Day 6 of 30 – Steiglitz Cottage

Steiglitz Cottage (2)

“Steiglitz Cottage”

8″ x 10″

Oil on Board


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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The Cherry Blossom Tree

The Cheery Blossom

“The Cherry Blossom Tree”

8″ x 12″

Oil on Board


(Auction starts at 8PM on 12th December)

One of my favourite artists is Charles Condor. He painted in the 1880’s with Arthur Streeton and Tom Roberts and was a key part of the Heidelberg School of artists.

He is often thought to be one of Australia’s early pioneers in Australian Impressionism … but fact is he as English and only spent a few years here in Australia.

What I loved about his paintings is the way he captured Cherry Blossom trees.

I have one in the backyard and after five years it is yet to grow into the fine blooming sensation of the ones captured by Charles Condor.

I was passing by a farm in the country a year or so ago and noticed one in full bloom that reminded me of Condors paintings.

Then I realised … old house … old tree … lots of Cherry Blossoms.

One day when the one in my backyard grows up I will paint it … for now though this painting will have to do 🙂

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