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Sunday, December 01, 2019

Self portrait oil painting

Another selfie in my studio (bathroom) this afternoon. 
I spent 2 hours. 








Oil on canvas. 12x9 in. 


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Monday, November 25, 2019

Plein Air Oil Painting

I took a bike ride this morning. This pony club in Viewbank is a lovely place along Plenty River Trail. 
I’ve never got tired of painting these areas.  I spend 1.5 hours. 








Oil on canvas. 12x9 in. 


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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Plein Air Oil Painting, ‘Piano Lesson’ by Anna Goldsworthy

I drove to Tooborac, 1.5 hour drive, north-west of Melbourne this afternoon. 
There’s a wonderful pub, Tooborac Brewery. I always get something from this place. 

This is Tooborac-Baynton Rd. The area is fascinating. Lots of boulders scattered around. 
Always very peaceful. My favourite ‘retreat’. 

I spent 2.5 hours. 








Oil on canvas. 14x18 in. 


After late lunch, I set up a camping chair under a tree and listened to this audiobook from BorrowBox, ‘Piano Lessons’ by Anna Goldsworthy. A blissful time. 



This is a lovely memoir, and she reads it very well. It’s a shame that I’ve never heard of her. Although it’s very short, I was captivated by her life story. 
I’ll definitely keep an eye on her career as a musician and a writer. 




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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Self portrait oil painting

Another selfie in my studio (bathroom) this afternoon. 
I spent 2 hours. 






Oil on canvas. 12x9 in. 


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Becoming by Michelle Obama

Another great audiobook from BorrowBox, read by the author. 



It’s very well written and read, I thoroughly enjoyed it, particularly the first half where she described her early upbringing and the way she started to see her future husband. 
Very interesting to see how much racial awareness casts a profound shadow on one’s life in America. 





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Monday, November 18, 2019

Plein Air Oil Painting

I drove to Spotswood Jetty near Williamstown this afternoon. 
I’ve painted this spot many times last summer, it’s my favourite place.
The only problem is, it’s usually very windy, making it difficult to paint. 
I see some obvious errors, but, better than the ones I did before. 
I spent 2.5 hours. 






Oil on canvas. 14x18 in. 


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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Self portrait oil painting

Here is another selfie in my studio (bathroom) this afternoon. 
I spent 2 hours. 








Oil on canvas. 12x9 in. 


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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Self portrait oil painting

Another selfie in my studio (bathroom) this afternoon. 
I spent 2 hours. 






Oil on canvas. 12x9 in. 


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Monday, November 11, 2019

Oil painting lesson with Gregory Smith

First session. I gathered together interesting stuff and put them on a table. Here comes Greg’s magic. He always has a fascinating way of composing. I need to develop it. 

I think I did a good job this time for an initial sketch. Not drawing at all, and quick. 






Work in progress. 16x20 in. 

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I am Dynamite, A Life of Nietzsche

Another great audiobook from Belinda Audio, written by Sue Prideaux and read by Nicholas Guy Smith. 



The best book I’ve ever read about this philosopher. Extensively researched by the author, but never boring. Also I liked the way the story is narrated, very comfortable to my ears. 





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Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Plein Air Oil Painting

Melbourne Cup Day. 
I paint even when the nation stops 😜

Heidelberg Town Hall, aka, The Centre Ivanhoe. 
I spent 3 hours. 







Oil on canvas. 14x18 in. 



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Monday, November 04, 2019

Oil painting lesson with Gregory Smith

The fifth session. 

I greyed out background and put final touches to the cast. 
It was a challenge but I learned a lot. 


Oil on panel. 16x20 in. 


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Sunday, November 03, 2019

Plein Air Oil Painting

In the afternoon I did a small painting.
I’m standing at the corner of Bay St and Rouse St in Port Melbourne. In front of Isshin Izakaya. 
I spent 2 hours. 
There’re some obvious errors in the painting, so I fixed them at home. 






Oil on canvas. 12x9 in. 


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GreenElement Hairdressing in Port Melbourne

I drove to Port Melbourne this morning. 
Aaron and Paige are working hard, preparing for photo shoot tomorrow. 




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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Plein Air Oil Painting

I went to Banyule Swamp this afternoon. It was a lovely weather, 30°C. 
This is my favourite spot, looking towards a homestead on the hill. 

I spent 2.5 hours. 






Oil on canvas. 14x18 in. 


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