A Different View

With Toasted Soldiers8″x 8″Oil on CanvasSOLD A few days ago I wrote about the difficulties of drawing complex subjects when the picture plane is some distance from the subject matter. From time to time I do this intentionally by challenging myself to paint subjects which are directly below me while my easel remains vertical. This is good practice as it …

Dandelions in November

November Dandelions7″ x 5″Oil on PanelFramedSOLD I didn’t expect to be posting a small Dandelion painting on the last day of November. I found these on the edge of a field during my morning dog walk a few days ago. Warmer autumns and winters are presenting us with all sorts of surprises in nature. Although the colour of these was …

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 …

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.”

Sound and Vision

Family8″ x 15″Oil on LinenFramed£290Click Here to Purchase I moved into my studio about this time last year and because I like to listen to music while I work I took with me my CD collection. For some time now I have been trying to create more space in my studio. I have been doing in the studio what I …

Community

CommunityOil on Linen8″ x 20″SOLD I recently enjoyed a bbq in the beautiful country garden of a charming house in the lovely surroundings of the North Norfolk countryside. The husband of an artist friend of mine was there and conversation between three or four of us led to her pending exhibition which was opening the following week. A chap, who …

About a Lemon

About a Lemon 10″ x 10″ Oil on Panel Framed £220 Click Here to Purchase It’s been good to be working on these bigger paintings. The larger scale provides me with more options in composition. While working on these two recent pieces I have come up with an idea for the next painting . . .

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.

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 …