I’ve struck gold

Goldmine – acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2014

Goldmine – acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2014

I’ve just discovered Winsor & Newton’s beautiful Gold artists’ acrylic (seen here on a black textured background along with a few touches of Quinacridone Gold and Dioxazine Purple).

For sale on Etsy and on my ‘Paintings for sale’ page.

Now… what else can I paint gold?

Not so sure

Beat book cover, detail — student project — mixed media, 2011

Beat book cover, detail — student project — mixed media, 2011

“…it’s easier to do trivial things that are urgent than it is to do important things that are not urgent (like thinking) and it’s also easier to do little things we know we can do than to start on big things that we’re not so sure about.” John Cleese

I’m raiding the vaults to find images to illustrate some of my favourite quotes ― and there are plenty more where this came from.

A special request

Hi. This is not spam… this is me with a special request.

Amanda is an awesome woman who needs money to repair her van. She is a single mum with six children. She is autistic and three of her children are also on the autism spectrum. Life is an adventure for this family at the best of times but a few days ago their only vehicle was broken into by a would-be thief and damaged.

Please help if you can.
This is the link to Amanda’s gofundme site: http://www.gofundme.com/e8u6ls

And this is the story of what happened (in Amanda’s own words via her WordPress blog): naturestudyinthecity

Shoot it, Sketch it: Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

Lighthouse – acrylic on canvas,102 x 102 mm, 2014

Lighthouse – acrylic on canvas,102 x 102 mm, 2014

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Western Australia, 2011

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Western Australia, 2011

Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse stands where the Southern Ocean and the Indian Ocean meet. I posted the photograph a few weeks ago as a Wordless Wednesday feature — and I still have no idea what that cow is doing there (saying ‘cheese’ perhaps?)…

This modest four-inch square painting is for sale (you can find it on Etsy and on my ‘Paintings for sale’ page). I’ve fallen in love with these little canvases, so don’t be surprised if you see a few more in the not-too-distant future.

Everything is important

Bluescape – acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2014

Bluescape – acrylic on canvas, 102 x 102 mm, 2014

“The best reason to paint is that there is no reason to paint… I’d like to pretend that I’ve never seen anything, never read anything, never heard anything… and then make something… Every time I make something I think about the people who are going to see it and every time I see something, I think about the person who made it… Nothing is important… so everything is important.” Keith Haring

This mini abstract is now for sale. At 4 x 4 inches, it’s the smallest canvas I’ve ever painted!