curator/critic? I have named it Leonard...

Anyway, I had to repaint it today, but I felt I should leave a little of Leonard's handiwork visable. I think it's probably better now than it was..

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Face Down


Face Down
Oil on gessoed board
110x80mm
Oct 19, 06
I got the idea for this from viewing the dailypainters blog, where all the paintings are displayed as thumbnails and look to me like an elabarate game of patience! I thought it would be funny to see one of the "cards" face down. I like the kind of abstract patterns on cards and persian carpets that uncannily resemble the patterns found in the Mandlebrot set. I understand that cards were originally used for foretelling the future rather than playing games. You never know when you're going to turn up trumps...

Friday, October 20, 2006

Unidentified Beetle


Unidentified Beetle
Oil on gessoed board
Oct 18, 06
Sold


I found this empty beetle casing (where did it go..???), on my walk along the beach. It was quite strange eyeballing it closely to paint! The last time I attempted to paint bugs would have been about 25 years ago when I did a large painting of house flies. In those days I painted small things on a larger-than-life scale. Now I paint more on a one-to-one scale, but the paintings are "bigger". When I photographed this painting it occurred to me that it seemed like the bug was trapped in the wet paint.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Dead Match


Dead Match
oil on gessoed board
30x80mm
Oct 17, 06
Sold
Like much of my work this has a strong vanitas quality.

From the latin: vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas
translating to: Vanity of vanities; all is vanity
Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Monday, October 16, 2006

Eiffel Tower Penknife


Eiffel Tower Penknife
oil on gessoed board
Oct, 14, 06

I use this little penkife to pick out the stray bristles that inevitably get stuck in the paint as I'm working. I find it convenient to just stick it in the foam polystyrene backing board I use to support my little paintings while I'm working on them. I knew I would have to paint it.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Teaspoon


Teaspoon
Oil on gessoed board
110x130mm
Oct 13, 06
Sold

"I have measured out my life with coffee spoons"
T.S. Eliot

Friday, October 13, 2006

Apple on a Matchbox


Apple on a Matchbox
oil on gessoed board
110x140mm
Oct 12, 06

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Broken China


Broken China
Oil on gessoed board
Oct 10,11, 06
200x190mm

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Bottle Opener


Bottle Opener
oil on gessoed board
110x140mm
Oct, 9, 06

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Shades of Juliet


Shades of Juliet
Oil on gessoed board
Oct 5 - 7th, 06
190x190mm
To purchase for $400 click here

A friend was visiting and she forgot her sunglasses, so I decided to paint them.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Pear Core


Pear Core
Oil on gessoed board
Oct 4, 06
$200 Sold

The Perfect Match


The Perfect Match
Oil on gessoed board
Oct 2, 06
80x22mm

I'm not really suggesting that this is the perfect painting of a matchstick, I just liked the title...
Another wee postage sized painting.
$60 Sold

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Broken Chalk



Broken Chalk
Oil on gessoed board
47x120mm
Oct 1, 06
To bid on this painting click here $1 reserve