Tuesday, May 20, 2008


I just finished the second NASA painting. The first is now titled 'Twister in NASA' and the second one is titled 'Baptism in NASA'. Hopefully they will turn into a series, displayed as a grid of small paintings on a single wall. I have begun to set the work parameters: three primary colours, black and white, three characters in a landscape, loosely painted, astronauts, NASA in the title and a vague storyline. Here's the first two displayed together in my studio.

NASA series paintings 1 and 2 - 2008

This is the one I completed this afternoon - it took a bit longer than the first one - the primary colours I chose were more difficult to balance and there were a few composition issues. These works are meant to be seen in a large group and so individual merits can be adjusted a bit, but they still stand as works on their own.

Baptism in NASA - 2008 - Acrylic on Canvas

Because of all my cleaning around the place, I have started to do a bit or sorting of photos and accumulated stuff. This is a photo of my son and myself in the eighties - he is now 25 years old and is the local Pharmacist. This photo was taken by a friend - he won a photo competition with this photo - it's at a house we lived in at Morningside in Brisbane.

Jonas and David

This is another one from the same photo session - my wife can be seen at the far end of the corridor - the painting is a work I did at High School (Grade 11) - it was my first big painting and was hung in the Gold Coast Art Prize and shown on the 6 o'clock news.

David and Judy - The Canberra Oriental

Thursday, May 15, 2008


I went to see the Ironman movie last night - I had four hours to kill while I was waiting for my daughter who was doing a first aid course. Anyway, young Nick and his girl friend (the son of the failed painter) happened to show up at the same theatre. Nick made a comment about how he thought I wouldn't like a film like Ironman - I explained that recently I had begun to realise that I liked big blockbuster films. I think the entertainment factor strikes a chord with me - I still like complex philosophical films like Antonio's 'Blow Up' or a strange film like Fellini's 'Juliet of the Spirits'. Although I like Bergman's 'Seventh Seal' , I much prefer Woody Allen's take on Bergman.

What amazes me about the better big films is the combined energy of many artist and technicians producing amazing visual art. There were a few scenes in Ironman that were visually amazing - I appreciate the skill in the design and presentation of the story. The story was a bit lame, typical in fact and a bit over reaching as it tried to comment on terrorism, USA and arms trade.

Ironman reminded me of an old drawing that had a similar light in the chest. This light in the chest also rebinds me of a Van Morrison song called 'Summertime in England' where he sings about a "light in the head" a somewhat cosmic song that samples the ether. So here is a quick drawing from the early eighties loosely called Suburban Cosmic.

So I decided to post a few "Quick Drawings" this next one is like 'The man who fell to Earth" but it's me falling into the suburbs from the sky. Or it's an early Arkley disguised as a Howard.

And here is another quick nude - slap, dashed and plonked, an anonymous person in an unknown place. The thing about quick stuff is the accidental things that happen - like the ambiguous face.

Cylinder ends - objects from the studio with an office supplies feel - sort of a spacey, floating feel like my Squarescape Six - Floaters painting - which is in the Pine Rivers 2D art comp. at the moment.

Nude bending - sloppy acrylic and pencil - my favourite way to draw.

This is from a series of pencil abstracts - drawn really quickly - this one has a title like 'Object moving really fast'. This was from a pile of drawings submitted at Art college in a Year two drawing class.

Long tall man - simple lines for a simple life - this was also from a quick period. Quick stuff is also good because the ideas can be used in other more elaborate works - which is what I do and quite frequently. The two little paintings I am doing at the moment have elements from this quick period and also build on the themes - one can be seen here from a previous post.

Friday, May 2, 2008


As - 2008 - 150x120cm - final edition.

I have just wound up my 'as' exhibition blog by adding a final post. The post completes the notes on the show - a note of thanks is also included. I wonder how long the 'as' blog will stay online - if ' The Bird Proofer' is still around in ten years time I might give it a plug - maybe the the internet will have collapsed by then, only time will tell.

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