Isolation Paintings

Here are some of the paintings I have been doing during this period of isolation. The first painting which is titled “My Favourite Blue Glass”, won equal first prize for the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Art Society still life challenge. That was very exciting.

All of the above paintings are for sale and will be posted on my Art For Sale page. Just visit my website.

New Art Exhibition

Next exhibition for the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Art Society

I will have four paintings on exhibit at Charlestown Square commencing on 27th Jan, come in and have a look!

Nalmas Art Exhibition

The Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Art Society will be holding an exhibition at Belmont Citi Centre starting on Monday 28th and going for two weeks. The exhibition will be set up from 9am until 5pm each day.

These are my four paintings which will be on exhibit and there’s lots of other artists work for sale as well. Come and grab a bargain in time for xmas!

Talking with Painters – the podcast

Here’s something I have been enjoying recently, whilst painting in my studio – “Talking with Painters – the Podcast” where Maria Stoljar talks with Australian artists about their lives and art.

Painting can be quite a solitary pastime and a lot of us artists have music or the radio playing in the background, but now we have another very enlightening choice – the podcast. Maria has visited many of Australia’s premier artists in their studios and talks to them about their early life and what may have influenced them to take up art. Also they chat about their current works, any upcoming exhibitions they have and also any setbacks they faced and how they overcame them.

Its easy to find the podcasts (over 76 episodes have been recorded), just download the Podcast App and then search for Talking with Painters by Maria Stoljar. You can also go to the website

Newcastle Art Society Exhibition – Mount Hutton

The Newcastle Art Society is currently exhibiting over 100 art works by local artists at the Lake Fair Shopping Centre, Mount Hutton from 19 August to 7th September 2019.

These two paintings shown below are my artworks on exhibit.  I hope you will take the time to come and have a look.  You can also check out my art works for sale on my website


A Place to call home
A Place To Call Home – framed watercolour 43 x 52cm $180

Mother and child
Mother And Child – framed watercolour – 70 x 54cm $240



Belmont Exhibition

Two of my paintings will be on display at the Newcastle Art Society Belmont Citi Exhibition.  The exhibition will be held from Monday 29th October until Sunday 11th November.  The exhibition is easy to find its right outside the Coles supermarket at Belmont Citi Centre – Macquarie St, Belmont, from 10am to 4pm.

These are the two I will be exhibiting:  both framed watercolours.

whale 1
Whale 1 – Framed watercolour 70 x 54cm  $250

Horse-play – framed in silver 43 x 52cm – Watercolour and graphite $180


Plus good news!  this one sold at the John Hunter Hospital exhibition held by the Newcastle Art Society recently:

Sunset Sailing
Sunset Sailing – Gold framed Watercolour 70 x 54cm  $250   SOLD

Swansea Seen Art Exhibition

Coming up soon is an art exhibition in which I will have two of my favourite paintings for sale. (see photos below). They can be seen along with many other original art works painted by the Newcastle Art Society artists at The Swansea Centre, First Floor Mezzanine, 228 Pacific Hwy, Swansea.   The exhibition is from 9th June until 5th August and is open 7 days from 10am until 3pm, with lots of free parking behind the centre.

Horse-play – framed in silver 43 x 52cm – Watercolour and graphite $180


bird of paradise blue
Blue Bird of Paradise – framed in white 52 x 43cm – Watercolour and graphite $180


The Chrystique Collection Painting Up-date

It’s been a pretty busy start so far this year, having already attended two watercolour workshops with highly acclaimed tutors, plus I’ve sold 4 paintings in the last few weeks!

I’ve just finished “Sunset Sailing” which will be exhibited at the Central Coast Watercolour Society’s Easter Showcase exhibition.  This is being held in The Community Gallery, Gosford Regional Art Gallery, East Gosford from 28th March – 11th April.


How to easily find copy right free images in Google

I attended a really, interesting workshop recently at Art Lovers Movement – Lake Macquarie.

Our visiting artist, Belinda Biggs, was talking about making sure we use only copy right free images for our paintings.

Now not all of us are globe-trotting photographers, and a lot of us like to be able to paint from a photo. So how to make sure we are not going to be sued for using someone else’s image?

If you follow these simple steps listed below, you can be sure the images you are looking at are copyright free. You will have to follow the steps each time you start a new search, as they re-set themselves back to normal after you log out.

1. Go to Google Images search.
2. Click the Gear icon or Settings
3. Select Advanced search.
4. Scroll down and use the usage rights drop down menu to select Free to use or share,    even commercially.