“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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

“Lime Marmalade”: oil 8×8 inches

After the rush of paintings earlier in the year, I have been unable to settle to finish anything much. However this one is now done. Oils are especially useful to portray juicy glistening materials such as jellies and marmalades. The colour scheme for this picture was kept primarily in the pale yellows/acid greens sector, balanced […]

“Honister Pass”: oil 12×9 inches

Very busy week, no real time for painting, but here’s the second of two small oils completed a week or so ago. The Honister Pass in England’s Lake District is a spectacular route through steep-sloping mountains, offering amongst the best views in the country. This painting is based on a view from near the slate […]

“Clouds over Portmeirion”: oil 12×9 inches

Oils on canvasboard, 24cm x 30cm (approx 12×9 inches). Another from North Wales…Viewing the sky from a high vantage-point close to the Town Hall in Portmeirion. In front of me directly was quite a lot of open space and flat rooftop, not exactly inspiring material….so I cropped my photo down to exclude all this and […]

“White Horses Tower, Portmeirion”: oil 8×8 inches

Finally, a new small oil painting, pretty much complete and now drying. It won’t go up for sale just yet but I may put it onto the website anyway. I am planning a little series of paintings from scenes around the model village at Portmeirion, North Wales. For those who know nothing about it, there’s […]

“Pigeons at Old Conwy”: oil 12×14 inches

Well, here we are at post number 100, as the year draws to a close. A year of mixed blessings and a few departures, but one in which a lot more paintings and drawings were planned and completed. And more experimenting, more mistakes, more failures, but more variety in the process. Today’s painting looks over […]