Rain is Coming: oil 12×9″

Just managed to get this one dry in time to be photographed and up online before I get into busier schedules; next post will be during the second week in July. Opportunities to make paintings of skies are taken as often as I can. The more contrast, the better. It does of course mean having […]

Windblown: oil 12×10 inches

The attempt to loosen up my oil-painting style has progressed a bit further, although a few pieces have fallen back to a degree of tightness. I shall finish them and let them be what they are, then move on. Today’s piece is on mdf board, with a smooth surface of alkyd white, which was actually […]

Anemones: pastel 19×13″

While my oil paintings are drying at various stages of completion, I return to pastels and divert my energy into making whatever improvements I can in using that medium. This anemone picture was worked over several two-hour sessions and is possibly one of the biggest I’ve ever attempted. It was not initially intended to be […]

Killantringan lighthouse; oil 12×9″

I’ve spent most of the past couple of weeks with the oil paints. One of my biggest personal hang-ups is in trying to be more intuitive and loose with paint application, even in the early stages of a work. I have been encouraged to begin my pictures using more paint than I usually do. For […]

Rustic Gold: pastel 13×16″

Pastel work has been slow this year. I like to try and find some floral themes, but have been unable for some reason to settle on anything. Earlier this year (January) I completed “Catching the Light”, and have done very little since then, bar “Pink Orchids” (March) which was worked directly from a plant that […]

Afon Dwyryd, Portmeirion: oil 20×16″

Several weeks ago I started a larger oil painting, one of the biggest I have tackled for quite a long time….and even then, 20×16 inches isn’t exactly large by today’s standards. This is the River Dwyryd, as seen from near the White Horses tower in Portmeirion, North Wales. A lot of scudding clouds that day, […]

Daffodils: watercolour 14×10″

Daffodils present the painter with a few headaches, with regard to composition. They are tall plants, bearing their flowers right up on top and almost above the leaves. This creates many tall and somewhat thin compositions! Our options are varied, however; one is to actually create a tall and narrow picture; another is to concentrate […]

Orchids: pastel 18×14″

(Posted Sunday afternoon instead of my usual Monday). This past week I’ve managed to get quite a bit done, if not totally finished. Today’s picture has been in progress since early March. These orchids are quite pale in bright light but have a depth of pinkish-mauve to them and provided a bit of a challenge […]