A Special Day.

Today, the Gallery manager informs me, a lovely lady from Victoria came into the gallery and explained that she has five children ranging from mid 20’s to 30’s….that she is a grandmother and had never really purchased anything for herself!….Until now….and she chose, as her very first gift to herself, “The Pause!”  My four very precious  children have long left the nest, but I can identify with her situation, as we mothers give ourselves totally to our children for the many years that they are in our care, and are quite content to be putting their needs before our own….So that when the time of mutual independence finally arrives, one of the hardest yet most exhilarating exercises is to purchase something entirely for “me!”  That very first purchase is a very special one, and because this lady has chosen one of my paintings as her very first gift to herself, she has made it a very special day for me too!



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Australia Day Musings

60x50  Aus sienna, p grey, t venetian red


Australia Day is always a day of mixed emotions for me, and the way I deal with it is to head out of town and into the bush for a few hours….where I know my sense of wellbeing will be strengthened.  Living in a town with a high indigenous population, I had cause to wonder, when, two Australia Days ago, a convoy of vehicles drove through my neighbourhood streets tooting horns, and waving the Aussie flag.  Not an Indigenous flag in sight to indicate inclusion.  It caused me to wonder how it would feel, were I on the other side of the fence, to have my culture superimposed by that of another culture, and to have that culture’s flag waved under my nose, once a year, every year. Since then, every Australia Day gives me cause to wonder….just wonder….without seeking to lay blame….or to provide an answer….but merely to ponder…

75x60cm. Aus sienna, d purple, p green


Dignity. 75x60cm.  Aus sienna, diox purple


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December 2014

This month ~ children!  They are lovely to paint, as unlike most adults, they are still unguarded, and wear their emotions externally!

Innocence 50x42cm


Wistful 50x42cm

All Sorted! 60x42cm

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November 2014

Have spent more hours than not in the studio, painting up a storm before the really hot weather hits…because by mid December it gets so hot out here in Central Australia that the paint almost dries as it hits the palette!  Well, a slight exaggeration, perhaps, but it is not much fun having to “fight” with the paint to get it onto the canvas!

The Stockman. 84x66cm.

Weighing it Up.  75x60cm

Weighing it Up. 75x60cm













The Pause 66x60cm.

Remembering. 66x48cm. P grey, Aus sienna.

Remembering. 66x48cm.

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October 2014

Feeling His Way. Perm maroon, y ochre, black  78x63cm

Feeling His Way


At Peace With Himself














After a long period of sickness and five “bin jobs”, I have finally broken through,

much to my relief!

Painting is about lots of hard work….and confidence…..

and when confidence is undermined, well, the results are there for all to see (or not see, preferably)!

Smiling again, though, and working hard to make up for lost time!


The Bush Philosopher

The Bush Philosopher

The Assessment.

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August, 2014

Aus. sienna, Indian yellow, crimson, p grey 92x82cm

The Long Wait



July was a horror month in the studio.

Three bin jobs, and only one acceptable result to show for hours of struggling!

The theory is that at such times, one should pull the plug and take a break

for a week or so, but easier said than done if you are stubborn like me.

Anyway, I have called this fellow The Long Wait, which I think says it all!

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July 2014

In Stillness.  50x42cm  Indian yellow, red black

In Stillness

I have spent the month of June allowing my thoughts to centre on the state

of the older woman (the Indigenous more respectfully call her the “Elder”).

It is the case that if, throughout her life, she has allowed Wisdom to be her teacher

….then there is an aura about her that speaks of rock solid grounded-ness

…..which cannot be shifted, or undermined, no matter what the circumstance.

A stillness that is absolute.   I have attempted to portray this in the three paintings

that I have worked on for the past four weeks of June.






Aus sienna, p grey 75x60cm

Capturing The Stillness

Acceptance.  78x63cm. Ind yellow, rose madder, p grey


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I know I said I was going to take a month off from the studio, but I couldn’t help myself.  We returned from a simply magical month of holidaying in Queensland, and before I knew it, I was in the studio with it all happening again!

84x66cm  Aus sienna, p grey

The Strong One

Melissa's Wish. 60x42cm.  p green, d purple, t yellow, red oxide.

Melissa’s Wish

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An Unexpected Surprise


We Be

Taking a break on the Queensland coast, and celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary, Stan and I came “by chance” to see Jane Donaldson’s wonderful exhibition in Brisbane city.  On our very last day.  And it was just as if Jane had painted “We Be” just for us, to mark our special occasion, and that the painting was just sitting there waiting for us to turn up!

It is always so special to be able to purchase another painter’s work, and we are enriched to have one of Jane’s pieces installed in our home, now as part of the family!

     Here is the link to Jane’s work.  Do have a look.  It will make your day.


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May 2014.

Undecided.  75x63cm. P grey, red oxide, m violet, aus sienna


Watchfulness.  Indian yellow, p grey, red oxide, crimson. 66x48cm


Sometimes it is the case that the painting almost appears on the canvas in spite of me, however this past month has been a real struggle…so that May is to be a studio free month for me.   It happens to all of us, and sometimes there is no alternative but to simply cease the activity for a specified time….. And so I am looking forward to a month of “changing the subject”.

Penny For Her Thoughts 2. 75x63cm. U blue, Y ochre, naples yellow, red oxide, r umber

Penny For Her Thoughts 2.

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April 2014

The Bushman. 66x63cm Aus sienna, p grey, crimson, indian yellow.

The Bushman.


I have been pondering those unwelcome wrinkles that appear as a natural part of ageing, and how we resist the thought that they are inevitable.   Did you know, though, that a face that has had “work” done is almost impossible for the portrait painter to “read” (or anyone else, for that matter), as the process of removing the wrinkles has the effect of obscuring the record of the history, character and the very essence of the individual  in question.   The mirror confirms to me that I have been on this planet for almost 69 years, but when I do what all we ageing souls do, and that is, experiment on what a little “lift” might do for me, I confess I am forced to conclude that, wrinkles deleted, it would look like “no one was home”!  And so for the month past, I have painted wrinkles and sags, and acknowledged and celebrated them as my friends!


The Stockman. 75x60cm Aus sienna, prey, indian yellow, crimson

The Stockman.










Ready to Lead. 81x63cm Aus sienna, crimson, p grey, indian yellow

Ready To Lead.






Had studio time up my sleeve, so couldn’t resist the temptation to portray youth’s anticipation of times to come, and dreams yet to be fulfilled.






Childhood Dreams. 60x42cm  Pthalo green. red oxide, p grey, t yellow, diox purple

Childhood Dreams.


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March 2014

The “Old Timer”, as his people would respectfully refer to him as, really got to me.  It was almost as if the ancient wisdom that is held in this one’s being was speaking to me.  If only we would take time out of our busy lives to pause, and “hear”.

Keeper of Ancient Wisdom  P grey,  nap red, d purple, l yellow, a sienna

Keeper of Ancient Wisdom

The Choice 56x42cm  d.purple, pthalo green, y ochre, red oxide

The Choice

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Simon Is Back To It!


A pastel, this time. Good to see you getting back to your art, Simon.
I especially love the rich colours that you have chosen.

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February 2014

Absolute Knowing

Absolute Knowing


A Penny For Her Thoughts 48x44cm U blue, Y ochre, naples yellow, red oxide, r umber

A Penny For Her Thoughts

Weather wise, January was a killer month out here is the desert, and so much of it was spent in front of the telly watching the tennis and the cricket…..however between the more interesting matches I found myself in the studio, and this is the result.



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January 2014

The Challenge.  56x44cm. P green, p grey, trans yellow, diox purple, red oxide

The Challenge

Took a spell from the studio for the best part of December,

however couldn’t resist another child.

The Indigenous children have such strong little spirits,

with eyes full of life and hope.

They are so wonderfully everywhere out here in Alice Springs,

and I often acknowledge the fact that I am privileged to be

living amongst them, and that my life is enriched by their presence.

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Six of One

I have thoroughly enjoyed the process of attempting to portray the struggle, yet the ultimate triumph of, the human soul.

This series of six will be on exhibit and for sale at Leaping Lizards Gallery for the months of November and December.


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Two More.

Diox purple, gr black, y ochre, b sienna, p grey

Unshakable Knowing


The Matriarch 68x50cm  Mars violet, blue indigo, red ochre lt, indian yellow,

The Matriarch



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A great outcome!

Both sitters and painter agreed that the exercise has proved to be a positive outcome for all parties!

~ And so I am both delighted and relieved!


Aus sienna, crimson, p grey, y ochreAus sienna, crimson, p grey, y ochre

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This one was hiding!


Looks like I need to do a bit of a studio clean out…..but at least it will look like I have been working hard this month!

The two commissions are still “works in progress”….but at least it is progress!

Guarded Optimism 2 Trans yellow, P grey, B sienna, mars violet

Guarded Optimism

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September, the beginning of Spring!



First Impressions

I have decided to set aside this month to work on two portraits
for a lovely couple from Adelaide who are celebrating their joint 60th birthdays.
It is going to be both enjoyable and a challenge ~ and the trick will be to avoid
the tendency to want to “please the client”
and therefore undermine the integrity of the work.

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