Richard’s Paintings

Seeing that the artists in To Paint a War drew such obvious pleasure from painting, Richard gave in to the temptation to try it himself. He soon found that the artists were right – drawing and painting are the most beguiling past times.

Some of his forays into painting follow up ideas of the war artists. Others flow from the interest in art that drew him to write To Paint a War in the first place.

Bern from the Rose Garden

Pen and ink on paper
Framed dimensions: 450 x 385

Richard’s comment: The Rose Garden in Bern is a place of serene beauty, overlooking the old Swiss capital. My afternoon spent drawing in the garden was proof, par excellence, of the joy of drawing.

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Iris

Acrylic on masonite board
Framed dimensions: 320 x 470

Richard’s comment: To Paint a War begins with the 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition that Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton and Charles Conder staged in Melbourne in 1889. When I came across an exact copy of the frames they used for many the works in the exhibition, I tried my hand at painting an impression. The artists thought their works were general impressions – ‘first records of effects widely differing, and often of very fleeting character’. The art critic, James Smith, thought they were, ‘a pain to the eye … incoherent images which float through the mind of a dyspeptic dreamer.’

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Lago di Gada

Lithograph
Framed dimensions: 390 x 460

Richard’s comment: Giogio Morandi made beautiful etchings of the Italian landscape in the first half of the last century. After staying with friends in Lago di Gada, I made this lithograph à la mode Morandi.

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Paddocks near Lucy’s, Wagga Wagga

Acrylic on canvas panel
Framed dimensions: 890 x 510

Richard’s comment: Wheat country. But it all gives way to the Australian sky!

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The Murringo Gap, near Young

Acrylic on canvas panel
Framed dimensions: 520 x 620

Richard’s comment: A general impression of colour. Arthur Streeton often painted the Australian bush in purples and blues. I suspect that much a broader range of colours is in play. See, for example, Fred Williams, Landscape with a Goose, 1974.

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Portrait of a Lady

Gouache and watercolour on paper
Framed dimensions: 400 x 425

Richard’s comment: A copy of Manet’s 1862 portrait of Victorine Meurent. She was the model for Manet’s Olympia. The move from the salons of Paris to Bowral, New South Wales, would come as a deep shock to this beautiful courtesan.

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High Country near Crookwell

Acrylic on Spanish cedar board
Framed dimensions: 1510 x 450

Richard’s comment: I came upon this fantastic landscape driving through a storm from Boorowa to Crookwell. For all the darkness of the storm, bright colours still shone through in the paddocks. The painting is painted on Spanish cedar (cedrela odorata), which was the timber of the cigar box lids on which many works in the 9 by 5 Impression Exhibition were painted. The frame is a Dick Travers original, made of re-cycled eucalypt, probably blue gum.

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Madrid streetscape

Lead pencil on paper
Framed dimensions: 360 x 475

Richard’s comment: It could be anywhere, I know, but these cars in a street in Madrid made an interesting perspective.

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Magnolia blossom

Acrylic on masonite board
Framed dimensions: 285 x 210

Richard’s comment: Magnolias from the garden in Bowral, in a Dick Travers original frame of re-cycled eucalypt.

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Mountains

Acrylic on Spanish cedar
Framed dimensions: 550 x 385

Richard’s comment: Paintings on board sometimes shine more brightly than those on canvas. I think this one has that quality.

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Flowers with red cloth

Acrylic on canvas panel
Framed dimensions: 550 x 650

Richard’s comment: Many of van Gogh’s paintings in his museum in Amstrerdam are framed in simple frames of light-coloured timber. This frame, another Dick Travers original, is in American oak. The red cloth in the painting is woven material, beautifully crafted by the Mong people of North Vietnam.

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Vineyard, Chinon

Lead pencil on paper
Framed dimensions: 365 x 470

Richard’s comment: Another terrific afternoon spent drawing in a vineyard near Chinon, in the Loire Valley.

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Eucalypt on pink table 1

Pen and ink reproduced on paper as a computer-generated vector, hand coloured with water colour and framed commercially
Framed dimensions: 310 x 390

Richard’s comment: If the great lithographers were alive today, it is a fair bet they would be experimenting with computer generation of images. A computer has been used to reproduce this pen and ink drawing on paper. It has been hand coloured with watercolour.

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Eucalypt on pink table 2

Pen and ink reproduced on paper as a computer-generated vector, hand coloured with water colour and framed in re-cycled eucalypt
Framed dimensions: 310 x 390

Richard’s comment: The image is the same as Eucalypt on pink table 1, except that it is in a Dick Travers original frame.

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Eucalypt on pink table 3

Pen and ink reproduced on paper as a computer-generated vector, hand coloured with water colour

Unframed

Richard’s comment: This image is the same as Eucalypt on pink table 1, but unframed. The price of this image unframed includes free postage within Australia.

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Eucalypt in vase 1

Pen and ink reproduced on paper as a computer-generated vector, hand coloured with water colour and framed commercially.
Framed dimensions: 375 x 320

Richard’s comment: A second take on the eucalypts.

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Prices and delivery

The prices of the paintings and drawings are free of GST.

Unless otherwise stated, delivery is at the buyer’s expense and risk. To arrange packing and delivery, I recommend buyers contact:-

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MITTAGONG NSW 2575

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