The Waiting Game: Still Not As Fun As Hungry Hungry Hippos.


Today I dropped off my Moran Prize portrait of Dave Collins for the final stage of judging. Tomorrow was the last day to deliver paintings for round two so naturally I left it ’til the second last day.

I find out on the 2nd of July if I am in the list of finalists. This means Dry July may be broken early because I drink Champagne or Dry July may be broken because I’ll be drenched crying in the shower again.

If you want to see the full list of semi-finalists click this link.

If you’d prefer to wait to see the show here is a link to a skater falling off his board and crunching his nuts on a pole.


And here is a photo of me delivering said portrait at 12:42pm for your enjoyment, also for an alibi… look how happy and murder-free I look here.

A big thanks to Jessica Bellamy for helping me deliver the painting.

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Painting, This is Interesting

I was informed that my Doug Moran Portraiture Prize entry has been selected for the 2nd stage of judging. The judges were Christopher Menz and Vincent Fantauzzo which is very exiting as Fantauzzo’s work has dominated the portraiture scene in Australia in the last few years and it’s so cool to have him select my work for further viewing. The next step is having Gandalf select me in a beard competition.

The finalists will be announced on the 2nd of July.

David Collins and Daffy Duck have more in common than may first meet the eye. Artist Edmund Iffland has captured Collins’ unique mode of physical performance in the style of Chuck Jones’ 1953 classic Duck Auck – an homage in colour and style to a cartoon that both the artist and performer hold dear. Painted in Acrylic and ink on canvas this work resembles a massive animation cel.

I have entered the Moran Prize for portraiture (not to be confused with the Moron Prize for thinking penguins are fish). The Doug Moran National Prize for Portraiture is an annual competition for portraits of Australians by Australian Artists. Last years winner was a portrait by Vincent Fantauzzo of Baz Luhrmann trying to pull his eyeballs out.

I entered the two final portraits of Dave Collins with a few alterations. With the two works next to each other, both with vast white backgrounds, I decided that it may appear to be two versions of the same work so I went full-coldplay on one artwork and repainted the background yellow. I like how the image still retains a dark mood with such a vibrant colour dominating the work.

Entries close on the 21st of May and the winners are announced on the 17th of July. Also the Prize money is $150,000. That’s more than gameshow money! I could renovate a house and lose 70kgs after making a flan so good Delta Goodrem will tell me I’m “what this competition is all about” AND STILL…STILL I would win more money than gameshow money.

So once again I am very proud of my portraits of Dave and it’s a real luxury to be able to submit both works in to the competition. Stay tuned. Hopefully I wont have to photograph myself crying in the shower again.