Posted by: ronmcburnie | September 21, 2015

Head in the Clouds

Here is an online copy of a recent catalogue for the touring exhibition, Head in the Clouds, paintings  and drawings by Ron McBurnie, June Tupicoff and Ben Trupperbaumer exhibited at Perc Tucker Regional Gallery Townsville 2017 and Kick Arts Cairns 2017-18. Just click the centre of the grey rectangle to view it full screen.


Posted by: ronmcburnie | January 6, 2015

Phantom on Vacation

I have added this new image of a drawing I made for the Phantom exhibition, a group show of invited artists at Australian galleries in Sydney late 2014.

On Vacation, 2014 Ink on paper, 36x51cm

On Vacation, 2014
Ink on paper, 36x51cm

Posted by: ronmcburnie | February 19, 2014

Raintrees in Summer

Raintrees in Summer

I have included this recent drawing of a pen and ink raintree park not too far from where I live. I have also updated the Recent work section and the French section of the blog with images of some recent works.

Posted by: ronmcburnie | October 28, 2012

State Library of Queensland Exhibition

The”Metal as Anything” exhibition survey exhibition ( curated by Perc Tucher Regional Gallery of thirty years of my etchings is currently on exhibition at the State Library of Queensland from the 22 Sep – 25 Nov 2012. The exhibition is open daily Open daily from 10am-5pm.
For further information click the link below.

Posted by: ronmcburnie | June 6, 2011

More French paintings

I have updated the French section of the blog to include most of the works I made in Alayrac in 2009 and 2011. The works are not in any particular order but give an overview of what I made in those periods. All of the works except for the Alayrac winter scene have been painted or drawn en plein air.

Soft yellow morning

Posted by: ronmcburnie | December 16, 2010

Murris in ink

I have been doing quite a bit of printing and collaboration with a group of fantastic indigenous artists currently living in Townsville but originating from different parts of Australia. Here is a selection of the images of the linocuts I have printed in 2010.

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Posted by: ronmcburnie | December 1, 2010

A new book of watercolours and drawings

I have just published a book of recent paintings and drawings from 2009- 2010 at
It may be of interest to people who like my work.
Below is a sample of the book which can be ordered online.

Posted by: ronmcburnie | November 22, 2010

The Oberon Tree

“The Oberon Tree” is a recent drawing made after a painting trip to Oberon, New South Wales with fellow artist Euan Macleod. While in Oberon I made a smaller study of the ancient tree which was used as the basis for the large drawing.

Posted by: ronmcburnie | February 10, 2010

More about the Pinnacles view

Tobias and the Angel

The view west of the Ross River (in Townsville) with the distinctive silhouette of the Pinnacles in the background is one which l am very fond of drawing. When I am not teaching I try to go down to the river late in the day when it is not too hot. I started working outdoors more often about a year or two ago with Euan macleod (an artist based in Sydney). I started by using Jo Sonja acrilic paints on paper which Euan introduced me to and still uses with great success.

When I travelled to Alayrac in France in 2009 I wasn’t able to carry many art materials so through necessity I chose to use a set of watercolour pans and a few fountain pens designed especially for drawing. The moment I started using a combination of these materials, I realised the similarity of the drawn marks I made and those I produced on plates with the etching needle. Before working outdoors I often worked in the studio making large etchings like the one illustrated here. Although the etchings were sometimes based on the same landscape, they often brought together the local landscape and art historical references.

Posted by: ronmcburnie | February 8, 2010

Painting outdoors

Pinnacles near sunset

Since returning from France last year most of the paintings I have made are worked up plein air and sometimes finished in the studio. I try not to use photographs as reference for these works but choose instead to try to complete most outdoors then remember what I have been looking at when I am back in the studio. In the drawing of the Pinnacles late afternoon, I tried to leave as much undefined area as I could on the right hand side to highlight the intense glare of the afternoon sun as it almost shone directly into my eyes. I like to use a selection of different fountain pens and inks but I often use a Japanese Sailor Chalana pen with a very fine nib in the distant areas.
Often I combine the pen with watercolour.

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