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Bird 0904

Walthamstow Arts Festival offered our art studios Inky Cuttlefish stalls so I had the chance to sit and work out in the open while showing some of my work. I managed to get myself organised enough to draw up 4 bird images and completed painting...

Happy Birthday Pops

I was running out of time to paint something for my daughter Poppy's birthday so this painting had to be executed quickly and as a consequence is a bit slapdash. It's a bit clown-like but hopefully isn't a complete failure...

Surrounded by obstacles and the moon

This is quite a large square painting which turned out much more colourful than I had intended. It began as a much more simple painting but the figure crept into it. I like the idea that an indiscriminate red mark lurches across from one side...

Girl at a Window

Many artists have painted an image of a young girl or woman at a window from Dali, Cassatt, Vermeer, Balthus and of course Rembrant's painting at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.I painted this quite quickly and liked the idea that someone is taking some time to...

Face with Red Scarf

This is a very quick painting I did on paper a couple of years ago but i've recently worked on it again with dark glazes.Thin, oily, transparent layers of glazes give the painting a glow and often help bring more life to a painting. I...

Blue Sky and harbour

Back after an interlude of about 9 months. I've still been painting while enjoying Poppy and Ben's wedding, child-minding my gorgeous grand-daughter Eliza and renovating my second property since moving to London 18 months ago.This small painting was painted in oils on a block of...

Fighting the need to make it look ‘right’.

Often when I'm working quickly I'm concentrating on shape, colour, harmony and interesting paint marks. when I stand back and look at the work the 'mistakes' jump out and I have to work hard at not 'tidying it up'. This painting is a good example...

New painting-a-day images.

To get a painting started I make 4 small ink marks on the image and the prepared paper in the centre of the edges and also a central cross. I often begin the paintings upside down and work from or closely to the central cross....

Fox and Girl Nov.26th 2013

Today is the beginning of a new series of 'painting-a-day' pieces. Something different occurs when I try to paint quickly, setting myself time limits and having ready-made images to work from. At the moment I'm only getting into the studio 3 days a week but...

Untitled/Unfinished Nov. 2013 A work in progress This unfinished painting changes dramatically over the months and most of the image is painted over leaving only the girl in the yellow skirt. This became it's new title and the finished painting will be uploaded at a later date....