Thursday, November 17, 2011


Here are a few photos from the 2011, ‘15  Artists’ competition, that was recently on at the Redcliffe Regional Art Gallery.

Three of my paintings were in the competition – The Quandamooka Series.

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David Howard – The Quandamooka Series.

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Dai Li

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Jamie Congdon

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Susan Mullen

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Gabrielle Turnbull

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Jamie Congdon, David Howard, Dai Li

Photos courtesy of Redcliffe Regional Art Gallery.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011


I found this free experimental online drawing application – ‘Harmony' a procedural drawing tool by Mr doob. He has an interesting web site -

This is my 2 minute sketch, using an artist brush on my HP Touchsmart PC – it has a touch screen and I used a real artist brush.

First sketch harmony sml

Here is a YouTube clip on Harmony.

And another video showing paintbrush on HP Touchsmart PC. 

Harmony is available also as an APP on IPAD 2.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


Invite A

I am in ‘15 Artists 2011’ at the Redcliffe City Art Gallery. Opening night is Thursday 15th September at  6.30pm  - feel free to come along.

470 – 476 Oxley Av. Redcliffe 4020  Ph. 07 3283 0415

The show continues to October the 22nd.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Young David

David 1981


David 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


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SquareScape 10 : Apocalypse

 Acrylic on MDF - 120x120cm - 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011




Humps – Acrylic and Pencil on Paper – almost finished.


It might be expedient to make a glueing and clamping table one day – MDF being glued to pine and held in place with paint cans – the next SquareScape painting.

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The beginnings of SquareScape 10 : Apocalypse

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Starting to come together – time for a close look and a bit of planning.

Monday, August 22, 2011


Studio August 2011 1

Studio photos while finishing the framing of the Quandamooka series.

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Black, narrow frames set the paintings off, protect the MDF board from water and knocks, and reduce warping.

Studio August 2011 2

Patching mitre corners and nail holes with my own concoction of water based putty and black paint.

 Studio August 2011 3

Next a fine sand of the patch work and another coat of flat black paint.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Quandomooka Series 2

Quandomooka Series 1

Quandomooka Series Combine

Six paintings completed in the Quandamooka series – three of these paintings will be entered into the Moreton Bay 15 artist competition – I have just got to work out which three I will enter – my preference is the top group, with it’s muted tones, loose abstraction and muddy meaning – just right for the Bay region – anyway it’s time to strum on the guitar to sooth my self inflicted wounds.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


The second ‘’Artist’’ painting is looking finished bar a few possible modifications and a coat of varnish which will lustre up the blacks and deepen the texture.

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Quandamooka : The Leaving of the Artists.

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Earlier version.

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Above, on the left is the next one in the series of three and on the right the first painting which is finished – The Coming of the Artists.

The titles are still working titles just as the paintings themselves are a flash in the pan from sifting through the mud in the waters of my mind.

I have aimed to do these paintings quickly and loosely working with a few ideas that I have been ruminating. Although, it is clear by the second painting I have tightened up somewhat – ideas coalescing without my consent on the manifested parchment – forsaken but still breathing.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Well, it’s finished bar the final look as it dries – I attacked it in a fury while listening and dancing to very loud music – Curtis Mayfield, Nick Cave, Pearl Jam, and a few others. And now Dusty Springfield is playing as I write in the afterglow.

Definitely will hit this painting with gallons of clear gloss varnish – got to make those blacks dark, heavy and viscous.

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Monday, July 4, 2011


Colours of Moreton Bay as I remember them.

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I had another bash at the “The Coming of the Artists” painting - it’s almost finished – I want a loose and energetic painting – my natural inclination is to tighten and tidy it up – I am trying hard not to do this, so I am painting quickly with a limited palette and whacking down white and black in heavy strokes. I am also using quite a bit of clear gloss varnish mixed with the paint to make a transparent glaze effect to show opposing textures. As for the meaning I will leave that for another day…….

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Artists 4

I just don’t know yet – too scared to look.

Sunday, June 26, 2011


Work in progress – the Artists series.

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Painting 1 - The Coming of the Artists.

Artists 2

Thursday, June 23, 2011


Self recording using a nifty Flip video camera.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


What follows is a batch of works still in progress – ho hum – maybe one day.

Jun 11 A

Highlighting my Un-earthly Connections.

Jun 11 E 

Over Ripe Figs

Jun 11 C

Blatant Nude

Jun 11 B

Australian Grandstand

Monday, May 30, 2011


Quandamooka Series 7

Quandamooka X3

Not quite sure what to think of these yet, but they’re done and so I am moving onto the next thing – another three paintings – same size but different – very different I hope. It’s time for a new David Howard, I am not sure where the old one has gone or where the present one is at.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Studio Quandamooka so far.

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Dugong22 Quandamooka 1 & 2


Almost finished.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


The Stranger Again

The Stranger Again - Acrylic and pencil on paper – 81x57cm - 2011


Blue coat applied with stars and circles – work in progress.

Monday, May 2, 2011



Quandamooka 1 and 2.

The left painting (1) is finished and will most likely be entitled ‘Quandamooka Social Network’.

Painting 2 has a fair way go to and the title will be ‘Quandamooka  ________’  - I am still working on that one.

Painting 3, of a total of 3 Quandamooka paintings, will most likely have a mangrove tree as the centre object, and will  be displayed as the right hand painting, in the set.

Sea Grass




  Colouring in.

Dugong15 Sea Grass.

Under painting almost complete. Next stage is to add stars, circles and vertical lines. Then, the work will have a bluish glaze added across the whole painting. After this, I will work back into the shapes to add pseudo shadows and highlights.


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