Nelson Mandela

This is my second attempt at a portrait painting. As you can see, I have greatly improved on my technique since the one of my Dad.

I did this in late 2013 for a South African friend. It takes at least 6 months for the oil to dry, then you have to put a glaze on it to protect it from dust and that needs to dry too. Then I was finally able to send it. She received it late this year and I couldn’t put it here until she’d got it.

I’m very proud of this one.



This is my first go at a portrait painting. Obviously, it’s my Dad. It’s not finished, but he has it and has framed it. I love this painting. It may not be finished and it may have it’s faults but…it is such a great likeness to him. I would like to try it again, I have learned a few more things since doing this.

20141001_113925A Dad


For quite some time now I’ve been learning slowly how to oil paint following the instruction of Bob Ross. A legendary painter who unfortunately died a few years ago.

Recently though I’ve wanted to move away from his work and in to something different but because I was finding his “easy” instructions so damned difficult I was hesitant to try.

But then I decided to just go for it. I found a photo of an apple, and I watched a heap of video’s on painting apples on youtube…yes, apple painting, on youtube…and I went for it!

I’m really happy with how it’s going. My apple is beautiful and I’m working on a galah that’s turning out nicely as well. Next we try something furry. Like a meercat or something.