The month of March – Shallows

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March – Shallows

Time for another wave painting! This time it is “Shallows”, another one inspired by walks on Brighton Jetty on stormy days.

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On the calendar, the image is a detail of “Shallows”. As you can see below, the painting takes in a long stretch of shoreline. That is part of the excitement of being on the jetty. The high vantage point is so different from the swimmer’s view.

From 5 metres up the whole effect is mesmerising. It is easy to see abstract qualities in all the movement. How I wish the breaking waves were not so fleeting! My compromise is to work in the studio from photographs, with memory adding to the inspiration.

It is a perfect project for a day that is too hot or too rainy for outdoor painting!

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Isn’t it great to have choices?

A book? I thought you were an artist.


A book is another dimension of an artist’s online presence. Curtain up.

For me, it is a concrete outcome of the Makeover online course in March. My new book showcases images of my recent seascape paintings over the last few years.
I am very proud to say they are South Australian seascapes, from Adelaide and beyond. Like all of Australia’s capital cities except Canberra, Adelaide lies on the coastal fringe. Our suburban beaches have been a great source of inspiration for my paintings for the past few years. My work shows the dune plants as well as the beach itself; the structures on the foreshore and the people using the space.


The image above is “A knowing companion” one of a series painted outdoors in the early morning light.
The beach has so many different aspects for artists, for walkers, for dogs, for fishermen. I met so many old friends down there at sunrise that week. There is nothing like going a few days in a row to your ‘local’. This pelican was a regular too. And after a few days I recognised this particular man as one my former neighbours. As he sat and fished, he also put little scraps of fish beside his bucket for the pelican. It was a wonderful experience to be part of it or at least an observer from a few steps away. Friends came across the sand to greet me. There were quick snippets of ‘catchup’ conversation. Someone bought a painting off the easel – collected later at the gallery.

All part of “South Australian Seascapes”.

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There is a story behind every painting. I have let you into the secret. The book shows the paintings, but also tells some of the stories. Now you know some of the goss! More next time.


Early morning visitors

This post is for my colleague Theadora Brack @People, Places and Bling! It is something I promised to do for her as I was commenting on her post recently when something similar happened. Perhaps you would all like to see!

This series of pictures reminds me of my work with brain-injured people. A particular test required people to arrange images in order to make a coherent story. There is very little apparent order here, but when these creatures make an appearance people on kayaks or boards try to close in. A fair bit of quiet circling goes on. So you can make up your own story. There are people on the beach just visible over the sand dune, but they are oblivious of the quiet interplay just off-shore.

This is maximum zoom on my little p&s camera, but gives you the idea I hope. Not enough time to get out of my pj’s. It was 8.15am daylight saving time.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

I think it would be fair to say that this kayaker had a really good start to the day.

What do you think?