I have recently updated my Facebook image

12 Feb No Comments

Not the biggest news in the world though I am rather pleased with it.   It was taken in an allotment in Portsmouth. This allotment is one of my favourite hang out places for gardening and person inspiration. I wanted to capture the idea that I am every where. Everywhere (read more…)

Initial pencil drawings for an allotment picture

27 Jan No Comments

I am currently working on an oil painting for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. No guarantees of getting in of course as the competition is brutal as the whole of the Cotswolds apply. They have, however, let me in a few times before so it is certainly worth a punt (read more…)

Drawing London in January

14 Jan No Comments

I am currently working on a commission to paint a number of scenes around the Waterloo area of London. I began just before Christmas drawing in the main façade of the station featuring commuters, Christmas shoppers, and those going on holiday. All pouring in and out of the main entrance. (read more…)

A watercolour of A Vespa and Rider

2 Jan No Comments

Just before Christmas I was commissioned to paint a Vespa and rider. It was for a clients husband. He got in to Scooters in his younger years and the love of all things Scooter never quite left him.   The client specified a 1960’s model and in light blue too. (read more…)

A Christmas present from me and big thank you

17 Dec No Comments

A big thank you! As it’s coming to the end of the year I thought I would take the opportunity to extend a big thank you to everyone who bought my work, commissioned a piece or indeed just passed on encouragement, whether it be face to face or via whatever (read more…)

A profile and scrapbook about me

28 Jul No Comments

My illustrators agent Illustrationweb have out a quick scrapbook together about me and my work. They asked a number of questions and a selection of which they posted on their site. If you have five minutes spare than do have a look.    

I have recently joined the Illustrationweb Illustration agency

29 Apr 4 Comments

I have recently joined the Illustrationweb Illustration agency. They are a great bunch of people and have offices in London, New York, Paris, Hamburg and Shanghai.   “We have been representing leading illustrators since 1929 which makes us the world’s most established illustration agency”   I am really looking forward (read more…)

I am featuring in June’s Artist & Illustrators magazine

29 Apr No Comments

When I popped over to The Royal Academy of Arts to deliver this year’s hopeful painting for the Summer Exhibition I was interviewed by a Journalist from ‘Artists & Illustrators magazine’.   I never thought much of it, though I have discovered that they have given me a small bit (read more…)

We have moved from London to Pilton

29 Apr No Comments

After 23 years in London we have finally decided to move out to the country. We are now living in the Somerset village of Pilton, the home of the Glastonbury festival. They tell me we have free tickets for life. Now that’s not bad.   It’s a fine location for (read more…)

I painted a pork pie

2 Jan No Comments

During the Christmas break I made a vast Pork Pie and filled it with six eggs and half a pint of pork stock jelly.   Once completed I sliced out a great hunk and painted the remainder. Looking at the final piece it has ‘Country Farm house’ written all over (read more…)

Yearly Roundup 2011

20 Dec No Comments

I have written a quick round up of this year.   Some of the articles link to blogs in the site if you wish to see more detail. Framed paintings for sale 2011(7.5 mg pdf) Mounted Paintings for sale 201 (2.5mg pdf) Exhibitions I have been involved in a few exhibitions (read more…)

I sold my watercolour painting at The Bath Prize

31 Oct No Comments

I am very pleased to hear this very dull Monday morning that my painting I entered in The Bath Prize had sold at the auction on Friday. A tricky competition to do as they choose where you paint. It is of ‘North Parade Bridge’ which would not have been my (read more…)

Preparing for the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea (AAF)

16 Oct 1 Comment

The last few weeks and it seems like months, have been wholly swallowed up preparing for the Affordable Art Fair. I am surprised how much work it turned out to be in the end. The invitations have been written and sent, all the bills have been paid, the labels have (read more…)

I am exhibiting at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea (AAF)

11 Oct No Comments

I  am exhibiting at this year’s Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, London.   Over the years the AAF have generated a unique, buzzy and informal atmosphere with dozens of galleries selling their works all for less than £4,000. There is also a wide range of activities for all ages so (read more…)

The Inaugural Exhibition of The Plein Air Brotherhood

2 Sep 2 Comments

Last night I dared to venture out of my London manor to The Inaugural Exhibition of ‘The Plein Air Brotherhood’ at The A & K Wilson Gallery in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. ‘The Plein Air Brotherhood’ are A new group of talented artists and like minded souls who enjoy the considerable challenges (read more…)

A quick watercolour tour of Hackney

31 Jul 2 Comments

I have over the years painted my neighborhood, The London Borough of Hackney.  Hackney could well be the most famous borough in the country and despite its often insalubrious reputation there is still something of the ‘Exciting reckless friend’ about it. Even big international brands have recognised the ‘outsider’ reputation (read more…)

Part 1: A painting trip to the French Pyrenees

12 Jul 2 Comments

I recently visited the French Pyrenees for a painting trip. It’s a wonderful place, and along with the paintings I took some time to write a small journal for this blog.  Thanks for reading.   Our landing at Lourdes Of course the most famous thing about this modest Pyrenees town, (read more…)

Part 2: A painting trip to the French Pyrenees

12 Jul 2 Comments

Luz-St-Sauveur See part 1 I was very glad to get to Luz-St-Sauveur. The day was hot and the car was dry. Luz-St-Sauveur is a lovely pre medieval village sitting at the bottom of a valley on the lip of the Pyrenees National Park and all the views you can eat (read more…)

A painting in Cookham

15 May No Comments

This kind of painting is not really my sort of thing (it has a sky in it). Though as it was sunny and I was ‘between paintings’ so to speak I decided to pop over to the village of Cookham in Berkshire to do some traditional outdoor (plein-air) work. I (read more…)

Watercolour paintings from a recent trip to Cuba

27 Apr 11 Comments

First thoughts on Havana        Imagine taking the wonderful, captivating, exciting architecture of Fortnum and masons’ in London’s Mayfair, emptying it out, then leaving it to rot for 30 years and finally moving a pound shop in. That’s what almost the whole of Havana is like. I admittedly this introduction (read more…)

I am working on an oil painting of Brick Lane.

27 Mar No Comments

Well technically it is Sclater Street although most people will know it a part of Brick Lane market. Brick Lane Click on the image to see it larger Like any area in transition there are quite distinctive parts. On the south side can be found the Bengali community who replaced (read more…)

Threadneedle disaster at Southend-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea

18 Mar 2 Comments

At the weekend I went to Southend-on-Sea and Clacton-on-Sea to paint something for the Threadneedle Prize. I was most excited and planned it for weeks. This over planning was the beginning of the as yet unseen problem. In my ferment I had it all done it in my head first (read more…)

finished oil painting of a family allotment

4 Mar No Comments

In a previous blog or two i went through the process of how i build a painting up from the drawing stage. Since that time i have painted the picture and it sits below. You may notice there are a few changes since the initial  drawing. I have taken out (read more…)

The beginnings of an oil painting

10 Jan No Comments

I though I would blog the process I use in developing an oil painting. Initially it begins with a very simple idea or message. This is often very loose and oddly for a painter who paints a lot of architecture the characters can come first. These are often based on (read more…)

Drawings for the Bath Art Prize

3 Jan No Comments

We went to Bath over the new year and I took time out to get wrapped up and get a few sketches together as a spot of pre planning for the Bath Art Prize in the summer. I am not sure which one i shall do yet. I think I will go (read more…)

london seen – nine man show 10 January – 10 February 2011

3 Jan No Comments

At the LLEWELLYN ALEXANDER (Fine Paintings) LTD London I have a water colour exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander in Waterloo. All six are scenes of London. Do pop along if you have the time. Chase away the January blues! “Familiar and unusual scenes of London by this group of nine (read more…)

Christmas Cracker 2010 exhibition at Byard Art in Cambridge

21 Nov 1 Comment

An inspirational Christmas collection of paintings, sculptures, original prints, ceramics, glass, textiles, craft and exclusive jewellery will be on show in the gallery. I will be showing three paintings at the show (see two below) and the opening times are: Byard Art, Cambridge Monday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.30pm & (read more…)

A christmas show at Panter and Hall 2010

21 Nov No Comments

When I plan my paintings of the gardens, allotments and such I often do small studies for reference. Secondly i have begun to collect those dreadful discarded ornaments that are found in charity shops. I suspect these are just picked up in house clearances and handed to the shops en (read more…)

An oil painting of the Whitechapel Road

31 Aug 2 Comments

This painting is available to buy as a limited edition print This is the Whitechapel Road in East London. I have painted this scene a number of times and i am still drawn to it. A street like this will at first site appear static, unchanging. Though on closer observation (read more…)

An oil painting in sutton-on-sea

30 Aug 4 Comments

I have recently been commissioned to paint a scene in Sutton-On-Sea. The client’s mother used to own a house in the town though she is now too elderly to visit so he thought a painting which would recall many a happy holiday would make a nice present for her. I (read more…)