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Art Is..

Art is…




I have, through my interest in Chinese and Japanese scroll painting, been interested in work which can be view in small sections or as one whole. Viewing section by section leads you on a journey along and through the story of the image. Folded ‘books’ have become my choice of format which I enjoy exploring from time to time. The above are two examples. The top drawing developed from a walk I did a few years ago along Mambray Creek in the Flinders ranges. Reading the book imitates that walk as new bits of the landscape become visible as you move along it. The drawing is done with fiber tip pens. and opens up to approximately 40cms in length.

The second image is me just being silly, having some fun. Chinese and Japanese scrolls include poems with the painting so this was my ridiculous attempt to try this. As you can see as a poet I don’t make to bad an artist/print maker.

These posts are meant to offer simple observations about what what art is. They are my response to that question.  I don’t think these are absolute answers but I hope they will encourage you to observe, think and debate to develop (or reinforce) your own definitions of “art”.
More of my ‘art’ can be seen at my online gallery by clicking HERE



Kangaroo Paw

Here are a couple of drawings of kangaroo paw that grow in my front yard.


Another monoprint based on the landscape near Truro, a small town north of Adelaide South Australia.


I’m quite enjoying doodling around with the process and medium at present.

Time fillers

Nothing on TV at night so some drawing instead. here is one result. might take part of it and try it as a drypoint etching.


another picture of sunflowers. Fine point felt pen. Image size 26cms x 16cms.

Te principle of art.

“The principle of art is to pause, not bypass”.


So why not pause at the ‘Relative Viewpoints’ exhibition to be held at Prospect Gallery, 1 Thomas street (corner Main North Road), Nailsworth from the 13th April to the 3rd  May 2015.

Paintings and prints by Pirie Martin and prints by John Martin.

Image above: John Martin. Detail – Bunyaroo Valley.  Bamboo pen, brush and brown ink on illustration board. 30cms wide x 10.5cms high

Surf Art Exhibition

I have been lucky enough to have two artworks accepted for the annual Noarlunga Arts Centre Surf Art Exhibition. It’s on from 11th December to 18th January.


These are my two works

Surf Trip. Ink and watercolour on three illustration board panels.

Inside a Big Line. Reduction lino print.

Lots of other stuff in exhibition to, so try and get in to see it if you can.

Near Willunga beach.

This is my most recent lino print. It is a reduction print using five colours. The image size is 40cms x 8cms.  Unfortunately I’m not great with colour but hopefully this gives a little of the contarst between summer heat on the land against the cool of the sea. Here is a deatil of the print.