Blue Jar with Flowers

I’ve held off posting this one because it had been lined up for an exhibition and I still don’t know whether it has “got in” or not. However, with pouring rain preventing me from taking photos of newer work, I’ve decided to put it up. The approach to this picture was based almost all on […]

Onion; watermedia 10×8″

I finished this a couple of weeks ago, having started it in early June and then worked on it in short spells during the hot weather. It developed from a small biro drawing and a photo of the onion-head. These things look relatively simple but I wanted to do more with the details. In the […]

Little Gems: acrylic 12×5″

Update August 1st; this little picture won itself a place in the listings on LightSpaceTime.com, in the special recognition category of Botanicals 2019. The whole exhibition is viewable at their YouTube channel, LightSpaceTime.com. The British weather continues to be sultry and stuffily hot; younger folk probably don’t mind but us old ‘uns find it a […]

Seedheads: ink, 11×9″ approx

My work room has a small invasion of bees, so I have stopped any further oil painting for the time being. I’ve moved my pastels and some drawing materials to another room; with the intention of bringing back a style of work that I used to do, similar to “Gerbera” from a recent post. Today’s […]

Gerbera: inks, 11×8″

I’m posting something from my hoard of old drawings and unfinished work. Every so often I pull out old pieces of card and paper that have been worked on; in pencil, pastel, watermedia. Many were never framed or exhibited simply because I felt they were too incomplete or simply not up to standard. However, sometimes […]

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 […]