‘Simply Watercolour’

Scratch Art Space, 67 Sydenham Road, Marrickville, NSW

Homegrown Lemons

I will be teaching a one-day watercolour workshop called ‘SIMPLY WATERCOLOUR’ from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 1 November 2015 at the Marrickville gallery/art school, Scratch Art Space.

In this workshop students will learn the basic techniques for painting with watercolours and will see how easy they can be to use by commencing with some simple exercises and advancing to producing some small finished paintings to take home.

Using a limited palette of just 5 colours, students will be shown how to work quickly in a loose style which requires only a minimum amount of drawing and I will demonstrate how this simple method can be applied to virtually any subject ranging from still life to visual travel diaries.

Soldiers Beach 1 lo

This workshop is perfect for absolute beginners with no watercolour painting or drawing experience and will also be useful for those students who have worked with acrylics or oils and are interested in trying this versatile medium.

The watercolour paints needed are included in the cost of the workshop so students will only need to bring just an A4 185gsm watercolour pad (I suggest the 12-sheet Canson watercolour pad which can be purchased for around $12 from art supply shops); a 2B pencil; paper towels; a white plastic or china dinner plate or tray (around A4 size) for mixing paints on; and your lunch (the gallery has a fridge), coffee and tea will be provided.

I will supply the paintbrushes needed and some samples of different papers for students to experiment with and will also bring along a range of photographic and other reference for students to use as subject material.

For anyone wanting to know more about what art supplies to bring or have any other queries relating to the workshop (apart from booking the class), you can email me on:


or call 9558 2248.


The cost of the workshop is $160 (includes all watercolour paints needed) or $140 if you take advantage of registering early before 14 October 2015. You will need to contact Scratch Art Space directly to express interest in attending the class and to make a booking:


The gallery is located at 67 Sydenham Road Marrickville which is down the Sydenham Station end so close to the train and the bus routes 423, 426 and M30 stop at the corner of Victoria and Sydenham Roads with only a short walk down to the gallery. For those students who will be driving there is plenty of available parking close by. http://www.scratchartspace.com/

Opening and Closing

‘Still Emerging’ Opening Night 9 September & Closing Day 13 September 2015

Seaview Gallery Dulwich High School of Visual Arts & Design
Seaview Street, Dulwich Hill

Thanks to everyone who came along to the opening of the ‘Still Emerging’ exhibition on Wednesday night, 9 September, at the Seaview Gallery and for helping to make it such a successful evening. The exhibition will be open tomorrow, Saturday 12 September from 11am – 5pm and I will be in the gallery from 11am to 1pm so please drop in to say hello. The gallery will also be open from 11am – 5pm on Sunday, 13 September, and this is the final day so will be your last opportunity to have a look at all the really interesting and diverse work on display.


Some of the good crowd who came along for the opening night.

My work

My 4 watercolours and a linocut as displayed on the gallery wall.

Janice's work

My sister, Janice Neal’s amazing 3-D abstract crochet sculptures she has in the show.

Marg & Me

Myself and my old friend and wonderful artist, Margaret Carey, standing in front of Margaret’s beautiful encaustic work in the exhibition.


There are two other exhibitions I currently have work showing in that will be having their final day this Sunday, 13 September. They are:

LIQUID LIFE, Shorethyme Restaurant & Gallery
9 Mitchell Street, Norah Head, NSW Central Coast

This joint exhibition with my cousin and Central Coast artist, Tracey Scheitel has been inspired by the theme of water – Liquid Life – in our daily lives and all around us and includes watercolours, acrylics, pencil drawings, linocuts and mixed media.

The exhibition will be showing on Saturday 12 September from 2pm (till restaurant closes in the evening), and from 9 – 4pm on Sunday 13 September. Shorethyme Restaurant & Gallery, 4396 4507.

Lakes Beach lo

This view of Lakes Beach is one of the works I have showing in this exhibition.

A BRUSH WITH JAPAN, Gosford Regional Gallery, 36 Webb Street, East Gosford
This exhibition by members of the Australian Society of Miniature Art will also be having its last day this Sunday, 13 September 2015. I have one of my watercolours showing and the exhibition showcases work in a broad range of media inspired by the Gosford Edogawa Commemorative Garden which is located adjacent to the gallery. This Japanese garden is always worth visiting at any time of the year and there is also a lovely cafe at the complex. http://www.gosfordregionalgallery.com

Lotus enlighten 100 lo-res

My 50mm x 50mm watercolour painting of a lotus flower on show in this exhibition.