I am drawn to colour - bold and vibrant. Nature perfectly combines these ideas - colour and tones that are perfectly placed to harmonise and pop.

Here are just some of my paintings headed off to my latest exhibition. Yes, you heard right - exhibition. Now hang on, I hear you say, but we are in the middle of Covid-19 where galleries and venues and meeting places are all closed due to social distancing rules, so how can you be doing an exhibition? Well fortunately here in South Australia we are starting to open up some businesses and what better opportunity is there to provide some cheer and good will but by offering to hang beautiful artworks in these venues who are really doing it tough.

Many famous artists throughout history have relied on a muse - usually a woman - for their creative inspiration. Eduard Manet's muse, Victorene Meurent, inspired him to paint in a completely different style after he first set eyes on her. Gustav Klimt's famous painting "The Kiss" is believed to be of him and his muse Emilio Floege. And whilst the surrealist Salvador Dali was ten years younger, Gala Diakonova was not only his muse but also his model, lover, manager and later his wife.

7 TOP TIPS TO MAKE YOUR OWN SOFT PASTELS When I was a feature artist in the TV series Put Some Colour In Your Life in Feb. 2020 I painted a pastel sunset and on a number of occasions my pastel sticks crumbled in my hands. Fortunately I had plenty and was able to use another stick of the same colour. But many people who have watched the show have repeatedly asked me how often does this happen? And how expensive is it to replace broken pastels? And what DO you do with the little pieces that are now too small to use?


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