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…)

A painting visit to Betws Garmon, Snowdonia, Wales

12 May No Comments

I managed to do a few paintings on a short art break to Wales, staying in a tiny village at the foot of Mount Snowdon, Betws Garmon. An idyllic place. Of course you had a view of the perfect mountain range from the front door step, in addition, however, you are (read more…)

Watercolour and oil painting exhibition in London

11 Jan No Comments

Latest news. I have an exhibition entitled London Scene, A Capital Exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in waterloo. Exhibiting both watercolour and oil paintings. From the 11 January – 10 February 2010. Gallery Open 10am to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday: 124 -126 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LN UK (read more…)

The allotment fair drawing

6 Dec No Comments

am currently working on an oil painting and the preparatory drawing is above. The painting is based on an event at my mum’s allotment. As the growing season nears its end the members organise an “Allotment show”. Quite a jovial affair. They pitch a large marquee, have a jumble sale (read more…)

Three watercolours sold on the first day

13 Nov 1 Comment

All good news that three of my six paintings have sold on the first day of the exhibition at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in waterloo. One of which is featured above. It is of the bridges above Bourough Market. When i was painting it every second person kept telling me (read more…)

Art exhibition in Waterloo, London

1 Nov No Comments

Latest news I have an eight man show at the Llewellyn Alexander Gallery in waterloo. Exhibiting both watercolour and oil paintings. It starts on the 8 – 28 November 2009. Private view on Wednesday 4th 2009. Gallery Open 10am to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday: 124 -126 The Cut, Waterloo, London (read more…)

a quick thought on art

16 Sep No Comments

To say that a work of art is good but incomprehensible to the majority of men, is the same as saying of some kind of food that it is very good but that most people can’t eat it. Leo Tolstoy  

the garden: a new oil painting

11 Sep No Comments

I have recently finished another oil painting. ‘The Garden’. Oddly, all the plants are poisonous. You will find Hemlock (little sprigs of white flowers bottom left) among them. Socrates was forced to take Hemlock for upsetting his fellow Greeks. The daddy of them all however would be the Castor plant (read more…)

Where is british art heading? are the yba’s really dead?

5 Sep 1 Comment

I attended a debate at the Mall Galleries Threadneedle Prize this evening. Where is British art heading? Are the YBAs really dead? Who or what is going to replace them? Attending were leading Brit artist Bob and Roberta Smith, writer and broadcaster Brian Sewell and realist painter and Threadneedle selector (read more…)

A completed Painting of Columbia Road Market

31 Aug No Comments

This painting is available as a limited edition print After much aggravation in the initial drawing stage I have finally completed the painting of Columbia Road Market. It was a challenge to do and took much longer than I first anticipated. I just kept adding figures. The last being the (read more…)

Painting in Robin Hoods bay and North Yorkshire

15 Aug No Comments

We had one of those notorious “staycations”. Camping in Yorkshire. The campsite was in Glaisdale, this being a tiny village in the nook of the North Yorkshire moors. I say campsite. Really it was just a small patchwork of fields huddled around a few stone built farm buildings. It is (read more…)

A sketch of Columbia Road

2 Aug No Comments

I am currently battling away with a painting of Columbia road flower market. I say battling because when the market is open it is utter mayhem. A virtual 80’s trading floor at the summit of a black Wednesday. There are great eddying tides of people heavy with boxes of plants (read more…)

The leaves are green?

2 Jul No Comments

I visited the Stanley Spencer Gallery the other week and like many artists I jammed my nose right up to the canvas to dissect the mysteries of technique and style. I noticed flecks of sky blue on the top of the leaves. It was pure blue and fairly strong as (read more…)

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2009

14 Jun No Comments

I am pleased to say that my recent work “Waiting’ successfully made it into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition this year. (click on the image to view it larger) The opening event was an odd day. I expected to turn up at Burlington House, have a few glasses of wine (read more…)