Backwards forwards.



Backwards, forwards seems to be the way my studio practice is currently going. It really could be a very happy full time job being a painter. In between the actual painting is a bit of thinking, reading and art bureaucracy   – which takes a surprisingly large amount of time (add up all those social networks, and this and that). Sadly it isn’t the full time job, hence the constant feeling of forwards, backwards.

This painting was based on a sketch for  Renee Magritte’s ‘The Glasshouse’ where he painted a portrait of himself protruding from the back of his own head or one of his suited figures. It’s an interesting portrait, and painted in 1939, foreshadows our horrorified preoccupation with things exploding from within us (think of alien..).

Golden boy

Back in the studio last night, trying to assemble a show out of my finished bits and pieces. Did this as a quickie – been playing with gold. Gold leaf, gold paint – nothing brings up the culture of sydney than a bit of cheap gold bling. Head of a golden boy (detail)/ Oil paint & gold paint on canvas.


Cheap love #goldpaint #cheapcanvas #study #painting

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From my instagram account

Studies for batsman

French cricket

Study #1. Oil on canvas. 20×30.

Someone asked me today if I ever painted the same painting, and this is a classic example. I’ve got 3 versions of this happening at the moment. All currently in progress. There is something about the pose that I really like  – the stance of defence. I wanted to over exaggerate the pose, and so have been playing with the stance. This one is a quick painting on lightweight canvas, with a low horizon to exaggerate the figure.

Study 2

Oil on Linen. 20×20

No horizon line, extra player to give context. Vivid green against the dark of the players. Trying to introduce more weight into the pose – find that moment before anything happens: the waiting.

Ashes to ashes

pairofbatsmanBeen working on some study for larger paintings in the studio for a cricket series. It seems strangely suited that the year I decide to paint sport, the Australian cricket team implodes, and the Australian public promptly turns their collective backs and have decided they are not interested in cricket.

So, rightly or wrongly, my cricketers all seems disappointed and rather despondent.  Cricket in NQ when I was younger was always high key, bright colours, squinting into the sunlight, all the players starkly contrasted against the white of their uniforms. Minimal speed, slow paced and hot. So very hot.


Cricket makes no sense to me. I find it beautiful to watch and I like that they break for tea. That is very cool, but I don’t understand. My friends from The Clash tried to explain it years and years ago, but I didn’t understand what they were talking about.

Jim Jarmusch


Black Line Boogie at Saint Cloche



‘Black Line Boogie’ – an exhibition of ceramics by Jan Howlin, paintings and drawings by  Mary van de Wiel at Saint Clouche gallery in Paddington. The black and white graphic nature of the works bounce off each other within the space. The gallery has 2 glass walls that keep the space bright – it was a perfect Sydney spring day:)

I’m a bit of a fan of Jan’s ‘white men in suits’ figurative pieces, both from the tactility of the surface (all those lines, and grooves) and for their strange self-important privilege with their oversized body suits, and tiny little heads.


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Snaps from the show





TERRA D’OMBRA – Pamela Honeyfield

Popped into an art opening up at Hunters Hill on the weekend to see a friend’s show at the Hunters Hill Gallery – which is a wee space in a beautiful sandstone building. The influence of the gallery is seen in the painting’s  palette. When set against the sandstone walls you can see the play in the colours and textures of the larger work.




From Pamela Honeyfield‘s website: The name comes from Terra di Ombra, or earth of Umbria, the Italian name of the pigment.
Umbria is a mountainous region of central Italy.  Pamela’s solo is an attempt to capture her love for travel, using the earthy blend of umbers in her work. Pamela will exhibit works on paper, canvas and wood, using colours that are indicative of the land in raw, burnt, rust and natural tones. 

Date: June 30 – July 12 2015 
 Gallery open: Tuesday – Sunday  10am – 4pm 
 3/37 Alexandra Street Hunters Hill 2110  

It’s not cricket

Runway cricketer #scribble #oilpaint #paper

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Unsportsmanlike conduct (also called unsporting behaviour or ungentlemanly conduct) is a foul or offence in many sports that violates the sport’s generally accepted rules of sportsmanship and participant conduct. Examples include verbal abuse or taunting of an opponent, an excessive celebration following a scoring play, or feigning injury. The official rules of many sports include a catch-all provision whereby participants or an entire team may be penalised or otherwise sanctioned for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Sledge early, sledge often

Sledging is a term used in cricket to describe the practice whereby some players seek to gain an advantage by insulting or verbally intimidating the opposing player. The purpose is to try to weaken the opponent’s concentration, thereby causing him to make mistakes or underperform. It can be effective because the batsman stands within hearing range of the bowler and certain close fielders; and vice versa. The insults may be direct or feature in conversations among fielders designed to be overheard.

There is debate in the cricketing world as to whether this constitutes poor sportsmanship or good-humoured banter.[1] Sledging is often mistaken for abuse, and whilst comments aimed as sledges do sometimes cross the line into personal abuse, this is not usually the case. Sledging is usually simply an often humorous, sometimes insulting attempt at distraction. Former Australian captain Steve Waugh referred to the practice as ‘mental disintegration’.

Family values : Mark Waugh and James Ormond

The Australian cricket legend and one of the best fielders in the slip cordon, Mark Waugh was lip sealed after the lesser known English all-rounder James Ormond replied to Mark’s stupid statement.

When Ormond walked out to the pitch, Mark said to him “F**k me, look who it is. Mate, what are you doing here? There is no way you’re fit to play for England.” Ormond without a speck out doubt replied, “Maybe not, but at least I am the best player in my family.”

Close to home: Glenn McGrath and Eddo Brandes

One of the most famous moments is when Glenn McGrath was bowling to Zimbabwean tailender Eddo Brandes who missed every ball.

McGrath went up to Brandes and said “why are you so fat”, in a split second Brandes replied “because every time I make love to your wife, she gives me a biscuit.”

Tit for tat: Viv Richards & Greg Thomas.
In a county match in England, Thomas was bowling to Richards and getting a few to whizz past the bat. After Richards played and missed another one, Thomas said: “It’s red, it’s round. Now fucken hit it!”.This obviously angered Richards who proceeded to hit the next ball out of the ground. Richards: “You know what it looks like now go and get it.”


2015 Ryde Women’s Art Prize

The yellow king, Sharon Kitching

Went to the opening of the Ryde Women’s Art Prize last night. I was a finalist in the Open category, and they had a Community and Youth category as well. Lovely opening,  busy with lots of people, snacks, speeches and wine. Got there just as they where announcing the Open winner – so good timing. And the Winners!

Opening held at See Street Gallery at Meadowbank TAFE, Ryde.

Show runs form Friday 29 May to Saturday 13 June
Gallery open days: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 4pm.

Opening night

Winner of the Open category

Winner: Patricia Concha – Electra Safari
Highly Commended: Danielle Golding – Self Portrait No. 15
Highly Commended: Jayanto Damanik – Conversation With Clara I and II
Commended: Sandra Winkworth – Surefit
Commended: Pamela Honeyfield – Playground

Patricia Concha Electra Safari

The winner of the Open.

Highly commended

Pamela Honeyfield Playground

Playground – Pamela Honeyfield

My picks from the show  – Sadami, is the 2nd along in the shot – it’s a beautiful drawing, with a real warmth to the face. The painting closest is by Madeleine Pfull Double Trouble, who I’ve been following on Instagram

installation shot
Madeleine Pfull, Double Trouble – installation shot

Sadami Konchi  Publisher Helen Chamberlin Has Revolutionised Australian Publishing Industry

Full list of finalists in the Open (PDF)


Kassandra Boswell
Kassandra Boswell
Punters at the opening
Punters at the opening
Lovely felt sculpture
Busy night – lots of punters
Blue women sculpture
Blue women sculpture
token male
Exhibiting male artist spotted

Sydney art blogs – roundup

I’m endlessly searching for blogs that reflect what’s going in the Australian art scene – and it’s always hard to find them. So just a quick roundup of places I go to find exhibition openings, and bit of chitter chatter.

Any suggestions are more than welcome!

The Art Life – reviews, commentary and bits and pieces from around Sydney (mainly). I like their New Work Fridays when artists send in stuff they are working on/ about to exhibit. They also have a list of art media and publications online

Das Platforms – they will even seen you a monthly print version!

Art Guide

Art Asia

Strobed – who where around a fair bit for a year, but seem to have dropped off lately, although I did spot one out and about at an opening recently. They do a Facebook-generated exhibition calendar by inviting them to yr event and it auto-generates to their openings calendar.

Six to eight– local openings around Sydney, and lately up the blue mountains and up the coast! Often does a quick video which if you can’t make it to a show helps visualise the work in the space.

The Countess cause women count in the art world (i love this, from my sheer love of data and my sense of righteous indignation all rolled into one). CoUNTess is a blog that presents data and reviews on gender representation in the Australian Contemporary art-world.