JohnCANNING & Beth CANNING Artists

P..O. Box 115

Stories past and present


23/07/2017 13:05
Ive noticed on UBUYONLINE an Austalian painting for sale of the old Customs Depot at Cossack in north West Australia probably utilised sometime in the 1800s.I painted that on site in 1980 from the dunes above Cossack. Strangely while painting I looked down and there partly buried in the sand was a...

Murray River

23/07/2017 12:59
Of the very few paintings that appear for resale,a small painting of the Murray River was sold on Gray's recently.It is a wonderful meandering river approx.2560klms(1600 miles) long and in our area has numerous sandy beaches when the river is low.The painting depicts the river 'running a banker"in...
         June 2015   Email from Ken Robertson whose father was a Founding Chairman of McClelland Gallery and Guild of Artists in Frankston.Vic asking about and attaching a copy of a painting passed on by his late father.Ken retains his late fathers interest in painting...

Fishy stories

10/05/2014 04:06
While travelling coastal W.A. in 1980,Christopher our 15 y.o. son appeared at our caravan door in his dripping wetsuit,flippers and mask,big smile and cradling a very large fish in his arms.This started a year long discovery of the many spicies,this one we feel was of the morwong variety. While...
Wandillagong 1982 painting with Margo & Carol, Turned around while painting outdoors on site to see a local nibbling on my brushes.  My companions were cracking up but managed to get a photo.

Favourite Photo.

27/11/2013 11:42
                                                          Aunty Faye with one of her Waverley Wabbits  

Swiss connection.

09/11/2013 23:28
        We were delighted to be contacted by painting collector from Switzerland (formerly of,Qld,Australia)who had purchased one of my oil paintings. A-M likes to look for Australian works overseas and made this purchase at a Red Cross outlet near Berne.The oil...


17/10/2013 10:53
Back in the 90s we had a tornado go through our property at Koonoomoo which,thankfully,only required getting out the chainsaw for minor repairs,but from inside the house things seemed to be travelling horizontally.We were on the edge apparently but our neighbours,some 300 metres down our lane lost...
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     10/2016   120cmx60cm oil painting of a wedgetail eagle.The idea came after seeing a small statue of a sea eagle at a friends home and appreciating the pose.After some research and from personal observation (which are sadly much fewer),I came up with this result.

     Talking with another mate regarding the rarer sighting of other birds in the area,we came up with quite a few but more are seen around the area of his farm property  east of Barooga on the Murray River.He recently sighted a Powerfull Owl,dead.but still hanging onto a powerline by one claw.On the ground below was a Wedgetail Eagle which had also suffered the same fate.Birds of Prey!!!


Life classes.

 Tallking to a artist friend ,he said tthat he was doing life class drawings and I recounted my early experience. 

As a 16/17 year old country boy, on being shifted to Melbourne in my bank job, I decided to attend night classes at RMIT,Latrabe St, I think, in life and portraiture drawing. On entering this strange studio world, I took up my position a an easel and stood charcoal poised. In came a lady in a dressing gown, she got a chair threw off her gown and sat down . ." Ï cant do this" ,was my first startled thought and was about to bolt for the door. However I looked along the students and there was two Nuns in full habit taking the class. I said to myself," Ïf they can do it,I can." A far world from banking even if a bit nervious to to start with.