Another painting of the Rock of Ages near Maldon. In this one I was dealing with full mid-day sun and looking at the light and colour in the shadows.
Rock outcrops – tors – are a feature of the landscape in Cornwall, where I used to live, and also here in the Central Highlands of Victoria. The great lumps of granite echo the shapes of their antipodean counterparts but there the similarity ends. While a tor in Cornwall is often reached by a short muddy stroll through lush and … More Rock of Ages I
Another painting of heat and sunshine. Anyone might think it’s cold and raining outside at the moment. This painting was made in the fierce mid day heat in the You-Yangs, a group of hills near Geelong. Starting the walk earlier would have been smarter, but hey-ho, sometimes we just have to hike when we can hike … More Hot Day on the Dog Rocks
Water! I moved to Australia in the middle of a drought. There had been below average rainfall for several years so it was quite something to see this river crossing with some water in it. Billabongs and creeks all over the state were dry and, being a noob in this land, I imagined that it was … More O’Brien’s Crossing
Before I arrived in Australia I assumed I would go straight to the desert and paint the sort of iconic (to Brits at least) Australian landscape that I had seen in galleries and art books. I assumed I would need a lot of red paint. I settled in Melbourne, then in Ballarat and so far, ten years later, … More Otways
The miners who made their fortune during the gold rush in Victoria were rare. Fortunes were made, right enough, but they were made by mine consortia, general goods suppliers, transport and post companies and, last but not least, saloon owners. When I’m bushwalking and painting out in the Goldfields I think about those miners, mostly … More Gold