Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Ink figure drawings

These are two recent drawings created from initial life drawings.  I drew these figures on prepared backgrounds using a twig dipped in ink. The twig gives a varied quality of the line which makes the work more fresh and interesting.  The background  is an abstract composition of ink on canvas. The flow of the ink and the merge of the three colours created spontaneous patterns. This element of unpredictability was my aim. The figures were drawn over this background so that they appear to bond with the "environment" and be engulfed by it.
You can view them on etsy. 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Life drawing with ink

Today I have been reworking life drawings into colourful postcard size paintings. The aim was to show the contours of the female model in bold expressive colours. I used drawing ink and a twig (cut from a tree) to create the lines. A soft brush was also used for wide areas,blocking in the spaces.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Brown Sugar

Little progress made on this painting today. ( I am teaching today so not much time).
The flower needs a lot more work. I like blue hydrangeas so that's what it's going to be. The colour scheme of whites, blues, purples compliments and shows off the skin colour. The back ground is very pale blue but the snap shot I took doesn't show it well. I 'll post the final piece when it's ready.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Brown Sugar

The portrait on the easel at present. A small scale oil on canvas. I am unusually painting this from a photograph I took. I am going to add a flower and maybe earings. This is a portrait I construct while I am painting it, taking as a starting point the face only.
I have already given it a title. "Brown Sugar" after the well known song by the Rolling Stones who celebrated 50 years in music last weekend.
I will post the final piece tomorrow all being well.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Graphite on paper. Portrait of Tim from life which I always prefer doing.

Monday, 12 November 2012


Graphite on paper
It took half an hour for this portrait. So it's quite quick which helps capture an animated and expressive face.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

My red shoes

This is another painting completed this week. Part of a different series of work that involves olive trees and my shoes. All symbolic meaning and derived from my own life experiences.
This is also for sale on 

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Self portrait

A pencil self portrait I did a few months ago. There will be more self portraits soon. It felt strange, weird, to me at least, looking at myself so closely and intently. That is why I have avoided the self portrait for a long time. I started sketching myself only because I didn't have another model at times. Now  I am getting into it. Portraying myself should be interesting.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Two paintings in progress today. I am exploring ways of depicting and celebrating the human figure, the female in this case. Experimenting with technigues and mediums. Here I am using oils, palette knife and oil crayons.
I favour the vibrant and semi realistic expressive colour.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A couple of sketches, preparory work for portrait of Mandy.

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Sunday, 21 October 2012

A small painting oil on canvas just completed.
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Thursday, 18 October 2012

Work in progress

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Monday, 15 October 2012

Latest drawing on the easel. Charcoal and graphite on paper.

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Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Graphite pencil on paper. Portrait of Tim.

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Friday, 29 June 2012

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The current portrait on the easel.
Just needs some finishing touches yet. It is a study in oils for a more detailed and considered portrait of Luke. I find these studies are very helpful in order to examine and learn somebody's face and get to know them better. Getting to know your subject for a portrait is very important. 
Some people are happy with just the study and prefer them to a finished work that would take a lot more time. I will post this one finished tomorrow.
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Saturday, 5 May 2012

The Queen, Elizabeth II. I have finished her majesty's portrait. It is acrylic on canvas 16x20inches. I used a number of photographs for reference.

Monday, 16 April 2012

Friday, 13 April 2012

Painting the gueen's portrait
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Saturday, 7 April 2012

Painting and drawing people in the limelight. Their status, work and personality interest me. Their portrait is a way of exploring that.
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012

This portrait is now finished. My teenage son George, in his room, wearing his school uniform and listening to music on his iphone. It is acrylic on canvas. 100cm x 80cm

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Portrait painting update

The painting on the easel at present. Still working on this. The interior is a bit tricky. Things to include and things to leave out. But everything I include is really there in his room.
It reflects  the environment of a typical contemporary teenager, schoolboy, I think.