Glastonbury Tor drawing

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…)

Glastonbury Tor drawing

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…)

A drawing of a Man in Garden

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 of a Man in Garden

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…)

Allotment pencil visual sketch

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 of County Hall, London

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…)

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…)

watercolour of sardines

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…)

Drawing of an Allotment

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…)

drawing of a church in Bath

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…)

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…)

Allotment Fair Drawing

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…)

Drawing of Columbia Road

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…)