Friday, 23 December 2011

Portrait in progress

The canvas on the easel at present. Latest on the progress made on this portrait.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Portrait of George in acrylic on Canvas

These are two stages of the portrait in progress. I am now considering the composition in the background. The dark blue carpet is the same as in his room. The blue wall is again the same as in his room.

Graphite portrait of George

George in his school uniform. This is a portrait I did a couple of years ago and I am now using it to create a large acrylic portrait with the same main image but in context. With backgraound. Elements of his environment and  his room. He had his earphones in listening to music on his iphone. They are not in this picture but will be in the bigger acrylic painting.

Friday, 25 November 2011


This is large scale, life size portrait of my son. Pastel on paper. Size 6 ft 4. I still have not finished  it.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Who's this woman

                                                  Graphite portrait on paper

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Mandy' sportrait

This is one of my favourite portraits I've done recently. It charcoal and conte on brown paper.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Portrait drawing

Portait study in my sketchbook. This is Depi. graphite pencil on white paper.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

George reading

Graphite pencil drawing of my son George reading.

For the Love of Drawing.

Drawings from my sketchbook.
As in previous post, these are works I've done from observation en plein air for the love of drawing.

For the Love of Sketching

Have been out of the studio for a while. Sketching and drawing and taking photos wherever I go, anywhere I happen to be. These are rough sketches that might develop to more rendered drawings or paintings when back in the studio. I love the freedom of using  my sketchbook and being outdoors.

Thursday, 30 June 2011


Prompted by a recent article about Sarah Ferguson and her latest venture on American TV,  I decided to do a portrait of her. What attracted me was a photo of her, where she looked volunerable, as if she was trying hard to pull herself together when inside she felt stupid and useless. She has tried so many times to make something of herself not succeeding very well. All the time knowing she had it all and blew it by her own admission. I'd like to do her portrait. This is a quick sketch taking information from videos and photographs.
This is part of my interest in depicting people.



Barbed wire

Drawing is a way of working things out, sometimes on a psychological and  emotional level. In this instance I 'm trying to deal with distressing images on news bulletins, reporting from the Middle East. Countries in war and violent uprising.
Pencil on paper.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Portrait in pastel.

Work in progress. Life size portrait in pastel on paper. Two stages of the portrait of my son George. I have shown him in a typical stance, outfit and with some things that he uses regularly; mobile phone and juggling balls. he can juggle 4 balls ! yes!
Any comments so far?

Monday, 6 June 2011

Teenager's portrait

Work in progress; Life size portrait of my teenage son in a typical pose mobile in hand, wearing his out of school uniform, jeens and T-shirt. Pastel on Fabriano paper. (The photo taken from an angle) 

Thursday, 26 May 2011


                     Today's portrait. Pastel pencils and charcoal on brown paper.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Portrait of a blonde

This is  Sandra. Works at the centre where I teach drawing.


 Here you have to examine your own face and find out a lot about yourself. it's not like looking in the mirror. It goes deeper than that. It feels you are trying to see through your inner self. Is that why so many artists embraced self portraiture? Painted themselves over and over again?

Drawing people

This is a Japanese friend of mine, called Satomi. Drawing people  is a real revelation . You see things you never saw before. You really have to examine their faces and challege your preconceptions about how faces are. They are all different. Especailly when they are peole from different races.As an artist who draws people you really think you know them better after you've drawn them. . Getting their individual gaze and  expression though is the most difficult part and the most rewarding.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011


Creating atmosphere using charcoal in the background and lifting it with cotton wool to create form.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Oil on canvas

Acrylic on canvas

Recent work from life drawing. I have created these two works on canvas from initial pencil drawings form life. Expressive and vibrant colour is used. I favour work that does not have a photographic realism  but paintings that show  imagination. I don't want to recreate an image on canvas but create something new.
The first painting is done using brushes the second is created with pallete knife.

Monday, 9 May 2011

          A recent portrait drawing using blue grey pencil on white paper.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

John Hurt

A drawing of John Hurt the actor. Pencil and charcoal on paper.

Monday, 21 March 2011

"The only way"

Two linocut prints completed recently. The tree is printed on Somerset 350 gr archival paper. The second print on Fabriano paper. Both prints using Caligo oil based inks.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Monday, 28 February 2011

Drawing pencil on paper
Oil on canvas

These two works are the begining of my project on motherhood. I create paintings of my son's shoes and this is going to carry on to other items of his clothing. More on this to come later.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Projects I am working on now

For those of you who have visited this blog you would have seen a number of different ideas and media, going on in the studio. I am working on different projects as always.
1. Portraits. I became very interested in people as  subject matter and in particular my family and then my friends  a few years ago.Painting my family makes me feel  even closer to them. Painting the portrait of someone involves a very close interaction. You have to get to know them in order to really capture their image.  Somebody said that a portrait is successful if you feel that somebody has left the room when you turn the painting to the wall.
I don't paint entirely from life. I spend some time observing them in  a number of poses and make some sketches. I work form them with oils on canvas with some additional sittings if possible or use some photographs of my subjects.. I find portraiture a very rewarding form of art which I think has started to see a revival after conceptualism which dominated the art world for at least the last 2 decades.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Little shoes

This is the latest painting from my studio. Oil on canvas. A painting from my son's little shoes.It still needs a few finishing touches.

Friday, 18 February 2011

mum's portrait

Still working on this portrait. Trying to achieve the gaze and aura of my mother coming out of the painting. All that from photographs and memory.

sketch of female nude

Sketch of female nude. Charcoal on canvas. Preparation for oil painting.

Saturday, 12 February 2011


                                                          Oil on canvas 70x 50 cm.


Linocut print on Somerset paper edition 1/50

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Work in progress

Working on this similar work on the same theme. The shoes need more work.

Olive tree &red shoes

Here's the finished work. Oil on canvas. 50x70cm

Friday, 21 January 2011

Olive tree and red shoes

Latest work on the easel. Been working on this painting the last couple of days. Oil on canvas.

Sunday, 16 January 2011


                                                Another drawing in the "Broken" series.