Showing pigs at The Royal Bath & West Show

5 Jun 5 Comments

As a lifetime ‘Towny’ I have to confess that I had never been to an agricultural show in all my life so I jumped at the opportunity to pop over to The Royal Bath & West Show. It was a fascinating day with every aspect of country life catered for (read more…)

Scrapbook Live exhibition Thursday 9th May

16 May No Comments

I was recently invited to exhibit at the Scrap Book Live event organised by Illustrationweb at The Griffin Gallery in London. It was a great night which included live portrait painting by Sarah Beetson and some great calligraphy demonstrations too. Exhibiting my work next to such great talent is always (read more…)

Drawing a glimmer of Spring on The River Thames, London

18 Apr No Comments

The weather in the last year in the UK has been nothing short of appalling. There are only so many winter scenes or rainy landscapes an artist can cope with. Yes, this last year would have even challenged the great Turner. I have to say though the last week things (read more…)

I drew the Glastonbury Tor on a rare sunny day

29 Mar No Comments

Today it was sunny, really cold but sunny. Even though I have loads of studio work to do I decided to make the best of this rarest of days and do some work outside.   Grabbing my gear I took a short walk through the village and out on the (read more…)

The winner of the last newsletter drawing giveaway

28 Mar No Comments

I give away a drawing with each of my newsletters. The winner is picked out at random from those who wish to take part in the draw.   The last drawing which was a preparatory drawing for an oil painting was won by Bea from Hove, UK. She was kind (read more…)

A drawing to give away in my newsletter

3 Mar 7 Comments

I will be giving away this (8cm x 16cm) mounted drawing in my next newsletter which will be sent on the 4th March.   The winner will be picked randomly from all those who put in a request for him. A drawing will be on offer for each newsletter from (read more…)

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…)