Brett Whiteley Exhibition in Newcastle

brett whiteley exhibition

I wasn’t planning to look at any art today but I found myself in Newcastle with nothing to do. The thing I drove there for was cancelled, so rather than turning around and driving back home I popped in to see the Brett Whiteley exhibition at the Newcastle Art Gallery: Whiteley on Water. Continue Reading

Brett Whiteley Exhibition

Brett Whiteley was the painter that pulled the curtain back for me. Before Brett Whiteley I thought painting was either boring old portraits, pretty landscapes, or weird stuff that I didn’t understand. His was the first art book that I ever bought and I still have it today, even if it is a little beat up and paint spattered.Continue Reading

Missing in Inaction

Sorry about the lack of posts lately. I would like to say that I have been busy in the studio or working on something really big and exciting, but I have just had a lazy week. The busiest I got was when I drove into Newcastle on Tuesday (about 20 minutes drive) and stared at the ocean for a while (see pic).

There’s something about the ocean that seems to recharge my batteries. Particularly when there is a storm happening; when it makes you feel small and insignificant, but it also seems to share its power with you. I don’t think I could ever live much more than half an hour away from the water.Continue Reading

Hunter Valley Flood Photos

I have a really good excuse for not posting much lately. The region that I live in has been flooded. So I had to evacuate for a few days while the danger of being flooded passed. Thankfully the river that passes through Maitland didn’t rise as high as expected and my home stayed dry, but a lot of rural and lower lying homes went under.

So, the usual art news should resume tomorrow. Here’s some photos of the Maitland floods and Newcastle storms that were submitted by listeners to the ABC radio here.Continue Reading