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- 2017
- 2017
a knot in the flesh - 2017
a knot in the flesh
above and below - 2017
above and below
affection - 2017
affection
After Fires, Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, 2013 - 2017 (SOLD)
After Fires, Snowy Mountains, New South Wales, 2013
aluminium ice - 2017
aluminium ice
andalusian - 2017
andalusian
andalusian drawing - 2017
andalusian drawing
antarctic landscape - 2017
antarctic landscape
aqua impression - 2017
aqua impression
arctic hare portrait - 2017
arctic hare portrait
Aria 3 - 2017
Aria 3

 



I did an aria 1 from the end of a grader bucket tooth. This one was inspired by a timber wedge I had lying in my pile. I liked the ratty end and thought it could be like a fluffy frill. She worked out quite well and the pose seems to suggest she is singing so hence Aria 3.


Asian girl - 2017
Asian girl

I look through Instagram in the morning and some things spark ideas in me. I love drawing faces and I did a nice copy of someone’s photo. I am exploring how much control I have in using the plasma cutter so I had a go at this piece. I must admit the cutter adds its own quality to the line but overall I am quite satisfied with the result.


atlas and god at the end of days - 2017
atlas and god at the end of days
ballet pose - 2017 (SOLD)
ballet pose

I done a number of ballet girl poses over the years and as my most recent was off at a winery show ( where she sold) I thought to do another in a similar manner but this time try to do something with the tutu.. It mostly works and the pose is from an Instagram picture.The metal is mostly Corten steel which will go a lovely rust colour and the rocks are from stone mason offcuts.


beautiful deaths at the hollow stump - 2017
beautiful deaths at the hollow stump
Behind you - 2017
Behind you

I think I might have seen a picture with clouds in front of the person but in my version I used an aluminium cloud and added a sun to make a double sided piece. If you look from the cloud side behind it suggests that you can look at the clouds if you like but in another focus the sun is shining. From the other side where you can see most of the face, the clouds are being left behind as she moves forward. Quite a positive piece really.The title comes from old pantomimes where there is something behind the hero but they can’t seem to see it .


berg - 2017
berg
Bird in My Garden, Melbourne, 2015 - 2017 (SOLD)
Bird in My Garden, Melbourne, 2015
birdie - 2017
birdie

I have played with ballet dancer forms in a number of my sculptures. Grace and beauty always amaze me and in this piece I wanted to try a different support structure (12mm rod) and the grace and beauty aspect also seemed to suggest birds as part of the infill designs. Quite a few ballets seem to reference birds (Swan lake, the firebird etc) so it seemed quite appropriate. She maybe is sort of tattooed and I have yet to see a tattooed ballet dancer but with the prevalence of tattoos in society I guess it is only a matter of time !.


black ice - 2017 (SOLD)
black ice
black ice drawing - 2017
black ice drawing
Bob Dylan - 2017
Bob Dylan
Breaking out - 2017
Breaking out

This is my second large piece for 2017. It continues with my interest in recycling (plasma cutting offcuts, and the wheel as a base as well as other small elements on the character) and relating human concerns to positive themes. My character is surrounded by chaos and she is boxed in a small area but at this moment we see her breaking out of the box and the chaos also being swept away in part perhaps by greater chaos but certainly it is of a different form and she is prepared to risk all to break her bonds.


Brian Cadd - 2017
Brian Cadd
Brindabella Ranges, New South Wales, 2017 - 2017 (SOLD)
Brindabella Ranges, New South Wales, 2017
Bruce Springsteen - 2017
Bruce Springsteen
Buddy - 2017
Buddy
Butterflying - 2017
Butterflying
I have had a few ideas involving butterflies of late. This one plays with changes in scale and the wish to fly in some form or another. To be at one with nature( the butterfly) is a theme that comes from any number of books and this balancing version is just one take
can flowers - 2017
can flowers
caricature of the stones - 2017
caricature of the stones
cat 6 - 2017
cat 6
cat5 - 2017
cat5
cello - 2017 (SOLD)
cello
an order from a customer
Chased by the cross in a dream - 2017
Chased by the cross in a dream
Civic Park - 2017
Civic Park
clouds in the water - 2017
clouds in the water
cooktown 1 - 2017
cooktown 1
cooktown 2 2015 - 2017 (SOLD)
cooktown 2 2015
cooktown 3 - 2017 (SOLD)
cooktown 3
coronet bay - 2017
coronet bay
coronet bay drawing - 2017
coronet bay drawing
couple cutlery - 2017
couple cutlery

I was looking through Instagram and there was an image similar to this from Leila.eg. Hers was a fork and a spoon couple with a baby tea spoon and it inspired me to think about what I could do with this idea and my character forms. As I thought further I came up with a range of couple type ideas but this is the first.


Cruden Farm - 2017
Cruden Farm
curl Girl - 2017
curl Girl

I look through Instagram in the morning and some things spark ideas in me. The original inspiration was a computer art piece by Diegoidef but I modified the idea and also added a flower.I have been impressed by a number of other artists who are not defined by the “real “ lines of the figure and I have started a number of pieces following this technique.


Curly - 2017
Curly

I look through Instagram in the morning and some things spark ideas in me. I was attracted by this idea for a piece involving curly hair.


curly rubinia table - 2017
curly rubinia table
I was tidying up my shed and some old table tops were found. 1 became this table
David Bowie - 2017
David Bowie
Davids present - 2017 (Withdrawn from Sale)
Davids present
I did this piece as a birthday gift for my brother in law. On his facebook page he has a cartoon by Edward Gorey and it is more or less this form. I changed the floating heads to be more a portrait of David and kept most of the other elements except making the little girl be eaten by the nearest head.
defending the kingdom - 2017
defending the kingdom
Diana Krall - 2017
Diana Krall
Dolly Parton - 2017
Dolly Parton
Dragonfly, New South Wales, 2017 - 2017
Dragonfly, New South Wales, 2017
dressage - 2017
dressage
Dry River Crossing, Wilpena Pound, South Australia, 2012 - 2017
Dry River Crossing, Wilpena Pound, South Australia, 2012
Eastern Spinebill, Braidwood, New South Wales, 2017 - 2017
Eastern Spinebill, Braidwood, New South Wales, 2017
Edge of Lake Eyre, South Australia, 201 - 2017
Edge of Lake Eyre, South Australia, 201
elephant ride - 2017 (SOLD)
elephant ride
elephant tap - 2017 (SOLD)
elephant tap
elvis presley - 2017
elvis presley
Eric Clapton - 2017
Eric Clapton
even more positive cat - 2017
even more positive cat

I did a cut out cat face using the plasma cutter and this was the space inside this image. What was left was the negative space but it was missing the eyes and nose. I added these by welding and rather than call it negative cat I thought it looked even happier ( more positive). I was inspired by the first one to print from it with ink and paper and I did the same for this one. The result was quite different really but all versions have some degree of charm.


fe holden sculpture - 2017 (SOLD)
fe holden sculpture
an order from a client
female forms 1 and 2 - 2017
female forms 1 and 2
fight chinstrap penguins - 2017
fight chinstrap penguins
fish out of water - 2017 (SOLD)
fish out of water
fish out of water 3 - 2017 (SOLD)
fish out of water 3

I was deciding what to do with some lovely shapes cut from a dragonfly’s wing and I thought a fish might be nice. The phrase “ fish out of water” came to mind and I did a fish leaping out of his bowl.( which was fun in itself in that the bowl had no water to begin with). It did look a bit plain though so my girl rider added both colour and whimsy to the scene.


flock - 2017
flock

I have been looking through Instagram in the morning and usually sketching and noting inspirational ideas that have some resonance in me.  This piece was inspired by the image printed here. The artist Pejac created this image in broken glass in windows and it immediately suggested to me this variation. I have been exploring using the plasma cutter for a while and it seemed and ideal combination.


Foalie - 2017 (SOLD)
Foalie
foalie drawing - 2017
foalie drawing
free spirit - 2017 (SOLD)
free spirit

I seem to like girls.. and birds. I found this lovely basalt rock across the road ( with the mower) and thought I needed to use it in a sculpture. It was going to be quite simple but I found it was too heavy for me to lift. I cut it up with the angle grinder and this is half the rock. I made the stand for it and it didn’t suggest an idea straight away. In the end, I decided that it was such a grounding piece it needed someone to fly from it and hence my girl flying off with the birds… although she might come back to see her friend on the rock from time to time.


Frozen Heart, Thredbo, New South Wales, 2016 - 2017
Frozen Heart, Thredbo, New South Wales, 2016
gentoo family portrait - 2017
gentoo family portrait
gentoo love - 2017
gentoo love
gentoo penguin - 2017
gentoo penguin
giraffe 3 - 2017 (SOLD)
giraffe 3
god taking the beach - 2017
god taking the beach
Grace( Megan) - 2017 (SOLD)
Grace( Megan)

I am enjoying experimenting with the plasma cutter to see how well I can translate images I find and drawings to metal. It seems pretty versatile. I saw this girl on Instagram and thought she would make a lovely piece. I certainly love the fact that some people can be graceful through working so hard and it is certainly something I can never achieve. It is based on an image of Megan Hill although I have modified it a bit( longer hair) and I suspect Meagan would not regard it as a portrait. Still. I am pleased with the result and I will be doing further small pieces using this process.


Hailey and her best mate - 2017 (SOLD)
Hailey and her best mate
headdress - 2017 (SOLD)
headdress

I have done a series of pieces involving pinecones and some have been birds, insects, dresses and all sorts of things. This cone was on my bench and calling out to be used and as I was doing some plasma-cutting this idea came to mind. Because the cone was partially opened it sort of reminded me of a basket of fruit headdress worn by Carmen Miranda in the 60’s and this is how it developed..


heart seat 3 - 2017
heart seat 3
Hideaway Bay, Queensland, 2015 - 2017 (SOLD)
Hideaway Bay, Queensland, 2015
Homage to a dad - 2017 (SOLD)
Homage to a dad
this was an order from a client to use her dads tools to create a sculpture that would remind her of him.
ice and water - 2017
ice and water
ice bridge - 2017
ice bridge
Ice Butterfly 1 - 2017
Ice Butterfly 1
Ice Butterfly 2 - 2017
Ice Butterfly 2
ice mask greenland - 2017
ice mask greenland
ice reflections Greenland - 2017
ice reflections Greenland
iceberg hole - 2017
iceberg hole
icy - 2017
icy
Ill just rest a little - 2017
Ill just rest a little
imminent antarctic - 2017
imminent antarctic
In My Garden, Melbourne, 2017 - 2017
In My Garden, Melbourne, 2017
inquisitive antarctic - 2017
inquisitive antarctic
ironclad - 2017
ironclad

I have been tidying up my shed recently and a whole range of small treasures have come to light. One thing I found was this old iron base and it instantly suggested I make a warship out of it. Ironclads were the name of the first iron warships from a previous time but the shape and the heaviness just mad the name quite apt( as well as the “iron” element.)


its a hard life - 2017
its a hard life
J seat - 2017 (SOLD)
J seat
a reapair job for a client
James Morrison - 2017
James Morrison
jeanettes pot plant holder - 2017 (SOLD)
jeanettes pot plant holder
johns goanna - 2017 (SOLD)
johns goanna
an order from a client
Joyous - 2017 (SOLD)
Joyous

I look through Instagram in the morning and some things spark ideas in me. I saw a 10 year old girl doing a typical 10 year old pose. At the same time my pile of scrap handed me this motor cover which called out to be made into a dress. The two things came together and I added a bit of my interpretation and here we have a girl loving life and dancing.. It sort of reminds me that snoopy ( cartoon) often had a dance for spring or some such occasion and this joyousness just makes me smile. You can’t be unhappy around this piece!


jumping for joy - 2017
jumping for joy
jumping for joy drawing - 2017
jumping for joy drawing
junk table - 2017
junk table
I was tidying up my shed and found a few old table tops I hadnt used. This developed into this table
Karumba 1 Queensland, 2015 - 2017
Karumba 1 Queensland, 2015
Karumba 2 Queensland, 2015 - 2017
Karumba 2 Queensland, 2015
Kayak - 2017 (Withdrawn from Sale)
Kayak

I often react to the shape of tools and mechanisms. This pick head was on my bench and suggested a kayak. I have a friend who does this competitively and I thought this might be a nice gift for him


Kays hanging rack - 2017 (SOLD)
Kays hanging rack
An order from a client
Keith and Mick - 2017
Keith and Mick
Keith Richards - 2017
Keith Richards
keys in the song of C - 2017
keys in the song of C

I had a collection of keys in my drawer from my time at Drouin Secondary College. Most of them were old locker keys and outmoded keys. They had sat there for a while when I saw some image on instagram which suggested that I might use them in this way. I had recently done a treble clef and I wished to repeat the beauty of the form. The combination suggested the title and it does make a lovely tinkly sound when it moves


Kris Kristofferson - 2017
Kris Kristofferson
Kurnai woman - 2017
Kurnai woman
Let me take control - 2017
Let me take control
lizard - 2017 (SOLD)
lizard

This was in response to an order from a friend. He owns a metal recycling plant and I thought the damaged mag wheel would be ideal for the lizards frill. I am quite happy with the proportions and details and I think I need to do another for myself!


lolly trolley - 2017
lolly trolley
an order for an ex student
Lucky Bay, Western Australia, 2015 - 2017 (SOLD)
Lucky Bay, Western Australia, 2015
m seat - 2017 (SOLD)
m seat
a repair job for a client
Madonna - 2017
Madonna
Merricks Gums - 2017
Merricks Gums
Michael Jackson - 2017
Michael Jackson
Milky Way, Ningaloo, Western Australia, 2015 - 2017 (SOLD)
Milky Way, Ningaloo, Western Australia, 2015
Mirror on Scoresby sound - 2017
Mirror on Scoresby sound
miss twiggy - 2017
miss twiggy
miss twiggy painting - 2017
miss twiggy painting
moon maiden - 2017
moon maiden

Instagram again in that there are some beautiful drawings on there. I used one from minarim as the initial impetus and altered aspects of it to allow me to achieve the effects I wanted. The contrast of rust to sealed areas was what I wanted to play with and the finished result is more or less what I was aiming for. I do like the balance of positive and negative spaces also and my girl is a bit more subdued than the original drawing.


mother - 2017 (SOLD)
mother

My wife is very busy at the moment dealing with our two grandchildren. She always seems to have one in her arms and is so patient and supportive of them it is such a delight to see. (I am the grumpy old man who lives in the shed… so quite a contrast!)  However, I thought I should at least create something that sort of captures the time. She always was a wonderful mother and now she is being a wonderful grandmother.


motorbike - 2017
motorbike

I have never ridden a motorbike. I was listening the other day to a man describing the adrenaline rush of being on a bike and really, I am not much of an adrenaline junkie. I used to ride a bike and that was fun and useful. I am often influenced by the pieces that magically appear in my pile and one day a lot of this collection appeared. It seemed to suggest a motorbike and I thought I would just knock that job over quickly. Nearly a month later ( not as quickly as I anticipated)  it was finished and I am delighted with the range of oddities in it .I suspect this is the closest I will get to a real motorbike… and that is fine too.


Mudlark, Lakes Entrance, Victoria, 2017 - 2017
Mudlark, Lakes Entrance, Victoria, 2017
Murrumbateman I, New South Wales, 2017 - 2017 (SOLD)
Murrumbateman I, New South Wales, 2017
Murrumbateman II, New South Wales, 2017 - 2017 (SOLD)
Murrumbateman II, New South Wales, 2017
my first pony - 2017
my first pony
my first pony drawing - 2017
my first pony drawing
namaste - 2017 (SOLD)
namaste

I was inspired for the shape of this piece by a form on Instagram and started on the basic structure.It developed in all sorts of directions and the front is plasma cut offcuts and the back also came from a yoga site on Instagram which has this “ poem”



Namaste :



My soul honours your soul, I honour the place in you where the entire universe resides, I honor the light, love, truth, beauty and peace within you because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one.


Nariel Creek, Victoria, 2013 - 2017 (SOLD)
Nariel Creek, Victoria, 2013
new dog romping - 2017
new dog romping
new dog standing - 2017
new dog standing
odin and the wisdom well - 2017
odin and the wisdom well
Odin's dream, a fragment of a nightmare - 2017
Odin's dream, a fragment of a nightmare
on a berg antarctica - 2017
on a berg antarctica
Out Hunting - 2017
Out Hunting
Out Hunting drawing - 2017
Out Hunting drawing
pam and charlie - 2017
pam and charlie
pecking order - 2017
pecking order

I seem to keep coming back to birds in my sculptures. This one is similar to one I did a while ago called bird on a wire but this is a touch more baroque  with all the curly bits climbing the stand. I had the curved pieces in the pile and this is the second time I have used them this way.. maybe I am just repeating myself but it is a fun, light and decorative piece. As to the pecking order… well probably 3 pieces of wheat to go!


penguin love - 2017
penguin love
penguin3 - 2017 (SOLD)
penguin3
an order for a clent
pensive - 2017 (SOLD)
pensive
I found a lovely pose and it inspired me to make the latest in my line of 3-D figures. I have done some characters reading in the past but this one just looked thoughtful, hence the title.Some parts are working well I think and it is interesting how much expression can be achieved with a combination of metal shapes
pieces of eight - 2017 (SOLD)
pieces of eight

I have done quite a few 2-D pieces where I have designed a shape and kept everything in the same plane. I had the idea of doing some relatively simple form (and 8 is a lovely shape ) and see what I could do with a cut up version. I was delighted with the result and although I initially assembled it upside down , I soon changed it and the form seems to have echoes of the original 8 but quite a bit of difference .I also like the pun on the original pieces of 8 being pirates treasure as this is quite a treasure itself. I think I will explore this idea further.


Pillar of society - 2017
Pillar of society
Plant box order - 2017 (SOLD)
Plant box order
Playground of the gods - 2017
Playground of the gods
playing with the cat - 2017 (SOLD)
playing with the cat
I have two cats and do like to play with them. I am not quite sure where this idea came from but it was going to occur in different ways until I decided that this built up form was the way to go. Again scale is the thing that makes the difference although one of my cats would not be tolerant of any such idea. One of the dogs would be and it is quite lovely to see some dogs put up with all sorts of toddler play without any fuss
playtime - 2017
playtime
portrait of a walrus - 2017
portrait of a walrus
positive cat - 2017 (SOLD)
positive cat

I did a face of a girl in this manner and I was quite delighted by its effect. The idea for the cat face came from the “rockitman” on Instagram who had done a rock engraving in a similar simple manner. This one also inspired me to try to print from it and I was quite content with the result. I have two cats myself and one loves me and the other allows me to serve it. Nonetheless I do like cats ( and dogs) and they add so much to our lives .The title refers to the positive as distinct from negative form.. as well as the expression on the face.


presence - 2017 (SOLD)
presence

I look through Instagram in the morning and some things spark ideas in me. I saw a cartoon type face, (with an outline) and for some reason it suggested this composition. It is sort of like the Cheshire cat in Alice in wonderland but it sort of invokes a presence of someone/something that is sort of supernatural well to me anyway.


quarter horse - 2017
quarter horse
race - 2017 (SOLD)
race
I was again inspired by an image I saw somewhere to try to cut out a series of runners . In assembling it theis is how they developed ( I am closest to the one just strolling at the back) .I never was a good runner and the idea of a fun run just seems two words which are totally incompatible. I do like the basic structure of the piece and it keeps my dreams alive even if the reality is nowhere near it
Rathdowne Street, Carlton, Melbourne, 2016 - 2017 (SOLD)
Rathdowne Street, Carlton, Melbourne, 2016
reaching the stars tower - 2017
reaching the stars tower
This one developed from having a piece of treated pine left over from moving a path into the gallery. I originally was going to have the girl just as a small piece but the idea of a tower appealed. As it still wasn’t tall enough I made a base to fit and incorporated shim both copper and aluminium in the wood area. On the back I tried out a technique I saw another sculptor do in Thailand( using an angle frinder to create texture on wood) The final piece appeals to me and again it has allowed me to experiment and try new ideas
reining comp - 2017
reining comp
Robert Plant - 2017
Robert Plant
robs resto's - 2017 (SOLD)
robs resto's
an order from a client
seamus - 2017 (SOLD)
seamus
seamus drawing - 2017
seamus drawing
seat - 2017
seat
seat with birds - 2017 (SOLD)
seat with birds
an order from a customer
setting sail - 2017
setting sail
show time - 2017
show time
show time drawing - 2017
show time drawing
smile 1 - 2017
smile 1

I made a small piece a while ago inspired by an image from Instagram which was a similar face all plasma-cut ( called presence). It seemed logical to develop it using rod and bar (for strength) and a bit of plasma-cutting. This has more expression but is coloured white instead of the black due to different placement.  It makes me smile and that has to be a positive benefit.


snowman drawing - 2017
snowman drawing
Sparrow, New South Wales, 2017 - 2017
Sparrow, New South Wales, 2017
splash - 2017 (SOLD)
splash

I original did a piece called prickly about a character surrounded by forks who was “prickly”. Needless to say she didn’t find a home I recycled the piece this year by making a new figure and cutting down the forks to produce this idea. It still uses the forks( and looks quite fine ) although really he hasn’t got into the water yet so he shouldn’t make such a splash yet. Ah what the heck, the idea is interesting and quite fun..


star goddess - 2017
star goddess
I have done a number of pieces using stars as part of the composition and they always seem fun and quirky.This one came from a sketch based on a sketch from Instagram and the end result is quite unique and rather gentle. I do like the quality of the line that the plasma cutter can produce and I changed tips part way through to get a finer line with a new tip.
starry crown - 2017
starry crown

The title is from a song but there was a starting point in an Illustration by Carosurreal on Instagram. I have done a number of pieces using stars as part of the composition and this one sort of developed as I went along.An image of Hedy Lamar even added to its development. So many possibilities and so much fun exploring them.  .


Stars over Cooktown, Queensland, 2015 - 2017 (SOLD)
Stars over Cooktown, Queensland, 2015
Stephens gift - 2017 (Withdrawn from Sale)
Stephens gift
I made this piece as a gift for my brother in laws  50th birthday, He has cats and loves taking photos and he was delighted by it.
stratus - 2017
stratus
sunset on ice - 2017
sunset on ice
support 2 - 2017
support 2
I recycled this character from a piece called prickly. She now has different arms and hair and the pose is much more positive .As to meaning  , we all support those we care about and in this case that is what I was trying to convey. Some might see more religious overtones but that is the joy of art in that you see what you bring as well as what is there
swirly - 2017 (SOLD)
swirly
I had recently done another flowing form ( a treble clef) and I had a good collection of plasma cutting off cuts which I wanted to use up so I did another swirling type form. I was going to add characters and create a story about distance between them but the shape just looked so lovely in itself that I decided to leave it as itself. The name swirly just developed from another piece called swirl but this one looks more fun.
swirly circles - 2017
swirly circles

I have done swirly type sculptures previously but for this one I had the idea of using a good few donated circles and see what developed. As I laid it out it seemed to need more body in the circles so I added random offcut pieces to create almost a series of symbols or inner patterns. There is no real intent but the overall form is quite pleasing .


the blue shawl - 2017 (SOLD)
the blue shawl

I look through Instagram in the morning and some things spark ideas in me. I saw a lovely drawing in a graphics page of a girl looking sort of sideways with some head covering. This is my adaptation and the colour, face shape and attitude are different. I am enjoying translating drawing ideas into projects for the plasmacutter and using colour to highlight some areas


The bow tie - 2017 (SOLD)
The bow tie
 A present from his colleagues to a bowtie -wearing paediatrician celebrating the lifting up of children with developmental differences by their parents and professionals
The devil and the bride - 2017
The devil and the bride
the hug - 2017
the hug

I love having hugs. There I have said it… still anyone who knows me that is no surprise. I was interested in drawing this and exploring the positive and negative shapes involved in the image. I do like the depth of this hug and the shadows the piece casts. If it inspires more hugs in the world that is not a bad thing.!


The incident at the bend in the river - 2017 (SOLD)
The incident at the bend in the river
The joy of reading - 2017
The joy of reading

One of my friends gave me a wonderful collection of books that were no longer of value to the library they were bought for. I have been planning to do a lot with them but this is the first piece. I love reading. I don’t do as much as I used to as I love working in my shed more. However I still read every day and am on the lookout for interesting works . In this case I am suggesting an upward path to knowledge and wisdom but as there is an attractive girl at the top( and I did meet my wife in a library) then there are possibly side benefits to “the joy of reading.


The last Book ( heidi) - 2017 (Withdrawn from Sale)
The last Book ( heidi)

The last book is me playing with my plasma cutter again. We have a small playgroup that comes to the gallery on some Fridays and one of the girls was sitting in a lovely pose so I photographed and sketched her. The original pose was her eating and on one of the comfy chairs but I modified this. As to the last book, well the intensity of the pose suggests that she is at the crucial stage of the last book in the series. Also, as books are quickly becoming an older technology ,the pose of someone reading in this way might be a disappearing image.


The new dress - 2017
The new dress

I saw a similar image on Instagram and the idea really appealed as a topic for a plasmacut. I was going to call it see through but that is perhaps a bit out of keeping with the joy of the pose. I do like that the pattern is actual holes though.


The rebirth of odin - 2017
The rebirth of odin
the right tool - 2017
the right tool
I look through instagram in the morning and see what ideas are generated in my brain from the various images. I came across this image( left) in a site where some-one went to the museum in Amsterdam and there were works by Jean Tinguely. I was not familiar with his work but the spanner and the butterfly immediately attracted my attention. I modified it to a Stilson wrench as I had an old one and I liked the contrast of the jaws and the butterfly. Similar but different. Thanks Jean
the right tool - 2017
the right tool
I look through instagram in the morning and see what ideas are generated in my brain from the various images. I came across this image( left) in a site where some-one went to the museum in Amsterdam and there were works by Jean Tinguely. I was not familiar with his work but the spanner and the butterfly immediately attracted my attention. I modified it to a Stilson wrench as I had an old one and I liked the contrast of the jaws and the butterfly. Similar but different. Thanks Jean
The rise of Atlas - 2017
The rise of Atlas
The rolling stones - 2017
The rolling stones
the window - 2017
the window

When I first started college I made a lovely window scene with enamel panes and a wooden frame. It had colour and shine and it was an interesting piece to create. This one hearks back to that but it extended my use of the plasma cutter by making holes and placing mirror behind them. The girl ( in red) is drawing the curtains and by separating the pieces creates that sense of distance.. although it was hard to photograph successfully.


tilted - 2017
tilted
time for a rest svalbard - 2017
time for a rest svalbard
tinman - 2017 (SOLD)
tinman
an order from a customer
Tree of stars - 2017 (SOLD)
Tree of stars

I was looking on Instagram and there was an image with stars in the background. It suggested a tree of star to me and I quickly sketched the idea down. I always get excited at this stage thinking I have come up with a new idea but when I look for pictures to accompany this piece of writing I usually find a mountain of images by other people who have had a similar idea. Maybe ideas are connected … sort of like a tree of stars!


Tribute to spud - 2017
Tribute to spud
tribute to spud drawing - 2017
tribute to spud drawing
tribute to the snowman - 2017
tribute to the snowman
triffid 1 - 2017
triffid 1

This really was just a combination of a variety of forms. I had the idea of a ball with curly prongs and it needed presenting on a stand of some sort. The final result is a sort of strange plant form and I recall one of my favorite books of my adolescence.. The day of the Triffids. Anyway this is my first triffid.. and I have since done a second


triffid 2 - 2017
triffid 2

This one developed from having some pieces of curved pipe left over from my big Toyota sculpture. I did a sketch and made some shrinking ends ( and a captured character) and it looks even more triffid like.. or squidlike. Again this followed fairly soon after triffid 1 so hence triffid 2


twisted - 2017
twisted
untamed - 2017
untamed

I have done a series of pieces involving pinecones and some have been birds, insects, dresses and all sorts of things. This cone was so compact that it suggested the back of some giant insect. Of course I had to have someone riding it and after a bit of tricky welding it all came together. It called out to be a bit like riding a wild horse rather than just a sedate trot, hence the title. Yee Ha!


waiting - 2017
waiting
Warragul Lane 1 - 2017
Warragul Lane 1
Warragul Laneway 2 - 2017
Warragul Laneway 2
Warragul Laneway 3 - 2017
Warragul Laneway 3
whiskers - 2017
whiskers

There is a man on Instagram called airtightartwork who produces lovely sculptures of birds from cutlery and it got me thinking what else could be done from cutlery. I sketched a cat with forks for whiskers and this is the end result. He is a bit tigerish but overall the effect is quite delightful to me.


White-eared Honeyeater, Victoria, 2017 - 2017 (SOLD)
White-eared Honeyeater, Victoria, 2017
Willie Nelson - 2017
Willie Nelson
window screen - 2017 (SOLD)
window screen
an order for a client
wish - 2017
wish

On sunny days I often raise my arms and feel the warmth and almost feel being part of the day.. taking off and soaring would be ideal… but when you see me, the idea that my arms would lift me off the ground… well you can see why the piece is called wish. Still the idea persists !


wishing - 2017
wishing

I was looking through Instagram one morning and there was an image of a person looking at a star through a window. This had some resonance with me as I used to love watching the Walt Disney TV show where the theme was “when you wish upon a star”. I had made a piece called the Watcher many years previously and it was still about, probably because it was a bit creepy. I thought to modify it to give it a more positive interpretation and the man had a gender change to become a girl, the head came up instead of down and the star was added for focus. A much more positive piece I think.


woodsprite - 2017 (SOLD)
woodsprite

I was doing some plasma cutting and this face developed. I have a bucket of leaves made from offcuts of whatever I am cutting out and the two seemed to say put us together. She looks sort of like an indian chief but mainly I was trying to suggest that leaves were growing from her head instead of hair.. some sort of woodsprite I guess. I do like the randomness of the leaf shapes and textures and she looks a positive and happy character.


Wren, New South Wales, 2017 - 2017
Wren, New South Wales, 2017
- 2016
blue and bright - 2016
 blue and bright
You and Me - 2016 (SOLD)
 You and Me
I have made a number of pieces featuring birds and people and scale often plays a part.Birds are such symbols of freedom that they always inspire interesting interactions.  We all wish we could communicate with other creatures and this piece developed from some interesting shapes in my pile of chaos and thinking about how a bird might interact with someone of a different scale.
A deer in the hand - 2016
A deer in the hand
A deer in the hand - 2016
A deer in the hand
a fork in the road - 2016
a fork in the road

I was listening to a Richard Thompson song off his “still” album and the phrase “a fork in the road” just conjured this creation. I guess it comes down to scale in that my little characters interact with normal sized objects in quite a different way to what we do. Anyway it seemed a fun thing to do.. and as to what he is going to do with the fork…?


A golden Pear ( Bonser) - 2016
A golden Pear ( Bonser)
a million tears No 3 Joan Price - 2016
a million tears  No 3 Joan Price
a peaceful evening 1,2,3 - 2016
a peaceful evening 1,2,3
a river somewhere( Gogerly) - 2016
a river somewhere( Gogerly)
A sort of Pun - 2016
A sort of Pun

My grandad had one of these old Blacksmiths vyces set up in our garage at home. It actually worked wheras this one has sat in my pile of scrap for a couple of years in a non working condition. Still it was such a lovely piece in shape and form that I couldn’t bring myself to cut it up. Anyway I had the silly idea to make it into a “joke” I have added AD to the top and good and bad to the back… so I advise you to think what that actually does to this piece and see if your humour is a sad as mine… when people get it they tend to lower their heads and shake them..Anyway a working vyce on ebay is in the 2 to 300 dollar range so if you had the urge it wouldn’t be hard to remove my additions.


a voyage of imagination - 2016 (SOLD)
a voyage of imagination

I saw this idea on Pinterest as an illustration and I have had fun developing ways to make it work as a sculpture. I love the idea that a book will take you to unknown worlds and even “Mischievous Moncton “no doubt was a delight in its time. I did find it hard to drill a hole in the book… the early training about not damaging a book really is still present … but the end result seems worth it. I have captured the illustrations for another project but the rest of the book is sort of still readable… if you demolish the rest of the sculpture!


Adapt - 2016
Adapt

I have such interesting bits lying around my shed and sometimes they just call out to be combined . This is such a case and the whole top part came together happily. I was not sure where it was going and it sat quietly as a group for a month or so. I was making the base for another idea and just picked up the group and it fitted perfectly to the top. In looking as to what I could say with it, I decided that the complex nature of the form was easily overcome by just adding a separate structure on top( the ladders) and my little character has happily dealt with the complex basis of his life…. Ah Serendipity when everything comes together so well.


Adoring Albatross - 2016 (SOLD)
Adoring Albatross
Sold at opening of the exhibition
Adoring Albatross - 2016 (SOLD)
Adoring Albatross
After the storm ( Diptych)Gogerly - 2016
After the storm ( Diptych)Gogerly
Afternoon Tea Lorinda Mutsaers - 2016
Afternoon Tea Lorinda Mutsaers
Aiden, Fraser, Ella and Liam - 2016
Aiden, Fraser, Ella and Liam
alans big table - 2016 (SOLD)
alans big table
Alexandra 1 - 2016
Alexandra 1
Alexandra 2 - 2016
Alexandra 2
All aglow( near Sale) - 2016
All aglow( near Sale)
Andrew and Zora - 2016 (Withdrawn from Sale)
Andrew and Zora
I did this piece to celebrate the wedding of my nephew in law  to his new bride. It was a lovely wedding on a very windy day and the various bits in it have resonanaces in the couples life
angies sweet pea stand - 2016
angies sweet pea stand
what angie wanted to make, it has small animals and characters on it too
animal cutouts - 2016
animal cutouts
Anna sevi, Sarah, Sally, Stephanie, Sybil Suzanne - 2016
Anna sevi, Sarah, Sally, Stephanie, Sybil Suzanne
mixed media
Aquarius - 2016
Aquarius
Digital Print
arab - 2016
arab
Archie - 2016
Archie
aria - 2016 (SOLD)
aria

I had this tip of an excavator fork in my pile for years. It is heavy and I vaguely thought I would make a bird beak or something similar. As it is it is the base of this fairly heavy singer and I quite like the contrast to what it was originally and what it is now. The head is a wheel brace end and the bike chain just filled it nicely.



Aria actually means” an elaborate melody sung solo with accompaniment”


aria 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
aria 2

I did an aria 1 from the end of a grader bucket tooth. This one was inspired by a picture on instagram of a girl in a dress and I thought I could imitate the dress with old above ground pool surround( of which I have heaps). She worked out quite well and the pose seems to suggest she is singing so hence Aria 2.


Around and about 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
Around and about 2
This is the first big piece of 2016. I did a smaller piece at the end of last year but the form wanted to have a twist to the third dimension. I have used on one side small off cuts and on the edges and front “junk”.The form is a bit of a hangover from the forms inspired by new Zealand and also forms from Canada. I love the texture of the small offcut side and I am inspired to use this texture in further pieces.The title sort of refers to the travels mentioned above but also to the turning motion of the form itself
Around and about 3 - 2016 (SOLD)
Around and about 3

. I did a smaller piece at the end of last year but the form wanted to have a twist to the third dimension. I have used on one side small off cuts and on the edges and front “junk”. The form is a bit of a hangover from the forms inspired by New Zealand and also forms from Canada. I love the texture of the small offcut side and I am inspired to use this texture in further pieces. The title sort of refers to the travels mentioned above but also to the turning motion of the form itself. Someone seeing this second piece commissioned a third and this is the latest.


Asian Influence Joy Campbell - 2016
Asian Influence Joy Campbell
attitude and delicate Glenys Knox - 2016
attitude and delicate Glenys Knox
autumn splendour Min Weggelaar - 2016
autumn splendour Min Weggelaar
the lower piece
Ayla 1 - 2016
Ayla 1
ayla2 - 2016
ayla2
badgers at Coppetr Hill John Sharpe - 2016
badgers at Coppetr Hill John Sharpe
Bailey - 2016
Bailey
Bailey 2 - 2016
Bailey 2
Bailey D - 2016
Bailey D
balance - 2016
balance

I had an offcut from a circle I was using in” between the moon and stars” and it was too nice to just get rid of it. I added the scalloping and then thought a ball rolling up and down the curve would be lovely. I then had to add a character to it and I did toy with work- life balance as the title as this is something so many struggle with. In the end I thought balance was more universal (I am a Libran) and I am content with its solidity and simplicity


balance ballerina - 2016 (Recycled)
balance ballerina

I did a series of balance ”toys” with one of my classes when I was still a teacher inspired by an in-service on “the science of toys”. I was very impressed with the range of things they came up with from turned cones, to tractors, skateboarders and wrestlers. Anyway I hadn’t done much with the idea personally up to now and I thought that it might amuse some people with some of my different interpretations. I do love the magic of it all.. just applied centre of gravity really, but a fascinating thing to play with. This is the first of at least a few.


Ballet Girl - 2016
Ballet Girl

I have done a number of girls where their dresses were including stone , marble or concrete. This is the next in the “series”.I do like trying to capture grace beauty and movement and as I am not greatly blessed with any of these properties to be able to depict it in metal and stone is wonderful to me. Something as fleeting as this pose can be captured as it initially was on some image I found on Instagram or Pinterest. She does have a certain hood ornament aspect to her  but the car that she fitted would have to be impressively big. Maybe that will be my next project…. Not!


balloongirl 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
balloongirl 2
I did balloon girl a very long time agao and a client who bought it wanted a similar piece for a friend. I had to turn the balloons from wood and I mad the piece shiny instead of rusty . I had forgotten how lovely she is
Banksia Baxterii(Gogerly) - 2016
Banksia Baxterii(Gogerly)
Barrel racing at Lang Lang - 2016
Barrel racing at Lang Lang
Beanie Joan Price - 2016
Beanie Joan Price
beanies Joan price - 2016
beanies Joan price
between the moon and stars - 2016
between the moon and stars

I was looking at a wooden sculpture on Instagram and it had scalloped edges. I thought I would do this on a circle form and I then decided to reflect the circle by making a truncated cone as the base. I had lots of plasma offcuts at the time and thought that the contrast in texture would be a delight. Finally, I decided that to make a moon and stars and a girl would be the way to have an interesting “picture” with abstract elements around. It is sort of romantic in feeling and I am delighted with the colours and its freshness. I decided the whole circle form was too containing and cut it off to allow the moon and stars to reach the sky.


big dragon - 2016
big dragon
big girl 1 - 2016
big girl 1

I used to sketch quite often and I loved doing portraits. I had done a few of these with wire and when the last one sold I thought to do another piece like this. However I had a new plasma-cutter and I decided to try to draw with that and see how fine I could get it. I was looking on Instagram and found a nice pose of a girl and thought I could redraw that first of all in the sketch book and then see what I could do with the plasma-cutter Having done a small girl I thought to do a bigger piece and this is the result.


Big Pink Pots, Brown cracked pots - 2016
Big Pink Pots, Brown cracked pots
Big Pink Pots, Brown cracked pots - 2016
Big Pink Pots, Brown cracked pots
Big Swirls Annabelle Clarke - 2016
Big Swirls Annabelle Clarke
bird and butterfly glass tile necklace Naomi Edelman - 2016
bird and butterfly glass tile necklace Naomi Edelman
bird baths - 2016
bird baths
I have started doing a few birdbaths just to use rims and some of my small birds.
bird on a wire 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
bird on a wire 2

I have been recently fascinated by the shape and form or pinecones and I have combined this one with a bird constructed from cutlery. I love the texture for the chest as well as the forms of the feathers. There was someone on Instagram doing something similar but his were very different .


Blue and green overlapping Meredith - 2016 (SOLD)
Blue and green overlapping  Meredith
Blue Bottles Lorinda Mutsaers - 2016
Blue Bottles Lorinda Mutsaers
Blue Jug Lorinda Mutsaers - 2016
Blue Jug Lorinda Mutsaers
Blue moon and the open door Joy Dusting - 2016
Blue moon and the open door Joy Dusting
Blue Rock Noir Alene Bonser - 2016
Blue Rock Noir Alene Bonser
Bootscooting babies - 2016
Bootscooting babies
bottled buddies Naomi Edelman - 2016
bottled buddies Naomi Edelman
Bouquet Lorinda Mutsaers - 2016
Bouquet Lorinda Mutsaers
Bracelets Naomi Edelman - 2016
Bracelets Naomi Edelman
brushgirl - 2016 (SOLD)
brushgirl
Bugs and bears Naomi Edelman - 2016
Bugs and bears Naomi Edelman
Bull head - 2016 (SOLD)
Bull head
an order for a friend
Bully for you - 2016
Bully for you
bully for you - 2016
bully for you
Butterfly - 2016
Butterfly

I saw a lovely piece of woodwork on Instagram with this shape developed in a much more complex and rhythmic way. I see resonances with spider webs and looking into the form I see elements of a maltese cross However in positioning it on the stand so it had dynamism it seemed to call for the finishing details to make the butterfly. The two sides sort of suggest flapping and it is the only one  where I have used this open structure. The circles came from an ex student from a site he was working on and I wanted to use the rhythmic repetition to add to the lightness of the piece. I am quite delighted with it  and its simplicity.


buttons - 2016 (SOLD)
buttons

I sometimes just pick an awkward piece from my pile and try to think what to do with it. This started from the two buttons on a box. They could have been eyes, they could have been the back of something but I made them into breasts.. surely the most unbreast shape that could possible be but I have been pleased with the end result. I used the timing gear for her skirt, an old sculpture holder for her shoulders and plasma cut her face hands and legs.


caifu Fay edelman - 2016
caifu Fay edelman
Cancer - 2016
Cancer
cannon - 2016 (SOLD)
cannon
a request from a friend
cannon - 2016 (SOLD)
cannon
an order from a friend.. I happened to have a metal ball that approximated a cannonball and this set the dimensions for everything else.Fun
Capricorn - 2016
Capricorn
Digital Print
cascade - 2016
cascade
Cat Napping Tryptich - 2016 (SOLD)
Cat Napping Tryptich
Sold at opening of the exhibition
Cat Napping Tryptich - 2016
Cat Napping Tryptich
Cat walk - 2016 (SOLD)
Cat walk

I did a piece last year called” walking the dog” with a girl in a similar position… needless to say that sort of inspired this piece.. that and the fact I love words or phrases that can be interpreted in different ways. Catwalk is obviously one of them… maybe using cats for shoes might be a different interpretation but that is a bit yukky so I will stay with this format.I have two cats.. and nearly always have had cats and the idea that they would put up with this is very foreign to the nature of the cats I have had.We have a cat that goes for a walk with us each night but really it is just that he chooses the same time to walk as us and really he is not part of any family activity… Bloody cats!.


Catching Dragonflies - 2016
Catching Dragonflies

This began at the wheels really. I took them off a boot for roller-skating and I was asking myself what I would do with them They suggested that I make a Segway ( I have never been on one but they do look fun). The character I made was going to be waving but when it was all assembled it did look a bit dull. It sat on the table for a day and I tried all sorts of combinations. I had a dragonfly I had made there as well and when I attached this it looked right. What was he doing? Well catching dragonflies of course…. Why…well that’s a whole different story.


Catharsis - 2016
Catharsis
digital print
Cautious - 2016
Cautious
I had one piece where I had a character looking into the water but she didn’t find a home. I saw some thing similar to this pose as a bronze sculpture but with different arm positions. I wanted to use mirror again as part of this piece and it seemed a lovely way to suggest water. As to the title, many of us are cautious about many things. I certainly aren’t brave, and the feeling that this is a sensible way to proceed is common. This piece might act as a suggestion in the right place as well as a thing of beauty    
chainmail necklace Naomi edelman - 2016
chainmail necklace  Naomi edelman
chainmail with jade Naomi edelman - 2016
chainmail with jade Naomi edelman
Chairoscuro - 2016
Chairoscuro
digital print
chaise lounge - 2016 (SOLD)
chaise lounge
an order
charcoal seagulls 2 - 2016
charcoal seagulls 2
charcoal seagulls1 - 2016
charcoal seagulls1
Charlie - 2016
Charlie
cheeky Kooka - 2016
cheeky Kooka
chinese vessel - 2016
chinese vessel
Cityscape ( Bonser) - 2016
Cityscape ( Bonser)
Civil war inspired Meredith - 2016 (SOLD)
Civil war inspired Meredith
cm seat - 2016 (SOLD)
cm seat
an order
Coby 1 - 2016
Coby 1
cocky - 2016 (SOLD)
cocky

 I must admit I love these big birds. They seem so playful and intelligent. When I was growing up it was common for people to have a cocky chained to a stand as a companion pet. Fantastic thing to be able to interact with ( feed  biscuits) maybe not so much fun for the cocky. We also used to have budgies and canaries in cages but it just does not seem right to me now. I had a sculpture which had the stand as part of its construction and when I dismantled the sculpture the stand called out for a cocky to sit on it. I also was attempting to make him into a balance piece with a weight slung under him but it proved too awkward for me to manage. He is now welded to the perch  and is in a sulk… won’t eat biscuits or anything. Mind you I don’t think he can fly all that well anyway..


colourbond chook - 2016 (SOLD)
colourbond chook
an order from a client
come on in, Kettles on - 2016
come on in, Kettles on
conglomeration - 2016
conglomeration
contrast - 2016
contrast

 I hadn’t done any turning for quite a while and I thought I should start using some of the brass pieces( taps and pipes) I had collected. The contrast between the smooth turned redgum and the complex but glowing brass seemed to be a good fit so this entirely nonfunctional and interesting juxtaposition came about. I need to explore the colour of brass more as I have quite a collection and I haven’t been giving it enough value. I used to turn hundreds of things from redgum but I have been remiss in using the material since I started welding.


Corepsis (Bonser) - 2016
Corepsis (Bonser)
Corey - 2016
Corey
Corn Dinner( Gogerly) - 2016
Corn Dinner( Gogerly)
corrugated - 2016
corrugated
Cream and white Meredith - 2016 (SOLD)
Cream and white Meredith
cross seat - 2016
cross seat
just using a piece from the pile and this is how it ended up
curl table - 2016
curl table
going to town and country gallery
cyclist - 2016 (Withdrawn from Sale)
cyclist

I was explaining to a customer at the gallery that you can get inspiration from almost anywhere if you just have the right mindset. I picked up a copy of Gippsland Lifestyle and it had a cyclist and shadow on the cover ( at Mt Baw Baw) and I thought that would make a fun sculpture to do. I have done a bike or so before and they are a bit tricky but this one came together ok and I used the plasma cutter to cut out an approximation of his shadow( taking it out on the verandah and tracing it).



I think it is quite an interesting composition… but you be the judge


Damien - 2016
Damien
damp day - 2016
damp day
dancer - 2016 (SOLD)
dancer

I love playing with forks and cutlery.. well they are such interesting shapes. I have done a number of different dancers in the past ( I still can’t dance) and this one seemed to be more a hula dancer hence suiting the “grass” skirt.! 


dancer with forks - 2016
dancer with forks

I guess Madonna started it with her pointy boobs and this image of lady Gaga also incorporates spikes. Looking at a typical tutu it isn’t hard to imagine it as a spiky dress and I have been doing a bit with cutlery recently and this sort of came together. I made a piece called prickly a while ago and this also uses forks to keep people away. Certainly she is doing her individual dance not as part of a team or partnership. Still lovely though. 


Dancing Lights - 2016
Dancing Lights
Dancing Lights - 2016
Dancing Lights
dancing milkshake fairy - 2016 (SOLD)
dancing milkshake fairy
Well I had the milkshake container there for a while and decided on a day I was doing lots of orders to just have some fun and make this character. She has wonderful lashes, chainsaw chain hair and an op shop necklace. Just joy .
Dancing on the head of a pin - 2016 (Recycled)
Dancing on the head of a pin

I was recycling this dancer from another piece and I was thinking what to do with her. There was apparently an old religious problem of how many angels can dance on the head of a pin and this sort of made itself known to me. Sounds an amazing thing to think about and I am sure most of the discussion centred around angels.. wheras I made the pin big and solved my problem at least. Obviously the answer is one!



( wiki: Scornful description of a tedious concern with irrelevant details; an allusion to religious controversies in the middle ages. In fact, the medieval argument was over how many angels could stand on the point of a pin.”)


Dancing with horses Anna Sevi - 2016
Dancing with horses Anna Sevi
mixed media
Deep in the forest - 2016
Deep in the forest
Delphinium Patricia Naus - 2016
Delphinium Patricia Naus
Devilwoman - 2016
Devilwoman
Disparate Audrey - 2016
Disparate Audrey
Diva - 2016 (SOLD)
Diva

I have started using spade and shovel forms as part of some slightly different pieces. This is the second of them. My girl here looks to me as though she is a grand opera singer and it is a fun and interesting way of recycling .


Dive - 2016 (SOLD)
Dive

I have done a number of fish interactions with some of my characters and it always amuses me to see how I will create the fish and what their interaction will be. In this case it looks like they are diving deep. I know people go swimming with Whale sharks and other sea life( I haven’t done this yet)  but it seems a wonderful thing to do. As to being able to control the fish like a horse .. well I can barely control a bike and they have handle bars. Anyway , just another flight of fancy.


dive 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
dive 2

I have done a number of fish interactions with some of my characters and it always amuses me to see how I will create the fish and what their interaction will be. In this case it looks like they are diving deep. I know people go swimming with Whale sharks and other sea life( I haven’t done this yet)  but it seems a wonderful thing to do. As to being able to control the fish like a horse .. well I can barely control a bike and they have handle bars. Anyway , just another flight of fancy.this is the second dive as I sold the first oneand had it entered in a show as well


Diver Dan - 2016
Diver Dan

I had not done much with much of the brass and copper junk that comes my way and I did a couple of pieces that made me quite amused with the effects and the lovely appearance of Brass and Bronze. I had a small piece which reminded me of a divers helmet and that lead to this whole piece. All the bits just came together from my collection and I combined brass and copper and steel in this piece. I like him taking his fish for a “swim/walk”.


DNA inspiration Meredith - 2016
DNA inspiration Meredith
Do not disturb( pelican) - 2016
Do not disturb( pelican)
Do not disturb( pelican) - 2016
Do not disturb( pelican)
dog seat - 2016
dog seat
an idea that appealed to me.. I saw a log dog seat on Pinterest and thought I could make my own version
Dot and the Kangaroo - 2016
Dot and the Kangaroo
Dragon fly rider - 2016
Dragon fly rider

I have made a number of pieces where characters ride impossible creatures, fish, butterflies, birds and of late I have been making a series of dragonflies using old cutlery so it seemed only appropriate that a dragonfly should acquire a rider sooner or later. It is all a question of scale really and if we had giant dragonflies I am sure some effort would be made to tame them to be capable of this. As we don’t this flight of fancy will remain just that. 


Dragon Pot Graham Duell - 2016 (SOLD)
Dragon Pot Graham Duell

Dragon Pot



A couple of years ago I visited Ballarat Art Gallery and they have a couple of magnificent large Chinese bronze dragons in the foyer.At the time Australia and China were deep in free trade negotiations so it seemed natural to combine our two reptilian representatives the dragon and the Goanna in some way. Like the free trade agreement maybe they can combine to grow a healthy plant for your garden in this pot.



 Handbuilt ceramic, fired to stoneware( 1270 degrees)



Superficial Kiln damage so sold as a second



Graham’s Story



I love mucking about with clay and making weird and sometimes interesting sculptural things.



Since my retirement as an industrial designer I have been going through an ongoing apprenticeship in the wonderful and exasperating world of ceramics.



I generally try and make larger garden pieces which bring their own challenges such as how big can a gooey piece of clay be before it collapses under its own weight? Or how big can it be before I can’t lift it into the kiln etc.



 Most of my work is hand-built and figurative ( either people of animals) and I also really like doing portraits. Portraits can be difficult but to see a likeness and expression emerging from the clay is very rewarding



Many of my pieces have an element of silliness and I spend a fair bit of time chuckling to myself in the studio as pieces take shape… it must seem quite odd if a visitor happens by.



Larger sculptural pieces can take a long time to dry sufficiently for firing and as a generally impatient person I have had more than my share of disasters through firing too soon or firing too quickly but I am slowly learning the art of patience. All in all it’s a great way to spend my time.



Graham Duell



 g_duell@bigpond.com


Dream Forest - 2016
Dream Forest
Drop Plop Splash, and ocean outcrops - 2016
Drop Plop Splash, and ocean outcrops
Drop Plop Splash, andocean outcrops - 2016
Drop Plop Splash, andocean outcrops
Drop plop,slash,ocean outcrops - 2016
Drop plop,slash,ocean outcrops
drowning in a sea of love - 2016
drowning in a sea of love

We had an exhibition in the gallery called Joan and the Jindi kids and one of the pieces was this one shown. It inspired me to make my version of it and although I have thought about the rain falling I thought it might be a bit dangerous without something above it to stop people poking their eyes( ends of wire) . anyway it developed from there and my character and base take it quite a way from the original inspiration.


Early Risers - 2016
Early Risers
earrings Naomi edelman - 2016
earrings Naomi edelman
echidna - 2016
echidna
an idea for an echidna.. sort of ok.. I have another idea though
echidna 2016 - 2016 (SOLD)
echidna 2016
edna as a scarecrow - 2016
edna as a scarecrow
edna for the scarecrow festival
elephant 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
elephant 2
elephant1 - 2016 (SOLD)
elephant1
Elijah - 2016
Elijah
Elvis and the girls - 2016
Elvis and the girls
empty Piano - 2016 (SOLD)
empty Piano
I am not sure where this idea came from but it came with a sort of urgency, I had done lots of line drawings in bar years ago but rarely a 3-d version . The idea of the left over nots just jumbled in the bottom appealed too and the whole thing came together fairly rapidly.I wanted to get many of the details right and originally I was going to do a grand piano but this one seemed reasonably achievable and it needed to be white to stand out on the grass. Whimsy I guess but quite satisfying
Engine no 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
Engine no 2

I was asked earlier this year to make a smallish train letterbox for a client. I did that and when I was looking through my pile of metal an old sewing machine called to me and said ” I could be an engine too”. My engineer Grandad used to drive a small engine ( sort of like this) at a timber mill at Britannia Creek . Most of this design has developed around the form of the sewing machine and other bits to hand  .I have included a piece of rail as the area to shovel in coal and a rail plate as the support for the engine. A friend dropped off a group of the rail hold downs (?) just before I started making this so I used one as the hook at the back. Just fun and decreasing my pile!


Euroseed - 2016
Euroseed

This piece inspired by the animation for this years Eurovision.I often think of what materials I have access to and in this I used a bike wheel rim and horse wire ( was coated in white plastic) . It was a bit awkward to make but the end product is not too bad. If it ever becomes a dandelion it will be one heck of a plant!


Exposed thoughts - 2016
Exposed thoughts
extended seat - 2016 (SOLD)
extended seat
An order from a client for a longer seat
Eye on the ball( the game) - 2016
Eye on the ball( the game)
Faded Glory Joy Campbell - 2016
Faded Glory Joy Campbell
father and sons 1 - 2016 (SOLD)
father and sons 1
an order from a client
father and sons 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
father and sons 2
an order from a client who changed her mind.
feather - 2016 (SOLD)
feather

This piece was made for the Neerim Sth sculpture show called inspired by birds. I had the idea of a giant feather and as it progressed I decided it needed extra bird forms with it. The ring had sat against my tree for nearly a year so it was sitting at the back of my head suggesting I use it. I had done something slightly similar a couple of years ago where I used the ring form and a flock of birds flying through for the same show.The birds are from Corten steel so will turn a nice rusty brown and this will contrast nicely with the black feather and the silver ring.


fetish no 3 Cathy Smith - 2016
fetish no 3 Cathy Smith
Ficifolia in Bloom Jacky Williams - 2016
Ficifolia in Bloom Jacky Williams
fish mirror - 2016
fish mirror
just an idea of a yin and yang fish converted to a mirror
fish tank no 2 - 2016 (Recycled)
fish tank no 2
again another fun piece using a hills hoist cover and other interesting bits
Fletcher - 2016
Fletcher
Floating Waratah Jacky Williams - 2016
Floating Waratah Jacky Williams
flower chair 4 - 2016
flower chair 4
just a chair to sit in the garden
flower girl 3 - 2016
flower girl 3

I have made a few different girls with flowers in the past. In this one the scale was the deciding factor. We climb trees, we put our nose in flowers and bees enter flowers. It really is only that the flower isn’t quite big enough otherwise there would be a whole new field of adventure botany. What if we were that small?… or flowers were that big?...I love thinking of the different implications and anyway it is fun to make!


flower seat - 2016 (SOLD)
flower seat
an order for a retirement
Flowergirl - 2016 (SOLD)
Flowergirl

This is the third piece I have used a shovel shape for a dress. My girl here also has a flower to suit her role.The patterns on the dress are fun to do and my character is fairly into her task of carrying a flower.Sort of what spades are used for …. But with a whole different take on the idea.


flyaway - 2016 (SOLD)
flyaway
I did balloon girl in a renewed form in rwesponse to a clients request and when I put it up on instagram someone commented that she should be flying.. so I did the piece again as a flying piece.
Flywheel - 2016
Flywheel

I love words that you get used to and then suddenly think about them again and see quite different interpretations of them. I was demolishing a sculpture( the motion detector) and the wheel at the top was such a lovely wheel that I had to think up something to do it justice( it spins beautifully.. Try it) Anyway quite a few of my pieces have to do with wings and flight and the two words of course became one and that tickled me anyway. I cut out the feathers using the plasma cutter and the basic piece is up and … flying!.


Folk Dancing Fay Edelman - 2016
Folk Dancing Fay Edelman
Forest Magic - 2016
Forest Magic
Forest Magic - 2016
Forest Magic
Forest Reflections( Bonser) - 2016
Forest Reflections( Bonser)
Free Range 1 and 2 Anna Sevi - 2016
Free Range 1 and 2 Anna Sevi
Frill necked lizard - 2016
Frill necked lizard
an order from a client
frill necked lizqard - 2016 (SOLD)
frill necked lizqard
an order from a client based on their drawing
garden character - 2016
garden character
a client supplied all the pieces
Gateway between worlds - 2016 (SOLD)
Gateway between worlds

 I was playing with forms from my pile and the circle was one( an old basketball ring). I added the birds and thought it a bit plain so the fairy was added and it suggests to me a portal between two different worlds. The world of Fairie and the natural world. I have been reading a number of books recently which have suggested this idea and I think this is a fun interpretation.


Gemini - 2016
Gemini
digital Print
Georgia - 2016
Georgia
Girl and Bird - 2016 (SOLD)
Girl and Bird
I did some sketches in my book and one was of a girl holding a bird. I have done a smaller version but that seemed a long while ago. As I drew out the design I was puzzled as to what to do her dress with as many others I have used rock, concrete, junk off cuts etc. I cut up sheet steel panels from cars, refrigerators and tanks fairly often and there are always small pieces left which I then cut into flowers or leaves to make flowers on sticks with. I had quite a bucket of them and decided to use them as her covering .I think she works wonderfully and we all enjoy that feeling when a wild creature trusts us enough to eat out of our hands.
Going Home ( Thorne) - 2016
Going Home ( Thorne)
golf club coatstand - 2016 (SOLD)
golf club coatstand
an idea using old golf clubs from the pile
Good health and every Blessing Joy Campbell - 2016
Good health and every Blessing Joy Campbell
Gracie - 2016
Gracie
Greens - 2016 (SOLD)
Greens
gum tree studies - 2016
gum tree studies
gum tree study 1 - 2016
gum tree study 1
Gumnut babies 1 - 2016
Gumnut babies 1

Lincoln, Leah,Ewan,Charlie,Harry,Bailey,LEILA,Gracie,hannah



 


Gumnut babies 2 - 2016
Gumnut babies 2

Max,Isaac,Cosby,ANNABEL,,Noah,Maddison,Alexandra,Tanya,jordan



 


Gumnut characters - 2016
Gumnut characters

Ewan,Hannah,Alexandra,,Leah,Lincoln,noah



 


gymnastics - 2016
gymnastics

I was recycling this dancer from another piece and I was thinking what to do with her. I had this old brace in the pile and the two seemed a natural fit. She looks like she is trying out the new gymnastics equipment. I had used an old brace in the past but not as dynamically as this one


gymnastics - 2016
gymnastics

I was recycling this dancer from another piece and I was thinking what to do with her. I had this old brace in the pile and the two seemed a natural fit. She looks like she is trying out the new gymnastics equipment. I had used an old brace in the past but not as dynamically as this one


halltable with curves - 2016
halltable with curves
an ordedr for Town and Country Gallery
handles - 2016 (SOLD)
handles
an order from a client
Hanging on - 2016 (SOLD)
Hanging on

Again part of a recycled sculpture ( the ball)..I woke up one morning and I remembered one of the pieces in the pile had almost the same radius as the ball and it sort of developed from there..I did a piece last year with a structure like this base and I felt it was time to continue exploring the idea. The character was added almost last of all ( as soon as I checked there was room for him to spin) and I feel this reflects quite a lot of our experiences.. a structured environment, a world of junk and the way we cling to this chaos…. because we are used to it.


Harri Jai - 2016
Harri Jai
Harry 1 - 2016
Harry 1
harry 2 - 2016
harry 2
Harry B - 2016
Harry B
Hatful of Happy - 2016
Hatful of Happy
head in a book 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
head in a book 2

Having done the first head in a book piece I had the idea for a second interpretation. It certainly isn’t as graceful as the first but it has a feeling of “up to your neck in italthough from the other direction .The book being the farmers handbook has a certain topical relevance although I am not sure if reading any farmers handbook would help our local farmers with their milk pricing problems.


heart to heart - 2016 (SOLD)
heart to heart
Listening to a song and the line heart to heart came up and this piece eventuated.
Hello Cocky - 2016
Hello Cocky
hereford head - 2016
hereford head
an order for a friend
Hernes oak 2014 Amanda Thompson - 2016
Hernes oak 2014 Amanda Thompson
Hexagon experiment - 2016 (SOLD)
Hexagon experiment
Holly Hocks Patricia Naus - 2016
Holly Hocks  Patricia Naus
Holy Dollar - 2016
Holy Dollar

I have a plasma cutter and I had the idea a while ago of doing a large dollar coin cutting out all the different parts with the plasma cutter I do like money but I also am not sure about the “grow or die” statements that seem to occur in our society. When house prices are exorbitant and companies seem to concentrate on financial dealing rather than producing things, providing jobs and being good citizens then I feel we are worshipping money over common sense. My dollar is both Holy and Holey as well as being almost insubstantial . It is a subtle comment but one that I do feel strongly about.


horses in my dreams Anna Sevi - 2016
horses in my dreams Anna Sevi
mixed media
house painting is for the birds Fay Edelman - 2016
house painting is for the birds Fay Edelman
Hudson - 2016
Hudson
ibis - 2016
ibis
Ibis landing - 2016
Ibis landing
If wishes were fishes - 2016
If wishes were fishes
In a greek Place ( Fox) - 2016
In a greek Place ( Fox)
In all directions( mosaic) Bonser low right - 2016
In all directions( mosaic) Bonser low right
In the bush - 2016 (SOLD)
In the bush
This is a recycled piece. It was part of a piece called hide in plain sight but that really didn’t work. I bought these leaves from a blacksmiths supply shop and was looking for a way to use them. The last composition was very symmetrical and a bit dull. This one seems much more adventurous and certainly that is something we all love .. a walk in the bush… making your own track and exploring
In the name of Tragedy - 2016
In the name of Tragedy
Digital Print
In the studio Joy Campbell - 2016
In the studio Joy Campbell
Inspiration Mandala Patricia Naus - 2016
Inspiration Mandala Patricia Naus
Irish Queen somewhere( Gogerly) - 2016
Irish Queen somewhere( Gogerly)
Isaac - 2016
Isaac
Isaac,Ava, and Temperence - 2016
Isaac,Ava, and Temperence
Island girl - 2016
Island girl

I started this head years ago. It didn’t seem to be working at the time and I threw it on the scrap heap. It sat there for a year or so until I saw an image on Pinterest or Instagram which had flowers around a head and another which had nail eyelashes. It provoked me to reclaim the head, finish it by fully covering it and adding hair and also eyelashes . She is much happier now and I do like the combination of materials and ideas


Jada 1 - 2016
Jada 1
James 2 - 2016
James 2
James 3 - 2016
James 3
James1 - 2016
James1
Jan's fairy - 2016 (SOLD)
Jan's fairy
an order from a client meant to utilize old boiler plates.
Jan's Garden sculpture - 2016 (SOLD)
Jan's Garden sculpture
I did this piece in response to a request from a client to use some of the interesting materials from her property to create a sculpture that was appropriate and restful. I used the wave forms as the basic structure and the pipes are at the bottom ( buried) and the implements etc are at the top.. digging etc.
Jaqueline - 2016 (SOLD)
Jaqueline

I often just go to my pile of scrap and pull out something that appeals to me at the moment. The small rusty jack was the chosen piece for this work and initially I toyed with the idea of it being either a top hat or a girls dress. Needless to say the dress won. I was going to do just a simple pose but as a jack lifts weights then that suggested the pose here. The hair is from stainless steel strip that someone delivered to me and although it probably isnt perhaps the right gear to lift weights in, she seems to be doing ok.


Jeffs fish - 2016 (SOLD)
Jeffs fish
an order from a client
Jewellery shelf 1 Gaele Whitehouse - 2016
Jewellery shelf 1 Gaele Whitehouse
Jewellery shelf 2 Gaele Whitehouse - 2016
Jewellery shelf 2 Gaele Whitehouse
Jewellery shelf 3 Gaele Whitehouse - 2016
Jewellery shelf 3 Gaele Whitehouse
Johns black cocky - 2016
Johns black cocky
johns black cocky
Jonah - 2016
Jonah
Joy in spring Joy Campbell - 2016
Joy in spring Joy Campbell
Joy( thorne) - 2016
Joy( thorne)
Just like Mrs Prices. Maddison - 2016
Just like Mrs Prices. Maddison
Kangaroo Apple Patricia Naus - 2016
Kangaroo Apple Patricia Naus
Katelyn, Kiran - 2016
Katelyn, Kiran
Keisha 1 - 2016
Keisha 1
keyhole necklaces Naomi edelman - 2016
keyhole necklaces Naomi edelman
Kitchen Fairy 2 - 2016
Kitchen Fairy 2

I was making some dragonflies and a couple of characters for other works and serendipity worked and I wondered what the dragonfly wings ( Knives) would be like on a character. I did one and then thought SPOONS!  Hence this one. Really just a bit of fun. 


kitchen fairy1 - 2016 (SOLD)
kitchen fairy1

I was making some dragonflies and a couple of characters for other works and serendipity worked and I wondered what the dragonfly wings ( Knives) would be like on a character. Hence this one. Really just a bit of fun.


kitty - 2016
kitty
koi Fay edelman - 2016
koi Fay edelman
kookaburra seat - 2016 (SOLD)
kookaburra seat
an order for a client
Korean Dancers Fay Edelman - 2016
Korean Dancers Fay Edelman
korean musician 1 Fay edelman - 2016
korean musician 1 Fay edelman
Korean musician 2 Fay Edelman - 2016
Korean musician 2 Fay Edelman
landing gear down 1,2,3 - 2016 (SOLD)
landing gear down 1,2,3
last song of the siren - 2016
last song of the siren
Digital Print
Leah - 2016
Leah
leap of faith - 2016 (SOLD)
leap of faith

We have a birdman competition at the Melbourne festival( Moomba) and various characters leap off a ramp with odd wing forms attached.. into the Yarra River!  I have never done it myself but this form of mania attracts a certain amount of attention. I had a character leaping off a doghouse in a previous exhibition. I love these determined characters.In this case my hammer broke and in looking at the head it reminded me of astanding pose.. certainly a hammerhead with wings would indeed be taking a leap of faith.


leaves after lovett and Rock and splash - 2016
leaves after lovett and Rock and splash
leaves after lovett and Rock and splash - 2016
leaves after lovett and Rock and splash
Leo - 2016
Leo
Digital Print
Lewis - 2016
Lewis
Libra - 2016
Libra
Digital Print
life drawing - 2016
life drawing
Light Joan Price - 2016
Light Joan Price
Light sussex rooster - 2016
Light sussex rooster
lilies - 2016
lilies
Lillies Lorinda Mutsaers - 2016
Lillies Lorinda Mutsaers
Linc - 2016
Linc
links table - 2016
links table
going to Town and Country gallery
Little Beauties(wrens) - 2016
Little Beauties(wrens)
little dog colourbond wall art - 2016
little dog colourbond wall art
an order from a client
Loch Landscape( Bonser) top right - 2016
Loch Landscape( Bonser) top right
Loch Landscape( Bonser) top right - 2016
Loch Landscape( Bonser) top right
Looking ahead - 2016 (SOLD)
Looking ahead

 I was looking through Instagram and there was a lovely curved bench top. In my brain that makes connections all over, I thought the form would be great for a girls head and more particularly her hair. This is actually a combination of a technique I used for a portrait piece and my combination of junk pieces. I was thinking of calling it Bad hair day but it seemed too mundane.. she actually is leaving all the “junk” behind her as she looks towards the future.. a much more positive interpretation.


loongwarry community garden gates - 2016 (SOLD)
loongwarry community garden gates
was an order for the community garden at Longwarry
Louise, Luciana, Lucinda, Lexi, Lavinia Anna Sevi - 2016
Louise, Luciana, Lucinda, Lexi, Lavinia Anna Sevi
mixed media
love harvest - 2016 (SOLD)
love harvest

I cut out a series of hearts making a tree with heart shaped holes in the foliage.. of course I cant just let anything go to waste so I decided as I was picking up the hearts ,maybe I would have another character picking up hearts too but sort like as a plant. Certainly we choose who to love and I guess in most cases there is a wide range of people to choose from. What makes the special person? I am not sure but although there are maniacs in the world the majority of people are loving and worthy of love.


love letter - 2016 (Recycled)
love letter
Another piece that started off with the hearts I had left over from cutting heart shaped holes in a seat. It is sort of a bit obvious and sort of looking like a bit of work and really it isn’t a letter but I feel it works. Do people write love letters anymore.?. I must admit to not writing any…. I sort of want to say it but not write it… maybe they are love texts now…or maybe not.    
lovebirds - 2016
lovebirds
I was working with some heart shapes and the idea of Love birds came to me.
Luka - 2016
Luka
Lupe Velez digital print - 2016
Lupe Velez  digital print
Lyrebird - 2016 (SOLD)
Lyrebird
I wanted to do a lyrebird for some time now.. finally got it done and it went away. yay mostly...
macabresque Tess Wright - 2016
macabresque Tess Wright
maddy 1 - 2016
maddy 1
male nude - 2016
male nude
Mary annes pipe people - 2016
Mary annes pipe people
mary anne did this lovely pipe people piece
masks 1, Tahlia,James, NED,Molly, kira,Corey,KYNAN - 2016
masks 1, Tahlia,James, NED,Molly, kira,Corey,KYNAN
Masks2,Riley,Jacinta,brayden,Corey,KYNAN - 2016
Masks2,Riley,Jacinta,brayden,Corey,KYNAN
Max - 2016
Max
Max's Birds ( family group) - 2016
Max's Birds ( family group)

We had an exhibition in the gallery called Joan and the Jindi kids and one of the pieces inspired me to make my version of it with only three birds but with roughly the same simplicity. Sometimes I have been inspired by the greats such as Monet but this time Max Brown was my starting point.


Meg's mosaic Jacky Williams - 2016
Meg's mosaic Jacky Williams
Meg's Place Joy Campbell - 2016
Meg's Place Joy Campbell
Melbourne skylines(shattered,Vibrance and summer) - 2016
Melbourne skylines(shattered,Vibrance and summer)
Melbourne skylines(shattered,Vibrance and summer) - 2016
Melbourne skylines(shattered,Vibrance and summer)
memorial - 2016 (SOLD)
memorial
This was a piece to remember a small girl who died. The grandparents commissioned it and they suggested some of the imagery. I am quite pleased that my art can be used for such a purpose
memorial piece - 2016 (SOLD)
memorial piece
an order from a friend
Metamorhosis - 2016
Metamorhosis
Middle square swirl Annabelle Clarke - 2016
Middle square swirl Annabelle Clarke
Mignon's Natives Jacky Williams - 2016
Mignon's Natives Jacky Williams
mixed Blues - 2016
mixed Blues
Molly 1 - 2016
Molly 1
Moth(er) - 2016
Moth(er)
Mt Macedon Fay Edelman - 2016
Mt Macedon Fay Edelman
multicoloured Twister - 2016
multicoloured Twister
Natures Force ( Bonser) - 2016
Natures Force ( Bonser)
Nautilus Seahorse by Jeff and Jeanette Hyde - 2016
Nautilus Seahorse by Jeff and Jeanette Hyde
made by Jeanette and Jeff Hyde of Jindivick
Ned 2 - 2016
Ned 2
Ned, Molly - 2016
Ned, Molly
Nicoles bags - 2016
Nicoles bags
nicoles prints - 2016
nicoles prints
Night Swimmer - 2016 (SOLD)
Night Swimmer

I found this little picture on the internet a while ago and I loved the curve in the dress and general pose. I did a basic sketch in the sketch book and when I was looking for another piece to do this surfaced, For some reason I had put the semicircle frame outside my shed door and this immediately suggested an echo/ resonance an in my mind I composed the piece. I also found the thick flat bar in my rack and this suggested a solid sort of structure that I might mosaic on the inside and cover with a holey sheet on the outside. The stars and other details suggested themselves almost immediately as the form of holes and then the floating starts. I am delighted with how she turned out although she did take longer than I expected.


Nine Six Seven( Pastel) Fox - 2016
Nine Six Seven( Pastel) Fox
no 2 Joan Price - 2016
no 2 Joan Price
No 4 Joan Price - 2016
No 4 Joan Price
No 6 Joan Price - 2016
No 6 Joan Price
Not a boring man - 2016 (SOLD)
Not a boring man

People often throw metal objects into the pile. This lovely old Brace ( no bit) was one and I wanted to make a piece that would allow its beautiful shape and most of its design to be appreciated. I also love the word boring .. which I sometimes am and sometimes do. Anyway the idea of the character on the top sprang to mind and once the rust was removed from the brace it looked lovely. Not quite so needed in these days of battery drills but still a lovely thing in itself.


not what I seem, Bona Vista, where the wind blowa Naomi Duff - 2016
not what I seem, Bona Vista, where the wind blowa Naomi Duff
noughts and crosses set - 2016 (SOLD)
noughts and crosses set
an order from a client, He was buying large tiles to set in the ground and there were enough noughts and crosses to play the game( with lifters and a stand)
oh bee hive necklace Naomi Edelman - 2016
oh bee hive necklace Naomi Edelman
On alert Lioness - 2016
On alert Lioness
On alert Lioness - 2016
On alert Lioness
on the edge - 2016 (SOLD)
on the edge

I have enjoyed looking in my pile of metal and thinking how I can give a new life to some of the pieces there. This old axe head called to me. It must be over 100 years old and now it is part of a sculpture and its texture is delightful. I have never been a great risk taker.. I did parachute jump once.. but I know others love the adrenaline rush of the uncertainty. My girl seems to be in control and I hope it works out well for whoever this relates to in your life.


on the wings of love - 2016 (SOLD)
on the wings of love

I was cutting out heart shapes to make a tree with heart shaped holes. What to do with the cut outs? It came to me overnight that they would make great wings and hence this piece. I looked up images associated with the title but it only came up with a tv show and I have found no images with heart shaped wings. Have I ended up with something original spurred by serendipity? Ah well, I think it is a nice piece anyway!


Orchid Jacky Williams - 2016
Orchid Jacky Williams
Oriental Ginger Jar Jacky Williams - 2016
Oriental Ginger Jar Jacky Williams
owl and giraffe box - 2016 (SOLD)
owl and giraffe box
painted flowers - 2016
painted flowers
just started adding more colour to some flowers
Pakenham cup day - 2016
Pakenham cup day
Pale Blue overlapping Meredith - 2016
Pale Blue overlapping Meredith
Pansy Cupboard ( Bonser) - 2016
Pansy Cupboard ( Bonser)
Paul's Peacock - 2016
Paul's Peacock
Paul had done a previous workshop and was keen to develop another idea. It will have glass dishes stuck on the metal discs in the tail. Wonderful
pelican landing - 2016
pelican landing
Pensive - 2016
Pensive
Pete's flower - 2016
Pete's flower
Pete had done the workshop previously and was enthusiastic to come and play again. a great result
Phyllis, Pricilla, Penny, Pamela, Phoebe Anna Sevi - 2016
Phyllis, Pricilla, Penny, Pamela, Phoebe Anna Sevi
mixed media
Pig Tales ( Fox) - 2016
Pig Tales ( Fox)
piglet digital print - 2016
piglet digital print
Pinecone princess - 2016 (SOLD)
Pinecone princess

I have been recently fascinated by the shape and form or pinecones and I have combined this one with one of my girls to give her a lovely dress. It was a bit tricky getting the proportions right and perhaps it has folk art connotations but the forms of these things are just so intriguing I can’t resist.


Pisces - 2016
Pisces
Ploughed Potato Fields - 2016 (SOLD)
Ploughed Potato Fields
Sold before the opening of the exhibition
Ploughed Potato Fields - 2016 (SOLD)
Ploughed Potato Fields
prints - 2016
prints
Quartet - 2016 (SOLD)
Quartet

I draw quite well at times.. and when we went to see the Melbourne chamber orchestra virtuosi I did some sketches of them playing. When I do this sort of thing I give the sketches to the musicians as they will probably mean more to them than to me. If I have the Ipad there I will photograph the sketches and this time I did just that.



 I was sitting looking at my “pile “ later and wondering what to do with an old ladder that was in there.



Somehow the ideas came together and there seemed to be 5 spaces and 4 sketches . In looking as to what was 5/4 time the most common example is the mission impossible theme and that was what I used for the musical part.


Question time by Jeff and Jeanette Hyde - 2016
Question time by Jeff and Jeanette Hyde
By Jeanette and Jeff Hyde, based on a Dr Seuss Quote
Race horse digital print - 2016
Race horse digital print
Rainbow girl - 2016 (SOLD)
Rainbow girl
I saw an image on pinterest of a girl and a rainbow and the idea  appealed.  As I started to make the piece, I happened upon a horseshoe and the two ideas sort of amalgamated…luck.. rainbow..and this is the result. Also nearby was some stainless steel wool and I hadn’t tried it for a girls hair although I had used it for other things such as foliage I sometimes think as we watch more screens we often overlook the marvels of nature and the beauty of a rainbow is one of the best
Rainbow Lonestar Meredith - 2016
Rainbow Lonestar Meredith
Rainforest lines annabelle Clarke - 2016 (SOLD)
Rainforest lines annabelle Clarke
Raven dance - 2016
Raven dance
reading - 2016 (SOLD)
reading

I have done a number of pieces in the past for the Blarney Books show which involves interaction with books. I happened to get a small group from an op shop with the idea of using them in one sculpture but as I had them there I saw a number of other ideas forming. This is my original idea( probably seen on Pinterest or some such place). I have glued the books to the base and the girl to the books… I do find it hard to permanently damage books.. even ones as old and unread as these.


Reading flight - 2016
Reading flight

I have been doing a few ideas using old books as the starting point. I collected a small batch from the local Salvos and this old Victorian Education Dept reader was amongst them. I had a similar reader and it was one of the tools that introduced me to a variety of writers and different forms of story. I had this idea for a while and it has come together nicely in this piece. I still value reading highly but I don’t know if books will survive the development of e readers etc. Still they are a wonderful resource for me.


Reading flight - 2016 (SOLD)
Reading flight

I have been doing a few ideas using old books as the starting point. I collected a small batch from the local Salvos and this old Victorian Education Dept reader was amongst them. I had a similar reader and it was one of the tools that introduced me to a variety of writers and different forms of story. I had this idea for a while and it has come together nicely in this piece. I still value reading highly but I don’t know if books will survive the development of e readers etc. Still they are a wonderful resource for me.


Rectangles and black Annabelle Clarke - 2016
Rectangles and black Annabelle Clarke
Red and Blue overlapping Meredith - 2016
Red and Blue overlapping Meredith
Red Balloons 1 - 2016 (SOLD)
Red Balloons 1

I did a piece a long while ago where I made a girl holding balloons. Some friends bought it and someone saw it and years later asked for something similar. I have improved on the original design by adding red and leaving the steel coated with a clear paint.I love the freedom of the image and the joy that we all experienced when we had balloons for the first time.. Magic really!


Red Balloons 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
Red Balloons 2

I did a piece a long while ago where I made a girl holding balloons. Some friends bought it and someone saw it and years later asked for something similar. I have improved on the original design by adding red and leaving the steel coated with a clear paint.I love the freedom of the image and the joy that we all experienced when we had balloons for the first time.. Magic really!


Red Rattler - 2016
Red Rattler
red umbrella - 2016 (SOLD)
red umbrella

I suspect it was off Instagram that I saw an umbrella and thought that I could make an umbrella using my plasma offcuts.. not entirely practical but quite attractive, It was going to be up in the sky but as it neared completion the weight tended to preclude that. I found a large I beam offcut at the metal sales place and this was cut to make the base of this piece. A number of people thought it would look better upside down but it is the outside of the piece that is fully welded and finished.


reflection - 2016 (SOLD)
reflection

I was looking through Instagram and there was an image similar to this.. I wanted to have a go at plasma cutting this scene and this is the result. Simple and reasonably effective.It sort of has echoes of Magritte but that wasn’t the main motivation


Regina 1 - 2016
Regina 1
Regina 2 - 2016
Regina 2
Relax - 2016
Relax

I had this rather lovely rock which at some point I cut in half. It had sat on my bench asking to be used and this is the result. I don’t tend to relax in this sort of way near as much as I should. Maybe this will act as a reminder! 


release 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
release 2

 I made a pair of the hands which were lovely and I made a bird as a thing for them to release ( as I often do as birds sometimes get themselves inside my shed.) I had seen a piece earlier of a butterfly being released by a pair of chained hands and no doubt that had an effect on my composition. Still I do like the message it sends about setting free something that belongs to the wild.


Resting Cat and Tail end - 2016 (SOLD)
Resting Cat and Tail end
Restin Cat Sold at opening of the exhibition
Resting Cat and Tail end - 2016 (SOLD)
Resting Cat and Tail end
Rhys - 2016
Rhys
Riley1 - 2016
Riley1
Riverbank - 2016 (SOLD)
Riverbank
I had done a sketch of a split circle and I thought it was a good time to make it as I had lots of plasma cutting offcuts to use for the covering. As I progressed I toyed with several ideas for what would separate the two halves, junk, small characters ,bar and each one was either a repeat of an idea I had previously done or wasn’t saying something. I had been playing with some rock and concrete and the idea occurred of using river pebbles and once I had sourced some this developed nicely. Still I hadn’t decided on what was the centre and the idea of the riverbank and grass and insects occurred and this is the end result
Rob's seat - 2016 (SOLD)
Rob's seat
a gift for a departing principal
Romeo and Juliet - 2016 (SOLD)
Romeo and Juliet

I often start from inspiration from odd pieces in my pile. In this case I was recycling part of an old sculpture( the chain) and I was exploring ideas and combinations. It kept getting more complicated but it didn’t have any real direction.. the moment I added the two characters it started creating a whole story. I like the range of parts and the interaction and it seems to work much better that where it was heading.


rusted - 2016
rusted
Sagitarius - 2016
Sagitarius
Digital Print
sakura and bowls and fishtails - 2016
sakura and bowls and fishtails
sakura and bowls and fishtails - 2016
sakura and bowls and fishtails
sallys dog - 2016 (SOLD)
sallys dog
a cutout order for a friend
Sam. - 2016
Sam.
Scorpio - 2016
Scorpio
Digital Print
seagulls - 2016
seagulls
searching - 2016 (SOLD)
searching

I have made a number of pieces featuring sailboats. I have never sailed but the image of someone setting out on a voyage is quite romantic. My character here is using a recycled piece from another sculpture as a sail….It suggests a slightly environmental aspect I feel and maybe we are all searching for a way back to a more environmentally friendly world… or is that just a romantic notion too?.


seat and circle - 2016 (SOLD)
seat and circle
a seat for a market
seat with stone heart - 2016 (SOLD)
seat with stone heart
just an idea.. wouldn't want to dobigger stone area as it already is quite heavy
seduction - 2016
seduction
seed pod sculpture( Thorne) - 2016
seed pod sculpture( Thorne)
self Tess Wright - 2016
self Tess Wright
selfie - 2016
selfie

I guess it’s because I am so ugly that I don’t feel the need to take many “selfies”. Still I am amazed at how many people take… sort of like a disease. I really don’t understand this world of phone and cameras. I guess I want to capture an image to do something with it . .Hence I used a girl taking a selfie as a model for my piece “selfie”..something sort of circular about this but also sort of appropriate to the “age” too.


send recieve - 2016
send recieve
I did an umbrella recently and had lots of comments when I posted it on its side.. I thought about it and considered that I could do something similar but like a radio dish or an old fashioned microphone. I also had some limestone to work with and thought this would be an ideal focus for the dish. I must admit I do feel much of what is transmitted on TV, the internet and on other media platforms is mostly junk and that resonates nicely with my dish. There is a kernel of value and the stone part sort of reflects this.
Senoritas Anna Sevi - 2016
Senoritas Anna Sevi
Seskis Heart - 2016 (SOLD)
Seskis Heart
Some people came to the garden and saw another piece called Layers of love and commissioned this piece. It had to have the 3 hearts, 3 kids and music forms and a dragonfly
seskis seat - 2016 (SOLD)
seskis seat
Shark 2 - 2016
Shark 2
I had done a shark fin piece once before with a smoothish grey shape on one side and white teeth on the other. I have a girl who comes and welds on a Tuesday and she made a piece using teeth on a tooth. It did look good but she took it apart after a while and left the teeth in the pile. I had seen another deign somewhere of a triangle covered with smaller triangles and this also had a part, I made more teeth, incorporated the fin shape into the moth and used another piece from the pile as a base
Shattered Blue( Mosaic) Thorne - 2016
Shattered Blue( Mosaic) Thorne
She Bought a Liberty Scarf Lorinda Mutsaers - 2016
She Bought a Liberty Scarf Lorinda Mutsaers
shell - 2016 (SOLD)
shell
I did this piece to use up pebbles and offcuts. It worked out quite well although I had to get more pebbles.It has one "solid" side and the other with a swirl of river pebbles. It sold quite quickly
sibella - 2016
sibella
silhouette - 2016
silhouette
Silver Birch (Gogerly) - 2016
Silver Birch (Gogerly)
sisterhood Anna Sevi - 2016
sisterhood Anna Sevi
sleeping duck - 2016 (SOLD)
sleeping duck

I have done a couple of duck forms using corten steel and river pebbles and this is the latest in response to a request from a client. I tucked its head in more and made the eye closed. I was delighted with its simple but graceful form and the client was very happy with it.


slouching eiffel - 2016 (SOLD)
slouching eiffel
an order from a client
small boxes - 2016
small boxes
small dragon - 2016
small dragon
small girl 1 - 2016 (SOLD)
small girl 1
I used to sketch quite often and I loved doing portraits. I had done a few of these with wire and when the last one sold I thought to do another piece like this. However I had a new plasma-cutter and I decided to try to draw with that and see how fine I could get it. I was looking on Instagram and found a nice pose of a girl and thought I could redraw that first of all in the sketch book and then see what I could do with the plasma-cutter
small goat - 2016 (SOLD)
small goat
a small order from a client
snail - 2016
snail
snow gums 1,2,3 - 2016
snow gums 1,2,3
soldering Iron Bird - 2016 (SOLD)
soldering Iron Bird
just a bit of fun
Soloist - 2016
Soloist
digital print
Something Whimsical Joy Campbell - 2016
Something Whimsical Joy Campbell
Sons of the Sea - 2016
Sons of the Sea
Southbank Vista( Gogerly) - 2016
Southbank Vista( Gogerly)
spanner song machine - 2016
spanner song machine
a client supplied all the spanners
spiral seat - 2016 (SOLD)
spiral seat
just a fun shape
Splash ( Thorne) - 2016
Splash ( Thorne)
Springtime in Corfu( Fox) - 2016
Springtime in Corfu( Fox)
star face - 2016 (SOLD)
star face
Just a fun piece ...
stars over cooktown Marg Christianson - 2016
stars over cooktown Marg Christianson
steps to Zen - 2016
steps to Zen
steps to Zen - 2016
steps to Zen
stevies chair - 2016 (SOLD)
stevies chair
Was an order for a memorial garden
Still Raining - 2016
Still Raining

I saw a pose like this and thought I should do something with it. It sat in my sketchbook for a year or so and I decided this year that it needed to become real. As I work, I am influenced by bits and pieces around me and there were some flowers on the bench ready for me to make into “garden flowers”. I thought one would make a great umbrella and this is the result. I did toy with the title “flowers in the rain” but decided to save that for another piece.


stone and pearl necklace Naomi Edelman - 2016
stone and pearl necklace  Naomi Edelman
study 1 and 2 - 2016
study 1 and 2
study 2 - 2016
study 2
study1 - 2016
study1
stumped letterbox - 2016 (SOLD)
stumped letterbox
an order from a client
submarine - 2016 (SOLD)
submarine

I been using odd pieces out of the pile and seeing what they suggest. This is a mattock head and as I sat it on the bench it suggested a submarine. It sort of has maritime precursors as the ancient Greek sailing boats used to have a sharp ram attached to the front to attack other craft. Captain Nemo in 20,000 leagues under the sea had something similar. I don’t think my character is attacking anyone but seems to be enjoying the cruise.


sues small birdbath bird - 2016
sues small birdbath bird
also did pipe welding and made some bending jigs
summer(Thorne) - 2016
summer(Thorne)
Sunburst Joy Campbell - 2016
Sunburst Joy Campbell
Sunflowers - 2016
Sunflowers
Sunflowers - 2016
Sunflowers
Sunflowers Patricia Naus - 2016
Sunflowers Patricia Naus
sunset on sea and heading home turtle - 2016 (SOLD)
sunset on sea and heading home turtle
Sunset on sea Sold prior to  opening of the exhibition
sunset on sea and heading home turtle - 2016 (SOLD)
sunset on sea and heading home turtle
Sunshowers Graeme Myrtzea - 2016
Sunshowers Graeme Myrtzea
suspended - 2016
suspended
Digital Print
Swirl - 2016 (SOLD)
Swirl

I had bought a small bag of river pebbles to use in the riverbank piece and after I had used them I still had ¾ bag left and it was leaking . I have enough things in my shed to trip me or turn my ankle so I thought the best solution would be to make it into a piece and this form suggested itself. It also allowed me to use a lot of my offcuts of mesh and although not perfect it does do the job. I do like the contrast of colours and textures .


swirl girl 2 - 2016 (SOLD)
swirl girl 2
this is the second swirl girl I have done.for an order
Taurus - 2016
Taurus
Digital Print
Taya, alyssa and Jacob - 2016
Taya, alyssa and Jacob
Teal and brown - 2016 (SOLD)
Teal and brown
the big adventure - 2016 (SOLD)
the big adventure

I have made a number of pieces with people flying on the back of a bird and each time it still delights me. The fact that it can “float” in the air is pleasing and in this case the character on the back has spent the last few years looking in a mirror lake so this is a wonderful bit of freedom for her.In every fantasy story where this occurs ( eg lord of the rings) or the hobbit it always is as part of an adventure and I guess flying with a bird in control leaves the future wide open.


The Bridge Fay Edelman - 2016
The Bridge Fay Edelman
The butterfly cage - 2016 (SOLD)
The butterfly cage

Butterflies are little pieces of magic here amongst us.I had seen a book title the butterfly cage and it got me thinking. However, there really are such things, not like the butterfly house at Melbourne zoo, but small display cages for your prized butterfly. I think my butterflies could escape quite easily( if I hadn’t welded them to their branches) but I sort of like that aspect . I used to have a bird in a cage at one stage and really now I think it would be a bit cruel. When we visited China the people brought out their cage birds to parks every morning to converse with other birds… do butterflies converse? So much I don’t know! .


the calm no 1 jOAN pRICE - 2016
the calm no 1 jOAN pRICE
The colony - 2016
The colony
The Drifter - 2016
The Drifter
The Drifter - 2016
The Drifter
The Fan dancer - 2016
The Fan dancer
The Fan dancer - 2016
The Fan dancer
The Far away tree and a thousand dewdrops - 2016 (SOLD)
The Far away tree and a thousand dewdrops
A Thousand Dewdrops Sold at opening of the exhibition
The Far away tree and a thousand dewdrops - 2016
The Far away tree and a thousand dewdrops
the gaurdian,fast food dot thorne - 2016
the gaurdian,fast food dot thorne
two pieces , the guardian and fast food
the girls 2 - 2016
the girls 2

I did a second version of this piece after a request after the first one sold. My girls are meant to be sharing thinking and sharing time…I know it’s a common thing for boys to do…in thinking further girls convey so much through expression both vocal and facial….do girls do this? Anyway my girls are and hopefully problems of the world ( or at least their world) can be solved by this.


The great Australian dream - 2016
The great Australian dream
the heart of the home Helen Timbury - 2016
the heart of the home  Helen Timbury
The king and I - 2016
The king and I
the kite flyer - 2016
the kite flyer

Another piece using hearts and again it is sort of what we do when we search for a similar soul… launch a part of ourselves into the great beyond hoping that someone reads your message… in some way it would be good if it was this easy… but alas..


the launch - 2016
the launch
the line tamer - 2016
the line tamer

I don’t know where this one came from but suddenly the idea of a Line tamer not a lion tamer popped into my head… I do love mis-interpretations and double meanings so it was a natural. The next problem was how to do it and I was going to add a chair to keep the lines back( as a lion tamer uses..) but this is how it came out.


The next big thing - 2016 (SOLD)
The next big thing

I had cut up a pinecone years ago to see what it looked like inside. It was just sitting on my bench( I rarely tidy up) and it suggested an animal back so I made the girl and her new pet. If gene engineering continues to develop perhaps this might actually happen and we all have giant pet insects…. Maybe not.. but it is a cool use of my ½ pinecone!


The origin of the plane - 2016 (SOLD)
The origin of the plane
I was looking on Instagram and saw someone else had made a plane from a plane. I had an old plane sitting in my pile and I had considered doing just that but when I saw the other version I thought I had better get mine done too. As a kid at school I always wondered why wood planes were called “planes” and I guess this is my chance to explain it to myself or maybe puzzle myself even further.( the word originates in Latin meaning Flat surface)
The Red Room Joy Campbell - 2016
The Red Room Joy Campbell
the sentry, moomlight serenade Geoff Harrison - 2016
the sentry, moomlight serenade Geoff Harrison
the soloist, suspended and ascension Keltie Mullin - 2016
the soloist, suspended and ascension Keltie Mullin
The Things we do for love - 2016 (SOLD)
The Things we do for love

I did another piece using a ladder as the starting point. This is the other half of the ladder and it was sitting in the shed for a while. I had done 5 or 6 sketches on how to use it and this was one idea,.It is similar to another piece I have done at least in intention but the range of challenges I have prepared for my climber is quite different.



I don’t think many people have to do a sleeping beauty act of heroism to find their true love but we all do go through worries, puzzles, misinterpretations and these challenges are sort of echoed in this climb….. 


The thoughts that swim - 2016
The thoughts that swim
The thousand names of God - 2016
The thousand names of God
digital Print
think tank - 2016 (SOLD)
think tank

Just a wild thought really. I had done a “water tank” and a “fish tank”, and this idea came out of the blue while I was thinking about something entirely different. It developed over the day and the finished piece has some wonderful implications with the question mark barrel being turned back on itself. Just a fun piece but very enjoyable to do.


Through a slit window(needle felting) Gogerly - 2016
Through a slit window(needle felting) Gogerly
Time flies 3 - 2016 (SOLD)
Time flies 3
I have done this idea twice in the past and one of the things I do like is a play on words. I bought the watches from the op shop and have had them waiting for me to do the rest. Silly I know.. but amusing
time out to sunbake 1,2,3 - 2016
time out to sunbake 1,2,3
Time running out - 2016 (SOLD)
Time running out
I did the” time flies” and I then thought what other phrases we associate with time. In this case the idea is fairly obvious and I think I have got the pose reasonably right although I avoid running when ever I can
toaster man - 2016
toaster man

Well as I did “iron man” toaster man suggested himself to me via an old toaster on my pile. He did pose a few problems but the end result seems fine. Again a sort of misinterpretation of words and yet when I was hunting for an image to go with the piece there seems quite a few toastermen out there on the net… is there more to come with frypan man, blender man and microwave man? Only time will tell!


too many words no 7, No 5 Joan Price - 2016
too many words no 7, No 5 Joan Price
Toorongo falls - 2016
Toorongo falls
tortoise - 2016 (SOLD)
tortoise
tower view - 2016
tower view

I had the wonderful main pieces of this creation sitting around for years. The bottom piece on the bench and couldn’t figure out how to do it justice. This is as close as I can come. The character is looking, kind of lord of the rings eye of Sauron towers and just reflecting on how we all love to climb to a high point for a view.


Trafalgar Hills( Mosaic) Gogerly - 2016
Trafalgar Hills( Mosaic) Gogerly
Train Mailbox - 2016 (SOLD)
Train Mailbox
an order from a client
Tranquil Pool - 2016
Tranquil Pool
Traveling Fay Edelman - 2016
Traveling Fay Edelman
Treble cliff - 2016 (SOLD)
Treble cliff
I had the idea of doing this from several of my other pieces which had a swirl form. This functional form is so lovely and I have covered the back with plasma cutting offcuts and the front with broken concrete to give it a rocky form. I like the cliff similarity to the word clef and my little girl is in full control just enjoying the view from the clifftop
Tree of love - 2016 (SOLD)
Tree of love

Another piece using hearts. I saw a man making a tree with steel branches and bronze leaves in Hobart and the idea of heart shaped leaves came into being for me. These are more fruits than leaves and it is a sort of metaphor for our search for love .Again  it would be good if it was this easy… but alas..


tree study 3 - 2016
tree study 3
Trinity - 2016 (SOLD)
Trinity

I had bought a small pile of limestone and was a bit hesitant about using it.. fear of the unknown really.  Anyway I had an idea of a rock suspended at the centre of a circular form and it mostly developed from there. The pattern is from the randomness of using plasma cut offcuts but the fact that three is represented in the piece is what has given it its name. I do like the simplicity of the composition and although lots of symbolism can be read into the form that was not the original plan.



The limestone was delightful to use and it is the first of several pieces using this medium.


triskele seat - 2016 (SOLD)
triskele seat
saw the deign in a book on Celts and wanted to use it somewhere.
Turtle Bubbles - 2016
Turtle Bubbles
Turtle Bubbles - 2016
Turtle Bubbles
Two Little Maids - 2016
Two Little Maids
typewrite bracelet Naomi edelman - 2016
typewrite bracelet Naomi edelman
Ugly duckling 2 - 2016
Ugly duckling 2
I had made an ugly duckling previously and a friend had expressed interest but I sold it before she gt it. Hence I made another.. improved by using river stones in the wings rather than the body and one side being made of pieces and the other side being made of sheet. Someone said its more of a magpie goose but whichever way it is interpreted it actually hearks back to a Canadian piece I saw years ago.
Under a melbourne sky - 2016
Under a melbourne sky
unruly hair - 2016 (SOLD)
unruly hair

 I was looking through Instagram and there was an image similar to this.. I wanted to have a go at plasma cutting this scene and combining with the stainless steel wool I had used in other projects and this is the result. Simple and reasonably effective


Ups and Downs - 2016
Ups and Downs

 I went to the metal recycler to drop off my scrap and gather new pieces for my sculptures and these wonderful forms were there. I think they are grain or feed movers and were originally inside a pipe. I didn’t make the beautiful spirals but they did call to me and hence I brought them home, played with them and set them in the circle. It seems to be appropriate to call it ups and downs as really there is no clear direction and certainly we all have our ups and downs in our lives.


vanishing beauty Amur Leopard John Sharpe - 2016
vanishing beauty Amur Leopard John Sharpe
vessel - 2016
vessel
digital print
Virgo - 2016
Virgo
digital Print
waiting 1 and 2 Anna Sevi - 2016
waiting 1 and 2 Anna Sevi
mixed media
waiting at Lang Lang - 2016
waiting at Lang Lang
walking the baby Fay Edelman - 2016
walking the baby Fay Edelman
waratah - 2016 (SOLD)
waratah
an order
Waratahs Jacky Williams - 2016
Waratahs Jacky Williams
water tank - 2016
water tank

I had to do a small piece as an order and they supplied a range of watering cans. I had one left over and it sat on my bench for a couple of years. I was talking to some people about how accidents often lead to new ideas and somehow this can ended up at my feet so it seemed natural to try to think what I could do with it. I do love word play and different interpretations of the same phrase always delight me. Hence water tank. 


weathervane - 2016 (SOLD)
weathervane
an order
whale of a time etc Naomi Edelman - 2016
whale of a time etc Naomi Edelman
what - 2016
what
where the pyramids come from - 2016
where the pyramids come from

I had this lovely copper soldering iron ( the copper pyramid) sitting on my bench for quite a while and I was wondering what to do with it. I had just done a small piece with a watering can ( water tank) and probably the ideas combined to make this piece. I do like to combine different materials if I can and I do like the shine of the copper against the steel. Silly… yes.. but probably no more silly than some of the theories I have heard.


Wildflowers Patricia Naus - 2016
Wildflowers Patricia Naus
wooden Heart - 2016
wooden Heart
I done a piece a while ago using ago metal frame and wooden infill. This was a large horse and this piece developed from seeing a small framed wooden heart on intagram. That was on a wall and I had the thought of doing a wonderful big piece. I used to love the old Elvis song “wooden heart”. And he commented he didn’t have a wooden heart… but I have!.. I thought it had some negative connotations but the size tends to counteract that and it is “ solid” natural and “yours” so in all it feels a very positive message
woodface - 2016
woodface
This is the other part of the redgum used for “contrast” and again I was playing with some of the brass fittings I had, It developed into this steampunk face and the valve ears are especially pleasing to me. I had been using stainless steel wool  for a “sheep” and I had some around so it immediately suggested hair. The name is from a crowded house album but also is appropriate for this piece although woodface usually means devoid of expression and this fellow certainly has expression..
wouldnt it be good - 2016
wouldnt it be good
Yellow tails in old man Banksia - 2016
Yellow tails in old man Banksia
yet another plane - 2016
yet another plane
playing with brass fittings and the plane idea developed from there. Rasps for wings too
You've always got your head in a book - 2016
You've always got your head in a book

 I was looking on Instagram and saw a girl walking with a sheet of something on her head and that set off an idea that resulted in this piece. The statement was common for years ,I certainly had it said to me at times . Perhaps it is less so in this age of Ipads etc where people often have a range of activities that they do on their phone or tablet, but I have been doing a series of works using old books and this became the latest.


Zeke - 2016
Zeke
- 2015
30 rider - 2015 (SOLD)
30 rider
an order from a friend for a 30th birthday
4 square - 2015
4 square
Rule: artwork will sell itself if it has red in it
4 things about boats - 2015
4 things about boats
4 things about boats Pt 1 Russell Monson - 2015
4 things about boats Pt 1  Russell Monson
a fine balance - 2015 (SOLD)
a fine balance

I recycled my piece unicycle into this. I thought the unicyclist was quite impressive but when you add in a line as well it does start to get challenging. Can I balance like this?.... I have trouble standing on one leg so this is well outside my range but I do admire people who can do what I cant.



 


A great day for riding - 2015
A great day for riding
A kind word - 2015 (SOLD)
A kind word
I was heading in a different direction with this piece but the characters developed in this way. I am very happy with the expression of emotion through such simple means and I do love that about the making process where sometimes a changed angle can lead you off in a whole different direction. I always try to have a kind word for people and although I sometimes fail and get it wrong I feel it is important to do what we can to help others especially in such a simple way.
A shady Haze of Winter by Ellyn - 2015
A shady Haze of Winter by Ellyn

Ellynstattoo is an art collective/movement inside the philosophy of the 80's melodrama thirty something, artists work under the guise of the main characters



Price $720



Oil on canvas... 20 by 20 



Artist working under the guise of Ellyn



contact giorgio 0450275711


a Structured life - 2015 (SOLD)
a Structured life
Well I barely finished this piece and someone bought it....It was based on a bracelet piece I saw in a magazine but it evolved into a piece that commented how we build structures around our lives , although we have a solid core but if you can think in a slightly different way the structures can be avoided
a video shelf - 2015 (SOLD)
a video shelf
an order
Ancient Gondwana Rainforest - 2015
Ancient Gondwana Rainforest
And so it begins - 2015
And so it begins
And then the silence, Blacks on Black - 2015
And then the silence, Blacks on Black
Animal Embrace John Kelly - 2015
Animal Embrace John Kelly
Anna Brett Whitely etching - 2015
Anna Brett Whitely etching
Applied Mathematics for the householder - 2015
Applied Mathematics for the householder
Rule: make sure you get the larger half
Appreciation Laurie Collins - 2015
Appreciation Laurie Collins
Are you looking at me Sue Osborn - 2015
Are  you looking at me   Sue Osborn

What can I say, I love watching, photographing and painting pelicans. They are a theme I return to constantly and in fact you could almost say I stalk them. This lovely fellow really gave me the eye and was not too happy with my presence, but tolerated me wallowing around in the mangroves at Hastings. Awkward and unco-ordinated on land one minute, then so unbelievably graceful the next as they take to the water or more spectacularly, the air.


ark - 2015 (Recycled)
ark
I have done a number of pieces using a rock, and this is the latest in the series. I have made the base from plasma cut off cuts and this sort of represents a chaotic and junky world. The ring allows me to suggest waves and my people are either really positive about the ark or couldn’t care less. My ark is suggested by the boat shaped rock and this is my approximation of the earth. It is sailing through the sky and hence the moon shaped sail.
ark( modified) - 2015 (SOLD)
ark( modified)

I have done a number of pieces using a boat, and this is the latest in the series. I have made the base from plasma cut off cuts and this sort of represents a chaotic and junky world. The ring allows me to suggest waves and my people are either really positive about the ark or couldn’t care less. My ark is suggested by the boat It is sailing through the sky  and hence the moon shaped sail. It sold at Somers art fair 2015


Arm Study Honor Bradbeer - 2015
Arm Study Honor Bradbeer
Assessing the Damage - 2015
Assessing the Damage
Assessing the Damage - 2015
Assessing the Damage
Bad Pour Marise Maas - 2015
Bad Pour Marise Maas
Ballet girl - 2015 (Recycled)
Ballet girl
This was a piece called Ballet rocks and she was holding a rock... she had a few years as this and then dropped the rock.. I have modified her pose and generally tidied her up and she is much happier.
Barcode Analogy - 2015
Barcode Analogy
Be he alive or be he dead - 2015
Be he alive or be he dead
Rule Visual art often involves a pig in a poke
Beardy's waters - 2015
Beardy's waters
Beautiful Young Calf - 2015
Beautiful Young Calf
Best Bits Ros Meadmore - 2015
Best Bits Ros Meadmore
Big pig 4 - 2015 (SOLD)
Big pig 4
again made to go to the truffle festival
bird dress - 2015
bird dress
bird world - 2015 (SOLD)
bird world

Not my idea but I did see an image of birds flying around a circle and I thought of redeveloping it in metal with cut out birds and a junk ball. There are environmental aspects if you want to see them but really it was more a lovely image that suited my work..



 


birdbath - 2015 (SOLD)
birdbath
hadnt done one for a while and thought it would be fun.. mosaiced inside
birds of paradise - 2015 (SOLD)
birds of paradise
I have done a few pieces this year using smallish circles and this is the most recent. I have started using some of my heavy metal forms as pedestals and this seems to present work simply and effectively. I was thinking how to use the circle and the idea of birds and people occupying the same space eg in a tree and with a very different scale to reality came to mind. Is it the Tree of paradise? can we talk with the animals? is it just a whimsical interaction?…. Well, all of the above or none…it was a fun idea and it follows along from a few of my small pieces where a change of scale creates different interactions.   
Birds of paradise 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
Birds of paradise 2
I have done a few pieces this year using smallish circles and this is the most recent. I have started using some of my heavy metal forms as pedestals and this seems to present work simply and effectively. I was thinking how to use the circle and the idea of birds and people occupying the same space eg in a tree and with a very different scale to reality came to mind. Is it the Tree of paradise? can we talk with the animals? is it just a whimsical interaction?…. Well, all of the above or none…it was a fun idea and it follows along from a few of my small pieces where a change of scale creates different interactions.   
Birds on a wire - 2015 (SOLD)
Birds on a wire
I made a series of birds for a small exhibition. I was trying out a slightlt different construction technique to what I had used in the past and although they attracted a bit of attention they didnt find a home. Ihad a series of rings made at Warragul steel and I thought to combine them also with one of my little figures . I had done a piece called bird on a wire in the past but this is much bigger and involves the tree birds and the girl. A simple composition but sort of fun.
Blue Gum 1 and 2 - 2015
Blue Gum 1 and 2
Blue Heeler - 2015
Blue Heeler
Blunnies Old and New - 2015
Blunnies Old and New
Bosc Pears - 2015
Bosc Pears
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
Bound - 2015
Bound
breakfast time - 2015
breakfast time
Bridge Stratford - 2015
Bridge Stratford
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
bug - 2015 (SOLD)
bug
Burano Blue House - 2015
Burano Blue House
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
Burning Clouds David Milne - 2015
Burning Clouds David Milne
Bush Tucker Tineriba Tribe - 2015
Bush Tucker Tineriba Tribe
Bushfire Moon - 2015
Bushfire Moon
Butterflyflight - 2015 (SOLD)
Butterflyflight

I have had a few ideas involving butterflies of late. This one is a touch unusual but sort of fun too... The idea of flying  as free and easy as a butterfly is surely a fairly worldwide one  and I have made pieces where people were on the back of a giant moth or bird…still , this one is a development… and slightly silly though full of colour!


Can't Rebuild all - 2015
Can't Rebuild all
cat - 2015
cat
saw a cat on pintrest with a tail like this the plasma cut face is my idea.
Charred and scarred - 2015
Charred and scarred
Cheeky Face - 2015
Cheeky Face
Chris's Lake - 2015 (SOLD)
Chris's Lake
I did a lake piece last year and it did look beautiful. A friend looking through the sculpture garden saw it and asked if I could do a similar piece, on a taller stand, with a character fishing in the lake and with a poem by her on the back for her husband's 60th birthday. This is the result
circle of girls - 2015
circle of girls
coastal Bridge - 2015
coastal Bridge
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
Cold Comfort Nicole Smith - 2015
Cold Comfort  Nicole Smith
Nicole is an artist based in Drouin
coloured Beanie Russell Monson - 2015
coloured Beanie Russell Monson
Mallaig
coloured nets Russell Monson - 2015
coloured nets Russell Monson
Colours of summer - 2015
Colours of summer
concrete insect - 2015 (SOLD)
concrete insect
insect using wings from concreting trowels
corrugated butterfly - 2015
corrugated butterfly
corrugated flowers - 2015
corrugated flowers
using up bits of corrugated iron found in the shed
corrugated flowers - 2015
corrugated flowers
corrugated snail - 2015
corrugated snail
country girl - 2015
country girl

 



I have been using pieces from my pile as a starting point for some of my sculptures. Someone had given me these large off cuts of Murray Pine and I decided to make support structures from them. I then took a circle form that was also in the pile and started to think what I could do with it. I decided to make an abstract landscape form and paint parts of it in different colours. It all looked good but seemed to lack the human element and I added this girl to appreciate the landscape. Hence this composition , which is “Country girl”. A simple idea really, the circle being the oneness with the environment, the tree forms and the slope in the distance of a crop.


country links - 2015
country links

I was given this wonderful rusted thing that is dragged behind a tractor to break up dirt. It has the most interesting texture .I wanted to do a new piece for the art Gippsland show and this came together fairly easily. I do like the symbolism as it suggests family and community and how some links are strong and others are weak or nearly broken. The circle does give a sense of unity.Went to the Warragul art show and also sculptures in the vineyard at Lucinda winery.


creation ( modified) - 2015 (SOLD)
creation ( modified)
I went to an art talk in May 2011 called the Sex lectures where local artist Bec Van Dyk illustrated a Monash lecturer’s talk. One of the images was similar to this piece but a bit more symmetrical. I didn’t get that much out of the show but I did like this form so I have appropriated it for this piece. As it has something to do with reproduction I have included a little person in there too. The shape is just a touch more pill shaped on the outside than Bec’s and I feel this also refers to how we expect pills to do whatever we want in this manner. Certainly a pill is used to stop getting pregnant and we now have medical methods to help getting pregnant. In 2015 I added the heart as the big negative shape obviously wasn’t working. Also any creation needs a bit of love involved. 
crouching dog 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
crouching dog 2
Crunchy Granola Sweet Anita George - 2015
Crunchy Granola Sweet Anita George
curve seat - 2015 (SOLD)
curve seat
This managed to get away before I photographed it
Daggy dancing - 2015 (SOLD)
Daggy dancing

I made a work for the Blarney Books show called “Greenhills”. This work featured 3 characters and parts of a book to meet the criteria of the show. When the piece returned I recycled the pieces and these fellows are two of them. One I have changed quite a bit but the other was being a body on the ground and his pose when stood up suggested the sort of dancing that enthusiastic but not very coordinated people do.( My suspicion is that this is the sort of dancing I do…. When I actually dance!)


dancing girl - 2015 (SOLD)
dancing girl
I did this piece because I had done a series of girls using steel and stone and most of them were gone . I love this piece because it uses such solid materials of stone and steel to capture a transitory moment in dance
Dancing girl 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
Dancing girl 2
I did this piece because I had done a series of girls using steel and stone and most of them were gone ( sold… feeling like a slaver!) . I love this piece because it uses such solid materials of stone and steel to capture a transitory moment in dance Again I can’t dance with anywhere the grace and beauty of many other people but I love to see how much control they have over something that in my case just clunks along.
dancing girl firebird - 2015 (SOLD)
dancing girl firebird

Neerim Sth fire brigade gave me a pile of expired fire extinguishers and I had previously used a fire extinguisher as a reading girl. I thought to make a bit more active idea and my new girl is quite an adolescent with all gawky arms and legs. She does look like she is having fun and  throwing herself enthusiastically into the part. ( The fire bird was a ballet by Stravinsky)and hence the title is quite appropriate to my extinguisher inspired piece


Daniis garden sign - 2015 (SOLD)
Daniis garden sign
Denis - 2015
Denis
Diana Richard Larter - 2015
Diana Richard Larter
Digging to China - 2015 (SOLD)
Digging to China
I made this piece as an order for some clients who wanted to give a gift to a mutual friend. They commented that whenever they went to visit he was always digging. I added a bit to the idea by remembering the phrase digging to China so in the bottom of the hole is the Chinese symbol for earth
Distant Ridge from Wombat Run Warren Nichols - 2015
Distant Ridge from Wombat Run  Warren Nichols
warren is an artist based at Phillip Island
dog - 2015 (SOLD)
dog
just trying different details on a dog
Don Barret creation - 2015
Don Barret creation
Don gave me a wooden model of this piece and it took me a year to get around to getting it done. The "wings are Corten steel so they will rust and then stop and the ball is coated in penetrol to keep it shiny.
dragon girl - 2015 (SOLD)
dragon girl
I had been making a series of small dragonfly forms for the market and I seemed to recall a fairy type image from my childhood.. might have been Arthur Rackham .. and it seemed appropriate to make this whimsical piece. Magic things dragonflies.. I have made a few poor imitations in my time but the reality of them always delights me…and my girl was from another sculpture where she was not being loved so now she has a better chance at appreciation
dragonfly 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
dragonfly 2
dragonfly 3 - 2015 (SOLD)
dragonfly 3
dragonfly with plasma cut wings
Dumb Bunny Geoffrey Riccardo - 2015
Dumb Bunny Geoffrey Riccardo
Eagle - 2015 (SOLD)
Eagle
an order from an ex student
eiffel towers 1 - 2015
eiffel towers 1
eiffel towers in colour Russell Monson - 2015
eiffel towers in colour Russell Monson
Elaina chair - 2015 (SOLD)
Elaina chair
an order
elephant 2 - 2015
elephant 2
Elisha Brown chooks free to roam - 2015
Elisha Brown chooks free to roam
Evolution of a hatpin - 2015
Evolution of a hatpin
Rule : always check references first
family hearts - 2015 (SOLD)
family hearts
This is not the piece.. but it is similar.. I forgot to photograph it . It is higher.. basically the same form although tipped a bit more and with three female characters on it.
Fire and Ice Triptych - 2015
Fire and Ice Triptych
Fish Leon Pericles - 2015
Fish Leon Pericles
Fitzroy Backyards Ros Meadmore - 2015
Fitzroy Backyards Ros Meadmore
floating away - 2015
floating away
flying with the songbird - 2015 (SOLD)
flying with the songbird

I have had girls flying by all sorts of means in my sculptures. I saw this image on Pintrest and decided to adapt it to this piece. It is a lovely idea of the music and the bird form but my girl is enjoying the whole experience especially the flying“


Foal Twister Ros Meadmore - 2015
Foal Twister Ros Meadmore
football sculpture - 2015 (Withdrawn from Sale)
football sculpture
a request to make a piece that was football based for a raffle
footpaths Carol Monson - 2015
footpaths Carol Monson
Forest, mist Summerferns 2 Carol Monson - 2015
Forest, mist  Summerferns 2 Carol Monson
each piece is $75
Foundation - 2015 (SOLD)
Foundation

I had been passing a large concrete square outside the Robin Hood Hotel for months. It was just leaning up against the fence and seemed unloved. I could picture all kinds of uses in sculpture for it so finally I went and offered some money for it. They gave it to me and I took it home. It had a few major cracks through it ( and it was bloody heavy) so I cut it up along the breaks. This piece suggested a structure that could be placed on a pedestal. Most of the other ideas came quickly after I had the piece defined. I see it as a strong foundation for a love..and the use of concrete , I beam and reo rod, all help to give it an engineering structure ( foundation) and that even though there are some broken bits and bits to struggle through the end result( a strong love) is worth it.Won best sculpture at Tyers art show 2015



Foundation“ was made in 2015 from new and recycled steel  and concrete bits.


Frayed - 2015
Frayed
Friends( follow) - 2015 (SOLD)
Friends( follow)
I did a small sketch at a market where one girl was leading her friend to show her some treasures or delights and the other was just a touch reticent. I thought it would make a lovely small sculpture and now it is done I feel I have captured the emotions. Its amazing how body language gives us away no matter what we say and much of the value of the small works is in trying to capture that language. sold at Sandy Point art show.
From Mt Baw baw - 2015
From Mt Baw baw
a small mixed media sketch from a weekend spent on Mt Baw Baw
Frosty the snowman Trav Hendricks - 2015
Frosty the snowman Trav Hendricks
Trav is an artist based in Drouin and this is a drawing using coloured Pencil
G that remains - 2015
G that remains
Girl and birds - 2015 (SOLD)
Girl and birds

A friend suggested this piece as when one of their friends went out in the garden she was always followed by a small contingent of ducks or chooks. My birds are a bit more generic but it has a nice friendly feel to it anyway


Girl before a mirror Pablo Picasso - 2015 (SOLD)
Girl before a mirror Pablo Picasso
Glasgow Station Russell Monson - 2015
Glasgow Station Russell Monson
Glasow Reflections Carol Monson - 2015
Glasow Reflections Carol Monson
goblet( aid to communication) - 2015
goblet( aid to communication)
done for the Jindi sculpture show, went to Narkoojee winery as part of the sculpture show
Grapes in Yellow bowl - 2015
Grapes in Yellow bowl
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
grass and snow gums( Mt Baw Baw) - 2015
grass and snow gums( Mt Baw Baw)
a mixed media done on a weekend spent on Mt Baw Baw
halltable august - 2015 (SOLD)
halltable august
an order
Hang in there - 2015
Hang in there
Happy Man - 2015 (SOLD)
Happy Man
harrow seat - 2015 (SOLD)
harrow seat
a seat I made for Rokeby market.. and sold there( used old Harrows for the back of the heart)
heart of pieces seat - 2015 (SOLD)
heart of pieces seat
I was working with this technique on some sculptures and decided to try it on the seat
High Plasins Country - 2015
High Plasins Country
Highland croft 1 - 2015
Highland croft 1
Doune
highland croft 3 Russell Monson - 2015
highland croft 3 Russell Monson
highland croft 4 Russell Monson - 2015
highland croft 4 Russell Monson
Highland Forest Russell Monson - 2015
Highland Forest Russell Monson
Hillside - 2015 (SOLD)
Hillside
I saw a piece of art with a wavy line and wondered what that would inspire in me. It eventually harked back to a lovely piece I had seen by Fred Williams where he had a quarter circle with a few trees on it as a hillside and I had always admired the simplicity of the form. As I made the piece I decided to add my girl sitting on one of the fallen trees enjoying the view out over farmland. This also had a suggestion of a painting by McCubbin( I think) called “Whelan on the log”. I thought a poem about a hillside would add to the effect and when I showed the design to a poet he came up with quite a strong environmental piece. My wife overhearing also came up with a poem of similar intensity. I love it all!
Hoofbeats ,Mad at you Ros Meadmore - 2015 (SOLD)
Hoofbeats ,Mad at you Ros Meadmore
Hooked - 2015 (SOLD)
Hooked

Needless to say my pile of metal has many odd and discarded things in it. This hook was calling to me. I have developed a contraption to support it and it seems t have captured something. I have no real philosophical background to this piece other than it all came together and I suspect I am hooked on creating!



 


 

 


Hoopers seat - 2015 (SOLD)
Hoopers seat
an order from some people who supplied the seat and the disc.
Hoopers seat 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
Hoopers seat 2
Horse and cart Ebenezer Wake Cook - 2015
Horse and cart Ebenezer Wake Cook
Hot August Night Anita George - 2015
Hot August Night Anita George
Anita George Piece
Hyacinth Pinks - 2015
Hyacinth Pinks
I am Anita George - 2015
I am   Anita George
I love a sunburnt country 2 - 2015
I love a sunburnt country 2
I love my teddy - 2015
I love my teddy
Impermanence - 2015
Impermanence

We all feel as though we will live forever at times but usually this is not the case.”Impermanence” is made from a group of pieces that sat in the pile for a while. Sometimes it works like that…. pieces just suggest an arrangement and often I will subconsciously create. I had seen a piece on the internet where there was a turned form inside a tree trunk and I thought I could do something similar … but wood inside steel I like the idea of impermanence when several of the elements here almost say we are going to be here forever as they are so solid and heavy….. but of course they are not and the rust on the wheel, the downward slide of the spiral, and the texture on the red-gum suggest this. The wheel can suggest the “wheel of life” and this also helps it fit with the red-gum and other pieces. I think it will outlive me but a time will come


Insulated - 2015
Insulated

We went away this year to a sculpture show in NSW. When we returned a friend had left me a collection of these wonderful glass insulators. Immediately one idea came to mind and this piece is the result.There is a certain degree of insulation in the costume and it favours this punny title. 


Jelly Baby - 2015 (SOLD)
Jelly Baby

I was making a girl a day during a week where I was exploring some of the interesting pieces from my pile. Someone had left this jelly mold and it was perfect for a skirt. I decided it was a young girls outfit and made the legs even longer than normal as some young people seem to be all legs and arms. The attitude came with it!


Jive Girl - 2015 (SOLD)
Jive Girl

I love the female form and I love the fluidity of people who dance so quite often I create a dancing piece. I have done both big and small pieces but this is different again. I had done a mid- sized girl previously and I was happy with the scale and what limitations it overcame and what different materials I could use. I had done a sketch of a dancing girl and wanted to use small pieces to make up her dress and this worked out well. I had some old mesh fencing and I decided to use the wire to do the hair. It worked out wilder but better than I expected.She seems to be having a wonderful time!


Jump Damn it Ros meadmore - 2015
Jump Damn it  Ros meadmore
Just getting a bit closer - 2015 (SOLD)
Just getting a bit closer
As kids I think we have all done some variation on this.. climb on the roof, a chair, a table…it seems to work as a kid and it is only with experience that we tend to not do this. I keep harking back to kid activities.. possibly as a result of getting older … but there is a logic and an innocence in this activity.
Just Resting - 2015
Just Resting
Karen's Horse - 2015 (SOLD)
Karen's Horse
an order that I had left for a while.. finally done
Kerries Heart - 2015 (SOLD)
Kerries Heart
Kerrie wanted this for a relative. It has two small girls, and a cat.
kid bird - 2015 (SOLD)
kid bird
I saw a drawing by a small child and translated it into this piece
Kink Parrot 1 and 2 - 2015
Kink Parrot 1 and 2
Lake King - 2015
Lake King
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
Lake Yarrawonga - 2015
Lake Yarrawonga
Lakes entrance - 2015
Lakes entrance
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
Late Summer Carol Monson - 2015
Late Summer Carol Monson
Lavender - 2015
Lavender
Layers of demise - 2015
Layers of demise
leaf seat 3 - 2015 (SOLD)
leaf seat 3
an order from a client
Letting the Dogs out Janine Daddo - 2015
Letting the Dogs out Janine Daddo
Lilies 1 and 2 - 2015
Lilies 1 and 2
Little Irish Port Ros Meadmore - 2015
Little Irish Port Ros Meadmore
Little Mermaid Ros Meadmore - 2015
Little Mermaid Ros Meadmore
Loch Sport - 2015
Loch Sport
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
Looking Good Sue Osborn - 2015
Looking Good  Sue Osborn

Constant groomers on land, these pelicans were tolerating my presence as I was sinking into the mud at Hastings. I guess they knew I would be even slower than them if I decided to chase them. I love their striking black and white outfits and they work hard to stay looking good. I think Australian pelicans are the most elegant looking, particularly when on the water or in the air gliding with effortless grace on the thermals.


Lost Wilderness - 2015
Lost Wilderness
Louise Reclining Ros Meadmore - 2015
Louise Reclining Ros Meadmore
Magpie song, nowhere to hide - 2015
Magpie song, nowhere to hide
Mending Landscape - 2015
Mending Landscape
Mexican Cupie Dolls Pasquale - 2015 (SOLD)
Mexican Cupie Dolls Pasquale
Mike Ros Meadmore - 2015
Mike Ros Meadmore
Miss Subishi - 2015 (SOLD)
Miss Subishi

I was making a girl a day during a week where I was exploring some of the interesting pieces from my pile. This mostly came from.a tow bar for a Mitsubishi( hence the name) I did toy with not another bit of trailer trash but she is too classy for that. The arms came from the loops to attach the chain to and the dress is mostly the cutdown towbar. Even the holes are quite lovely as a pattern. Again she has a strong attitude from a strong background!


moon river - 2015 (SOLD)
moon river
I often start from inspiration from odd pieces in my pile. Someone had left the moon shaped piece near my gallery and it started a set of ideas that culminated in this piece. I had the circles made for a couple of other ideas and I was experimenting with different Pedestal forms. The I beam came from a demolished large veranda at the back of the house and I was thinking how to start using it. Moon river was a song made famous by the movie “Breakfast and Tiffanys” and was written in 1961 by Johnny Mercer. I must admit I do try to sing it from time to time
Moonlight near Roxby Downs Geoff Harrison - 2015
Moonlight near Roxby Downs Geoff Harrison

Can you imagine how hot nights can be in outback South Australia?  Even the cold light of a full moon would provide no respite.  This work was actually inspired by a daytime photo of a lightning strike in this area, and I was captivated by the reflection on the water. I decided on a nighttime scene to enhance the mystery,quiet contemplation and 'other worldliness' of the scene. Everything is out of focus and you lose you sense of perspective.


Morningside - 2015
Morningside
A piece for the hot august night exhibition based on the title of a Neil Diamond song
mosquito - 2015 (SOLD)
mosquito
mothers gate - 2015 (SOLD)
mothers gate
A lady I knew had just lost her mother so collected some of her gardening tools and asked for them to be made into a gate
Mountain - 2015
Mountain

I had this girl and initially she was called” eco warrior”. She stood proud for a few years but no one seemed to identify with the piece. I also had a piece called “my special place” where I had a girl sitting on a large rock. I did like the form of this but thought that a combination of sorts would work well. The chain is from some old piece of farm machinery but is quite beautiful I think. I do like my ladder and for me even climbing such a ladder would be challenging. Her “mountain” has been conquered. She obviously has achieved her goal and we all have goals of sorts in our lives. May all your mountains be conquerable.


Mountain Ash under snow Warren Nichols - 2015
Mountain Ash under snow  Warren Nichols
Warren is an artist based at Phillip Island
Mountain ash under snow 2 Warren Nichols - 2015
Mountain ash under snow 2 Warren Nichols
Warren is an artist based at Phillip Island
Mountain ash under snow 3 Warren Nichols - 2015
Mountain ash under snow 3 Warren Nichols
Warren is an artist Based at Phillip Island
music machine - 2015 (SOLD)
music machine
I wanted to make a sound sculpture using a variety of the materials and items I had been given such as a bell form and an old cymbal
music machine2 - 2015 (SOLD)
music machine2
an order for a client
My beautiful calf, Im watching you - 2015
My beautiful calf, Im watching you
My special place 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
My special place 2
I sold the first one and another person rang up within the week asking to buy it so I have done a similar piece
new mail box - 2015 (Withdrawn from Sale)
new mail box
our old mailbox was becoming see through so I recycled a milk can into our new mail box
Ninety Mile beach - 2015
Ninety Mile beach
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
Nungurner boat - 2015
Nungurner boat
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
Obstetric gate 1 - 2015 (SOLD)
Obstetric gate 1
an order from a client
Obstetric Gate 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
Obstetric Gate 2
an order for a client
Ocean - 2015
Ocean
I have been looking at Pintrest and an idea was shown of a screen with moon and stars. I put it in the back of my head until this piece was developing and it has provided the backdrop to my lonely sailor.. I have made a few pieces with mirror also this year and the idea of the mirror being the water was quite attractive. As to a meaning… well we are all on the ocean of life.. searching…That will probably do but I do like the sort of seaweed effect of the support bars and shape and the circular nature of the top reflects the horizon and the round world.Went to Dromana art show.and also Burnley harbour in 2015
Oceanic flows - 2015
Oceanic flows
Oil and cold wax panels - 2015
Oil and cold wax panels
Oil and Cold wax panels - 2015
Oil and Cold wax panels
Old Bags Ros Meadmore - 2015
Old Bags Ros Meadmore
Old Pakenham mounting yard Ros Meadmore - 2015
Old Pakenham mounting yard  Ros Meadmore
Olive - 2015 (SOLD)
Olive

I periodically tidy up and sometimes I rediscover pieces of equipment or material that I had deemed as special. This was an old Oil can and I had kept it to do something interesting with it. I had just done another dancing girl and the spout suggested a John Travolta type pose so I started down that road. However as I added more to it, the solder that held the spout gave way and I had to redesign the piece using forks for arms. She is Olive as in Olive oil but she has plenty of personality of her own.



 


Olive pears - 2015
Olive pears
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
on the nets Russell Monson - 2015
on the nets Russell Monson
online - 2015 (SOLD)
online
I love the play on words and going on line seems perfect for a small piece..My girl is balancing on line with her laptop and I must admit at times trying to get through to places or being misled by things can sometimes be quite a challenge. She is up to it ! although I wonder if the laptop has faded from common usage as the desk top has and perhaps I should do an I pad or a smart phone… maybe another piece!( sold at Canterbury primary school art show)
Orchard survivors - 2015
Orchard survivors
Out from the Calf shed - 2015
Out from the Calf shed
owl - 2015
owl
owls - 2015
owls
Part of the story 2 - 2015
Part of the story 2

I did this piece for the Dunkeld sculpture show. I have had a bit to do with Dunkeld. When we lived at Mortlake we would go up to the Grampians to pick up redgum sleeper off-cuts for my own use and for the students I taught . I also was involved in the Mortlake Historical society and of course there were quite a few links with the discovery and settlement of the Western District. Hence my piece reflects that, with a number of common images of Dunkeld ( Mt Sturgeon) Kangaroos and racing but I have also included a number of historical woodwork tools( a chisel and a vice screw ) as well as a number of references to farming and transport as both have played a part in the continued viability of the town. There are also 2 aboriginal based images which possibly have a bit more to do with the actual Grampians than the town but it does reference the original inhabitants. The piece is called part of the story as a single sculpture cannot reference all the different aspects of the town but I do feel it matches the theme of people and place… in this case quite  specifically Dunkeld.


part of the story( Dunkeld) - 2015 (SOLD)
part of the story( Dunkeld)
I did this piece for the Dunkeld sculpture show. I have had a bit to do with Dunkeld. When we lived at Mortlake we would go up to the Grampians to pick up redgum sleeper off-cuts for my own use and for the students I taught . I also was involved in the Mortlake Historical society and of course there were quite a few links with the discovery and settlement of the Western District. Hence my piece reflects that, with a number of common images of Dunkeld ( Mt Sturgeon) Kangaroos and racing but I have also included a number of historical woodwork tools( a chisel and a vice screw ) as well as a number of references to farming and transport as both have played a part in the continued viability of the town. There are also 2 aboriginal based images which possibly have a bit more to do with the actual Grampians than the town but it does reference the original inhabitants. The piece is called part of the story as a single sculpture cannot reference all the different aspects of the town but I do feel it matches the theme of people and place… in this case quite specifically Dunkeld.
patched - 2015
patched
I recently( end of 2014) had a pace maker inserted into my heart . and they did a great job quickly and painlessly. Hence I was thinking about this aspect of life and decided to make a big sculpture expressing some elements of it. I decided that rather than make it all about me I would do it in such a way that it can also be when we help others get over a broken heart. I have done something on a similar them in the past but this one uses the small piece technique and I do like my little characters doing their best.
patched - 2015 (SOLD)
patched
I recently( end of 2014) had a pace maker inserted into my heart . and they did a great job quickly and painlessly. Hence I was thinking about this aspect of life and decided to make a big sculpture expressing some elements of it. I decided that rather than make it all about me I would do it in such a way that it can also be when we help others get over a broken heart. I have done something on a similar them in the past but this one uses the small piece technique and I do like my little characters doing their best.
Pears - 2015
Pears
Plague - 2015 (SOLD)
Plague

With giant companies paying no tax in the countries they operate in, with politicians having little vision for the good of the country but only keeping their mates in industry happy and with vacuous words spoken in lip-service to climate change the only thing that seems to be of value in the world is money. I wanted to make a piece showing the fracturing of the worlds continents .I wanted to say that now people put the accumulation of little bits of green paper ahead of an awareness of the planet and its needs. I wanted to show that money is no respecter of borders and that it is like a plague that has covered the globe to the exclusion of all else. 


plant support - 2015
plant support
an order from a friend
Play Me Anita George - 2015
Play Me   Anita George
Play Me Watercolour Laurie Collins - 2015
Play Me Watercolour  Laurie Collins
Another piece done on the title of a Neil Diamond song
Plein Air Girl - 2015 (SOLD)
Plein Air Girl

I have done a series of long dressed girls in a form similar to this. This piece was an order and had a specific place to go. I do love some of the paintings by Monet of ladies out in the open enjoying the breezs but this girl needs it to be a bit still so her canvas wont blow away.She seems pretty “grounded” to me.



 


Plumbline 1 - 2015
Plumbline 1
Rule: never use colours straight from the tube
Plumbline Trocka - 2015
Plumbline Trocka
Rule avoid lens distortion by holding the camera parallel to the subject
Polar bear eating an icecream in a snowstorm Laurie Collins - 2015
Polar bear eating an icecream in a snowstorm  Laurie Collins
Polar Kiss Ros Meadmore - 2015
Polar Kiss Ros Meadmore
Ros is an artist based at Narre Warren
Pond Cover - 2015 (SOLD)
Pond Cover
an order to make something to stop Ibis eating fish
pond cover with spider - 2015 (SOLD)
pond cover with spider
an order from a client
pool - 2015 (SOLD)
pool
This piece was originally called Life Cycles and it had a bike wheel where the birdbath is. My granddaughter accidently broke the birdbath stand and a suggestion from another friend a while ago suggested that this would be a better solution.
post office red - 2015
post office red
Prized Hereford - 2015
Prized Hereford
Prized working doog - 2015
Prized working doog
Profusion of spring - 2015
Profusion of spring
Progenitor Peter Dailey - 2015
Progenitor Peter Dailey
Provence Wheatfield Russell Monson - 2015
Provence Wheatfield Russell Monson
psychodelic Botanica Helen Timbury - 2015
psychodelic Botanica   Helen Timbury
Helen Timbury piece as a mixture of Linocts Collage and hand colouring
Ram - 2015
Ram
a ram susing trampoline springs and curls from Doug Jones offcut
Reaching Gums Ros Meadmore - 2015
Reaching Gums Ros Meadmore
Red Finch - 2015 (SOLD)
Red Finch

A while ago I made a large Blue Wren the scale of which was quite impressive. The person who bought it expressed an interest in a big finch to accompany it and I finally got around to making it. I used a slightly different technique on this piece making it up of lots of small patches which although it took longer has a sort of feathered effect..It is always interesting to change the scale of things as it makes you consider what is and what could be.


Red Laurie Collins - 2015
Red Laurie Collins
Red Red Wine Laurie Collins - 2015
Red Red Wine Laurie Collins
neil diamond title again
Reflective 1 - 2015
Reflective 1
I have been involved with mirrors nearly all my life.. I have a memory of standing in my cot and watching my reflection in a mirror. I have used them happily on the car and in several recent pieces and this is the next in what is going to be a recurring idea. I was always impressed by Magritte’s painting and I thought that if I made a human form in a reflective pose, and filled it with mirror pieces it would suggest the many parts that make up ourselves and that you would be the person in the mirror but not in the expected way.
Reflective 2 - 2015
Reflective 2
I have been involved with mirrors nearly all my life.. I have a memory of standing in my cot and watching my reflection in a mirror. I have used them happily on the car and in several recent pieces and this is the next in what is going to be a recurring idea. I was always impressed by Magritte’s painting and I thought that if I made a human form in a reflective pose, and filled it with mirror pieces it would suggest the many parts that make up ourselves and that you would be the person in the mirror but not in the expected way.Also when viewed from the back it gives no hint of the reflective side and sometimes we see people as sort of a shadow and sometimes we see them as how they reflect elements of ourselves
Regenerative process - 2015
Regenerative process
Release - 2015 (SOLD)
Release

This piece is a recycling of a piece I made years ago. The two hands were coming out of a toaster and looked quite spooky.. such that no one liked it. When it was returned to me from a gallery recently, I decided the hands were lovely but there was no real message.  I hence made a bird as a thing for them to release( as I often do as birds sometimes get themselves inside my shed.) I had seen a piece earlier of a butterfly being released by a pair of chained hands and no doubt that had an effect on my composition. Still I do like the message it sends about setting free something that belongs to the wild.


ripe for picking - 2015
ripe for picking
Provence
road ( Mt Baw Baw) - 2015
road ( Mt Baw Baw)
a mixed media done on a weekend spent on Mt Baw Baw
rocks and snowgums 2 ( Mt Baw Baw) - 2015
rocks and snowgums 2 ( Mt Baw Baw)
a mixed media done on a weekend spent on Mt Baw Baw
Rocks and snowgums( Mt Baw Baw) - 2015
Rocks and snowgums( Mt Baw Baw)
a mixed media done on a weekend spent on Mt Baw Baw
rocks and trees 2( Mt Baw Baw) - 2015
rocks and trees 2( Mt Baw Baw)
a mixed media done on a weekend spent on Mt Baw Baw
Roger's DNA - 2015 (SOLD)
Roger's DNA
Roger was retiring from DSC and wanted to leave the school a lasting element reflecting his teaching. Initially I was a bit hesitant at doing the double helix form but Roger offered me a number of possibilities and this is the result I was commissioned to make this piece and the cutting out and placement of the repetitive elements was a little challenge. It is mainly in Corten steel so it will rust nicely and it should fit into a garden or some such place.
Roman Pigeon - 2015 (SOLD)
Roman Pigeon
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
Rustic Impressions - 2015
Rustic Impressions
Rutherglen seat - 2015 (SOLD)
Rutherglen seat
I had an order to make a seat for Rutherglen to go around Lake King. It had to have some birds and animals that were appropriate to the area
sailing ship firepit - 2015
sailing ship firepit

One of my ex students asked me to make a fire pit in the form of a sailing ship. This is my version of it. The pipes at the bottom are to keep the fire from burning out the base and the sails easily remove if the fire is too intense. My suspicion is that he has forgotten about it so here it is available to the wider world



Fire ships seemed to be used in historic times to ram the enemy and set them on fire…mine isn’t ramming anyone unless you walk into it!.


Salvation Jane Road Ros Meadmore - 2015
Salvation Jane Road Ros Meadmore
Sand Hill - 2015
Sand Hill
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
Sandbar and trees and Celelu Green - 2015
Sandbar and trees and Celelu Green
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
sandstone Carol Monson - 2015
sandstone Carol Monson
saxophone - 2015 (SOLD)
saxophone
This was an order for a friend
Schrodingers Catnap - 2015
Schrodingers Catnap
Rule: there is always an exception that proves the rule
security screen - 2015 (SOLD)
security screen
self Portrait Sidney Nolan - 2015
self Portrait Sidney Nolan
sewing under glass Russell Monson - 2015
sewing under glass Russell Monson
shattered heart seat - 2015 (SOLD)
shattered heart seat
just trying a technique I have used on some of my sculptures on a seat
she;s not there( recycled) - 2015
she;s not there( recycled)

 



…There is an old Zombies song called “she’s not there” and I liked the idea of how often the girls I see are distracted by the “reality” that they live through their phones rather than engage with the real world and “real people” I also did this to explore the effect of negative space and initially where the stars are was a girl shaped hole. I had another piece with a similar negative space and it also wasn’t enjoyed so I added a form into the space and it became very popular. The message this gives is slightly different from the original intent but I do like the girl among the stars aspect to it .There is an element of loss but also an element of not losing too. 


Shed( Longwarry) - 2015
Shed( Longwarry)
Black pen drawing from a ratty old shed
Sheep Watching Ros meadmore - 2015
Sheep Watching Ros meadmore
Signposts Russell Monson - 2015
Signposts Russell Monson
silver birch Carol Monson - 2015
silver birch  Carol Monson
sing Me Anita George - 2015
sing Me Anita George
skipping - 2015
skipping
skipping in red boots - 2015 (SOLD)
skipping in red boots

I did a sketch at a market of a small girl skipping along looking at stuff. The sketch became a small watercolour and then this piece. I think I have captured a degree of the joy of having new boots and my girl seems fairly happy with my portrayal.



 


skipping with red boots - 2015 (SOLD)
skipping with red boots

I did a sketch at a market of a small girl skipping along looking at stuff. The sketch became a small watercolour and then this piece. I think I have captured a degree of the joy of having new boots and my girl seems fairly happy with my portrayal.


slip sliding away - 2015 (SOLD)
slip sliding away

I saw a shape like this on pintrest and thought it would be lovely to do in metal. Instead of just the circle at the centre I added the rock which gives it much more focus and “gravity”. The title came to me after listening to a Paul Simon song and the circle seems to have slipped from where it should be..My comment is that with lots of changes in the world around us there is still a core of belief or identity that remains untouched. 


slip sliding away 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
slip sliding away 2

I did a work this year titled “slip sliding away” and it had a largish rock in the centre. I entered it in a show but some lovely people bought it before the show eventuated. I rapidly made this piece but I had no appropriate rock so the ball form sufficed. The piece looks a bit Daily Planetish ( superman comic reference) but I do like the form and the angle it is on. It did win best sculpture at the great Australian art show so I can’t have done too bad.Went also to the Sculptures in the vineyard at Lucinda winery .


small drip - 2015 (SOLD)
small drip

I have made a couple of big drips in the past using a similar technique..They go away reasonably quickly and I am a bit lost without their lovely shapes around. I had a smallish circle in my pile and decided that I would use this as the basis of a small drip sculpture… I just love the sense of flow, hanging and form.


small drip 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
small drip 2
I have made a couple of big drips in the past using a similar technique..They go away reasonably quickly and I am a bit lost without their lovely shapes around. I had a smallish circle in my pile and decided that I would use this as the basis of a small drip sculpture… The recycled offcuts from the plasma cutter were just fine at covering the form and it does suggest our damaging of the environment via the brown and the holes I just love the sense of flow, hanging and form
small swirl seat - 2015 (SOLD)
small swirl seat
snail - 2015
snail

This was an order from a client. I had used this method on a number of my other sculptures and it seemed ideal for this project.


snail 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
snail 2
snow drop - 2015 (SOLD)
snow drop

I did the snow flake for the “snow Show” that we held at the Red tree Gallery in July 2015. I originally had it pressed against some frosted glass and it was a simple but pedestrian piece. When the glue let go and it fell off after the show it gave me a chance to rethink the idea and I added a character and hence “snow Drop” developed. My friend Bart was making patterns with the plasma cutter and some of his rejected pieces ended up as the skirt!.


Snowbird Laurie Collins - 2015
Snowbird   Laurie Collins
snowflake - 2015 (Recycled)
snowflake
Soaring - 2015
Soaring
solar - 2015
solar

A simple piece in that the main form of the outer shape was already in existence in my pile.. I think it is a tractor gear (driving tracks) . Anyway the shape was so strong and lovely it almost could be presented by itself but I felt it needed a little addition of the ball in the centre.. and the stand of course. I have been using this technique on a number of pieces lately and I enjoy the contrast of the small tiny “ragged” sphere to the strength and solidity of the gear shape.It reminded me of a sun type of image , hence the name.


song and dance - 2015 (SOLD)
song and dance

I had done another piece where I used a songbird ( a bird with musical forms within it) and I had the idea of following this theme a bit. I was going to use another character with the bird but I was modifying my ballet girl and the two just seemed to call to each other. The title is obvious  and being swept away by the music is certainly one of the implications.


Song for walking the dog - 2015
Song for walking the dog
Rule: visual art should keep a visual diary on a daily basis
song sung blue Laurie Collins - 2015 (SOLD)
song sung blue Laurie Collins
With the Hot August Night show I wanted to do some sort of guitar form. The idea of a blue guitar form was in my head and the alternate title of Play me” also seemed sort of appropriate. However I used the other title on a small watercolour sketch sothis became “song sung blue” and yes I know it is a guitar but perhaps it is the missing guitar from the original cover shot of Neil playing in one interpretation  Air Guitar
Songbird - 2015 (SOLD)
Songbird
I saw a picture on Pintrest which combined music notes with a bird form and I have done quite a few birdlike shapes so I decided to do my own take on the idea…It came out a bit more formal than I particularly wanted but it did express the idea and soon sold.
Soolimon Anita George - 2015
Soolimon   Anita George
special dog - 2015 (SOLD)
special dog
someone wanted a dog in this style
St Pats under lights Ros Meadmore - 2015
St Pats under lights Ros Meadmore
standing dog 2 - 2015
standing dog 2
staples Ros Meadmore - 2015
staples Ros Meadmore
star arc - 2015 (SOLD)
star arc
I have loved the idea of juggling for a lot of my life.. I can’t do it except at the most basic level but I do appreciate those who have the ability to do this skill. As to the stars.. well I was thinking about stars in relation to another piece and it just seemed to fit.
Statement - 2015
Statement
Steinbergs Cat - 2015
Steinbergs Cat
Rule artists should make at least 1 drawing a day
steps on the path( Mt Baw Baw) - 2015 (SOLD)
steps on the path( Mt Baw Baw)
a mixed media done on a weekend spent on Mt Baw Baw
stone pig - 2015 (SOLD)
stone pig
Made too go to the truffle festival thanks for the suggestion Graham Duell.
stone steps Carol Monson - 2015
stone steps Carol Monson
stormy weather Russell Monson - 2015
stormy weather Russell Monson
street lamp Russell Monson - 2015
street lamp Russell Monson
Stretched Skull print Salvador Dali - 2015 (SOLD)
Stretched Skull print Salvador Dali
strzeleckis and Hills of hay - 2015
strzeleckis and Hills of hay
Study for Plumblines - 2015
Study for Plumblines
Rule : women your age should be painting flowers
sue coppock 1 - 2015
sue coppock 1
sue coppock 10 - 2015
sue coppock 10
sue coppock 11 - 2015
sue coppock 11
sue coppock 12 - 2015
sue coppock 12
sue coppock 13 - 2015
sue coppock 13
sue coppock 14 - 2015
sue coppock 14
sue coppock 15 - 2015
sue coppock 15
sue coppock 16 - 2015
sue coppock 16
sue coppock 17 - 2015
sue coppock 17
sue coppock 19 - 2015
sue coppock 19
sue coppock 2 - 2015
sue coppock 2
sue coppock 20 - 2015
sue coppock 20
sue coppock 21 - 2015
sue coppock 21
sue coppock 22 - 2015
sue coppock 22
sue coppock 23 - 2015
sue coppock 23
sue coppock 24 - 2015
sue coppock 24
sue coppock 25 - 2015
sue coppock 25
sue coppock 26 - 2015
sue coppock 26
sue coppock 27 - 2015
sue coppock 27
sue coppock 28 - 2015
sue coppock 28
sue coppock 29 - 2015
sue coppock 29
sue coppock 3 - 2015
sue coppock 3
sue coppock 30 - 2015
sue coppock 30
sue coppock 31 - 2015
sue coppock 31
sue coppock 32 - 2015
sue coppock 32
sue coppock 33 - 2015
sue coppock 33
sue coppock 34 - 2015
sue coppock 34
sue coppock 4 - 2015
sue coppock 4
sue coppock 5 - 2015
sue coppock 5
sue coppock 6 - 2015
sue coppock 6
sue coppock 7 - 2015
sue coppock 7
sue coppock 8 - 2015
sue coppock 8
sue coppock 9 - 2015
sue coppock 9
sue coppock a - 2015
sue coppock a
sue coppock b - 2015
sue coppock b
sue coppock c - 2015
sue coppock c
sue coppock d - 2015
sue coppock d
sue coppock e - 2015
sue coppock e
sue coppock f - 2015
sue coppock f
sue coppock g - 2015
sue coppock g
sue coppock h - 2015
sue coppock h
sue coppock k - 2015
sue coppock k
sue coppock l - 2015
sue coppock l
sue coppock o - 2015
sue coppock o
sue coppock p - 2015
sue coppock p
Sues Pig - 2015 (SOLD)
Sues Pig
an order from a friend
Sues small drip - 2015 (SOLD)
Sues small drip
an order for a friend's present
Summer ferns 1 Carol Monson - 2015
Summer ferns 1 Carol Monson
summer ferns Carol Monson - 2015
summer ferns Carol Monson
surfer - 2015 (SOLD)
surfer
surfer..is an order from a client
Surfing the big one - 2015 (SOLD)
Surfing the big one

I was going to make a bird form and then I remembered a bird made with spoons and forks and knives and I started to look at how such a thing could be done…as I added two spoons to the front it suggested a fish and as I had a lot of pieces cut from dragonfly wings it suggested scales instantaneously. As I played with the fish I remembered a piece I made with a surfer and the idea developed. Man seems to have had a very long relation with fish ( Jonah) and whale hunters using killer-whales as kelpies!  Anyway this piece developed and the title suggested itself! 


Swirl Girl - 2015 (SOLD)
Swirl Girl

I have a number of dancing girls in the past but this one I have added swirls to the dress , made it more interesting and changed the pose .I do like this girl and the grace of the pose and the overall beauty is something I certainly can never achieve dancing.As Chance the Gardener says in” being there”… I like to watch. 


swirl seat 3 - 2015 (SOLD)
swirl seat 3
Table frame - 2015 (SOLD)
Table frame
an order from a client
taking a break Russell Monson - 2015
taking  a break Russell Monson
Taking Flight - 2015 (SOLD)
Taking Flight
taking you higher - 2015 (SOLD)
taking you higher
an order for a wedding anniversary
Test Product - 2015
Test Product
Test
Textile Mill Paddle wheel Russell Monson - 2015
Textile Mill Paddle wheel Russell Monson
The birdsong machine 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
The birdsong machine 2

I made a piece a while ago called the expulsion machine and it had wheels, a trumpet form and complex bits.. I didn’t explore the idea very much and I was looking through some of my older ideas and decided I could do a bit more with that form. I did another piece called the birdsong machine  and this is the next in the series. I am delighted I could use an  two old sewing machines as part of its “engine” and the birds are all drawn to the musicality of the beast. Mind you perhaps like dog whistles, it is creating a sound which is inaudible to us..Just a fine piece of fun.. 


The Blue Rose Helen Timbury - 2015
The Blue Rose  Helen Timbury
the boys - 2015
the boys
The butterfly dress - 2015 (SOLD)
The butterfly dress

I do like butterflies.. I have had them lifting girls in flight, being walked by people and powering big machines. This is another idea inspired by a sketch I did a while ago of a girl in a cage looking at a big bird. The idea stayed with me but rather than have a sad image I liked the idea that the butterflies could freely move and wanted to stay there by magic. There certainly are a few butterfly inspired dresses out there  but none quite as bizarre as mine. 


The cricketers 2 - 2015
The cricketers 2
I did this piece for the Ficifolia show in which there was a section on best sporting piece.. It won a highly commended. A friend commented that I must be left handed as the batter and the bowler were both left handed.. I hadn't noticed.. so much for the observational power of artists!.
The Frog Man Helen Timbury - 2015
The Frog Man  Helen Timbury
This piece was a portrait piece for the Mt Baw Baw portrait prize and was a joint winner. The subject is Greg Hollis a reknowned naturalist who has worked with the Baw Baw Frog
The Gift Helen Timbury - 2015
The Gift Helen Timbury
Helen Timbury work originally for dyslexic warriors exhibition
The girls - 2015 (SOLD)
The girls

My girls are meant to be sharing thinking and sharing time…I know it’s a common thing for boys to do…in thinking further girls convey so much through expression both vocal and facial….do girls do this? Anyway my girls are and hopefully problems of the world ( or at least their world) can be solved by this.


The Grange - 2015
The Grange
a piece Helen Brought with her for the artist in residence stay at Jindivick
The Harvest Helen Timbury - 2015
The Harvest   Helen Timbury
The Loch Carol Monson - 2015
The Loch Carol Monson
The note taker - 2015 (SOLD)
The note taker

I do like phrases that can be interpreted in different ways. Needless to say my note taker is taking some notes… I wonder what she will do with them at the end of her journey..and who has she taken them from?“



 


The old and the new - 2015
The old and the new
The old cottage Romsey Andrew Neil - 2015 (SOLD)
The old cottage Romsey Andrew Neil
The Passing Matthew Simmons - 2015
The Passing Matthew Simmons
this is provence Russell Monson - 2015
this is provence Russell Monson
Though we are but 1/2 a world away - 2015 (Withdrawn from Sale)
Though we are but 1/2 a world away
This piece was done for the 10th art workshop in Thailand.It was made with the cooperation of a number of students from the Poh Chang academy. Rajamangala University in Bankok. Part of what was created was roughly sketched beforehand but modifications were made as it became clear what was available to work with. I wanted to show two people though separated by a big world could have a similar outlook. The structure to hold the globe was like the cradle of a sextant or one of those old globe of the world holders from the 17th century. There are forms of chaos in the curve showing we exist in a chaotic state and the curves also suggest waves which separate us. 
Tidal Changes - 2015
Tidal Changes
Time fr a cuppa - 2015
Time fr a cuppa
Todays Catch - 2015
Todays Catch
Together - 2015 (SOLD)
Together

I woke up in the middle of the night with the idea of a more 3-D heart from what I had been doing. I have been making metal frames inside my sculptures and I thought to do this for her. My characters help give greater meaning to the piece as it looks without either it would not stand. Surely that is how any relationship works so my title I hope implies the intention of the sculpture


Tones of Blue( Mt Baw Baw) - 2015
Tones of Blue( Mt Baw Baw)
a mixed media done on a weekend spent on Mt Baw Baw
Toroka Kipsigas contemplates possible alternative uses of his elegant feet - 2015
Toroka Kipsigas contemplates possible alternative uses of his elegant feet
Rule: never work with animals or Children
Towards City Oil Robert Knight - 2015
Towards City  Oil Robert Knight
trees and rocks( Mt Baw Baw) - 2015
trees and rocks( Mt Baw Baw)
a mixed media done on a weekend spent on Mt Baw Baw
trees and rocks( Mt Baw Baw) - 2015
trees and rocks( Mt Baw Baw)
a mixed media done on a weekend spent on Mt Baw Baw
Troika Ros Meadmore - 2015
Troika Ros Meadmore
Ros Meadmore is an artist from Narre Warren with an abiding interest in Horses
Turkey - 2015 (SOLD)
Turkey
an order from a friend
Two Hills Gustav Malbunka - 2015
Two Hills Gustav Malbunka
Two windows on Mt Meuller( Baw Baw Plateau) Phil Henshall - 2015
Two windows on Mt Meuller( Baw Baw Plateau) Phil Henshall
Phil Henshall is an artist based at Icy Creek 
Umbrella girl - 2015 (SOLD)
Umbrella girl

I have made an umbrella girl previously but she was an outdoor sculpture and quite large. This girl came together when I was playing with some bits to make a mid sized piece and she seemed to need an umbrella. She is sort of similar to my skipping with red boots piece but slightly smaller. I don’t know what it is with umbrellas except they are such a lovely shape and an interesting form to add to a piece.!


umbrella msn - 2015
umbrella msn

I made a work for the Blarney Books show called “Greenhills”. This work featured 3 characters and parts of a book to meet the criteria of the show. When the piece returned I recycled the pieces and this fellow is one of them. I added the umbrella and made a whimsical idea similar to a few I have done in the past. It is always a bit of a fantasy of being swept away hanging on to an umbrella( but seeing I am so big I doubt that will ever happen to me!


Uncertainty Principle - 2015
Uncertainty Principle
Rule: obects are more pleasing if Symmetrical
Under the stairs Russell Monson - 2015
Under the stairs Russell Monson
Underwater Horse Ros Meadmore - 2015
Underwater Horse Ros Meadmore
Untitled and Bird Thoughts Merric Boyd - 2015 (SOLD)
Untitled and Bird Thoughts Merric Boyd
Valley Views - 2015
Valley Views
Vetibule of Uroboros Keltie Mullin - 2015
Vetibule of Uroboros Keltie Mullin
This is a digital print  3/10 by Keltie Mullin of Drouin
VGirgin Rock - 2015
VGirgin Rock
Vicks mailbox - 2015 (SOLD)
Vicks mailbox
an order from a friend
Walking the pets - 2015 (SOLD)
Walking the pets
Butterflies always seem to tread the line between reality and magic… they sort of belong with dragons somehow.. I did a piece a while ago of a machine drawn along by butterflies and I suppose this is some extension of it. I have been also reading a book where a girl kept a fly as a pet so that also might have acted as a bit of inspiration. Whatever the source I do love the idea that we could sort of domesticate these wonderful creatures…. And yet I also don’t want them to be “captured” as part of their magic comes from their seemingly aimless freedom
War Horse Ros Meadmore - 2015 (SOLD)
War Horse  Ros Meadmore
water meter cover camel - 2015 (SOLD)
water meter cover camel
One off
Waterlily 1 and 2 - 2015
Waterlily 1 and 2
What a funny Hat Ros Meadmore - 2015
What a funny Hat Ros Meadmore
Whipple Creek Etching Russell Drysdale - 2015
Whipple Creek Etching Russell Drysdale
White Face Yuda Meitav - 2015
White Face Yuda Meitav
windows 1 Russell Monson - 2015
windows 1  Russell Monson
Glasgow railway station
Winged surfer - 2015 (SOLD)
Winged surfer
I have never surfed… balance is not one of my strong points but I certainly admire people who can. This was an order from a friend for her brother who is obviously a proficient surfer. Her comment was he “seemed to fly through the waves” and hence she wanted the wings. It is a nice feeling to be able to help other people create a piece that expresses their admiration and emotions..
wonderful pink roses - 2015
wonderful pink roses
Woodbox - 2015 (SOLD)
Woodbox
an order 
wrc seat - 2015 (SOLD)
wrc seat
an order from a school
wrc seat 2 - 2015 (SOLD)
wrc seat 2
another order from WRC
xmas tree - 2015 (SOLD)
xmas tree
This piece is sort of an order. I am with a group that has the job of decorating a room in the Johnson Collection(a house in East Melbourne). The idea was to make a tree which would allow a range of other local craft items to be hung from it so here is a 2 m Xmas tree
Yards Pro Hart - 2015 (SOLD)
Yards Pro Hart
you scratch me I'll scratch you Ros Meadmore - 2015
you scratch me I'll scratch you Ros Meadmore
- 2014
- 2014
dancing girl 4 - 2014 (SOLD)
 dancing girl 4
This is for the likes exhibition I am having with Sue osborn at MeeniyanI used this technique for some of my head studies in a recent portrait show and thought I would try to develop it for the Meeniyan show with some dancing girl pieces. I had nothing to do with her wonderful grace and beauty other than sketch from a picture somewhere. .I guess I am always drawn to beauty in all sorts of ways and the grace of dancers is something I can only possess via my sculptures and drawings.
a snail of bearing - 2014 (SOLD)
a snail of bearing
above the chaos - 2014 (SOLD)
above the chaos
I had the idea of covering a ball form with lots of plasma cut offcuts.. it suggested movement so the original base was left and I used an old cement mixer stand as the basis of the base.. I certainly modified it.. and then I could make the ball spin. The two characters are above the chaos sort of like I feel living out here
Alans dog 1 - 2014 (SOLD)
Alans dog 1
an order from a friend for a memorial to his past dogs.
Alans dog 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
Alans dog 2
an order from a friend for a memorial to his past dogs.
alien 11 - 2014
alien 11
all a flutter - 2014 (SOLD)
all a flutter
I did a piece for a show at Neerim using bird silhouettes and the idea still had lots of exploring left in it. I had some heart forms made and I decided to combine a heart shape with the bird shapes as well as a 3-d bird. The title suggested itself and in looking on the net there are lots of bird and heart combinations.Is it the lightness of feeling that we get when we are in love that suggests a bird… is it that our hearts are “ a flutter” ? We do have love birds( not love dogs or love horses) . I am not entirely sure what I am trying to say with this combination.. only that the pieces all seem to go together and it does seem somehow light hearted and delightful.. to me at least.This piece sold through the CAS show in Richmond
alternative transport - 2014 (SOLD)
alternative transport
This piece started off as a sketch and I even did a small watercolour of it. I like the idea of putting things to other uses and I have seen the land yachts so why not something like this…Not sure if it would be ideal on a city street or pavement..still it seems sort of fun..
anniversary seat - 2014 (SOLD)
anniversary seat
an order from my hair dresser as an anniversary gift.. It has scissors and other items
anniversary seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
anniversary seat 2
another order for a different anniversary.. gumleaves and a heart were what was needed
axeman - 2014 (SOLD)
axeman
an order for a friend
Back of Eddies Eagle - 2014
Back of Eddies Eagle
Barrell Girl - 2014 (SOLD)
Barrell Girl
A friend gave me an old concrete mixer. I used the base for the base of above the chaos" an dthe drum had a range of possibilities from a pipe to a balloon to a girls skirt. Needless to say which one won out. I had done a similar girl years ago but had not done anything quite so quirky for a while so with the Meeniyan exhibition approaching I thought she would be a good asset in the show.Not a lot of meaning other than like most of my girls she is confident and sure of herself and we all need positive things like this around to give us support
bbq order - 2014 (SOLD)
bbq order
an order from a client.. very solid and an old gate used as the stand
BBSN sculpture sign - 2014 (SOLD)
BBSN sculpture sign
an order
With this piece I worked with Bens original design.It has the “elements” of earth air fire and water and it has the triangle for stability and the circle form to represent the earh. Obviously the BBSN leaf branch thing is in there and its brightly coloured to suggest the life involved. In the corners is bits of junk which is black and white suggesting how the world could be if we don’t do our parts.
bee seat - 2014 (SOLD)
bee seat
an order from a friend
big Pig 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
big Pig 2
for the salami show but bought by someone before he got there
Big Pig 3 - 2014 (SOLD)
Big Pig 3
I made a pig for the truffle festival and it sold. Graham asked me to make another for the Salami festa so I did but a lady passing through the garden asked to buy t. I had to make another for the Salami festa and this time I had him looking up . It’s a simple form and I do like the combination of flat steel and a junk side.
Bills anniversary arch - 2014 (SOLD)
Bills anniversary arch
An order for an arch for an anniversary
billycart - 2014 (SOLD)
billycart

I never had a billy cart!. I loved the idea but I never had wheels or even more cool ball bearing races. Many things end up in my pile and one of them was some old skates. This is the last to date and I thought a billy cart would be ideal. Unfortunately it doesn’t run anywhere near as well as I would wish…still I at last get to make a billy cart.. even after all this time.


bird and flowers seat - 2014 (SOLD)
bird and flowers seat
an order from a client
Bird Girl - 2014 (SOLD)
Bird Girl
In 2014 I did a number of pieces involving birds. Some were for the Neerim Bower shows but this piece was done just at the final end of the year and I had had the start of the form sitting in the shed for some time. The idea came to me to have her very kind and friendly and open( sort of different from my similar reading girls) and as I had tried to give her legs some movement it seemed natural to have a bird sit on one.Her hands are my size hands but to a degree they emphasize her openness..
bird on a stick ( Owl 2) - 2014
bird on a stick ( Owl 2)
bird on a stick ( thrush) - 2014
bird on a stick ( thrush)
bird on a stick( Owl 1) - 2014
bird on a stick( Owl 1)
bird seat 3 - 2014 (SOLD)
bird seat 3
an order from a client
birdbath 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
birdbath 2
a friend asked for a birdbath and I had one plough disc left
birdbaths - 2014 (SOLD)
birdbaths
just a couple trying out a way to make dishes.
birdsong machine - 2014 (SOLD)
birdsong machine
I made a piece a while ago called the expulsion machine and it had wheels, a trumpet form and complex bits.. I didn’t explore the idea very much and I was looking through some of my older ideas and decided I could do a bit more with that form. Hence this piece.I am delighted I could use an old sewing machine as part of its “engine” and the birds are all drawn to the musicality of the beast.Mind you perhaps like dog whistles it is creating a sound which is inaudible to us..Just a fine piece of fun..
Boat of dreams ( modified) - 2014 (SOLD)
Boat of dreams ( modified)
I made a boat form last year and it was slightly abstracted. I also made a boat form when I went to Thailand and this was based on an ancient thai boat. This one has elements of both those boats and also seed pod forms and really was just a fun piece with a certain whimsicality…I don’t know what it is about boats but they do offer us a chance to go somewhere else and perhaps be taken by odd currents on uncharted paths. I am not a sailor at all and no doubt elements of the design are quite impractical.. but for a boat of dreams it seems just fine.In 2014 I modified the boat by adding the circle, character and star and waves... I feel the composition is much more meaningful and I am much happier with the piece
boat of dreams 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
boat of dreams 2
I had listed the boat of dreams to go to a small show but someone bought it.. so I decided to do a second piece but modify the design to reflect a greater whimsicality.This went to the Jindivick Sculpture show and then up to Mt Baw Baw
Sold Jan 2015
box bird - 2014
box bird
a bird with a box to hold a plant
butterfly seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
butterfly seat 2
an order from a client to have a higher seat and back
butterfly seat 3 - 2014 (SOLD)
butterfly seat 3
an order from a friend.. to be taller in the back and seat and arms for older people
Cass's Gate - 2014 (SOLD)
Cass's Gate
This was an order from a friend...their basic design( and painting) and my interpretation.
complex - 2014
complex
complex - 2014 (SOLD)
complex
Complex is another piece about women/girls and trying to show something of their complexity . I have included beauty, hardness and a suggestion that not all is as it appears( in the two different sides of the piece.) As an only child going to an all boys school girls were the ultimate mystery and I did enjoy exploring this as I got older and discovered that they were so much fun too. I feel a bit of the fun element is also suggested in the form.
complex world - 2014 (SOLD)
complex world
I saw a bridge image with a reflection and it started my ideas for this piece. I had just bought some Corten steel( steel which rusts to a top layer and then doesn’t rust any further) and I had the idea to cover this with symbols( which are complex forms in themselves), some made up, some based in the world. I thought then to make the other side with the built up panelling to create a diverse and complex and separate environment. My two characters are separated by the complexity and in one half it seems there is nothing to grip ( as in a world without a reason or belief) .I do find the world complex but also I guess where I live and how I live I am at least in partial control of the level of complexity I deal with
Core sample - 2014 (SOLD)
Core sample
This piece was an extension of the idea of using offcuts as in "above the chaos"... I liked the idea of a pair of people and landscape extracted from the earth ... and like "above the chaos" they leave the busyness and chaos behind... they dont look upset...It reminded me of the samples geologists get from drilling into the earth and although mine is a cone I think the image is close.This piece also went to the Ficifolia art show
cow seat - 2014 (SOLD)
cow seat
an order
cream separator Mail box - 2014 (SOLD)
cream separator Mail box
a man brought all the bits and all I had to do was assemble it in a way that worked
dancing girl 5 - 2014 (SOLD)
dancing  girl 5
I was trying to get some complex movement in this piece. It seemed to be quite a challenge and I needed to do lots of alterations to get proportions correct. It became a real exploration of the technique and although I learned lots from the piece, it was indeed a very challenging project.In a sense this piece was a real enjoyment of liking the challenge and this is another element in the joy of creation.
Dancing to the music of time - 2014
Dancing to the music of time
I made this piece based on a sketch from my sketch book. It was originally going to be filled with junk but I decided to use plasma cut offcuts for one side as I thought the complexity looked good. The curl suggested clockwork springs as in an old watch and this then suggested a dancer in the appropriate area. ( with a touch she does actually move). The title was in my subconscious and when I looked it up it was 12 volume series of books by Anthony Powell, inspired by a painting by Nicholas Poussin ( above) .I haven’t read any of the books but it is supposed to be one of the masterpieces of the 20th C. I do love how things just gradually develop and I was interested to see just what it was that my subconscious had stored and really, it is such a poetic title.This piece is on show in Sculpture in the Vineyards at Lucinda Winery Leongatha( 2014)
Deck infill panels - 2014 (SOLD)
Deck infill panels
a client wanted me to make some panels to fit his deck. There were 8 different panels
deck panel - 2014 (SOLD)
deck panel
an order
distance - 2014 (SOLD)
distance
I looked to enter a sculpture show at Rutherglen and researched a bit of the history of the area. I was lead to the lovely work of Tommy Mcrae, an Aboriginal artist living around the turn of last century. In reading of his life I was impressed by his character and the privations he suffered as well as his lovely drawings. I wanted to make a piece that had echoes of the past and looked through my pile for objects that could have had some suggestion of activities and technology of the past 100 years or so. I decided to also include my interpretation of some of Tommy’s drawings , in part as a homage to him and also as a suggestion that there are elements of our history that we often overlook. The circle is an old wheel rim and I hope that the elements I have included do suggest the distance we have come .as we move into the future.I love the fact that our art still can speak to the future long after we have died and I am glad to have “met” Tommy
domestic prisoner - 2014
domestic prisoner
I made another piece using forks a while ago. They are such an interesting form. I was thinking that they look like bars and this suggested the idea of a domestic prisoner. Certainly the role of women has changed from when I grew up but there are many around the world who are “enslaved” to domestic chores rather than being allowed to reach their potential.I valued the time I had as a teacher as I helped some kids realize that they had lots of strength and possibilities and this little piece sort of reflects on this.
dragon rider - 2014 (SOLD)
dragon rider
I used to read quite a bit of science fiction and fantasy and the dragons that featured there were certainly dramatic… It sort of lead me to dragonflies( why are they called that!) and hence my girl is flying on the back of one. I always like the idea of flight in some form and this sort of thing would be great..I guess I have seen pictures in my distant past of fairies riding butterflies or dragon flies so perhaps my subconscious is letting something loose. ……She looks like she is having fun!
eagle seat - 2014 (SOLD)
eagle seat
an order for a client with lots of different materials and texture
echidna - 2014 (SOLD)
echidna
an order for a client
Eddie and the eagle - 2014
Eddie and the eagle
Eddie did tis wonderful eagle.. He did 2 days with me and then another few days by himself
Edge of night - 2014
Edge of night
the edge of night ... well sort of
end of time - 2014 (SOLD)
end of time

I had my grandfathers clock for years.. it either came out of a ship( he was a ships engineer) or an old car, and I carted it around with me as we moved houses. I finally thought that this year I would use it in a piece and had one of my little girls about to end its existence. It certainly is the end of time for me carting it around and it seems a nice play on words.



Sold at Yakkerboo( pakenham ) art show 2015



“The end of time” was made in 2014 from new and recycled steel and  an old clock.


enigma - 2014
enigma
exhausted cow - 2014
exhausted cow
exhausted goanna - 2014
exhausted goanna
fairy - 2014 (SOLD)
fairy
My wife asked me to make a few fairies for the sculpture garden and hide them so kids could find them. I did that last year and now she wants toadstools! I hadn’t really done a lot with fairies in the past but I did like the wings and size aspects. The idea of combining one of the flowers I sometimes make and a figure with wings, had quite a few possibilities but I had done a few flying pieces for the exhibition and I thought that this composition was acceptable. She..( in my case they are always she)… is quite graceful and perhaps magic will happen.
family - 2014 (SOLD)
family
I had the idea of a group of my characters holding a rock. They needed to be on a stand and I created a typical ( for me) junk stand). My symbolism means they are separate from the everyday world with all its “junk”, they are a unit and as such anything is possible by working together. The ring helps to unify them and this was another piece of junk from my collection. The rock is basalt and I dug it up from across the road in Jindivick…( My mower had discovered it previously!)
feeding the bird - 2014 (SOLD)
feeding the bird
Everyone loves feeding the birds. Again with a change of scale it takes on a whole new aspect. When I was a kid I visited the Zoo and a wedge-tailed eagle took offense at my presence and hopped down from his perch and walked over to the bars of his cage with his wing extended and a rather grumpy look on his face…. Bars or no I left the vicinity. This piece uses a recycled girl from a piece called feeding the giant and not much has changed except the addition of the bird… which is a giant!( Oh this piece won the best metal work at Mirboo North Art show.)
fire dog - 2014 (SOLD)
fire dog
playing with some fire extinguishers
firescreen seat - 2014 (SOLD)
firescreen seat
some one gave me an old firescreen and I made it into a seat
fisherman - 2014 (SOLD)
fisherman
was an order for a friend
Flight - 2014 (SOLD)
Flight
We often use birds as a guide to what is happening in nature ( canary in the coalmine sort of thing). In this case the birds are flying as part of a unity ( ring) which is nature. The silhouettes can be read as positive ( just birds flying) or negative.. these species have vanished. The few solid birds maybe all that’s left and my small characters ( emphasizing the birds high in the sky) are pointing at a rare sight. My birds on the top are watching the changes and sort of presage real birds sitting there but also are maybe just a touch of humour in a worrying situation. Again with a change of scale it takes on a whole new aspect hopefully emphasizing the scale of the problem..
flower screen - 2014 (SOLD)
flower screen
an order from a client
flying horse - 2014 (SOLD)
flying horse
an order from our builder for a piece for his girlfriend
food for thought sculpture - 2014 (SOLD)
food for thought sculpture
This piece was a commission to do for the new Drouin Secondary College Restaurant called food for thought.The bird is made with Knives, forks and spoons on a base form
gate 1 - 2014 (SOLD)
gate 1
an order
gate 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
gate 2
an order
Gate designed by clients - 2014 (SOLD)
Gate designed by clients
the cliens designed this as abstract fish and I added some "waves" to stop their small toddler from getting through
Gaza - 2014
Gaza

I have been listening to the news of the latest Gaza conflict…horrendous and disheartening. I wondered how I would try to portray aspects of the conflict and this piece seems not too bad. The two sides sort of show that not all can be seen straightaway, and that the divisions are in something that really should be a unified people. I rejoice that we live in a country where there is room for all faiths and ways of living and we mostly get along harmoniously. The three rocks are symbols of the three faiths involved and the division at the base seems to be being torn apart. I have no solution except tolerance and working together yet I know that some people of these faiths can be prickly and so involved in their own world that they have little time or respect for others.
gerry's first bird - 2014
gerry's first bird
Gerrys bird - 2014
Gerrys bird
This is what Gerry did on the second day of the workshop
Gerrys bird - 2014
Gerrys bird
this is what Gerry did over the second day of the workshop
Glenn and the bouncing bird - 2014
Glenn and the bouncing bird
Glenn had the idea of using tools and attaching springs underneath so the bird form moved in the breeze.....
Goat - 2014 (SOLD)
Goat
an order from a client
goat - 2014 (SOLD)
goat
just wanted to make a couple of goats
Hanging over our heads - 2014 (SOLD)
Hanging over our heads
This is another reference to environmental disaster. I have positioned this rock above my characters and like global warming it is not being greatly responded to. On character is at least aware of it but the other is focussed on other concerns. It amazes me that we have people who do not “believe” in global warming and others who just ignore it hoping it will go away… My rock is “natural” but the world it is over is entirely constructed . The obelisk type form has echoes of memorials to the fallen…and my ring world is reflective of a non scientific belief prevalent in members of the govt. …. Still it also looks good…!
Hawk - 2014 (SOLD)
Hawk
horse gear seat - 2014 (SOLD)
horse gear seat
horse gear table - 2014 (SOLD)
horse gear table
a lady asked for a table two single seats and 2 bench seats
horsehoe ball - 2014 (SOLD)
horsehoe ball
just wanted to try to make one
horseshoe ball1 - 2014
horseshoe ball1
Made a mold to make balls and thought I'd try out making a horseshoe ball... only .4m is dia
hylbert seat - 2014 (SOLD)
hylbert seat
an order from a client to remember their grandfolks
I'd move the world for you 1 - 2014
I'd move the world for you 1
I guess I must be a romantic cause I keep coming up with these sort of ideas( guys and girls stuff) . I had seen a piece of jewellery( I think) where there were off set semicircle arches and I liked the form. I then thought what would I do with the idea and this was the result.I listen to a lot of songs and I’m sure I have heard this as a lyric somewhere .
Ians wall panel - 2014 (SOLD)
Ians  wall panel
These were an order from a friend.. he wanted a gate which turned into 7 panels like this
Ians screen panels - 2014 (SOLD)
Ians screen panels
an order from a friend
Ians wall panels - 2014 (SOLD)
Ians wall panels
an order from a friend
Indy's seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Indy's seat
an order for a client.. I added a bit of indigo after the photo
It was a lovely walk until... - 2014 (SOLD)
It was a lovely walk until...
Still playing with birds and scale and the idea of walking your bird seems lovely until….. well all sorts of things. I like that the problem has yet to occur and any chaos that ensues is all in your imaginings. I do delight in the strength of this wire that allows something as heavy as my bird to seemingly float above my character.
Jans work - 2014
Jans work
Jan recycled an old seat and shears to do one bird, a copper teapot to do another and a 44 gallon drum lid to do the owl
JindiPig - 2014 (SOLD)
JindiPig
My friend Graham Duell suggested a pig sculpture for the truffle growers show. I did this piece with two different sides to be surprising. I call it Jindi pig as there is a local restaurant of the same name
josh's letterbox - 2014 (SOLD)
josh's letterbox
an order from a client
judes seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
judes seat 2
an order from a friend
Junk ball - 2014 (SOLD)
Junk ball
an order sort of
just do it - 2014 (SOLD)
just do it
We all have hare brained schemes and the idea of a flying cow would be up there with the best of them.. I was doing a series of bird forms and the cow was sitting there. The idea appealed and hence my character is encouraging the cow to “Just do it”… hopefully the cow has a bit more sense.. Really its just a bit of fun but if you want to read a message for life into it go right ahead. I must admit that as a boy I was often encouraged to do something “wild’ in a similar fashion and a touch of reflection could have avoided some not quite positive results.
just do it 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
just do it 2
Kangaroos 4 - 2014
Kangaroos 4
To replace ones that had sold
Kens seats( or tables) - 2014 (SOLD)
Kens seats( or tables)
I made a table for Ken a while ago and he wanted some seats to match it.. they are a bit uncomfortable so they are now small tables
kerrie seat - 2014 (SOLD)
kerrie seat
an order of a seat with no wood
Kinder furniture - 2014
Kinder furniture
an order from a kinder
kinder table and chairs 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
kinder table and chairs 2
an order from a kinder for 2 tables and 4 chairs in this form
koala - 2014 (SOLD)
koala
a request from a friend to do a koala
Lake - 2014 (SOLD)
Lake
I did a sketch in my book showing a form similar to this.. I thought it would look good if I used mirror mosaic to give the reflection/glittering surface of the lake and it looks even better than I had pictured. My two little characters have a touch of the old song “running bear” about them but I did love that story/song. On the back I have used Corten steel ( rusts a certain amount and no further) to give that wonderful colour. I have also written in a variety of languages the word Lake..We did go to Canada at one stage and sw some of the multitude of lakes there but I still love our local Blue Rock Lake.This piece went to the Bonanza show at the CSV in 2014
leaf seat 1 - 2014 (SOLD)
leaf seat 1
an order for a client..found to be quite comfortable
leaf seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
leaf seat 2
Leesas seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Leesas seat
a sort of order from a client
lorikeet seat - 2014 (SOLD)
lorikeet seat
an order for a friend
Lovebirds - 2014 (SOLD)
Lovebirds
I have been doing a number of bird cutouts as individual pieces and this piece allowed me to combine the idea in a heart-shaped frame. It doesn’t include all the birds I like and admire( no magpie) but it has a good variety and I am happy with its composition. The inner material is Corten Steel which will get a coat of rust and then not rust any further providing a nice contrast to the frame.I sort of like the play on words of the title as there are no actual “love-birds” in the frame but it does express my feeling towards how much interest the birds provide for us all. This was in the inspired by birds show at Serigraph Gallery Neerim Sth
Lyn's seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Lyn's seat
an order for a friend.
Magpie seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
Magpie seat 2
an order from a client as a retirement gift
magpie seat 3 - 2014 (SOLD)
magpie seat 3
magpie seat 4 - 2014 (SOLD)
magpie seat 4
Mary Monet - 2014 (SOLD)
Mary Monet
Last year I did 2 girl sculptures based on Seurat’s paintings. I was really happy with them and they eventually won a prize at a sculpture show and sold. I missed them and looked for similar ideas and found that Monet was inspired by Seurat also and did two paintings of girls and umbrellas..This is the first one and she is lovely( well according to me) .She does remind me of Mary Poppins hence the name. I plan to do a similar piece using his other painting as the inspiration. The broken concrete of the dress gives a wonderfully pointillist effect so I am to a degree “swimming” with the flow of art history.
Mary's work - 2014
Mary's work
Mary did this wonderful owl out of horseshoes, a star stake and mower blades
Monet sister 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
Monet sister 2
Last year I did 2 girl sculptures based on Seurat’s paintings. I was really happy with them and they eventually won a prize at a sculpture show and sold. I missed them and looked for similar ideas and found that Monet was inspired by Seurat also and did two paintings of girls and umbrellas.. The first one is lovely( well according to me) .She does remind me of Mary Poppins hence the name. The second one is really the same girl but from a different angle but having two girls does allow lots of different interaction. The broken concrete of the dress gives a wonderfully pointillist effect so I am to a degree “swimming” with the flow of art history.
mooncatcher - 2014 (Withdrawn from Sale)
mooncatcher
framed
more kinder furniture - 2014 (SOLD)
more kinder furniture
again a kinder asked me to make some benches and seats.. 2 benches and 4 seats... done!
Musical seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Musical seat
an order
My new pet - 2014 (SOLD)
My new pet
Spiders are such interesting beasts. The idea that you might ride one, is sort of wonderful and scary. I guess part of it is we have little idea of the intelligence of insects and what sort of thought they might have. The scale of this one is interesting and you have the question as to why some things are so big and some things so small… flying pigs and cows come into the same concerns. None the less I do like the way that my guy is in clear control and you start to wonder where he “stables” it or what it needs to feed..Questions questions questions!
nestling - 2014 (SOLD)
nestling
I did this small series of bird based pieces for a show at Meeniyan. I liked the idea of one of my birds feeding a human character.. Well we have had wolf children so why not bird children… I guess the nudge out of the nest might not be so pretty!..Anyway, I am enjoying the change of scale with birds and characters. I also like the play on words too!
Netball sketch - 2014
Netball sketch
just a sketch from a netball game
offering - 2014 (SOLD)
offering
I do like making my girls and this one combined with one of my complex flowers sort of seems appropriate and works in an odd way. I do like to change the scale of things and hence my flower is a touch out of proportion. Still, my girl has no real trouble carrying it.. ( sturdy stock!)
outdoor hummingbird mirror - 2014 (SOLD)
outdoor hummingbird mirror
an order
Pat's seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Pat's seat
a birthday present from some friends with a sense of humour
Paths through life - 2014 (SOLD)
Paths through life
This is another recycled Piece. It was originally a harrow and the original person who made it did a lovely job of forging all the parts. It must be over 100 yrs old. Initially I just cut it apart and made a work called “cactus”( see website) but after thinking more ( over a couple of years) about it ,I considered I had not done justice to the original form. This is called paths through life and it is about how each of us deals with the obstacles in our way… some attack it all head on some are contemplative and some are timorous….The big yellow ball was needed to finish off the piece and I guess it has an element of all things being possible under the sun
Paul and his emu - 2014
Paul and his emu
Paul remembered welding from about 50 years ago and with a touch of reminding it all came back..a lovely piece... wonderfully wired/wild
Pelican seat - 2014 (SOLD)
Pelican seat
an order from some visitors to the sculpture garden
Pete and Gerry - 2014
Pete and Gerry
the birds that they did over the two days
Pete and Gerry - 2014
Pete and Gerry
This is what the guys did
Pete's birds - 2014
Pete's birds
This is what Pete did over the two days
Pete's birds - 2014
Pete's birds
This is what Pete did over the two days
pig2 - 2014 (SOLD)
pig2
another pig for the truffle show
Piglets - 2014
Piglets
more for the salami show
portrait - 2014 (SOLD)
portrait
an order for a client with lots of electronic bits on the back
Prow - 2014 (SOLD)
Prow
I had been looking at a variety of forms on art History and a carved prow of a Viking ship was one of the forms viewed. I also had done an exhibition based on New Zealand forms in past years and in my sketch book was a form that I had not developed fully. When I re- sketched the shape ready for construction the shape and size suggested to me the prow I had seen. The use of the plasma cut off-cuts for one side suggests the intricate carving of the original piece. To follow that up with the other side being “solid” and made from closely welded panels also suggests links to more modern ship building techniques and the use of the two sides means the piece cant be easily summed up from a one sided viewing. I love the use of recycled material and the element of chance in the shapes used creates all sorts of unplanned interactions.
pug - 2014 (SOLD)
pug
a request to do a pug dog
Ray and Black Cocky - 2014
Ray and Black Cocky
Ray waorked on making a fairly complex Black Cockatoo.. He developed his welding skills and did tis wonderful piece
Rays Cocky - 2014
Rays Cocky
reading girl 3 - 2014 (SOLD)
reading girl 3
I made this piece after selling my last human 3-D form. I sort of missed something of this type in the garden. She also went off to Art Gippsland.
Red letter box - 2014 (SOLD)
Red letter box
an order from a customer
Refugee - 2014
Refugee
There is a show called claiming our voice in Warragul,and I thought about what I wanted to “speak” about. Hence my Refugee… left dangling on a forgotten rock and ignored by all and sundry. I find this whole policy a real disgrace to Australia and I think we could have done a lot better with a more caring sharing approach. I hope my sculpture is outdated quickly but I suspect it will be relevant for quite a while yet
Remembrance of things past - 2014 (SOLD)
Remembrance of things past
I am a large guy now.. and sometimes I am too big and get stuck in narrow chairs! In thinking back I do remember being at this sort of stage where everything of the world was so big. I remember playing in the tent under the dining room table and I like to think back to ( only yesterday) my childhood .I guess it’s a bit strange to think back that far but I guess it is such a formative time that those images stick in the memory.
riding the wind - 2014 (SOLD)
riding the wind
This is another recycled character. He was playing on the beach in an earlier piece and I had made him after seeing some kids at the Gallery drawing a work of art by sitting in front of it with their legs splayed in this formation… I don’t think I can do that anymore and I was delighting in the flexibility of kids. Anyway he had sat around waiting for a new piece to be in and I think he is happy in this floating bird . I did add some hair to give a sense of movement and I do delight in the strength of this wire that allows something as heavy as my bird to seemingly float.
ring my bell - 2014 (SOLD)
ring my bell
I had this old school bell workings from when aspects of Warragul Tech were demolished. It had sat around for years and I always had the idea it would end up something like this. Finally this year after doing a few orders and big pieces I just needed to “play” and this was who developed. The little ringer does ding and she is in a slightly provocative pose. Really there is no deep meaning other than the enjoyment by men of women’s lovely lumpy bits but that certainly is a part of my nature and I am not going against it now!
Road Hog - 2014
Road Hog
This piece was done for a "salami show" and Graham Duell was taking them to it
robyns gate - 2014 (SOLD)
robyns gate
an order from a friend
roof deck panel - 2014 (SOLD)
roof deck panel
an order
sally and her girl - 2014
sally and her girl
sally learned to weld and created this complex and beautiful piece
set free my heart - 2014 (SOLD)
set free my heart
It seems to be a common idea that your heart is locked up and needs to be set free. I’m not sure where the idea came from personally but I do listen to lots of songs and I’m sure that this imagery is in some of them. Certainly my girl is … hmm she is only playing with the cage.. she could be locking it up.. or setting it free. I must admit to feeling she is setting it free but I guess like all art it is open to interpretation. Your choice!
Shield - 2014
Shield
I wanted to make a simple form based on an oval for a show at Burnley Harbour. I had just made “Lake” and I thought to use the mirror mosaic on both sides. I called it shield and it has a form like a tribal shield.The broken reflection echoes the warlike faces often added to shields to scare people but then it also reflects the person near it and how we often create an image of ourselves which is not a complete true image but often a reflection of what other people want to see which we use as a shield
single seats - 2014 (SOLD)
single seats
part of a commission
sleeping cat - 2014
sleeping cat
someone asked for a sleeping cat...
special seat - 2014 (SOLD)
special seat
a lady called an gave me a big slab of wood from her late husband and some of his tools. this is the result
star bringer - 2014 (SOLD)
star bringer
I did a few pieces reaching for the stars.. but what happens when you actually get them?.. Hence Star bringer.. she has captured her star and she is eager to share it… she is running because she is so keen..I have captured a few stars in my time.. my wife for one, my kids for another.. my life in all… maybe I should have made her a him….no….then I wouldn’t have that great hair.. and with me there would be no running!
sunflowers - 2014 (SOLD)
sunflowers
these are an order for the warragul community garden
swirl seat - 2014 (SOLD)
swirl seat
swirl seat 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
swirl seat 2
an order from a person visiting the sculpture garden
table frame - 2014 (SOLD)
table frame
an order to suit a specific top
The bridge - 2014 (SOLD)
The bridge
I have done a few pieces using a semi circle form and this one seemed to create a bridge and a reflection all at the same time. I had also been watching the Danish series of “the Bridge” so perhaps there was some suggestion from that. In this case one character is going more than half way and being quite daring to meet the other and that seems to be something nearly all of us have one at some point in our lives. I did like the poses of the characters and the almost suggestion of a wheel with the spoke like forms.
The girls - 2014 (SOLD)
The girls
another pair of girls... stones inside and mesh and steel.. going off to Tessellar sculpture in the tulips show.
Earlier this year I did 2 girl sculptures based on Monet’s paintings. I was trying to interpret themes and ideas done in the past by the great artists. These sculptural girls are from no famous paintings but from poses in common magazines. In reinterpreting them into a different medium and also losing some elements such as faces I am allowing the viewer to appreciate the basic shape and form. The feminine form has been a subject for ever and the idea of making pieces which will stand in a garden setting is really a just a modern continuation of this idea. Also the medium of steel and recycled concrete has its own speckly beauty as the concrete gives a wonderful lacy feel at complete odds with the substance of the material. Having two parts to the sculpture also allows the owner a degree of interaction with the pieces and they can be positioned in a variety of ways
The suitors - 2014 (SOLD)
The suitors
I have done a number of romantic themes and I had the idea of this one sort of out of the blue. I wanted to do another heart shaped piece and I had the idea of the girl on the top but initially I couldn’t think what she was doing or what it all meant. I like using ladders in things and I think the idea of characters scaling the heights to get to her sort of appealed. The suitors( funny word) are supposedly pressing their claims to marry this fair girl but as yet she hasn’t made her mind up.This piece went to the sculpture in the vineyards show at Lucinda winery ( leongatha) and sold there (2015).
the winds are still - 2014 (SOLD)
the winds are still
This was for the Blarney Books exhibition this year.
three balls of chaos - 2014 (SOLD)
three balls of chaos
This was an order from a client. I made a form for each of the sizes and have combed my pile for appropriate "junk" to make the shape..
three balls of chaos( 2) - 2014 (SOLD)
three balls of chaos( 2)
an order for a lady down Sale way who changed her mind.They were then sold to a couple in Brisbane 
Time flies - 2014 (SOLD)
Time flies
I have had this idea for quite a while but in thinking of this exhibition one of the things I do like is a play on words. I bought the watches from the op shop and have had them waiting for me to do the rest.Silly I know.. but amusing
time flies 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
time flies 2
Tony's world - 2014
Tony's world
This piece is the recycling of a couple of pieces.. Division and blinkered. In making a flat earth I am referring to a non belief in science by our prime Minister( how do you “believe “ in science. He seems to be very blinkered and focussed entirely on business and I am amazed that someone who has had a really top education can come out so unthinking and aggressive. You can see in this world it is limited and has no room for nature. My wife comments that it is a bit unsubtle.. but then so is the man himself.
Tree Bag - 2014
Tree Bag
I went and saw the Top Arts exhibition in 2014 and there was a lovely piece there where a girl had gathered Teabags that were used and arranged them in a sort of grid pattern. I loved the idea of using something so readily discarded but took my own take on it by making this form and filling it with oak leaves. I think it looks great… silly yes but I am very happy with its overall effect.
tree screen - 2014 (SOLD)
tree screen
an order for a client
Trentham screen 1 - 2014 (SOLD)
Trentham screen 1
an order from a shop in Trentham
trentham screen 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
trentham screen 2
an order from a shop in Trentham
Ugly duckling - 2014 (SOLD)
Ugly duckling
I wanted to make some new work for the Burnley Harbour exhibition and I had done a number of stone girls during the year and I thought it might be fun to make a different sort of stone bird. I don’t think its really ugly but then it certainly won’t float so maybe that’s where the image comes from. I had done a bird in a circle form a few years ago but that was using more junk than stone.
Vickys flying duck panel - 2014 (SOLD)
Vickys flying duck panel
Vicky had the idea of flying ducks cut out of sheet and thenwelded back at an angle.. great idea...had to make a big frame to support it too
voice of nature - 2014 (SOLD)
voice of nature
We often use birds as a guide to what is happening in nature( canary in the coalmine sort of thing). In this case the bird is trying to explain the damage to the natural cycle. Again with a change of scale it takes on a whole new aspect hopefully emphasizing the scale of the problem..
walking the dog - 2014 (SOLD)
walking the dog
I did a piece a while ago called” walking the rock” based on an experience on the year 11 camp to central Australia. There was quite a discussion about whether to walk the rock or not. My character was walking the rock like you would walk a dog! Anyway I like a play on words so my walking the dog sort of goes the other way..( It also is an oblique reference to an old 60’s song which dwells in my memory!)
wallaby wood sign - 2014 (SOLD)
wallaby wood sign
an order from a person for a sign for their property
warragul community garden gates - 2014 (Withdrawn from Sale)
warragul community garden gates
These are a donation to the new Warragul Community garden
Wilsons prom titree - 2014
Wilsons prom titree
a sketch fromthe cabin of some ti trees
wilsons prom Wombat - 2014 (SOLD)
wilsons prom Wombat
a wombat who was wandering near the campsite and the sketches I made
workshop 1 - 2014
workshop 1
Jan and Mary with the work they produced
Yarragon Primary school sculpture - 2014 (Withdrawn from Sale)
Yarragon Primary school sculpture
One of their students did a lot of the design and I added to it .
a world of his own/Oblivious - 2013 (SOLD)
a world of his own/Oblivious
I did a semi circle form previously and I did like the form.. In this I added the reading figure lost in his own world surrounded by junk and oblivious to all that can be experienced( sort of like me ..) while my other two characters are loving life .. and maybe each other..if the welds break! I am not entirely sure where this idea came from but I have been enjoying ife of late( I usually do) and this is a comment similar to life dance I guess.
Adam and Eve Pimpisa Tinpalit - 2013
Adam and Eve Pimpisa Tinpalit
Alans table - 2013 (SOLD)
Alans table
A friend asked me to make a table for his wife to match the chairs they already have
Alien Lawrie Havrillay - 2013
Alien Lawrie Havrillay
all seeing - 2013 (Recycled)
all seeing
When I went to Thailand there was an artist there using eye imagery as part of his work.. The idea had appealed to me for quite a while and even back in art history back to the Egyptians. I had done a few sketches of an eye and wanted to create a form using it. I had the bearing from an old mower and I thought the stand using the art primary colours would be ok…It has blown over a few times and I am thinking of a different structure to hold it but I do like its turning( all seeing) and with one side being black like a real eye and the other being mirror so you are reflected in it , I quite like the variations it suggests
all seeing modified - 2013
all seeing modified
When I went to Thailand there was an artist there using eye imagery as part of his work.. The idea had appealed to me for quite a while and even back in art history back to the Egyptians. I had done a few sketches of an eye and wanted to create a form using it. I had the bearing from an old mower and I thought the stand using the art primary colours would be ok…It was originally just a column base but it
has blown over a few times and I made a different structure to hold it but I do like its turning( all seeing) and with one side being black like a real eye and the other being mirror so you are reflected in it , I quite like the variations it suggests
almost like flying - 2013 (SOLD)
almost like flying
This piece was made for the Sandy Point art show . I thought what would be fun and a flying surfer seemed to be the way to go… I have seen surfers launched into the air and surely surfing is just a semi magical thing to do. I have never surfed.. I am a Libra so I should be about balance but that does not really translate to my physical capacities..no surfing, skateboarding or skating or skiing! Still as in many of my pieces, I depict what I cannot do.. I certainly admire people with grace, rhythm, balance and such like skills and probably this is about as close as I will get to the real thing.
Among the clouds - 2013 (SOLD)
Among the clouds
I made some small pieces a few years ago with ladders to the moon,a door in the sky, and a few other oddities.I wanted to develop a bigger version of the idea and make a nice sky form using the circle that was made at a local factory. There is a Turner exhibition on in South Australia and I was reminded that Turner was the first artist to inspire me and his beautiful atmospheric landscapes are breathtaking…Maybe that also was sitting at the back of my subconscious…
sold Jan 2015
amphora - 2013 (SOLD)
amphora
Greek and Roman Antiquity.
A large two-handled storage jar having an oval body, usually tapering to a point at the base, with a pair of handles extending from immediately below the lip to the shoulder: used chiefly for oil, wine, etc., and,set on a foot, as a commemorative vase awarded the victors in contests such as the Panathenaic games

I saw a lovely amphora shape at a friend’s place and I was wanting to try this process of using small pieces of metal like overlapping leaves. The two things coalesced and I worked on this for a week with a panel done each day. I added the two figures on the handles as in some greek art there is similar use of figures. This amphorae will not hold anything but it looks lovely if a bit bottom heavy.
It doesn’t have a specific meaning…but it did give me a chance to practice an idea I had and I used the same technique on my large self portrait.
Another World - 2013 (SOLD)
Another World
Sitting in a tree is such a simple pleasure. It in itself is another world above the mundane. You can see further, you may not be found and it is your choice to be there. To read as well sort of amplifies the decision and you really are transported to another place. I would love a tree house as my days of moulding my body to the form or tree limbs is mostly gone… but I doubt it is going to happen as my shed provides me another world to go to where I create things like this.
antique boat form( Thai workshop) - 2013 (Withdrawn from Sale)
antique boat form( Thai workshop)
In doing this piece I wanted to do something that had some relevence and reference to this trip. I have never been to Thailand before and was interested to look at the forms and culture here. On the first day I bought a book called" 101 Thai Forms by Wijit Apichartkriengkrai"..which detailed old time and traditional practices and objects. As i went through it I jotted down ideas and on the last page was a picture of an antique boat called The Suvannabhumi( a boat for sailing to the golden land).( Australia has sometimes been called the golden land and it is not beyond the reach of imagination that ancient Thai mariners visted our coasts)
I had recently done a boat form at home but it was more based on a yacht so I did a basic sketch and decided that this would be possible in the time allowed. I also had expectations of certain materials which did not eventuate but the materials which were scrounged and captured from a range of sources proved appropriate to the task with a bit of modification to the idea.
Why a boat? Well boats symbolize a journey of discovery which is what I am on .The boat is not a pointed type boat like we have in the west but from my reading I understand many Asian countries had boats of a similar design.I was going to cover the sides with offcuts and flat material but as not much was available and some old steel bar ties were found on a building site I decided to make a pattern in some ways honoring the patternmaking of many thai art forms. As I ofeten use recycled materials in my sculptures I thought this steel tie wire( ties up bundles of steel) would be just right as many ancient boat building practices used tieing of parts of the boat as a means of construction.I specifically put in a few of the twists from the tieing process to reflect this.
Yes, I know my boat won't "float" but it seems to me to be a lovely form alive with all sorts of memories, traditions and aspects for reflection.
I often let my work rust and then coat it with a protective paint called Penetrol which stops the rust and gives a lovely finish and I feel rust on the boat will allow it to achieve a reminder of some archeological object.
I had two students(Mongkonporn Sirisopon and Mongkon Chutputcharapinyo) helping me with the construction and they played a major part in the bending of the wire, cutting it and welding different parts.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of the arts festival. It has been a delightful and rewarding experience.
Architects Coffee Table Lawrie Havrillay - 2013
Architects Coffee Table Lawrie Havrillay
at the top - 2013
at the top
I am not a very ambitious person but again I do see people strive to reach the top.. of their chosen field, work sport etc etc. I guess it must be an exhilarating feeling but it also poses the problem of what next.I guess I would be one of those people who would be stopping along the way to enjoy the view… maybe do a sketch and possibly ask myself is this enough?.... To each their own I guess.
ballerina 3 - 2013
ballerina 3
In looking at art, one is taken by representations of beauty, often in the female form. The ballet has been a source of artistic inspiration from at least the time of Degas. The grace of the ballet dancers I feel is echoed in the grace that occurs in many a netball game. I like her charm and the tutu appeals to my sense of fun. I expect to do further ballerina poses as there is quite a challenge in getting the balance and movement. The ballet is a story set in dance and this story could be anything.
Balloon 4 - 2013 (SOLD)
Balloon 4
An order from a client.
Bee Friendly by Janice Hunter - 2013
Bee Friendly by Janice Hunter
belinda's stand - 2013 (SOLD)
belinda's stand
Belinda asked me to make a stand sort of tree like that would hold her sign at workshops etc.
bending girl - 2013 (SOLD)
bending girl
This is for an order... and hopefully the person who ordered her will like her
Big headed - 2013
Big headed
I did this piece for the portrait show and it was straight after making the amphorae piece so I used the same technique for the surface. I got the proportions a bit wrong and my forehead isn’t quite as big… I did measure and scale it but anything I measure I seem to stuff up. Still the finished piece pleases me and I think if it sits in the grass it will be an unusual presentation.
Bird form - 2013 (SOLD)
Bird form
I had a piece we did in response to the Canada trip called “5” and after a while I decided to recycle it. The base went to become “separate paths” and the top just sat in the shed for a while..a bit unloved. When things sit around long enough they start suggesting ideas to me( hence the pile of junk!) and this one seemed to need a few modifications to create this simple abstract but quite pleasant form.
Bird loving man - 2013 (SOLD)
Bird loving man
Well, that is the title of Rodney’s book that Helen has illustrated. I just figured I would add my interpretation of the idea. I have done a range of birds at various times and changing the scale relationships seems to add all sorts of interest to the idea. I am not sure if we would love birds more if we had this sort of relationship or if we would fear them but it certainly would be interesting!
bird seat - 2013 (SOLD)
bird seat
An order for a client
bird seat 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
bird seat 2
was an order and the person did nt like it so I did another version
Birdbath - 2013 (SOLD)
Birdbath
A lady wanted a birdbath using a plough disc and a couple of "blue wrens"
Bloom2 ( faeries at the bottom of the garden) - 2013 (SOLD)
Bloom2 ( faeries at the bottom of the garden)
I did Bloom and it had quite a geometric form as its structure.. I was playing with this panelling and thought a more flowing form with metal junk leaves would be interesting to explore… the sketch is a bit more fluid but the end result is pleasing to me….a reflection on life?..an exploration of form ?…both have some truth. And a degree of beauty too.This piece was part of the Animal Vegetable Mineral show at Dandenong. I modified it in 2013 by adding extra flowers and faeries
Boat of dreams - 2013 (Recycled)
Boat of dreams
I made a boat form last year and it was slightly abstracted. I also made a boat form when I went to Thailand and this was based on an ancient thai boat. This one has elements of both those boats and also seed pod forms and really was just a fun piece with a certain whimsicality…I don’t know what it is about boats but they do offer us a chance to go somewhere else and perhaps be taken by odd currents on uncharted paths. I am not a sailor at all and no doubt elements of the design are quite impractical.. but for a boat of dreams it seems just fine.
Bootscooter.. Lawence Marshall - 2013 (SOLD)
Bootscooter.. Lawence Marshall
This piece got an honorable mention and won/was bought by the Mawarra group as part of the Jindivick Community Garden
Caleb - 2013
Caleb
As a part of the portrait show I thought I would use the technique I developed on Helen 1 to apply to my son Caleb…I more wanted to explore the hair aspect and go further and also make up to him for the portraits I have at home. I have the two girls face on( as Kids) and Caleb curled up asleep( with no face visible). Caleb has a strong sense of justice and always thought this was pretty poor of me so hopefully this will balance it out. It is a lovely strong piece and the size makes it more of a garden piece than for indoor.
candle holder - 2013 (SOLD)
candle holder
This was an open order for a five stand candle holder of a certain size with two figures. I thought it came together quite well
cat lying - 2013 (SOLD)
cat lying
another version
cat sitting - 2013
cat sitting
a series of cats
Catenary - 2013 (Recycled)
Catenary
“Catenary”($400)
At one stage I did maths and started an engineering degree. Sensibly, I decided it was not for me but some terms stick in my grab bag of a memory and this is one of them.I had to look it up to check what it meant.
(The curve a hanging flexible wire or chain assumes when supported at its ends and acted upon by a uniform gravitational force. The word catenary is derived from the Latin word for "chain." In 1669, Jungius disproved Galileo's claim that the curve of a chain hanging under gravity would be a parabola (The curve is also called the alysoid and chainette. The equation was obtained by Leibniz, Huygens, and Johann Bernoulli in 1691 in response to a challenge by Jakob Bernoulli.)
All those names echo in my memory and I also love that a catenary is more or less the shape a necklace would take. As to this piece.. I am not sure if its finished yet.. I had a big circle sitting in my pile and I found this chain at the metal recyclers and the two just seemed to want to go together. Its sort of beautiful as it is…but as I have done a few abstract forms in the past and they have been unappreciated I am in two minds… I could add a star at the top and a small character climbing the chain or just leave it as it is..at present obviously it is as it is..
centerpiece( scotch thistle) - 2013
centerpiece( scotch thistle)
This piece is on show at Factory one in Warragul
Charmains Cow - 2013 (SOLD)
Charmains Cow
This was an order placed after seeing the cow in the Jindivick community garden..
Cockatoos on cows( cow cockies) by David Doyle - 2013
Cockatoos on cows( cow cockies) by David Doyle
Confined space 1..sue Osborn - 2013
Confined space 1..sue Osborn
Confined Space 2 Sue Osborn - 2013
Confined Space 2 Sue Osborn
cow head 3 - 2013 (SOLD)
cow head 3
Custodian Don Barrett - 2013
Custodian Don Barrett
damiens chair 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
damiens chair 2
I had this chair sitting in my garden .. it started life a s a students work but he left before he could finish it.. I finished it and added a bit here and there.. It is quite comfortable.. a lady saw it and asked for one to be made similar.. this is it
Dancing girl 3 ( Tara) - 2013 (SOLD)
Dancing girl 3 ( Tara)
I used this technique for the portrait show and thought I would try to develop it for the Rotary show with some dancing girl pieces. This beautiful pose is by one of my ex students and I can truthfully say I had nothing to do with her wonderful grace and beauty. Still I can play with that and this form is the result. .I guess I am always drawn to beauty in all sorts of ways and the grace of dancers is something I can only possess via my sculptures and drawings. This piece is going in Warragul Rotary show 2013
Don Barret's Flag bearer - 2013
Don Barret's Flag bearer
this piece is inside the Harvest Kitchen
Don Barrett... Swarm - 2013
Don Barrett... Swarm
Don Barret... swarm
Dragon - 2013 (SOLD)
Dragon
This is an extension of the forms I used for the New Zealand Exhibition. Except this time it seems a bit denser and simpler. I liked the contrast of the curved smooth inside of “shell” with the spiky outside and I had this piece drawn in the sketch book at the same time. It suggests a dragon tail just disappearing from view( to me) but really is just a further exploration of the spiral and curved forms.I have added to the spiral in 2013 and I feel it is better
dragon fly with lights - 2013 (Withdrawn from Sale)
dragon fly with lights
A lady ordered this piece and gave me the lights to do it with
drop - 2013 (SOLD)
drop
This is for the Blue exhibition at Yarram in February.We decided to do an exhibition at Yarram as because I was sharing it with Sue Osborn I thought a title for the exhibition would be blue as she has so many pieces with blue as a strong element.I then had to think what I would do for the show and a big drop of water seemed appropriate.. The drop itself wasn’t blue but the supporting ring was and it just looked great. We do associate blue with water but often it isn’t.. usually brown, polluted or even a range of colours. The recycled offcuts from the plasma cutter were just fine at covering the form and it does suggest our damaging of the environment via the brown and the holes….but such a lovely form.. and it hangs so neatly.
Drop 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
Drop 2
We decided to do an exhibition at Yarram as because I was sharing it with Sue Osborn I thought a title for the exhibition would be blue as she has so many pieces with blue as a strong element.I then had to think what I would do for the show and a big drop of water seemed appropriate.. The drop itself wasn’t blue but the supporting ring was and it just looked great. We do associate blue with water but often it isn’t.. usually brown, polluted or even a range of colours. The recycled offcuts from the plasma cutter were just fine at covering the form and it does suggest our damaging of the environment via the brown and the holes….but such a lovely form.. and it hangs so neatly. This is the second of this form
elizabet portrait - 2013 (SOLD)
elizabet portrait
In approaching the portrait show I decided to explore a range of ways of using my steel to develop portraits. I have a plasma cutter and I hadn’t explored its drawing like capacities so I took a sketch of one of the other people in the show( Elisabet) and tried to draw it on a sheet of metal with the cutter. The result is quite interesting I think although it needs light behind it to fully appreciate it. It looked a bit plain in its presentation so my two little characters were added to be like shifting a giant piece.. even though it is so small.
Emily portrait - 2013 (SOLD)
Emily portrait
When I completed the portrait of Caleb I put it up on facebook and one of Emilys friends asked where the portrait of Emily was. I decided to do one in the style of Helen 1 as Em has glasses and I did like the way they worked on Helen. As I figured we would not get to keep the Helen sculptures( as we would probably give them to Helen) I thought this would be a way of honouring my daughter and also getting to keep this idea.
emu - 2013
emu
an emu using wheel rims as feathers
Encroachment Sue Osborn - 2013
Encroachment   Sue Osborn
fairy 1 - 2013 (Withdrawn from Sale)
fairy 1
My wife asked me to make some fairies so that kids visiting the garden would have something to search for...
fairy 2 - 2013 (Withdrawn from Sale)
fairy 2
My wife asked me to make some fairies so that kids visiting the garden would have something to search for...
Falling man 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
Falling man 2
John wanted a version of the falling man.
Fashion Statement - 2013 (SOLD)
Fashion Statement
flower bed - 2013 (SOLD)
flower bed
this was an order from a friend for a nurses retirement who was going to go and work in her garden from now on.
Flower collector - 2013 (SOLD)
Flower collector
We pick flowers and move them from out to in.. presumably to give colour, aroma and a bit of nature to surround us. Again I guess this piece looks at that practice but changes the scale. This flower is another piece of blacksmith stuff and it seemed to be calling out for some such arrangement. I guess we would have a whole different way of decorating if this was more typical.!.
flower umbrella - 2013
flower umbrella
have done a few pieces with umbrellas but I thought a flower umbrella would be lovely….in finding the picture it seems lots of other people did too… Well my umbrella is more flower like than most of the others. Is there a meaning… a long bow would be that we need the protection of nature but really it was just a fun idea.
flying bird one - 2013 (SOLD)
flying bird one
I had to do a bird for Sydney and I really liked it so I did a similar one for me and hopefully I will do 2 others to sort of reprise my flying birds( ducks) from last year. This piece was in the Drouin Art show and got an honorable mention
Forked - 2013 (SOLD)
Forked
This one completes the trilogy of cutlery. It seems a bit crude and sort of unpleasant but it is also meant to be fun. We do get hung up on the everyday at times and this sort of represents this aspect of life. We can make the choice as to what to give value to and chances are we will end up in a slightly better situation. Hopefully “unforked”!.
frogs on leaves - 2013 (SOLD)
frogs on leaves
an order from a client
Fungus Baling Twinus Sally Green - 2013
Fungus Baling Twinus Sally Green
garden tower( trishes) - 2013 (SOLD)
garden tower( trishes)
an order for a friend
giant spider - 2013 (SOLD)
giant spider
just cause I had some bits that would make one
Giddy Goanna... Lawrence Marshall - 2013
Giddy Goanna... Lawrence Marshall
Grahams dogs - 2013 (SOLD)
Grahams dogs
Graham wanted two cut out boxer dogs for his gates
guitar - 2013 (SOLD)
guitar
an order from a client
hall table - 2013
hall table
a piece for town and Country Gallery Yarragon
hall table 2( march) - 2013
hall table 2( march)
another piece for town and country gallery Yarragon
heart of Brass - 2013 (SOLD)
heart of Brass
I have done a series of heart forms this year and have decided that I will follow through with a few more. In this piece I had lots of brass and copper fixtures and fittings that had come my way over the last few years and I decided to try to use them for their textural quality and colour. I guess a heart of brass can be cold and unforgiving but I added the two figures to create a sense of linkage and a sort of strength.. which Brass can sort of represent too. I am happy with the colour effect and the sort of plumbing reference which echoes the heart’s prime purpose.Brass also does not rust … it may tarnish a bit but the material more or less lasts forever and that also is a fine echo of love.
heart of Glass - 2013 (SOLD)
heart of Glass
When we were on a trip I bought this lovely diamond form with the aim of using it in a sculpture. I had been doing a few heart based sculptures and it occurred to me that a certain purity lay at the “heart” of love. Maybe that is why we have diamond engagement rings. Anyway ,that all came together for this small piece. The ring is the surrounding form of an old wheel and was given to me by a man who survived the black Saturday fires at Jindivick
heidi's boat - 2013 (SOLD)
heidi's boat
a friend ordered a piece with different characters fishing , preparing to swim and minding the baby
Helen 1 - 2013 (SOLD)
Helen 1
This is the first piece done of Helen Timbury. I wanted to try out a very flat technique .. almost 2-D and I wanted to see how long the hair was going to take and if I could get a good likeness. It was the first of the pieces I did for the Face to Face show and it then lead on to the portrait I did of my son. I especially like the whimsicality of the glasses
Helen 2 - 2013 (Withdrawn from Sale)
Helen 2
This is the second piece done of Helen Timbury. The first one I explored a very flat technique and in this I wanted to do a lino print on metal( Helen is a printmaker) and then behind the front image I wanted to include elements of Helen's world, family interests etc
horse - 2013 (SOLD)
horse
this was sort of a request from a client..
horse gate 1 - 2013 (SOLD)
horse gate 1
this was an order from a client
horse gate 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
horse gate 2
another part of the order for two horse gates
horse gate 3 - 2013 (SOLD)
horse gate 3
The lady I did the other two horse gates for wanted another gate as well.
How does your garden grow - 2013
How does your garden grow
How it works - 2013
How it works
There is an exhibition coming up which only will take smallish pieces. I had this idea and decided that it would be ok as a smaller work...The story... each of us going through the chaos of our lives but at a certain point we meet together even though we might have been unaware of the other up to then.. a certain amount of luck is involved... hence the horseshoe
hula girl - 2013 (SOLD)
hula girl
Hula girl was originally done for a show at Gecko Gallery called full Play. I did a number of works relating to games and childhood activities,This one is no 3 in a series of hula girls
inner wheel recycled - 2013
inner wheel recycled
I spoke at an “inner wheel “ club recently and it is part of the Rotary organization… This doesn’t really refer to that but the name seems to have stuck.
This is based on the form I found as described in “Core” but here I have explored it in a slightly different way. I have kept the extensions in the curled form and added junk around the core of rock. Similar to core.. it has an inner “wheel” which is the center of our individual world .. we deal with the junk of life forming paths through the debris and clutter and reach a point where we can really grow . Child hood, adolescence and adulthood…and to a degree the great beyond!I recycled it in 2013 by adding the outer circle and this adds immensely to the form
Interpetive sign Jessie McLennan - 2013
Interpetive sign Jessie McLennan
Judes seat - 2013 (SOLD)
Judes seat
A friend gave me an old trampoline. I suggested she might like some of it back in the form of a seat.. This is the frame with the trampoline bits making up the front legs
Judes seat - 2013 (SOLD)
Judes seat
This was made in part from an old trampoline of one of my friends
layers of love 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
layers of love 2
some one saw the original piece and asked for something similar
levels of love - 2013 (SOLD)
levels of love
I have made a few heart forms over the years and this is the latest. I wanted to have it on the side to show it still existed .and that the core was rock solid but we all go through different stages of love from the initial romantic love where you cant keep your hands off your beloved to a point where you are simply happy to be with them.There are all sorts of problems along the way( the junk layer) but they don’t stop you loving your partner. It is such a joy and you are always discovering or appreciating new aspects of your choice…I know I do.!
life dance 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
life dance 2
I did a large piece called” life dance” with a girl throwing herself into the dance as though it was all there was. This smaller piece has the same theme but I added the ball as it suggests mastery ( balance) and universality. I cant dance myself but I love the thought of people who can and revel in it.
Life dancer - 2013 (SOLD)
Life dancer
This is for the blue exhibition at Yarram in February.For the Blue exhibition I wanted to do another girl. I had a nice sketch in the book and her movement was lovely. I was going to do her dress in stone but then I noticed all the off cuts from the plasma cutter and decided to use them.. they make a lovely complex pattern and the blue bows just add to the general feel of freedom and spinning.As she is on a bearing she actually does spin..but she doesn’t really need to as she seems to be having so much fun as it is.
lifes work - 2013 (SOLD)
lifes work
This is like Sisyphus who was doomed to push a boulder up to the top of the hill only to have it fall down again and he had to start again. Well I have taken a female role for this and I see many people doing jobs which seem thankless and also never-ending…It just seemed appropriate and I had this lovely ball from the blacksmiths supplies. ( at least it isn’t uphill!)
load of bull 1 - 2013 (SOLD)
load of bull 1
This was part of an order for pieces on either side of a gate
load of bull 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
load of bull 2
another part of an order for gate decorations
log holder - 2013 (SOLD)
log holder
a lady asked me to make a log holder like one she had seen of certain dimensions... it seems plenty big!
Long haired girl - 2013 (SOLD)
Long haired girl
march seat 1 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 1
I have been trying to make two seats a week for all of march..this is one of them
March seat 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
March seat 2
I have been trying to make 2 seats a week for march and this is another of them. These are bigger that what I normally make
march seat 3 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 3
yet another seat for the rare plant fair
march seat 4 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 4
another seat for the rare plant fair
march seat 5 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 5
another seat for the rare plant fair
march seat 6 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 6
another seat for the rare plant fair
march seat 7 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 7
another seat for the rare plant fair
march seat 8 - 2013 (SOLD)
march seat 8
another seat for the rare plant fair
marlenes seat - 2013 (SOLD)
marlenes seat
I had an order from a friend to make a seat with a heart
Maxines seat - 2013 (SOLD)
Maxines seat
an order for a seat in a certain style
My Space by Maria Simonelli - 2013
My Space by Maria Simonelli
Made from Wax winner of non traditional materials prize
My special place - 2013 (SOLD)
My special place
Yet another piece with ladders!! I saw a piece of jewelery in Art almanac and thought that I could reinterpret the idea into a largish sculpture using my panel method. I don’t know what it is about height but we all seem to love some altitude for a view. I have had similar experiences at all sorts of places from the You Yangs to Mt Cannibal but I can concieve of having a rock outcrop on your property which was just yours. The lack of handrails and the chance to sit in a sort of dangerous position is quite sublime.It is sort of an effort to get there but once there you are quite “safe” and in control.A tree house can give a similar feeling but this girl has this “rock outcrop” as her special place.
Natalias chairs - 2013 (SOLD)
Natalias chairs
a friend asked me to make copies of a type of chair she had seen overseas..I did them in my own way
Nikis seat - 2013 (SOLD)
Nikis seat
Niki had a chair in this style and wanted a bigger seat to match
On a Knife edge - 2013 (SOLD)
On a Knife edge
“On a Knife edge”($200)
Having done the piece with the spoon it seemed appropriate to do something with other cutlery items. This is my interpretation using a knife. I have never really been a thrill seeker( except for one parachute jump) but I know there are lots of people who rise to the challenge to “do the impossible”.They are inspirations for us all and my character here is certainly doing what I cant( I cant even stand on one leg like this!) Still others can and I do enjoy their endeavours as representatives of us all.
Oriental Structure Bob White - 2013 (SOLD)
Oriental Structure Bob White
Pan Graham Duell - 2013
Pan     Graham Duell
peacock - 2013
peacock
phamplet rack - 2013 (SOLD)
phamplet rack
I was asked to make an interesting Phamplet rack for the Drouin Bakery Cafe. Here it is.
Picnic at hanging rock - 2013 (SOLD)
Picnic at hanging rock
When we were youngish we lived in a place called Mortlake in the western District. This had lots of Bluestone( Basalt) architecture and I was always impressed with its solidity. I have been enjoying how words work for a while now. I love the fact that some words have a variety of meanings for the same pronunciation and I wanted to do a rock that would “rock”..so to speak. I saw this bluestone and thought how much fun it would be to have layers of “meaning”.. a rock that would rock.. and a bluestone that would be blue! Not all that clever I agree but quite fun in its own way.Then a friend saw it and said I should put some characters on it and I could have “picnic at Hanging Rock” and that seemed to be the best idea of all
positive flow - 2013 (SOLD)
positive flow
I did 5 pieces for a show in Lockhart entitled” spirit of the land.” sub-themed “Elements” This was originally one called “Air” and went horizontally. All the other pieces sold and this was left unloved for a few years..I do recycle things( obviously) and sculptures are no exception. As a part of the 5 pieces it worked wonderfully but on its own it seemed a bit meaningless. I have changed its direction and added the characters and it creates a new message. I feel I have been in a positive flow all my life..lots of good things happen around me and it is a fine way to be.. I am sure there are negative flows too and some people have such miserable lives …still I am grateful for what I have and where I am .
rain girl - 2013 (SOLD)
rain girl
This is part of an order for Frances Keevil in Sydney
reach - 2013
reach
I had the idea of these two points reaching for a star, and I had a bit of choice as to where the star was going to be .. too far out and it starts to look like a flag of one of the Islamic nations. I ended up placing it where it is and using the mosaic mirror for the star which contrasts nicely to the rest of the �junk��.It sort of has echoes of the statement� lying in the gutter but looking at the stars� This was the first piece completed after we returned from Canada, but I had the idea before we left.This piece is currently on view at Gary Miles gallery.I modified it in 2013 by adding the figure
Reach 2 - 2013
Reach 2
Reach Table - 2013
Reach Table
A lady saw my second reach sculpture lying down being painted and decided she would like such a piece as a table. This is the result.. however she hasn't come for it and it is over a year so it is up for sale.
reaching the goal - 2013 (Withdrawn from Sale)
reaching the goal
This piece was made for a friend/student of Marians who was moving on from working at the hospital and Marian wanted to give her something appropriate. As she had been being paid paupers wages by RIL( as she was a student) it looked like she was actually going to get a pay rise commensurate with her ability.
reading girl walking - 2013 (SOLD)
reading girl walking
the last part of the order
red heart - 2013
red heart
I have done a series of heart forms this year and have decided that I will follow through with a few more. I had Warragul Steel bend a range of bits of pipe to make the frame and in this one I wanted to use the red glass crystal I collected on my travels. It’s a bit abstracted but I feel that all the junk suggests elements of love( springs bouncing back, Hatchet cutting it neatly etc etc) and above all a crystal of purity as the aim for honesty and true beauty…I originally had it more symmetrical but there were elemnets that didn't work so I modified it and I feel it is much better now
Regeneration - 2013 (SOLD)
Regeneration
I made the “drop” early in the year and the form still had some exploring left in it.. I have done the base of the form out of recycled metal junk and as it reaches the top it becomes more refined until it develops into life itself and even “human” life.It is sort of the story evolution .In this case I have made it sit on “roots” which are grounded in reality and true nature.I love the fact that this quite heavy form seems to float…
relationship - 2013 (SOLD)
relationship
“Relationship”( $600)
I have recently done a series of heart based pieces and some of them reflect on different aspects of love. In this piece I have chosen a number of the parts to express different aspects such as jealousy( the green stripe) the solidity of a strong love( railway spikes) and how it would be if it was broken( the knife) . Other pieces are capable of interpretation too yet not everything is planned and as in most relationships there is a level of junk as part of it. A simple piece and although the two people are separate they are “as one” within the structure of their love… Perhaps I have been listening to too many 60’s pop songs…. but then again quite a few of us do..
Remnant - 2013 (SOLD)
Remnant
This was an idea from a sketch. I am amazed at the amount of disbelief of global warming.. I do trust scientists and I am skeptical of interest groups that spread stories that are in opposition to this. It seems obvious to me what with the rate of growth of population and the amount of increase in industry….not here but in the developing world..This is sort of my take on where we seem to be heading..people surviving but the earth being wrecked as we know it…not a pretty topic but the piece seems quite lovely to me.
Rosies gate panel - 2013 (SOLD)
Rosies gate panel
Just a number pane with gumnuts and a ringtailed possum
Russells penguin - 2013 (SOLD)
Russells penguin
an order from a friend for a large penguin
seat order ( one of two) - 2013 (SOLD)
seat order ( one of two)
seurat sister 1 - 2013 (SOLD)
seurat sister 1
I think this is going in the ficifolia exhibition...it is based on one of the figures from a Seurat painting...I feel it has a similar dottiness with the broken concrete.. and I plan to do a second girl to have a conversation with this one
Seurat Sisters - 2013 (SOLD)
Seurat Sisters
I went to see an exhibition at The NGV entitled the Neo Impressionists and they had some nice work by Signac, Seurat and others. I did like the form of one of Seurat’s girls and I thought the use of rock would give a similar dotty effect( no colour though) I had planned to do two different girls ( suggested by two different paintings) having a conversation and of course with two they can actually interact and create new forms every time you move them.
shared thoughts - 2013 (SOLD)
shared thoughts
I saw an image in an old Vanity fare of two people sitting back to back and it quite appealed to me.( a bit of a romantic I guess) I twisted them slightly and it looks to me that they are discussing their future or other deep meaningful ideas.
shark - 2013 (SOLD)
shark
I did a wave form and it got me thinking about what a nice shape it is. There is also a cartoon of a shark fin gliding through the grass and this also had a bit of an influence. I did like the idea of it being grey and gentle on one side and all teeth on the other. I have respect for sharks and I certainly aren’t keen to meet one in the wild( while I am swimming) and I also hate the idea that they are being hunted for their fins.
shoot - 2013 (SOLD)
shoot
another part of the order for Frances Keevil gallery in Sydney
singer( Hard as Nails) - 2013 (SOLD)
singer( Hard as Nails)
In exploring portraiture in metal I wanted to do a piece that sort of captured some of my sketchy style. This is of a singer ( Steven Smythe) we saw at Mossvale park this year and the sketch was very similar to this. The actual piece is made nearly fully with old nails.
skipping girl 3 - 2013 (SOLD)
skipping girl 3
another part of an order
Space.. Pimpisa Tinpalit - 2013
Space.. Pimpisa Tinpalit
Sphere Sean Diamond - 2013
Sphere Sean Diamond
Spirited - 2013 (SOLD)
Spirited
This is the next in my girls and rocks series.done in Oct Nov 2013.They sort of keep going away faster than I can make them…I developed this lass from a Ballet pose but she doesn’t look like a ballet girl… rather just a “normal” girl enjoying every aspect of “life” . The red shoes reflect a small piece I did a few years ago and it just adds to the vibrancy ( with echoes of Dorothy from the Wizard of oz).The broken concrete in her dress has the effect of not all fitting together and making the heavy material seem quite light and airy. As I explained to a few people I am not much of a mans man and cant talk about footy, cars and such things but I do love making my girl representations ,,, flowing “fabric” and hair….grace and spirit is something to be appreciated.
Sponge Cake Maestro.. Graham Duell - 2013
Sponge Cake Maestro.. Graham Duell
Spring flower collection - 2013 (SOLD)
Spring flower collection
for an exhibition called images of spring, here are some spring flowers
standing cat - 2013
standing cat
standing cat
Strong - 2013
Strong
“Strong”($500)
I usually have a pile of stuff which calls to me to do something. The railway line and the enormous chain were doing just that and combining them created all sorts of suggestions. By adding the character and the “natural forms” I am suggesting that there are all forms of strength( even the colour) and we can appreciate the human element as well as the strength of nature to persevere. Working together we can be strongest of all.!
swirl seat - 2013 (SOLD)
swirl seat
I did this piece for the market and the market ate it.
sydney bird 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
sydney bird 2
an order for people in Sydney.. didnt like the last one as it was flying the wrong way!
Tasty - 2013 (SOLD)
Tasty
. I often react to the various bits of metal I am given as part of my recycling efforts and just react to possibilities. This is the case with the spoon in this piece…it was a scale to suit one of my small characters and we all remember stories from childhood where the giant was going to eat someone. As I am sometimes seen as a giant perhaps that lurked in my subconscious and delivered this idea. I am also from an age where girls were referred to by all sorts of words( usually sexist) so the title seemed appropriate in a fun sort of way.
Termite Mounds Don Barrett - 2013 (SOLD)
Termite Mounds   Don Barrett
Winner of the traditional materials Prize and also won the Rotary prize and hence was bought by Rotary for their park in Warragul
the big catch - 2013 (SOLD)
the big catch
This came more from the joy of repeated pattern from using the horseshoes.. It was heading to be a fish submarine but I liked it too much in the form it is. I added the character for scale and also to comment how we can overcome our problems.. at least in the short term .. by confidence and just getting on with it… although in this case the problem is still there..if lurking below the surface a bit! I’m not sure how he lands this one! I had thought of its naming possibilities eg fish tails , big fins, all associated with cars of the era I grew up in…but I decided on the big catch because that is the focus of the piece
The great fish of life ( thai workshop 2) - 2013 (Withdrawn from Sale)
The great fish of life ( thai workshop 2)
I did this fish initially from the inspiration of seeing a fish form on a plate at a potter's studio that we visited in the last two days. It got me thinking that we had seen fish in all sorts of places from the White temple to domestic yards.Why do Thai's value fish so much? In reading, they seem to have developed from a river based culture and in many places fish quiet the mind and are an aid to contemplation.
I then thought what do fish mean to me! I have never caught a fish and I loath the idea of fishing as it seems a colossal waste of time... yet I can see that other would delight in chilling out in the quiet and peace of a river or stream
I have observed that fish swim in a certain direction and then for seemingly no reason they change direction. This is sort of like life and we often go along a path until some event precipitates change. ( also fish really swim in their world( water) and don't really realize there is the world above or below).
I have used entirely recycled material in this piece both as a statement that I value reusing materials and also to suggest that we are creating problems for ourselves by poisoning one of our main food sources...hence the belly of the fish especially is full of machine parts as symbolic of industrial waste. My fish is bigger than my characters as what ever happens to the fish we are part of it.
My characters are along for the ride( of life ) and although they think they can see where they are going my fish of life might have some new directions for them and they may be surpised by what ever eventuates.
Many of the other artists have also reacted to the Thai experiemce in some form and I am happy to add to this reflection. I was helped to create this piece by Patipat Lakdee and Wisit Arunrattananont and of course the wonderful staff of Naresuan University.
In Australia I would let this piece rust some before coating it in a protective clear paint.
The Rabbit Hunter...Bob White - 2013
The Rabbit Hunter...Bob White
the searchers - 2013 (SOLD)
the searchers
This is a development and combination of a number of my working methods. I wanted to do a ball form again and I did a sketch showing a core surrounded by junk with my characters on the surface. I used the colours green and blue to reflect the earth and give a positive feel to it. My searchers are both looking for a place to stop and looking for each other. They are on opposite sides of the globe( as are we from the other continents) but their concerns are the same. In this case the “junk” is contained but I must admit to feeling the junk of life is getting in the way of truth and an understanding of what is important. I like to think we all are looking for a solution.
The value of friends 2 - 2013 (SOLD)
The value of friends 2
The way it works - 2013 (SOLD)
The way it works
I did this piece to fit the size requirements of a show. I had sketched the basic idea months before but it was going to be bigger. I think we all go through at least part of life on our own paths unaware of our perfect matches path until at a certain point the paths converge. Luck plays a part and I am sad that some never find their partner. I do feel that one is only half of a pair.
Thorny - 2013 (SOLD)
Thorny
This piece was made for the show “Prickles and Thorns” held at Neerim Sth .I had been doing a series of “covered “ pieces  including a shark fin and I thought that the thorn form was just such a lovely shape( when you remove it from its dangerous nature) that to do a large thorn form would be both beautiful and interesting. I added the character to give it the element of attacking/protecting and the scale allows a bit of enjoyment of the curves and flow. 
Trishes Pyramid - 2013 (SOLD)
Trishes Pyramid
This was an order from my friend Trish to use some of her fathers old tools to make a pyramid to grow plants up
Trojanian - 2013 (SOLD)
Trojanian
I was tidying up my woodheap to make room for tanks to go and I remembered an idea I had to make a metal frame and fill it with wood. My fat horse with a small head is sort of a Trojan horse… but there is no room inside for a sneaky enemy.Mind you if he fell on someone he could do a bit of damage… although he is skinny.. he is quite weighty
Tuna Fish .. Janice Hunter - 2013
Tuna Fish .. Janice Hunter
Twisted Lady ..Margaret Christianson - 2013 (SOLD)
Twisted Lady ..Margaret Christianson
Unfinished story - 2013 (SOLD)
Unfinished story
I guess this is a bit of a development of the bird idea in that my character is using a quill( that’s what it is supposed to be!) The quill is big as the story is so important but as yet it is unfinished. I guess we all anticipate where it is heading and the effort made to complete it hopefully will match the result it achieves.
Unity in duality ( revamped) - 2013 (SOLD)
Unity in duality ( revamped)
I redid this piece as a lady saw it and asked for it to be made thicker.. took most of the week but it looks lovely.
Vickis sign - 2013 (SOLD)
Vickis sign
Watch this space by David Doyle - 2013
Watch this space by David Doyle
By David Doyle
water supply - 2013 (Recycled)
water supply
going in the blue exhibition at Yarram.We all learned the Water cycle in primary school and with this blue exhibition I thought somewhere in it must be a wave form.. I was playing with some of the lovely junk from my pile and the big ring and the handle came together with the wheely thing as the base form. It still didn’t work until I thought about using the wave form in it… I also had some wonderful offcuts which almost perfectly matched the edges of the circle form and suggested ( to me) water grates in the gutters. I rearranged it and it looked good except lacking bit of life.. The fish seems to tie in nicely and the fact that most of our wastewater ends up in the seas and can cause problems .It all came together nicely( but it is bloody heavy…. Maybe it’s a heavy message!
water supply - 2013
water supply
This was in the blue exhibition at Yarram.. recently it blew over in the sculpture garden and I decided it was too heavy...yep even though it blew over, so I took it off its pedestal and set it on the wheel base.
wave form 2 - 2013
wave form 2

I did a wave form a couple of years ago for a show based around New zealand images.This was done for the Sandy Point art show and I thought a wave form would be appropriate for that setting.I am using patchwork panels at present and in this case I hope it suggests the damage we seem to be doing to the oceans. It sort of isn’t obvious and I still like going to the beach but when you read about giant swirls of plastic particles out in the Pacific and over fishing with mile long nets and little care about runoff from the land..I guess it is like global warming…the problem is so big you feel a bit overwhelmed by what you can do to help.This also looks a bit like a Ripcurl logo but why should they have ownership of such lovely forms!.
wheel and bird - 2013 (SOLD)
wheel and bird
This was an order from a person at Rokeby Market the kids are theirs too
worm 2 - 2013
worm 2
This was an idea from a sketch. Again initially just a lovely form..I thought what would be suckers should be plates, but I didn’t want just plain plates so I added the colours ( Primary and white) in a sort of random pattern( also a bit of a homage to my friend Kerrie Warren who uses paint in a “random” way. I thought the plates would easily fit within the thickness of the metal edging but I learned I was wrong.. it was a bit tight, and a couple broke..I didn’t mind the spaces as they added to the general pattern.However in 2013 with so many broken plates I recycled it by using Marble off cuts
Meaning?..I wanted to reflect a bit back to childhood( I do that a lot) when we used to get such pleasure from small garden life, slaters, worms, ants etc. We would often spend a long time looking at the detail and intricacy of these things. Now it pretty much has to be big to attract our attention.
“Worm”was made with Flat bar, wire mesh and recycled plates in 2011.and recycled
wp tree 2 - 2013
wp tree 2
sketch from Wilsons prom last year
wren - 2013 (SOLD)
wren
I have made a couple of big birds over the time.. even a penguin earlier in the year. I was looking at one of the wrens flitting around the place and thought that a big blue wren would be neat. It is the totem of one of the aboriginal tribes nearby but I don’t pretend to understand what that means.I painted it and the paint ran messily but I feel it sort of adds to the “made” aspect of it and I quite like my pretend wren…. Nowhere near as graceful and cute as the real ones but sort of fun all the same.
Zeppelin - 2013 (SOLD)
Zeppelin
The title is a bit sort of obvious and I did think of other titles but it is such a cool word I had to use it..This started off heading to be a seedpod wit people emerging from it( but I had done something similar in the past) and as the shape developed it just called for a more fun interpretation..There was a windmill sitting nearby in the shed and it suggested a propeller and the rest went from there. I am a bit fascinated by flight and also the scale of then original Zeppelins was so gigantic…I sort of think this scale would be nicer.. and more “human”…This battered Zeppelin is the sort of Zeppelin I would make and drive!
A higher nature - 2012 (SOLD)
A higher nature
I make flowers to sell at the markets and of late I have captured a few bits of car panel which have already been coloured. This flower is one my girl is climbing I seem to have a thing with climbing and obviously with a flower this big its quite a challenge! I would hope our higher nature allows us to appreciate nature a bit more and not just regard it as something to economically exploit.
aa flyer for sculpture garden - 2012
aa flyer for sculpture garden
This was designed by Helen Timbury for promoting the sculpture garden
aaback of flyer for the sculpture garden - 2012
aaback of flyer for the sculpture garden
again designed by Helen Timbury( 2012)
american sunflower - 2012
american sunflower
another fun piece using a cam shaft . The disc at the top is labelled made in USA .. hence American sunflower
Angelas Mailbox - 2012 (SOLD)
Angelas Mailbox
Angela asked me to make a mailbox with something to do with alpacas and olives... I did this... no olives but a bloody big alpaca
Anita George`s Flowing thoughts - 2012
Anita George`s Flowing thoughts
art melbourne family - 2012
art melbourne family
I love the appearance of looking down on top of people in"interesting poses.
art melbourne girls - 2012
art melbourne girls
I love the appearance of looking down on top of people in"interesting poses.
art melbourne group - 2012
art melbourne group
I love the appearance of looking down on top of people in"interesting poses.
australochidna - 2012
australochidna
Again we have this fuss over boat people and refugees. I am of the opinion that we should be working to help solve the problems first of all at the source, secondly in the camps and thirdly welcoming most of these people in some way or another.I hate the rhetoric of turn back the boats and the idea of indefinite detention for desperate people seems inhuman and of benefit to no one. My Australochidna is my perception of how many people think. I was going to put little characters skewered on the spikes but the actual appearance I feel is neat enough to look good and I think the message is clear enough. I also like the Australochidna as suggesting a real echidna which when it feels worried, buries itself in the sand and wont talk to anyone.
ball boy - 2012 (SOLD)
ball boy
I did this piece as an order. The purchaser has a large junk ball of mine and wanted two characters to "push the ball to each other. This is the boy one.. at present they are in the sculpture garden bot facing the same way and it feel a bit like a zombie attack!
ball girl - 2012 (SOLD)
ball girl
I did this piece as an order. The purchaser has a large junk ball of mine and wanted two characters to "push the ball to each other. This is the girl one.. at present they are in the sculpture garden bot facing the same way and it feel a bit like a zombie attack!
ballerina 3 - 2012 (SOLD)
ballerina 3
an order to make a ballerina... the dress is the wheel cover from some sports car
balloon - 2012 (SOLD)
balloon
one of several balloons I made for different shows
Balloons - 2012
Balloons
This is yet another version of flying rocks. I did metal balloons a while ago and these worked well and the idea of a floating metal balloon was quite an idea of using odd materials. In this case I combined the three balloons in a vaguely festive arrangement. I used broken concrete in the middle balloon to give a textural contrast but its not a great idea rather just another variation on the idea of flying rocks and it looks not too bad!
Baroque Balloon - 2012 (SOLD)
Baroque Balloon
This is the Door handle from the witches stand�( see other sculpture)..It was all covered in Black paint that you couldn�t see the detail� I cleaned it and I thought its best use would be as a balloon form lifting someone off the ground� not sure it works brilliantly but it is such a lovely handle!
behind the mask - 2012 (SOLD)
behind the mask
I did this piece for the Jindivick sculpture show. I had seen a picture with a living form behind a face mask and it appealed to me.Ihave done a number of big heads over my career but I liked the idea of using mirror to reflect whoever was looking at it an that we all wear masks of some form.. different personas we put on depending on the circumstances. The face is fairly devoid of expression( as a mask often is) but the fractured reflections work quite well. It looks a bit like some native idol and the size is sort of meant to be a reflection that when we put on a mask we allow the scared little boy to be big and brave( in my case) also I just wanted to do a big form again!
Big Red - 2012 (SOLD)
Big Red
I made this piece a few years ago and it was sort of meant to be a large version of a penny( you know the old coin worth about 1 cent) Anyway I had junk in the kangaroo reflecting its status in Australia as pet food and I had it at a slightly different angle. I was unhappy with it after a while and decided to fill the kangaroo form with sheet material and also to add a landscape of junk.. and change the angle slightly. I am much more content with this version
bird and flowers seat - 2012 (SOLD)
bird and flowers seat
someone saw David's gates up at the Jindi Gardener and asked for a seat made in a similar style
bird form 2 - 2012
bird form 2
another bird.. they all are based on the same form but all have variations
bird form 3 - 2012
bird form 3
another bird.. they all are based on the same form but all have variations
birdsnest for Belinda - 2012 (SOLD)
birdsnest for Belinda
Belinda asked me to make a metal birdsnest from junk..did it and she was happy!
birth - 2012 (SOLD)
birth
I have been playing with rocks as part of my sculptures and I had the idea of using the broken marble to suggest an egg form.The marble came from the studio of an artist who died and I find it sort of appropriate that� this new piece is really a rebirth of the materials she was going to use. By doing the other side with a patching of metal I have suggested the mechanical side of birth these days with many couples availing themselves of IVF technology. My girl is opening the egg and the �hatchling� is hesitantly looking around� I am happy with the combination of materials and forms � as I should be�!
Birth - 2012 (SOLD)
Birth
I have been playing with rocks as part of my sculptures and I had the idea of using the broken marble to suggest an egg form.The marble came from the studio of an artist who died and I find it sort of appropriate that� this new piece is really a rebirth of the materials she was going to use. By doing the other side with a patching of metal I have suggested the mechanical side of birth these days with many couples availing themselves of IVF technology. My girl is opening the egg and the �hatchling� is hesitantly looking around� I am happy with the combination of materials and forms � as I should be�!
Bloom - 2012 (SOLD)
Bloom
This piece was made for the Found things show. I had the idea of a pyramid form with a ring, I was helping a friend develop a flower and this ended up on it as well. I had the idea of my character pushing a ball.. gathering up excess junk as fertilizer for this growing formsort of a human dung beetlestill I guess many of us do our best to nourish life wherever we find itand beauty comes out of the most unusual settings.
Bloom 2 - 2012 (Recycled)
Bloom 2
I did Bloom and it had quite a geometric form as its structure.. I was playing with this panelling and thought a more flowing form with metal junk leaves would be interesting to explore� the sketch is a bit more fluid but the end result is pleasing to me�.a reflection on life?..an exploration of form ?�both have some truth. And a degree of beauty too.
Bloom 3 - 2012 (SOLD)
Bloom 3
a friend commissioned this piece for his wife on seeing it at the exhibition
blue poles - 2012
blue poles
This piece also came from the available reclaimed material. I picked up an old swing set from my friends the Timbury Grants and it was a lot of Blue Poles. As one of my other friends( Kerrie Warren) was greatly influenced by Jackson Pollock and Australia had bought his giant Blue Poles for the National Gallery in Canberra, I though a homage to Kerrie/Pollock and the Timbury Grants would work well with a large Blue poles of my own It was bigger than most of my other work and also heavier but overall the effect is fine!( I dont think anyone will offer me the same price as the original but I would consider it!!
bowser - 2012 (SOLD)
bowser
This was an order and I had fun making the bowser out of quite a few bits that relate to cars
Bronte Hobson`s Rainbow Dragon - 2012
Bronte Hobson`s Rainbow Dragon
Bunyip for Bunyip Primary - 2012 (SOLD)
Bunyip for Bunyip Primary
This was a request following a small session drawing things with he Bunyip Primary cooking and Gardening club. Jane Guy organised it and this is to go on a wall at the school
Butterfly seat - 2012 (SOLD)
Butterfly seat
I did this piece for the Warragul rotary art show.. just playing with forms and colour
Butterfly seat 2 - 2012 (SOLD)
Butterfly seat 2
I did a butterfly seat for one of my friends but didnt photograph it.. someone asked for a butterfly seat separately and this is the result
Cactus - 2012 (Recycled)
Cactus
I have been working of late at filling orders and working into my pile. This piece came about from an old harrow that had been given to me a few years ago. Things often sit in my pile until they suggest something. I like as much as possible to keep some of the form of the original as a sort of tribute to the original craftsmen who made it. The Harrow had some wonderful blacksmithing and was obviously over 100 yrs old and I loved how the spikes were set into the supports, the curly tops and the form of the spikes themselves. As I had started a small series of whimsical plants the idea of leaving most of the form but developing a cactus plant from it suggested itself.
captain hook - 2012 (SOLD)
captain hook
This piece was made for the �Found things� show and uses this lovely pulley and hook�.I used to be amazed that planes were caught on Aircraft carriers by a tail hook� and to a degree our tow ball is something similar�still this is one of the first pieces I did for this show and again it was just playing with the different forms and seeing what resulted. The flag sort of was needed just to make it a bit more than a standing figure and it does add panache
cat - 2012
cat
I usually do sitting cats and lying cats
Chaise Lounge - 2012 (SOLD)
Chaise Lounge
Just a piece I did for Tyers art show
Chariot - 2012 (SOLD)
Chariot
I like to empower my characters. I did a little piece a while ago with a girl with an axe running enthusiastically� this piece is sort of from the same vein of thought�.do I feel whipped and controlled like this?.. No ! but I have seen similar situations ( maybe not with the actual whip and chariot) and it seemed an interesting composition to create.. it sort of made me smile.
chook - 2012
chook
a chook..they don't lay but then again the foxes haven't got them yet
compass - 2012 (SOLD)
compass
Compass
I did a piece called star in 2011 as part of our response to Canada Exhibition. I was not 100% happy with its form so as one of my jobs this year I decided to modify it and make it�better�. I did like the star form but it seemed lacking in a direction so what better to do than a compass� The form of this piece is based on a compass form and the stars were often used to guide mariners to dry land.( rocks) It all seems a much better composition and I am now content with this piece
Contraption - 2012 (SOLD)
Contraption
With the found things exhibition part of what I am doing is letting myself play with interesting forms in my collection. This one suggested some sort of powered flying machine. I have no mechanical knowledge but I do like things that have moving parts and this one has a lovely spinny thing on the back.Its out of an old drill or angle grinder but it is reborn as this.
Core - 2012 (SOLD)
Core
I found an idea in a book with pieces extending beyond the frame. In the original, they are just lines but bearing in mind a bit of safety I explored on paper what it would look like with curls. It looked great!. I used these type of forms for some of my new Zealand exhibition pieces but this one is quite a change. I added the rock core( with the metal backing initially cause it looked good. As I thought about what a core is.. I decided that it is the core of values we all start out with.. some set in stone and how we have a variety of paths we can take out into the society some paths are outside normal society and we all have choices. Some paths require lots of work and some paths are easy (I think of many of the bright kids I taught who took a vcal course because it was easy and their mates were doing it).Anyway here is Core.
cow - 2012 (SOLD)
cow
One of the Galleries I supply asked me for a cow and having made them one I thought what better than to have a similar beast here in the heart of Dairy country This cow sort of suggest the machine type farming of the present/future�.I have used 4 of the teat cups in her construction again suggesting her value as a milker�. Although without teats she won�t have a high yield! .
cow and calf( colourbond) - 2012 (SOLD)
cow and calf( colourbond)
This was an order from a customer. I cut it all out with the plasma cutter and then popriveted it together
cow for community garden Jindivick - 2012 (SOLD)
cow for community garden Jindivick
I was asked to make a sculpture for the community Garden at Jindivick which would be able to have a plaque attached... I thought a cow would be appropriate and she has worked out well.
crash - 2012
crash
just a sketch from an old photo
dairy flower - 2012 (SOLD)
dairy flower
just a fun piece using some milking equipment.
David Forsythe`s Milly and Tilly - 2012
David Forsythe`s Milly and Tilly
David`s Gates - 2012 (SOLD)
David`s Gates
An order from the Jindi Gardener for a pair of gates.. hence flowers, a bird and a little character hanging.
Don Barretts Gumnuts( a winner) - 2012
Don Barretts Gumnuts( a winner)
Don Barretts Tsunami - 2012
Don Barretts Tsunami
Dragon fly seat - 2012 (SOLD)
Dragon fly seat
I did this as a sort of order but the person never got back to me .. I sold it at an open studio day
dress 2 ( farmer) - 2012 (SOLD)
dress 2 ( farmer)
I have made a series of figures in the past using junk metal as a comment on fashion. In this case the materials suggest a permanence in contrast to the impermanence of fashion. I have used rocks as part of this piece and this is sort of in response to seeing a character using rocks in Canada. He was a rock balancer but that seems a bit hard for me . I liked the idea of a dress made from rocks and I recently saw the white wedding dress exhibition where there were dresses made from clay as sculptures. One of the aspects of pop art was changing materials and recreating the form of things but with another inappropriate material. For a man with little dress sense , perhaps this is quite an appropriate piece!I added the hat recently and also the rake and she seems happier with something to do!
Ducks with medical equipment - 2012 (SOLD)
Ducks with medical equipment
a doctor gave me these bits of medical equipment to make ducks from for her... They do look cute.
eagle - 2012 (SOLD)
eagle
an order for an eagle..got this one fairly right!
Emmas cottage vineyard - 2012 (Withdrawn from Sale)
Emmas cottage vineyard
When we delivered work to Emmas cottage Vineyard we had a couple of days stay there this was one of the few paintings I did during that time.I gave it to the proprietor as thanks for having us.
emu - 2012
emu
an emu
erica kinder seat 1 - 2012 (SOLD)
erica kinder seat 1
Done for an order from Erica kinder.. they wanted bananas in pajamas, t rex, an owl etc
erica kinder seat 2 - 2012 (SOLD)
erica kinder seat 2
This is from the kid drawings the teacher sent me
erica kinder woodwork bench - 2012 (SOLD)
erica kinder woodwork bench
the oder included a woodwork bench
escapee - 2012 (SOLD)
escapee
I made a piece last year titled bird in a gilded cage. It sold at a show but one of the galleries I show at in Sydney, asked for a similar piece. I did this and it had a trip to Sydney. It did not sell there and the comment that the owner said was mentioned time and again was that the bird looked trapped. When we brought it back home I remedied this problem and to a degree it is much more positive and dynamic. I added a bit of colour to the cage also.This piece is now at Kongwak Gallery
family links - 2012 (SOLD)
family links
This piece was made for the �Found things� show. I had the wonderful chain and I used it in a number of pieces.. a small offcut suggested this form� when I thought about it the strongest links that could be made were family .. I did like the chain elements and it seems symbolic of what really exists.between family members.. and its sort of fun too..
feeding the giant - 2012 (Recycled)
feeding the giant
A found spoon and the piece suggested itself.
It would seem to be a neverending task as even with a large spoon the giant would always be hungry�let alone the getting up and down a ladder�I suppose this is how stokers on ocean liners would have felt�the giant always seems to need more than what you can give..
We all have tasks like that at times !
flower girl - 2012 (SOLD)
flower girl
Another of my girl pieces. This piece is sort of showing our relationship with nature. Nature is the support for all our lives..I have made my flowers bigger .. firstly as a bit of whimsy but also to emphasizes our relationship with nature. All of my work uses recycled material and this piece is almost a return to nature with the rusty petals.
flower seat - 2012 (SOLD)
flower seat
an order for a seat with a flower
flower seat - 2012 (SOLD)
flower seat
a friend wanted a seat with a fower backing.. I did about 4 of these and sold them all until I got around to contacting her.( and photographing it)
flying ducks - 2012 (SOLD)
flying ducks
This is the first piece of new work done in 2012. I wanted to work with bird forms and as I am still amused by rocks in the air this is an extension of the flying rock piece ,I filled the forms with recycled rock offcuts ( thank you Maery Gabriel) and these give a slight variation in colour as well as oddness!.The flying ducks are again a bit of a retro look back at the popular decoration of the 50s except these actuallyfly. I actually remember making at least one flying duck as a woodwork project..mind you all ducks were the same and you just followed the template. Being sort of 2-d they have a similar form to the original idea but these ones are outdoor based rather than indoor suggesting at least the possibility of them escaping into the wild.( Certainly they have changed position in times of strong wind!)
friendly wombat wilsons prom - 2012
friendly wombat wilsons prom
we went to Wilsons Prom for the weekend. It cleared up and I went watercolour painting.. mainly from the car . I met him walking back from the beach
garden panel 1 - 2012 (SOLD)
garden panel 1
Vicki asked me to make three panels for her garden... this is one... it will be nicer when it has rusted some.
Garden panel 2 - 2012 (SOLD)
Garden panel 2
the second panel of the order
Gary Miles giving Judges comments - 2012
Gary Miles giving Judges comments
Gate order - 2012 (SOLD)
Gate order
an order for a pair of gates.. the other one got away before I photographed it, this one I made the wrong size and had to cut it down.
girl in field - 2012
girl in field
from a photo of an ex student
glennies lookout 2 - 2012
glennies lookout 2
we went to Wilsons Prom for the weekend. It cleared up and I went watercolour painting.. mainly from the car .
glennies lookout Wilsons Prom - 2012
glennies lookout Wilsons Prom
we went to Wilsons Prom for the weekend. It cleared up and I went watercolour painting.. mainly from the car .
going to squeaky beach Wilsons Prom - 2012
going to squeaky beach Wilsons Prom
from the car looking toward Squeaky beach
Graham Duell`s Bliss - 2012
Graham Duell`s Bliss
Graham Duell`s Kurnai Concern - 2012
Graham Duell`s Kurnai Concern
Graham Duell`s Seaside Memories - 2012
Graham Duell`s Seaside Memories
Grist to the mill - 2012
Grist to the mill
This piece is part of the Found things exhibition. Again inspired by thosespecial pieces in the pile In this case the lawn mower drum and the lovely bits of channel .. oh yes and the box roller which I have been saving for years. I could see the mower chewing up and spitting out and this seemed very suggestive of the corporate world the channel iron supports were perfect for this and of course the box roller as suggestive of a snakes and ladders existence until you achieve a certain level .
As to the title.. well grist means something to be ground and the phrase means to use to ones advantage
Grounded - 2012 (SOLD)
Grounded
This piece was made for the �young and free� exhibition. I have been exploring combinations of stone and steel and this was another opportunity to go further. I am commenting on our obsession with appearances ( and the cult of youth and beauty) and the reality of achievement.
I have used a dancer form as representative of someone who is young, free, graceful and beautiful but by making the form with rock at the main filler material I have suggested she is �grounded�. This word is sometimes used as a punishment for young people but in this case it is intrinsic to the form. The wings suggest flight and the use of recycled metal gives a sense of laciness but again they are heavy and suggest she will never fly.. In some ways this can be taken as negative and disparaging to young people but having been a teacher for 30 years I have seen many achieve great things in both creative and commercial fields and usually it comes from a sense of being grounded in reality that they can overcome any obstacle and achieve their dreams.
Handling the weight - 2012 (SOLD)
Handling the weight

A recycled character, a restored handle, and an acrobatic combination. This was for the found things show in 2012 .Certainly a found thing!



Again I can’t lie on my back and spin things on my feet …yet another skill I have never developed. Still my character seems keen and it’s a good excuse for a punny title.


Head hands and heart - 2012 (SOLD)
Head hands and heart
This piece evolved from a combination of elements. I had the rectangular frame and then made the heart and built the body form around this. I was playing really but I sort of wanted to say that the three things, head ,hands and heart are all connected…. Certainly the things I make with my hands are products of my head and heart and really the hands express so much that our heart and head create. The girls body language suggests the interaction of these elements and it is interesting how thoughtful and emotional the piece is mainly from the expression of the hands.
Heavy Metal - 2012
Heavy Metal
As I have been working into my pile of scrap I have found pieces which were too heavy and too lovely to alter. The wonderful bolted piece at the top of this sculpture was one. I could not think how to use it until now and I combined it with a number of other heavy pieces.to give the form. .As I was modifying the sculpture playing the blues at this time the small guitar playing character was available and I thought he would give a little bit of resonance to the piece crossing over the two definitions of heavy metal
hexagon rock seat - 2012 (SOLD)
hexagon rock seat
I modified the hexagon sculpture to be part of this seat.... seems good!
hoop girl - 2012 (SOLD)
hoop girl
Grace and style� these are things I tend to lack so when I see even small children able to handle a hoop and not look silly, then I feel old! However, I used to be able to do this and not look silly and it is one of those things that always amaze that a simple device like this can provide hours of fun and challenge. I made three hoop girls in various forms in my smaller work and this is the first time I have ventured into the bigger scale. I also have played with using colour much more vigorously and I quite like this girl and her composition. She has gone to Frances Keevil Gallery.
horseshoe seat with rasps - 2012 (SOLD)
horseshoe seat  with rasps
This was also a sort of order but the person who ordered it hasnt seen it yet so I dont know if she approves.
horseshoe seat 2 - 2012 (SOLD)
horseshoe seat 2
Hug trees sign - 2012 (SOLD)
Hug trees sign
This is a house sign for a friends house.
I-Pod - 2012
I-Pod
I wanted to make a ball using shapes cut with the plasma cutter just exploring the idea of a flower pod form and then I thought of combining it with a human figure such as I had done with odd pieces in my smaller work. The title came in thinking about the pod aspect and considering how we appropriate words for new forms often forgetting their old usage. Anyway she has quite a bit of attitudejust a bend in the leg and the arm position added the neck to give more fluidity..shes a bit spiky and a bit