Thursday, 29 June 2017

JSS in Civita

Corot said the study of the nude is the best lesson that a landscape painter can have and that if someone knows how to get down a figure, he is able to make a landscape.  Let's hope so because next Monday I fly out to Italy to participate in the JSS in Civita summer school for seven weeks.  If I cope with the heat I hope to make serious progress in a fairly new area of art for me.  I will be studying under and working alongside world class artists and teachers and following in the footsteps of the likes of Corot, Ingres and Turner.  It's described as 'An artistic immersion of a lifetime' and 'A peerless painters paradise'.  With all the sad and bad news in the world and a few significant personal life changing events over the last few years I welcome the distraction of a more positive challenge. So the paints and brushes are nearly packed (and the marmite) and a new adventure awaits.

These are four rather splendid Corots from the National Gallery in London I managed to see recently.   They are about 142 x 73 cm and are rather inspiring to me.  I like the idea of the different times of day and also am drawn to this aspect ratio as I particularly favour it in a lot of my own work.  I have done a bit of Corot research in preparation for this trip and hope to see more of his work in Italy.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Long time, no blog

Its been a while since I posted anything, but I am still attending regular life sessions even if I have not been doing much else.  Thats about to change but for now this is some of what I have done in the last six months or so.  Incidentally I have been lazy about photographing and been using an iPad or iPhone rather than a real camera - I've noticed the photos look ok on those but not so great or accurate back on a PC and in blogger.  So excuse the quality, normal service will either be resumed or completely cease.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Exhibition in Chichester

I am rather thrilled to discover that one of my paintings has been used to advertise our Attic Gallery Group show at the highly esteemed Oxmarket Centre of Arts in Chichester West Sussex.

The works were hung on Monday and the exhibition is on until next Sunday so do go along if you are in the area.   We are all thrilled with the look of the exhibition and the standard of work is much higher than the prices would suggest.  Original art makes a wonderful Christmas gift.

There is a video of the whole exhibition posted on the Attic Gallery facebook page if you fancy a preview and here are some quick snaps of my paintings and samples of my pastels in the browser.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Lads

We had two excellent male models this last couple of weeks.  Pan pastels as per usual.

Incidently I have started using my iPhone to take the photos - the editing and uploading is easier and it seems to do a good job with the colour reproduction, better than my latest small digital camera.  I was always told it was the 'glass' that made a camera but Apple seem to be doing a good job.  Other smart phones work just as well I'm sure.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Back to the drawing board

Warming back up after the break - in the comfort zone with  pastels on black paper.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Summer life

Recent life work.  Big and small, quick and slow, boys and girls, and various media.

Tuesday, 26 July 2016


I've never really been that consistant with signing my work so I spent some time playing around with options and designs have worked out a three standard signatures for different needs.  

My quick and easy and rather modern looking looking moniker for life paintings is just four straight lines.  Easy with a paintbrush and always doable first time.  Done in raw umber its not so discrete but its in keeping with the unpolished look of my quicker life work.

I may work on a full signature in the same style for longer pieces from life.


For small scale studio paintings I am using a tidier and more polished version of the same initials I have always used.  It sometimes takes two or three goes but its done with subtlety and in a toning colour as I prefer discrete signatures that dont intrude.

My full signature for larger works starts with the same initials and the following letters are just simple and readable and again in toning paint.

So thats that sorted, no more anonymous work.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Good Show

I am very pleased to have sold two paintings at the Farnham Art Society Annual Exhibtion and was thrilled to have had the opportunity to meet both the buyers.  I also sold a life piece at the previous show, its all very heartening.