Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


OIL ON BOARD,... 7"X 7"
I done a series of them,... 4 in total
I'll post the rest later..
Never painted a skull before, to paint.

Friday, February 28, 2014


I thought i might post a little project I had been been working on,... just a couple of working out sketches to the finished art.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

dr Sketchy's burlesque life drawing...

life drawing last night was fun,...
 its good to break out of the norm sometimes and loosen up...

Monday, September 24, 2012

surf at Moffat Beach

Acrylic & oil on canvas

Just finished this painting of Moffat beach on the Sunshine coast.... Was a hot weekend great beach weather.

Thursday, July 12, 2012


ok,.. so its been a while,.... I haven't been painting much,... and posting even less... but that about to change.. I have a few canvases lined up to paint.
I thought I would prime them with acrylic white first before using oils,.... when they dried they were all shiny and on very receptive of oil at all... so i googled a gesso recipe and this is what i found....
(im going to make this tonight)
 its from from Joan of art....

Homemade Gesso Recipe

Gesso is hard to find in the local market. And if you find one, it is quite expensive. But here is a homemade gesso recipe you can make.

You will need:

- water
PVA glue
- talcum powder
- any old mixing bowl
- stirrer
- dedicated paint brush (e.i., exclusive to your gesso recipe only)


1.) Mix 3 parts water and 2 parts PVA or white glue. Make sure it is just the right consistency, not too watery.

2.) Add talcum powder until it becomes like a batter. Added more water and glue if there is too much powder until you achieve the ideal mix.

3.) Evenly apply your homemade gesso to your support (e.g., board, canvas).

4.) Leave it to dry overnight. If you're in a hurry, use a hair dryer.

5.) When it's dry enough, sand the surface.


Ready-made gesso produces a harder surface. Use coarse sandpaper to begin with and then a fine sandpaper to finish. The surface should be smooth. Advantage: traditionally used as primer in most paintings, it is probably the safest and most convenient. Disadvantage: expensive and hard to find in the local market, thus, not advisable for regular use.

Homemade gesso is more powdery and easier to sand. The same smoothness is achieved. Advantage: cheaper and can be made anytime, thus, advisable for regular use.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


This is a friend of mine,... Very talented musician/artist/surfer ...goes by the name  “Pablo”

Its a small piece,..150mm X 150mm oil on board

happy new year BTW :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan, born Robert Allen Zimmerman, an American singer-songwriter, musician, poet and painter
I had the privilege to see him perform live this year at the Byron Bay blues fest,.... Was defiantly one of the highlights this year for me,.. I was listening to his Modern Times album while painting this ,... Hoping I would channel his spirit in some way to get a good result..... Worth a try.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

"Soul Man"

I found these after cleaning my cupboard out in my room,....I wore them to lunch today,... they just need a bit of TLC,... the sole is coming away as I found out racing up the stairs to get my wallet ... managed to avoid injury though..... strange subject, but it was part of the daily paint works challenge..... lucky for you smello-vision hasn't been invented yet.  

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

"Noosa 66"

this is a study of Bob McTavish at Noosa 1966, oil & acrylic on canvas 900 x 400......

Friday, May 20, 2011

"First Point"

acrylic on canvas 900 x 400

this painting is of a surf spot in Noosa, but could be anywhere along the east coast of Australia...really enjoyed painting this piece .... makes me want to paddle out.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Andy Irons (R.I.P)

Oil on plywood 600x 400mm
this was a tricky one.... using a B&W photo for reference, and having never painted on a raw wood substrate!.... but all things considered I'm pleased with the out come.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

"good ol' days"

270 x270 cm Oil on canvas
they don't make them like they used to.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


270 x 270 cm Oil on canvas

this is part of a weekly Challenge, set up buy Daily paint works.... and it was a challenge!...
click here to see the other entries 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

"mellow yellow"

oil on canvas 27cm x 27cm

At last, another post!... haven't wet the brushes in a while.... bit rusty but overall happy with this one, beetles always look cheerful,...and specially when they are yellow!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

"William the Conqueror"

I painted this surfboard as a commission, its the third one I have painted for this family,
They have one for each of their boys... They are meant for wall hanging and not meant to be surfed.
The last two were airbrushed, but this time used traditional brush work on the foam... I like the effect..
And know the kid doesn’t normally wear a Viking helmet... But that was the brief I got.

Friday, September 24, 2010

"Old Ute"

Oil on board 7" x 7"  

I managed to paint this one this morning before work... in between feeding kids using yesterdays palette ...
It was a photo I found, and I just loved the look of the old rusty work horse parked in the shade. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"Cream Beetle"

Oil on Board 7" x 7"   

Its been a while between posts... About a week I think.

We held a birthday party for Jackson, had loads of people over and despite the weather we had a blast!
I have nothing planed this weekend for a change so really looking forward getting into a bit of painting.
 Pretty happy with how this one turned out...but I really do have to work on more creative titles!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

"Green Kombi"

Oil on canvas 8" x 10

I painted this one the other night, working off a photo.... 
I don't think I should paint when I am tired ....and I need to sort my lighting out.... 
well thats enough excuses ... I didn't want to post it ... but sometimes to move forward 
you need to step backwards...and the blog was getting old.