Who wants to run “Over the sandhill”?

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Over the sandhill

During my recent showing at Cafe Lune, I met with the Arts and Cultural Coordinator for the local Council. One of the ideas discussed related to this painting, Over the sandhill.

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60x90cm, acrylic on canvas, $1435

It is a happy reminder of those warm days which promise plenty of swims, sandy toes and skin tingling with the sunshine. The light is brighter, people are wearing light and bright colours and the sea shimmers in the distance. What a day it is!

My other feeling about this painting answers the very first question in the headline. The children want to run – and most often do. They disappear down over the hill to the beach while the parents follow more slowly. And you can see why they trudge – they carry the lunch and the beach toys! A different story on the way home. The parents still trudge but the children are weary and reluctant. Certainly not running back to the car, unless the sand is hot.

A new temporary home

Thank you to the Holdfast Bay City Council for this opportunity to share my vision of summer beach-goers with a new audience.

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Over the sandhill will hang in the foyer of the HBCC Offices on Jetty Road Brighton until mid-November. See it in person there or here online. Available for purchase through the website!

PS Thanks to my new friend at the HBCC who helped with the photography.


Seascapes Celebration Sale this month of May

Seascapes Celebration Sale

It’s time for a Seascapes Celebration Sale !
Autumn is almost over and winter is on its way. I love the changes of season and am marking this with a Celebration Sale.
Here it is – special discounts on my three sizes of small seascapes.

(Sounds of cheering)

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For you, small seascapes will be reduced by 15%.
Here are some examples of the three different sizes with the mark-down.

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Playing in the shallows; acrylic on linen panel
20x25cm; was $340, now $290 until 21/05/17

And another one:

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Beach profile – after the storm; acrylic on linen panel
25x30cm; was $490, now $415 until 21/05/17

And the third size:

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Cascading; acrylic on linen panel
30x30cm; was $540, now $460 until 21/05/17.

They are all framed and ready to hang.

It feels as if summer has well and truly left us now. Often during winter I focus more on landscapes. We will see…

In the meantime, let’s clear the decks a bit! I am sure you want to help.

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And, if you would like to become a subscriber, you will have access to 20% discount until 21st May.
That means you would pay $275, $394 or $437 on these sizes respectively. Massive reductions for these beautiful paintings.

What am I doing? Really, making some space for the next body of work, rather than build an attic. That is beyond me.

Dive in! Help me celebrate. Free shipping within Australia. Overseas shipping requires $50 surcharge unless you require insurance which is extra.



Beach profiles in paint

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Beach profiles are an indicator of the health of that part of the coast, at least in terms of its ability to withstand storm erosion.

South of Adelaide the shoreline has rocky cliffs and smaller bays, but the suburban beaches are part of a coastline that is generally straight and low-lying. The land rises gently behind Seacliff and Brighton beaches. Over the last 100 years houses and roads have been built on the sandhills and many methods have been tried to “save” the sandy beaches and protect the built-up area.

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“Good voyage” 2009
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“van-tastic” 2009
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Kingston Park hillside, 2013

These paintings show the beach at low tide seven and four years ago. The second and third works show the beach towards the south, the direction of the next two paintings. You can see the increasing cover on the high dunes over the years.

Here are the outdoor paintings of Seacliff Beach. Both have been completed within the last month. The captions tell the story!

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Beach profile before the storm
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Beach profile after the storm

In the second painting you can see the erosive storm effects. The waves cut in at the base of the dune and the sand above collapsed to form little cliff shapes. In that painting you can easily see the sand pipe which has been part of the latest replenishment program.

The cycle of northward drift of sand is endless and quite natural. The work to restore and maintain our sandy southern metropolitan beaches and protect foreshore development is an expensive ongoing project. Hopefully smaller scale local structures can be embedded to do all that at lower cost.

These two paintings will be submitted for exhibition at “Dire” to be curated by the Centre for Culture, Land and Sea. The show will be at the South Coast Regional Arts Centre, Old Goolwa Police Station from June 23rd until July 24th.

If you are in South Australia, pop down! Only an hour south of the city. See you there?


Fresh Air Fridays

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Fresh Air Fridays are what we call our outdoor painting group. Last Friday I was packing up to paint in the Adelaide Hills when my phone rang. After a very nice conversation with a friend I had breakfast and got ready to head out.


!!!  I couldn’t find my car keys.

For about 45 minutes I did lots of serious looking and retracing. Remember Ernie and Bert advising us to walk backwards through our day to find lost things? Not always easy when things haven’t registered in recent memory. I got a bit sick of it and decided to go to the nearby beach to paint instead.

At that point my off-sider loomed up to help. And help he did!
Those keys had fallen to the ground outside while I had been talking on the phone.
At that stage it was an hour past normal departure time so Plan B for Beach went into operation.

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A sunny June morning


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Beach painting, early in the process

Stepping back I noticed that my horizon was about half-way up the picture plane. Boring. And not as I had envisaged it in the beginning.

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It doesn’t really matter where the fresh air is on a Friday, but as you can see the beach was not very busy. There seemed to be more dogs than people. They whizzed around and past, up and back. One was a mad spotty thing which tore towards the easel at breakneck speed while I was emptying a water jar. No upset resulted thankfully!

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The office.

This is actually the second painting of two which have focused on the sandhills behind the shore, rather than the beach or shoreline itself. I have my reasons! More about that next time.