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.

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Highly Commended

I nearly forgot....was very pleased and somewhat suprised to have been awarded a 'highly commended' for one of my pieces at a local show last month.  I had only recently joined the society so it was a positive start.