Thursday, July 31, 2008

Degraves Street

I went into the city with a group of friends and found the people and the streets inspirational. Degraves street, full of the hustle and bustle of the city but with a touch of Europe. The shops all open out on to the street and the inside and the outside are all mixed together. I can't wait to get back there.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

On the way to the beach

My daughter and her cousin are captured walking up the sandy trails on the way to the baech. Purple and greens are on e of my favourite color combinations. I like the soft romantic look of this picture. The shadows prance across the paths. There are soft tufts of grasses in the foreground.


This is one of my favourite pictures, unfortunately I have sold it and miss looking at it. I fell in love with the look of this man playing the double bass. The colors work really well together, the green of the jacket against the warmth of the instrument.

The Chocolate Shop

The chocolate shop is a lovely coffee house in Montrose, nesteld amongst the trees. The building was a perfect backdrop for the tea party taking place.

In the backyard

This picture was done from an old sepia photograph. It is of my mother and her cousin playing with the dog. They have turned to stare at the photographer. It was fun to work with tones of brown.

The Circus has come to town

When I began this picture I loved the idea of the circus. The ferris wheel and the merry go round evokes many images of fun. I wanted them to appear slightly mysterious. The ferris wheel is in full flight. The people in the foreground are marching up the road to particpate in the fun of the circus. The lady in yellow turns slightly to her campanions.

White Cockatoos

Here you have two white cockatoos sitting amongst the gum trees. I tried to capture the sun shing through the feathers and the many colors present in the feathers.

Musical Blues

The picture on the left was my first attempt at this man playing his horn. The problem with him was that he was to close to the top of the paper but I really liked the movement of his jacket. I then started him again on the right at a later date. This time you miss out on his jacket and the movement created by it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Batman Avenue, Melbourne

We went into the city the other day and I was taken with this lamp post in the foreground. I hope this is your focal point in the picture as that is what I was attracted to. The two people meandering along were my friends that I went into the city with. It was a cold day and overcast. The sky was threatening to rain but we still had lots of fun.

Piano player

I love music. This is a picture of my daughter playing the piano. I attempted to capture it in sepia tones and then added purple to the mix. It is a calm picture in contrast with the enrgy of the guitar player

Guitar Player

This is a picture of my son playing the guitar. I was trying to create lots of energy and movement in the picture. He is concentrating on his music, absorbed in the moment.

The Watchers

I was lucky enough to be lent a photo form a friend, who is an avid traveller. She snapped these children in Cambodia. I always wonder what they are thinking. I called this"The Watchers" as I feel they are quietly observing everyone. They seem to be wise beyond their years and rather than capturing them on camera, I feel they are observing the camera person and us. They are quietly evaluating surroundings and are maybe a little bored with the whole thing.

At the Beach

One of my favourite places in the world is the beach. I love to watch the antics of all the other people on the beach. These two dogs captured my attention. They were frolicking in the water with a ball. Even now when I gaze at this picture I wonder if the lady walking along the beach has anything to do with the dogs or the owner is somewhere out of the picture.

Belly Dancers

I created this picture after watching these amazing ladies belly dancing at a local event. Their costumes were gorgeus. The oranges and blues work well together. The movement of their bodies is what really attracted me to paint them. I hope I have captured some of their grace and elegance.