“Sea and Sand”: acrylic 24×20 inches

This past week I’ve been busy adding all the old blog posts into the new WordPress site here. They’re not all completed yet; I’m in 2017 with 2016 still to go. A few images are missing; I have to track them down, if I can. Also a few relatively mediocre posts without images have been […]

“Celestial Arches”; oil 12×9 inches

So let’s get back to yesterday’s post over on the old Dotclear platform; re-written here now as the start to our new WordPress set-up. Today’s picture is another “playtime” piece, using oils and cold wax on Arches oil paper. Abstract things are not a strong subject for me, but there is a sense of satisfaction […]

“Autumn Gathering”: acrylic 12×12 inches

Trying to complete a few more pictures before the end of the year; working in acrylic at present for quicker results. Here’s “Autumn Gathering”, painted direct from the subject on a 12×12 inch canvasboard (30x30cm for the imperially-challenged). I find rigid surfaces give brighter colours in acrylic, the paint is not absorbed quite so quickly, […]

“Gourd with Marigold”; oil 8×8 inches

Today’s picture is an oil on canvas-board, one of my usual small-format studies. A nice knobbly gourd provides central interest, with a two-tone orange and green colouring. The dark background provides contrast for the orange colour, as also with the single marigold bloom below it. Another local exhibition is coming soon, just before Christmas, so […]

“Corrosion”: oil on board 12×10 inches

For a few weeks now, on and off, I have been playing around with my tin of Gamblin cold wax medium. Oils tend to be a medium on their own; there isn’t much you can mix with them for experimentation, other than odd things like sand, dirt, twigs, etc. In recent years there has been […]

“Distant Isles”: oil 18×14 inches

Every so often I work a sea- or cloudscape entirely from imagination; like this one. Deep blues with touches of pink and mauve have always been a favourite colour combination of mine; unfortunately it is also rather tricky to photograph because digital cameras often fail to pick up the purple hues. The origin of this […]

“Gourd with Flowers”: pastel 8×8 inches

With several works in progress all at the same time (and in different media) it can be tricky getting one to completion without being distracted by the others. Today’s pastel was, however, started one day and finished the next. I currently have three gourds in the house, courtesy of one of the local shops. I’ve […]

“Hydrangea Woods”: oil 12×10 inches

Finally back to doing some constructive work, although not without various interruptions during the day. There are real disadvantages to working from home, too many distractions such as uncleaned floors and junk-piles to sort. It has become quite a mental battle to forcefully shoe-horn artwork into the day. However there are a couple of things […]

“Three Red Onions” pastel 8×6 inches

With plenty of red onions still around at home, I decided to continue the theme, this time taking the soft pastels to work with. I recently acquired a full set of Sennelier iridescent pastels and these onions offered a good opportunity to try a few of them out. The skins are pinkish-purple in general but […]