Day 11 of 30 – Yesterdays Farmhouse

Yesterdays Farmhouse

“Yesterdays Farmhouse”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

SOLD

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Day 11 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

Well day 11 already … one third of the challenge gone which means one month is gone also.

A funny thing happened to me along the way to the end of the challenge 🙂 Painting all of these small houses and the like has led to a strong desire to paint larger paintings along the same subject line … but with more of a story to them. Adding in people and life and movement to enhance the story. So for the last few days I have been fooling around with some work along these lines.

We will get to them in the next few days.

Today though the painting is titled “Yesterdays Farmhouse”. I spotted this abandon early settlers cottage when driving out in the country the other week.

Well and truly abandoned but I didn’t think much of it.

Then a few nights ago on TV Bruce Parrish was doing a documentary on Brazil and the Amazon. He visited a place called Fordlandia which was set up as a city to supply rubber to the Ford factories so that rich white people back then had tyres for their shiny new auto-mobiles. They built a whole city there right in the jungle with hospitals and everything you can think of.

That was until they no longer needed it.

One day they just all packed up and left.

They left behind them all of these abandoned stinking old factories and industrial equipment to sit and rot in the jungle.

Now don’t get me wrong … some things like this early settlers cottage though abandoned should be left as it is for history sake.

But Ford need to clean up their shit after them in my humble opinion 🙂

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Day 10 of 30 – They Have A Creek

They Had A Creek

“They Had A Creek”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

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Day 10 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

When were little we grew up in the bush in the Dandenongs outside of Melbourne.

One of our favourite things to do after school was to go yabbying in the local creeks.

On a Saturday we would head out early in morning and be gone all day in the bush playing in the creeks.

Life was simpler then and there no iPads and Xbox’s to keep us occupied … we had to do real stuff outdoors.

Then one day it happened … Went to one of the kids at schools house after school one day.

They had a creek.

It ran right through their back yard … wow I was so jealous as I used to dream of having a creek in the backyard.

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Day 9 of 30 – The Old Art Gallery

The Old Art Gallery

“The Old Art Gallery”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

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Day 9 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

So over the New Years break we were camped out in the Grampians for 5 days and nights.

During that time we would drive through Halls Gap several times a day and each time we drove out of town we would pass this old building which had a sign out front saying Art Gallery.

I kept saying that we would stop and drop in for a look however as it turned out we never did get a chance to visit the gallery.

But I did stop for long enough to get this photo.

Had to climb down a step embankment to get the shot but I loved the strong shadows being cast.

The Old Art Gallery Photo

So here is the steps I went through to do the painting. I started out with a pencil sketch.

Old Art Gallery 5

Then started blocking in the darks using a turpsy wash.

Old Art Gallery 4

More blocking in of darks in foreground area.

Old Art Gallery 3

Then blocking in lighter colours before the final details are added.

Old Art Gallery 2

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Day 8 of 30 – Autumn Came Early

Autumn Came Early

“Autumn Came Early”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

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Day8 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

HEADLINE NEWS … “Australia Has Hottest Year On Record”

Are they serious?

It may well be hot around the rest of Australia … but not around here.

I will tell you what hot is … 3 days in a row of 48 degrees … now that was hot. Sadly that was the lead up to the last big bushfire challenge in Victoria. But damn it that was hot.

So while the rest of Australia has been sweltering in the hottest year on record it some how seems to have missed us.

We had no sign of spring in spring … a day or so of summer … and now signs of Autumn.

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Day 7 of 30 – Near Dunkeld, Southern Grampians

Grampians Oil Paintings

“Near Dunkeld, Southern Grampians”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

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Day 7 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

Ten years had passed since Sue and I last went to the Grampians.

So we decided to celebrate our ten years together by taking a return trip.

Now back then I had not even considered the remote possibility that I may one day pick up a brush and start waving it about in the general direction of a canvas.

Let alone start two internationally broadcast TV shows, or start an Art School.

In fact back then I was a musician … lead singer and guitar player in a band called ‘Dirty Work’. Hip shaking blues you can dance to. Anyway … that’s another story.

Importantly though I did not see the world through artists eyes. I used to tell everyone I was not very visual and that I was more of an auditory person 🙂

Well fast forward to last November … ten years on and Sue and I decide to head to the Grampians again.

Can you imagine my excitement as we were driving down the Glenelg Highway seeing the Grampians off in the distance. Character filled farm houses sitting in golden fields with blue skies and the distant range of the Grampians in a luscious dark atmospheric blue.

Around every corner was a painting waiting to happen.

This is painted from a photo I took about 10 kms before you get to the town of Dunkeld. Dunkeld is in the Southern Grampians area and is a beautiful town and popular stopping spot for travellers.

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Day 6 of 30 – Steiglitz Cottage

Steiglitz Cottage (2)

“Steiglitz Cottage”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

SOLD

Day 6 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

I keep coming back to this cottage.

Those of you who have been following my art for some time will know I first painted the cottages out at Steiglitz in an episode of the TV show ‘Plein Air Painting TV’

Then when we did the next TV show ‘Yes You Can Paint’ I painted out their again.

I took a group plein air painting out there, and have painted numerous versions of this cottage over the last couple of years from photos.

For those of you who don’t know Steiglitz … its an old (mostly) abandoned gold mining town in the Brisbane Ranges between Geelong and Ballarat.

In its day when gold was easily mined it was a boom town. Today little remains except for a few cottages and a couple of old churches.

So what is it about this old cottage?

I think its the mystery, the story and the history.

When you see an old cottage like this that is steeped in history don’t you just want to know who lived there, what their lives where like, what happened to them?

I am sure like many homes it had its up’s and downs, good times and bad, triumphs and tragedies.

One thing is certain … those who built in it and lived in the area are long gone while the cottage remains … home to another family.

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Day 5 of 30 – Berrima Cottage

Berrima Cottage

“Berrima Cottage, NSW”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

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Day 5 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge with Leslie Saeta.

This is a painting of a little cottage that I came across in Berrima, NSW.

Berrima is just of the Hume Highway on the way to Sydney and is near the Southern Highlands area.

My sister and her husband moved up there some time ago and started a business and soon a family. It wasn’t long after that my parents followed. Naturally they wanted to be with their grand children when they grew up.

So a couple of times a year we would head up the Hume Highway to Bowral for Christmas and other family gatherings. Always enjoyed visiting Bowral and the Southern Highlands region.

One of my wife and I’s favourite things to do when up that way was to visit the town of Berrima for afternoon cuppa. In the main street I came across this white cottage and snapped a photo one time. I always intended to paint the cottage at some stage.

So when Leslie Saeta launched this 30 in 30 painting challenge and I decided my theme would be ‘At Home In Australia’ I just knew I had to paint the Berrima Cottage.

I have used a bit of artistic license with it to depict what life was like in Australia in years gone by.

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Day 4 of 30 – Old Australian Farmhouse

Old house

“Old Man’s House”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

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Day 4 of the Leslie Saeta Challenge running at her Slices of Life blog.

Well and truly back home now and back into the swing of things … having a clean up day and preparing for the new year ahead.

This painting is of the old man’s house who lived across from me when I was kid growing up in Upwey in the Dandenong Ranges.

Back then it was very much a bush location and it seemed that everything was overgrown. The old man’s house across the road was no exception … the bush was starting to reclaim it.

We were never really certain if someone lived there or not … though we did see an occasional glimpse of him and occasionally the light would turn on.

I often wonder today about that old man and what his life was like. As a kid you don’t appreciate that someone might be old and lonely and need help.

As my theme for this challenge is ‘At Home In Australia’ I wanted to highlight not only the happy life many of us have but also the lives lived by many less fortunate.

Do you have older folks living near by who are all alone? Why not drop in today and say hi and see if you can help them in anyway.

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Day 3 of 30 – First Light At Grampians

First Light Grampians

“First Light At Grampians”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board

SOLD

Well its day 3 of the 30 day challenge.

Back home now from our camping trip to the Grampians … what an awesome place. I will post some photos from our trip tommorrow for you.

Today’s painting is of another farm house near the Grampians pictured at first light in the morning.

I love the morning light and will often and go and paint plein air down by the ocean in the morning light.

This particular farm caught my eye as we were leaving the Grampians … it just looked so peaceful and relaxing. No idea if that is the case at all for the folks living there … however I do day dream often about finding some land and moving to the country. The dream is probably better than the reality and its more likely we will move closer to the beach in the future.

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