Commission work is always a great thing. You take your existing skills and interests in certain styles and you apply them to someone else's request. I was asked to use a thickly applied, expressionist painting style with drips and blobs. An impression of the dogs was more important than a realistic representation.
I've been working on a large canvas once a week down at Forge Creative Warehouse at Port Adelaide. It's good to have a long term piece that you chip away at slowly and have plenty of time in between to digest what you are actualyl doing. This piece is all experiment. I keep layering it up, putting down new colours and applying the paint in different ways each time.
Roughly in 2006 I began working with water washable oils. I'm a great fan of the versatility of oil paint but not always so enthusiastic about the washing up and fumes. The water washable oils by Windsor and Newton are a good alternative and I've recommended them to a number of people who have shared my enthusiasm for the paints.
This is the first piece I painted using the water washable oils and is also one of the first explorations of the use of dinosaurs as a symbolic representation of things ending or becoming extinct if you will.