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Category Archives: Painting and drawing
This project, made with reception class children, aimed to build on the children’s phonics learning over their first year by making an animation, which they could then use as an online resource. The children in the class each worked on … Continue reading
A small commission of a family home intended to capture it at that special time with a young family within (hence the cargobike in the foreground).
As a gift for my beloved mother’s 60th birthday I wanted to paint a picture of her with her own children when they were young. Unfortunately, thanks to her long-term commitment to camera aversion I couldn’t find an appropriate photograph, … Continue reading
As mentioned in an earlier post, I have been attending life drawing sessions at The Prince Regent in Herne Hill on Wednesday evenings. The group organise an exhibition every year to display their ongoing collective and eclectic efforts. This year … Continue reading
I’ve been going to life drawing classes for a few months now (its something I’ve done a great deal of in the past but haven’t found the time for in the last couple of years). I don’t have any particular … Continue reading
This image started life as a collage about 2 yrs ago after the G20 demonstrations. A time when billions of pounds were being spent on bailing out banks and I got into a fruitless argument with my bank about some … Continue reading
A view of the beautiful cottage where one of my Mum’s neighbours live, on Anglesey. The cottage and background – showing the view over the Menai Straits to Snowdonia is fairly accurate, but the foreground is more invention than reality.
A painting from my recent trip to Skye. This view was a short walk from where I stayed, and the painting was begun quickly on site as Skye lived up to my expectations of glorious sunshine one minute and horizontal … Continue reading
These small paintings (14x18cm and 12×16) were made using drawings from a sketchbook I took with me on a trip to Central America in 2006. The second one I finished this week, but the colour and memory of the places … Continue reading
This little portrait commission (5x7inches) of a beautiful 14month old girl was a joy to do, and I had an excuse to get the silver-leaf out.
I started this painting quickly while sat on a water-butt overlooking my mum’s vegetable patch as the sun set. Later in the studio I extended the board from its original square shape to try to balance the composition, and used … Continue reading
These two small paintings were ones started in Germany several years ago that I have only just got round to working on in the studio. I enjoy what happens when you work from imagination/memory on an image that began as … Continue reading
This portrait of Johnny Lydon is one of a few versions I painted and drew as part of an illustration job. I knew when I was doing this version that it wasn’t going to cut it as its not exactly … Continue reading
This portrait was painted as a wedding present for my friends/family members Donna and Tom. Congratulations.
In October I will be leading a drawing workshop at the Hunterian museum as part of the Big Draw (a campaign that aims to use drawing to connect visitors with museum and gallery collections, urban and rural spaces – and … Continue reading
Dog portrait commissions are great, but if there’s an opportunity to slyly convert one into a landscape painting, it must be taken. So then, two paintings of dogs and one of Richmond Park (which also happens to have a dog in … Continue reading
In a tent. In summer. So it is a given that it rained, almost daily, and that rain leaked through the tent into puddles under the bed. But in the breaks between the rain, and family bonding, I found time … Continue reading
I was commissioned to illustrate a series of ideas in a fashion illustration style for The Viral Factory. The catch was they had to be done over a weekend – which was also the weekend of H’s birthday, so there … Continue reading
These portraits were done in time for a birthday present from the pictured husband to his wife. The horrible quality of the photos below is due to them being taken with a dodgy digital camera in the dark before rushing … Continue reading
Same size, same garden, different view.
I’ve recently completed these two small paintings for the talented musician Rumer. They were done in oils on textured surfaces and a style that attempted to evoke the atmosphere of the original photographs (which were lovely, but very small and grainy).
While developing ideas for an illustration project I started experimenting with ink washes over watercolour masking fluid. I found the results quite satisfying so will definitely try some other ideas out when I can get the lids of my dried … Continue reading
While my paints are out and slowly spreading round the house in tell-tale little footprints, I’ve been working on a few old paintings that were started and never even nearly finished. This little painting was begun on holiday in Germany … Continue reading
Well, not all of London is beautiful in Spring, but the walled garden in Brockwell park is, and on a sunny day when the colours are all completely brilliant its hard not to start painting. I’m working on two more … Continue reading
Since going to art school I haven’t really been able to enjoy making a painting just for the love of it…until now. After all painting what you love might be the best place to start, and now that I’ve got the … Continue reading
The budget airlines punitive excess luggage policy prevented me from taking my oil paints…so I took inspiration from the wonderful Lucinda Rogers and did some watercolour/pen and ink drawings. Before the pen nib broke and everything still looks sunny. After … Continue reading