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.