Wednesday, 21 September 2016

My artwork now available on art products at RedBubble!

Please check out my art products on RedBubble. You're welcome to favourite, comment - & even buy! :-) Below is just a small sample, so please click "View my Portfolio" to see more!

Saturday, 18 July 2015

The changing face of the Archibald: 1921-2015

Updated for 2015, see how Australia's most famous art prize has evolved over the past century.

 Read more here:

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Life Art Worldwide Arts Expo - Brisbane Art Prize!

Life Art Worldwide Arts Expo will also host the Brisbane Art Prize for the first time

(click here to submit your art entry)

The Brisbane Art Prize

is an acquisitive $10 000 prize awarded to one of the finalists pre-selected.

The exhibition of finalists for the Brisbane Art Prize will be showcased at  Lightspace venue in The Valley, Brisbane for 5 days during the Life Art Worldwide Arts Expo 23 -27 September 2015. These dates are aligned with the 2015 Brisbane Festival.
All pre-selected artists will be offered the chance to register for exhibition space in the Life Art Worldwide Arts Expo
This expo has limited spaces available and preference will  go to those artists registered by earliest date once pre selected for the Brisbane Art prize Finalist Exhibition

 Entries Close: 30 April 2015

Art works for the Brisbane Art Prize  must be:
  • 2D artwork only (painting, drawing, printmaking, photography etc)
  • an overall framed sized work measuring 40 x 40 cm. Stock of this size are available at
  • framed/ stretched and ready to hang
  • 3D artists can enter this prize!  If work is 40 x 40 cm and ready to hang(assemblage, ceramic painting, drawings of sculpture to be exhibited in Life Art Worldwide Expo etc)
Art works for the Brisbane Art Prize will be preselected for:
  • technical proficiency
  • adherence to the *concept
  • artistic innovation
  • If pre-selcted for the Brisbane Art prize, artists have the chance to showcase their work  at the Life Art Worldwide Arts Expo  in all of the following mediums: 
    • Painting
    • Drawing
    • Photography
    • Printmaking
    • Sculpture

Life Art Worldwide

is an Arts Expo  purposefully designed to recognize and promote visual artists with an excellent standard of work from all around the world.

In September 23 – 27, 2015  the best artists and galleries from around the globe will showcase their work for 5 days at Life Art Worldwide Arts Expo. Life Art Worldwide takes pride in valuing quality over quantity and the Expo has made only 33 premium booths available. This will create the Australia’s finest contemporary international art marketplace at  Lightspace  venue in Fortitude Valley in  Brisbane.
The meaning of life—its significance, purpose, and ultimate fate—is a central world concept and is questioned in science, philosophy, religion and art.
As there is no unequivocal definition of life, this is the chance for international, national and local artists and galleries to offer their interpretation of how their life as an artist relates to their existence and consciousness in a unique exhibition opportunity.
30 APRIL                      Brisbane Art Prize ENTRIES CLOSE
 30 MAY                         Brisbane Art Prize FINALISTS NOTIFIED
 6 JUNE                        Life Art Worldwide EXPO ENTRIES CLOSE
 13 JUNE                        Life Art Worldwide EXPO ENTRANTS NOTIFIED
 23 SEPTEMBER        Brisbane Art Prize EXHIBITION OPEN
                                            Life Art Worldwide EXPO OPEN
27 SEPTEMBER        Brisbane Art Prize WINNER ANNOUNCED
                                           Life Art Worldwide EXPO CLOSES
Remember to register your interest in Life Art Worldwide Arts Expo when submitting Brisbane Art Prize entry as there is limited availability 

(click here to submit your art entry)

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Realism - watch and weep

Can you believe this extraordinary talent?!

How does one paint from small to much larger? How does one expand on detail to this extent? Is a magnifying glass used, or what?

This is not a photograph:

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Royalty scheme for Australian artists: 5 per cent of the sale price when their work is re-sold "...Artists from across Australia are lobbying the Federal Government to retain the royalty scheme that gives them extra income when their artworks are re-sold. Reg Mombassa, famous for his Mambo imagery and his band Mental As Anything, is one of 70 artists who have written to Arts Minister George Brandis imploring him to support the retention of the scheme, which gives them 5 per cent of the sale price when their work is re-sold..."

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Ephemeral art - on the beach

A lovely community service by Andres Amador.

I live at the beach, & this inspires me!

Click on the above links to see more!

The effect of ~45 different drugs on creative output?

Don't try THIS at home - or anywhere!

"...artist Bryan Lewis Saunders pushed himself to the limit when he decided to take a different drug every day for a few weeks. Not only was he not sober, but he also drew a self-portrait of himself while under the influence of these drugs each day..."

I'd rather paint completely sober, myself!

Sunday, 9 June 2013

Galaxy tutorial

How to paint a galaxy on your black clothing! Read the comments too, for some good tips.

This reminds me of a spaced out spray paint artist in Brisbane's Queen Street mall about a decade ago. I suspect he breathed in too many fumes.

Would you like galaxy nails to match?

Friday, 3 May 2013

Gradient technique

Maybe you already know and use this gradient technique, but I didn't.

Yes, I know this is a nail art tutorial - but this method can be used in painting on canvas and paper too, not just on nails.

Here's the link.

Feel free to post what you come up with, if you try it.

Friday, 11 January 2013

First portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge - video!

First portrait of the Duchess of Cambridge - video of the artist with portrait!

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Useful painting tools?

These painting tools look useful, I'd like to try them:

Lisa Schmitz, the owner of Whispers From the Moon, shows us how to use Catalyst Blades and Wedges with heavy body acrylic paints and mediums. As an artist and clinical therapist, Lisa draws upon a variety of body-centered modalities, indigenous ceremony and creative expression. Lisa loves using heavy body paints and mediums to cover large areas of canvas, then working back in with color & texture detail. Located in the Historic Oak Park Art District, Whispers From the Moon is a haven for creative expression and personal awareness.