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Saturday, 20 May 2006

Gordon Stones - Painting for 50 years

By Darren Stones

Is a painter's work ever complete? For most artists, an oil painting, water colour painting or pastel painting eventually becomes a piece of quality artwork.

Gordon Stones from Melbourne, Australia has completed many pieces of artwork on various surfaces over the past five decades.

Gordon Stones

Commencing as an apprentice painter and decorator in 1956, Gordon plied his skills of the trade to various buildings in and around the suburbs of Melbourne, using brushes of various dimensions and textures.

These days his motivation for turning to the canvas is his continued desire to express his creativity with colour, but without the strain of continually climbing a ladder.

Currently, he is painting a church scene on canvas-covered board using acrylic paints.

The Master Painter

“This is actually a painting of the Catholic church in the town of Bled, which is situated on Lake Bled in Slovenia,” Gordon said.

Having retired from his life-long occupation, Gordon now has more time up his sleeve to have multiple works in progress.

“This other painting I’m currently doing, is of the blacksmith's shop and shipwright's workshops at the maritime centre in Warrnambool," said Gordon.

Two works in progress

“This is just one of several paintings I’m going to do of the buildings in the maritime centre at Warrnambool.”

Gordon’s paintings are reasonably priced and they are professionally framed by a local framer. His favourite painting medium is acrylic, as he finds it easier to work with as compared to watercolour, which he stated is more demanding.

Gordon undertook 12 months of formal painting training with a local art teacher in 1999, and is now considering further tuition to enhance his ever-improving skills with the small brushes.

Authors note: Gordon and I collaborated on a painting about four years ago. I took a photograph of a well-known Melbourne bayside location and Gordon went on to paint that scene on canvas-covered board with acrylic paints. The painting he titled ‘The Bluff’ proudly hangs on his family room wall.


  1. Hi Darren,
    did your father have much trouble changing from a wide brush to a 6 haired sable brush?????

  2. Hi Gloria.

    Dad was certainly a master with the wide brush - no doubt about it.

    Six haired sable brush I'm not familiar with, so can't give an opinion on that - sorry.

    He seems to be enjoying his retirement and having a more relaxed lifestyle these days. in comparision to the hard yakka of doing what he did for 50 years.

    Physical work does take its toll on the body - no doubt about that.

    Gloria, thanks for your comments and all the best.


  3. Dear Darren
    This is a very nice representation of your dad, lovingly done. Very impressive

  4. Thanks Dawn for your generous comments.

    Dad is very happy with the article and he's really giving me some great support in regard to my new direction.

    All the best with your studies and your new blog.



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