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 […]

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, […]