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. 

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Light and Shadow

I've been quietly working on some still life paintings.  All painted from life and the lighting arranged to tell a story.  These are all currently in a local show.

Dear Dobby, vulnerable and small.

Dichotomous - Two halves, the same but different.

In Praise of Raku - a favourite piece of mine. I was reading In Praise of Shadows by Junichiro Tanizaki - an essay on aesthetcs, when I painted this.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Aspect ratios and composition

These are some of the paintings I have been working on over the last few months at the life sessions.  I am really keen on the panoramic aspect ratio and like the fact that the compostion almost decides itself.  They dont all work that way of course but those split second decisions can be interesting.  They are a good size for the time too, 20 x 50cm in about an hour and 15 minutes and I like leaving some of the raw linen showing when its a neutral tone.

This one doesnt look so bad now but I scraped it off as soon as I got home, it was fun to do but but a mad race against time.
 Thinking about composition and placement and abstract backgrounds.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Reworked eggs

 Oil on wood 16 x 8"
I was never happy with the colours of the original so reworked this egg painting, after and before. I didnt repaint the eggs themselves so it just goes to show how tricky acurate and consistent photography is. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016


Oil on Linen 20 x 40"
I keep coming back to this one, its been on a off the easel for a couple of years now and I hope its finally finished.  I like the concept, its been developed from a telephone camera holiday snap  - not even mine, but the idea was better than the reference material so I had to learn along the way.  Its tricky to photograph as blues and purples seem to be and so looks better in reality. 

Friday, 6 May 2016

Nanny Dog

Sometimes I get inspired by a picture I see on a friends timeline on Facebook.  So I pinch it and paint it and if it comes out ok go for retrospective permission.

Once such example.

50cm x 50cm

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Painting petite

Some small, quick, painted poses from last weekend - most of them 20 to 40 minutes.  Its taken me a while to get back into painting such quick poses from life but its good fun.  These are on tiny canvasses, the largest being 8" x 8".  I quite like them as a set but if I decide not to recycle them a bit of touching up may be necessary - always a bit of a dilemma because I kind of like to keep life sketches pure.