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I like to read the Australia Day Honours list because sometimes
I see someone I like get a mention. This time I’m happy to see
Mr Dean Claflin get an OAM, for services to marine and maritime art.
Congratulations to you.
As an artist in Balmain it’s difficult not to be involved with the harbour, as we live
on the edge of this great waterway. In fact, the inspiration for my entry in the
2012 ANL Maritime Art exhibition was from a picture taken of my great friends
standing on the deck of the steam tug Waratah. Built in 1902 and restored by
the Sydney Heritage Fleet.  I called my painting Sea Dogs.
It’s now a part of the ANL collection but the work will always have a special meaning
of friendship for us. I was also a member of the South Steyne Steamship Preservation
Society, stripping back the old timber stairs after a fire…
But I digress, that’s for another post.

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Very quietly and in recent weeks, we have seen some men in yellow coats
and hard hats. Scaffolding, external stairs, wire mesh & boards have
gradually been installed.
Many of the broken windows are gone.
You can see a Port-a-Loo on the roof facing Victoria Road visible from the traffic lights
(it’s a brave person who exposes themselves to all those cars!). White Bay Power Station
is changing. “Improvements” have been mentioned but we don’t quite know what
those are as yet. We shall have to wait and see…
I will complete the last of my small Power Station paintings, of which there are about 12,
from drawings, pictures and studies made to date.  There will be 3–4 larger ones to
accompany Grey Sky for a series. By then, I will have created around 80 paintings
of White Bay Power Station, a structure will never be the same again.

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Born in the days of the “Industrial Revoloution” White Bay Power Station
was a symbol o
f cutting edge technology. Today it remains an impressive
(but decaying) landmark that
was once called the Gateway to Balmain’s
Industrial  Waterfront
.
Still standing, although visibly crumbling of late, this fascinating structure displays
a rich aray of textures, patterns and colours under the bright Spring sunlight.
These very small paintings explore the architectural details that inspire these awesome
graphic shapes and colours.
The Close Up series of Small White Bay paintings is now on display
in my window at 95 Beattie Street Balmain
and can be purchased from me.
This exhibition will continue, on a rotation basis with new local rooftop paintings,
until December.

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I enjoyed a break from the power station and power poles for a while,
when I painted Rocks & Sea for the Queensland exhibition (previous post).

So I created a few more. Where sea and land meet, the waves constantly play
with the shoreline.  It’s here that nature makes its unique patterns and sounds,
showing it’s moods of tranquility, great beauty, power and even violence.
Either way, we seem always fascinated by this spectacular ever changing coastline.
For me, having spent much time on the beach as a child, I feel a strong connection
with the coast, and a place I never tire from.
The series is now on display at 95 Beattie Street Balmain and can be
purchased from me.
These are also available as Giclée fine art prints.

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I’m happy to announce I am a finalist in this year’s Lethbridge 10000
Art Award and Gallery Exhibition.
My painting is called Rocks & Sea
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In it’s 4th year, the exhibition is open to national and international artists for small-scale
artworks up to 60cm in any direction. The Lethbridge Gallery has a strong reputation
for exhibiting works demonstrating exceptional detail and creativity, so I’m very excited
to be included in this exhibition.
Exhibition dates: 15-30 June 2013
Lethbridge Gallery 136 Latrobe Terrace Paddington Brisbane 4064

Thursday-Saturday 10am-5pm & Sunday 10am-4pm

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Parts of rooftops are creeping into my small power pole paintings
of late, but it’s perhaps more interesting this way.
Walking around on a fine day to see the locations of the paintings, is a great
weekend pastime. While I’m working on these little paintings, I’m also devoting time
to a larger series of paintings with a harbour theme. A mix of the sea and industry.
Stay tuned…

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Summer is over so I decided to dip a toe in (as they say) and re-work this website.
(A brave move as web coding is really not my thing)
Not much has changed except that a selection of sold paintings are now archived.
The small paintings are divided by subject. And everything else is a larger painting.
Oh, and there is a little story link in Small White Bay and Small Rooftops, if you are interested
in what I have to say. There is no blog anymore, just this site, and FaceBook.
All created in one place for easy navigation, and of course, your enjoyment!

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Most of my current small White Bay paintings are now sold!
The last ones can be seen on my wall at 95 Beattie Street Balmain.
I am, however, working on some more, and will continue to paint the power station
until work begins on it’s… redevelopment. I have noticed a few more broken
windows lately, and some cleaning up has occurred around the grounds.
Aside from that, all seems quiet for now. Meanwhile, there is a new small series
of local power poles to see, as mentioned in my last post.  There are a few other
things are happening as well, so visit this space regularly to stay informed.

 

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Power poles are everywhere but most people don’t pay much attention to them.
These remnants of the industrial revolution seem outdated and dinosaur-like
in this digital age. Some say they are ugly and just clutter the landscape.
But power poles are interesting, because like fingerprints, no two are the same.
Each has it’s own unique character, some are new and smooth, others are gnarled and battered
by the ravages of time and weather. Some wires create strong geometric patterns, some are
a mess of tangled lace that look frighteningly chaotic while some appear somewhat spartan,
but they all have a common functionality that works, even today. These paintings are of local
power poles around Balmain and Rozelle. This series can be seen at in my window at
95 Beattie Street from 16 December and can be purchased here