A talk by John Rogers and a painting of Fleet Street

A talk by John Rogers on the post-Olympic city in London

In early May, I ventured back into London to do some work and to generally mooch about, picking up a few ideas for new paintings. One evening, I visited Fleet Street to listen to a talk by one of my favorite London historians, John Rogers. I have followed John for several years on YouTube. HeRead more…

Illustration book pages and cover

Featuring in the book, ‘Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective’.

A good while ago I was approached by Alan Male (Head of Illustration; Senior Lecturer – Falmouth University) and he asked me if I would like to feature in the 3rd edition of his book, Illustration: A Theoretical and Contextual Perspective. I was more than keen to take part and after a discussion we agreedRead more…

London Marathon painting

Have you ever completed the London marathon and want to be in a painting?

If yes, then I want to hear from you. I want to paint a picture of The London Marathon where every participant can be pointed to, with a name and story attached to that entrant. Kindly provide: Your name A snapshot of yourself donning your marathon kit; you don’t have to be running etc TheRead more…

Maida Unveiled Cover with painting of little venice

An article on me and my paintings in Maida Unveiled magazine

Recently, I was lucky enough to  feature in Maida Unveiled magazine, based in Maida Vale, London. The article begins: “Liam O’Farrell has generously allowed us to include two of his beautiful artworks, representing the Regent’s Canal (as reproduced on our front cover) and Avalon Flowers, a local flower shop on Lauderdale Road. Liam is aRead more…

A Talk on Painting at The Chapel, Bruton, Somerset

I am giving a talk on art here in Somerset and if you are in the area and it would be really great if you could attend! It is being held at The Chapel in Bruton. A lovely building with a fine restaurant. The talk will last about an hour, followed by a Q&A session.Read more…

A painting of Merton College Oxford

A watercolour of Merton College Oxford

I was commissioned to paint this picture of Merton College in Oxford. An ideal piece for me really as I always enjoy the fussy details of street scenes like this. You can buy a limited edition print of this painting here A bit about Oxford I visit Oxford occasionally and it’s easy to forget howRead more…

Rockaway video for site

Two paintings and a video about Rockaway Park, Somerset

In this video I am going to talk about Rockaway Park in Temple Cloud, Somerset. Rockaway Park is a community of artists with extraordinary diverse and independent talent. You only have to look around to see extraordinary diverse and independent that talent really is.  A Bedford Bus You can buy a limited edition printRead more…

Journeys with my sketchbook

A video about the journeys with my sketchbook

I have a shelf at home that is full of my old sketchbooks that occasionally I flick through to recall and relive my past. It occurred to me that my sketchbooks are the nearest thing I have to a diary, which is very useful as I am liable to forget the past. However, when IRead more…

A painting of Parliament Square, and the House of Parliament in London

A painting video of Parliament Square, and the Houses of Parliament in London

In this commission I was asked to paint Parliament Square and the Houses of Parliament in London. I lived in London for almost a quarter of a century, picking-up all the cynicism big city living can give you. However, on returning here, I get quite a kick from all those red buses, black taxis, and,Read more…

video and painting of the east somerset railway

A painting of a steam train on The East Somerset Railway

In this blog I’m going to talk about the steam trains of the East Somerset Railway in Cranmore. The East Somerset Railway was set up in the early seventies and is run largely by volunteers, who are passionate about preserving the region’s railway heritage and sharing it with the public. Their dedication and hard workRead more…

A video and paintings of The Glastonbury Festival

In this article, I am going to talk about  the Glastonbury Festival, the iconic event that has been taking place in rural Somerset for over 50 years. As you might expect, having attended the festival since 1990 and currently residing next to it, I have created numerous paintings inspired by “Glasto” over the years. Read more…

Maida Vale Walking and painting tour

A walking and painting video tour of Maida Vale in London

See the video below    Maida Vale has been a bit of a favourite spot of mine, so I’ve decided to also write about a few other paintings completed over the years. Initially I am going to talk about this large oil painting which is a scene along the Regent’s Canal in Little Venice,Read more…

Caravan painting for The Crown Pilton

A painting of a travellers caravan near Glastonbury Tor, Somerset

You can buy a limited edition print of The Caravan here. A fictional scene based on the many traveller caravans situated around the foot of Glastonbury Tor in Somerset. At it’s core, the painting is a celebration of the idea that happiness is about fulfilling and celebrating our needs rather than the mere accumulation ofRead more…

Clissold House painting in watercolour

A painting of Clissold House in Hackney, London and a love story

I was asked to paint a watercolour painting of Clissold House in Hackney, East London. Though London is often perceived as a sprawling metropolis, it is also blessed with an abundance of public parks and open spaces. Many of these began life as private country estates with Clissold House and park being an example. Clissold House (originallyRead more…

A painting of cows pigs and dogs on a farm

A commission painting of animals on a farm

I got a call from two local farmers who wanted to commission a painting of several of their favourite animals. As a city person I know absolutely nothing about farms, in fact I find some farm animals a bit intimidating – especially the larger cows (and most of the smaller ones). I was chased byRead more…

Maida Vale drawing and video

A video featuring a small drawing for a large painting in Little Venice, Maida Vale

For this one I visited West London, getting-off at Warwick Avenue – probably one of London’s quietest tube stations – to specifically draw the community of Little Venice next to the Regents Canal. This painting is available to buy here See the video here  Two communities in Little Venice by the Regents Canal Really, whenRead more…

A painting Albert Bridge from Battersea Bridge

A painting of man looking out towards Albert Bridge in London

This painting is availabe to buy here This painting is available as a limited edition print here The concept for this painting came from a walk through London on a bleak January morning. It was one of those mornings which was intensely cold with that very thin yellow light that just seems to make thingsRead more…

A video of a drawing of Clevedon Pier in Somerset

A Small Drawing and Video of Clevedon Pier in Somerset

It is January. It’s freezing cold and it’s by the sea, but I’ve decided to go out and do a small drawing of Clevedon Pier in Somerset. And a video to go with it.        It was once described by John Benjamin as the most beautiful peer in England and I thinkRead more…

The Barbican Estate and Centre painting

The Barbican Estate and Centre, in the City of London

The Barbican This painting is available as a limited edition print Everyone has an opinion on these grade II listed blocks of flats and the associated Barbican Centre. I don’t know anyone who is indifferent to it. Its either loved or hated. This complex was built in the 1970’s in the British Brutalist style. ItRead more…

painting of the allotment in Pilton Somerset

An oil painting of A bee in a country allotment

During the lockdowns, I decided to embark on a large project based in my home village of Pilton, Somerset. I mused over a few ideas but finally settled on the village allotment. You can buy a limited edition print of the painting here Over the years I have painted many allotments, some real locations andRead more…

London Walk video

A video of a London walk to The Royal Academy of Arts

I often visit London often and to get across the city, in general, I would use the tube, although since the pandemic, I have been more inclined to walk. And really, if you have the time, it’s a far better way to travel, especially in an ancient city like London.  I did a tripRead more…

Growing mushrooms for beginners front cover

Illustrating Growing Mushrooms for Beginners

I often get asked to paint book and magazine covers, but rarely whole books. When books do come along its difficult to guess what they might be, so I was much intrigued when asked to illustrate a book on cultivating mushrooms. My knowledge of mushrooms I have to say that I know absolutely nothing aboutRead more…

Painting of a mock Tudor house

Painting a house portrait in Warrington, Cheshire

Occasionally I get asked to paint client homes, and last year I was pleased to be asked to paint a family home in Warrington, Cheshire. This property is about 200 miles from my home in Somerset but, as I also had jobs booked in Liverpool and Salford at the same time, I decided to bookRead more…

water front Painting Greenwich C

A painting of the Greenwich Waterfront circa 1930

You can buy a limited edition print of the painting here   I love a bit of history, so I was thrilled to be asked to paint the Greenwich waterfront. Interestingly, my client did not want a contemporary view but how the area looked circa 1930. I had a small watercolour to go on butRead more…