Art Things

Can you guess what I’m doing?

by cjj on June 28, 2012


Geese in the Lane

Geese in the Lane

Here is another one of Shirley’s paintings. I think it is a beautiful painting. We were on holidays together when she took this photo. It was in a very ancient looking village, and was wet and cold. It was a great holiday, a real adventure.

Shirley is selling this painting. Why not check it out in ebay? Click here to see it. Though if you’re reading this after 20th June, you might be too late.

Another cold day here, and it’s still raining. Been raining all week. Tomorrow, we’re driving to Armidale, just for fun! Might have something to post about then.


Artist, Shirley Peters

by cjj on June 1, 2011

Miller's House, China. Watercolour by Shirley Peters
Miller’s House, China. Watercolour by Shirley Peters


My twin sister Shirley Peters is offering her watercolour paintings on ebay.

Because she likes to paint (a lot), she is happy to sell the watercolours cheaply, but I think it is rather sad to see them go for too little.

Have a look! They are great paintings. Others think so too, look at her great reviews.

Just for a few dollars you could own one of Shirley’s original, beautiful paintings.

This painting will only be on ebay for the remainder of today. If you miss it, there will be more. You could start a collection! They could make a wonderful display in any home.

My favourite so far was the ‘Bridge on Yellow Mountain’. Someone bought it though, but Shirley says she will do me another one!!! She is so kind.

Shirley’s user name on ebay is Sannpet. Click here to see the paintings on ebay.

You can see her other work at her own web site. Click here for Shirley’s web site.


Shirley Peters (my twin sister!)

by cjj on May 11, 2011

Shirley Peter's web site

Shirley Peter's web site

Today has been freezing cold and windy. Didn’t do much! I got some wood for the fire and I studied Chinese. That’s about it. Not much to blog about.

Instead I’d like to mention my twin sister. Shirley is at last doing what she has always wanted to do, and that is paint. Today she modified her web site, so it’s timely to suggest you have a look!
Shirley is classed as an emerging artist, and she is doing very well at it too. See how many ‘solds’ she has!

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Now for something completely different!

by cjj on February 18, 2011

This is a drawing that Jon did a few decades ago. It was one of the first things I tried to animate on our then new computer. Today, simply by going to the original web site ( I was able to right click, select ‘save as’ and save the animation as an animated gif … so easy! So here it is. Just a fun drawing, showing how some of man’s gods can be a bit more useful and do some work for us. In this drawing the inspiration for the design of the gods came from ancient South American cultures.

“Captive Gods” Number 28 Billiards

“Captive Gods” Number 28 Billiards

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shirley's exhibition, Putney flower shop

Shirley's exhibition, Putney flower shop

If you look very carefully, you can see the artist’s reflection in the glass. I helped Shirley set up this exhibition after she very kindly came all the way out to the airport to pick up us last Wednesday.

The paintings are mostly of flowers, and can be seen on her one painting every other day dot blogspot website. There are also some fruits and water scenes from the Parramatta River near Putney.

Each and every one a beautiful painting .. an inspiration .. looking forward to doing my own. Shirley is a very busy person, yet she still finds time to paint. What a gal!


2 drawings about boating on canals

by cjj on October 27, 2010

The wash from the boat in the canal

a lock just starting to fill with water from the canal above it

A lock just starting to fill with water from the canal above it

I have managed to do a few sketches, some from life, but they have had to be pretty quick. Others from pictures on the computer at night. I like doing the real life ones because they’re good memories of what’s happening at the moment. But I have also filled a diary with writing. I love writing, in a restaurant mostly, but sitting anywhere, it’s easier to write a real little bit than to have to leave a drawing that’s just started. I have really enjoyed drawing from the computer at night. That’s easier and very satisfying.

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Burmese puppet

by cjj on June 7, 2010

My aunt brought a pair of these puppets back from Burma about 40 years ago! They are a bit faded, but still really beautiful.


slip casting

by cjj on May 4, 2010

A few years ago (1993!!!) I was interested in making molds of things. I still have those molds and every now and again someone wants one of the ceramic forms that come out of them. I had an order just the other day for some human skulls. An artist in the US named Charles Krafft uses them in his own creative way. So today, a beautiful sunny autumn day, I worked in my new studio and started casting . If you’re interested you could see my stuff at CAJO.

btw, today was a fun day!


copper mask with geranium lips

by cjj on March 18, 2010

This is an embossed copper mask that I made a long time ago. It was pensioned off as a garden ornament last century! The other day it came to life with fresh pursed lips of a geranium flower!

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