Hope

For me the most important aspect of painting these complex compositions on panoramic canvases is the initial drafting. Normally I begin a painting by loosely brushing in the subject with a thin wash of burnt sienna. With these pieces however I am neither confident or indeed competent enough to start that way without running into problems later on because of …

Should I Paint . . .tight?

‘No Stripes’ 8″ x 8″ Oil on Canvas £165 Click Here to Purchase . . . or Loose? ‘Tea Pot & Clems‘ 8″ x 8″ Oil on Canvas SOLD I have been painting compositions with Cornishware pottery lately and finding it exhausting as I attempt a high degree of realism. It takes me enormous concentration to render correctly (well as …

Last from the Fields

Naturally Composed 10″ x 10″ Oil on Panel SOLD Even when I am doing the set up for one of my small paintings I can take hours over the composition. And to my mind for good reason – the success of a painting relies on its composition. There are times when I have spent so much time on composition that …

The Answer my Friend . . .

First Daffs18x14cmOil on LinenSOLD The weather! Goodness me talk about sublime to the ridiculous. Saturday was like a spring day here in North Norfolk. Sunny, warmish and clear blue skies. The birds in my garden outside the studio were in fine voice. It was a lovely day. However, given the warnings in the forecast I did suspect that it was …

On Cloud Nine

Holkham Bay Receding Tide8.5 ” x ” 16Oil on PanelSOLD As a child I remember laying flat on my back making out the shapes of faces and animals in the clouds as they passed by overhead. As they traveled on their way the wind would change the shapes of the clouds and what I had imagined was an old man …

No One Trick Pony

If you feel safe in the area you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you’re capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

New King James Version

Words of Christ in Red6″x 6″Oil on PanelSOLD More wretched root canal treatment and associated maladies have contrived to prevent me from working consistently hence an absence of posts here on my blog. The good news is that there is a distant glimmer of light at the end of the very long tunnel that is the treatment to my teeth …

Staying Put

Staying Put8″x 12″Oil on Canvas£160SOLD I often think that there is a bittersweet narrative in a lonely abandoned boat. I have walked past this one which lies out on the coast here countless times. It’s always there at high tide and low and goodness knows for how many years. If it could, I wonder what memories it would recount. Would …

Steady

Steady12″ x 8″Oil on CanvasSOLD This is just the sort of set up that tries my patience to paint and tests my nerve with regard to the safety of my crockery. This stack swayed about a bit while I was painting it which made things a lot more exciting than I had wanted.

A Different Perspective

Sweet Clems 2 6″x 6″ Oil on Panel SOLD Yesterday I wrote about how I have been working on compositions and I thought that today I would paint exactly the same set up with some changes in my approach to show you just some of the things I’ve been getting up to with regard to composition. The bowl and clementines …