Sunday, 23 December 2012

Orange on Blue

10 cm x 10 cm oil on canvas paper mounted on board.
Putting complementary colours into practice again using the last of the oranges.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

I Believe I Can Fly

16 cm x 14 cm oil on canvas paper mounted on board.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Ladies Day

16 cm x 13 cm oil on canvas paper mounted on board

I saw these and thought of a day at Ascot races and all the fine hats on Ladies Day

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Christmas Exhibition

I have this one in the gallery over the Christmas details below.



Original and limited edition artwork by a group of locally acclaimed artists who will be exhibiting a collection of their work.

Opening Night: Friday 14th Dec, 7pm - 10pm
Open to public: 14th Dec - 10th Jan 2013

Times: Mon - Fri 10.00am - 4.30pm and Sat 10.00am - 1.00pm
Closed: Sundays

Friday, 7 December 2012

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Liverpool painting No.130. St James Road.

Liverpool painting No.130. St James Road. 

20 cm x 14 cm acrylic on canvas.

I can’t believe I've only done a handful of Liverpool pictures during the last year. I've spent most of the time on still life paintings set up at home. Although I did this latest one in the comfort of my own home from photos, and quick studies, it makes me want to get out there again...when the weather’s a bit nicer.

Friday, 30 November 2012

Less Is More

41 marks                              32 marks

using copies of my previous works in oil

Trying exercises to do in classes come January; 'Painting With Acrylics'. Using as few brush strokes as possible and the fingers to blend in an attempt at not getting over fussy with the application. Putting down the bare essentials without over working the painting really makes you think about the placement of every brush stroke.

Richard Schmid

30 cm x 17 cm oil on canvas

Painting along with American master Richard Schmid. It was a little different painting almost twice the size I normally attempt, but really informative watching how Schmid paints on his video:

 Richard Schmid Paints The Landscape: June.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Tuesday, 27 November 2012


20 cm x 14 cm oil on canvas

Bought a new bowl for props from the charity shop.


Monday, 26 November 2012

Red and Green

10 cm x 10 cm oil on canvas
I've been working with complementary colours with the class; I think this was a carry over with more to come.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Artist of the Year 2012

It was nice to have a picture win one of the prizes in the Artist and Illustrators, Artist of the Year 2012. I was in the company of, Mark Fennel, David Chalmers and the overall winner Linda Alexander.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Jam Packed

21cm x 14 cm oil on canvas.

I couldn't wait to finish this one, I was starving.

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Published Articles In The Artist, and Leisure Painter Magazines

Had an article published in October's handy pull out of the Leisure Painter and The Artist magazines. It gives advice on what to look for when choosing an art course, and is a really handy booklet to have. Inside are the opportunities to be had on leisure classes, painting holidays and workshops, so whether you're just starting out or fancy a challenge, it's worth a look.

If you've ever thought about passing your skills on, and teaching a leisure class, have a look at my article in The Artist magazine for November.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Artist of the Year 2012 prize-winner.

Artist of the year 2012 prize-winner


I had a phone call from London today telling me I was a prize-winner in Artist and Illustrator magazines, Artist of the Year 2012.

It’s always nice when other people like what you've painted; it sort of reinforces the faith in your own work.

It was great news simply to be chosen, especially from so many entries, but to actually win a prize; I suppose you could say it was the icing on The Last Piece of Cake.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Be Honest, When You Think of Me I'm Never Alone Like This.

10cm x 10cm oil on canvas

Be Honest, When You Think of Me I'm Never Alone Like This.

Friday, 26 October 2012


10cm x 10cm oil on canvas

Finally got the computer change over complete; not without a problem or two, hence the disappearance for a while. Sticking with the still life at the moment, it's warmer in the kitchen

Sunday, 7 October 2012

After Millet

Carbon pencil after J.S. Millet. La Laitiere Normande. 18cm x 27cm

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Late summer.

acrylic on canvas 15cm x 15cm.

It still seemed like the last days of summer today so I sat in the garden and painted the geraniums and roses before the grey sets in.

Monday, 24 September 2012

The Artist and Illustrators, Artist of the Year 2012.

September is proving to be a good month for my paintings. I'm off to the opening of  'Mersey-wide' tonight where I  had a piece selected for a show containing 60 works from the best opens in the Merseyside area.

I also have the piece below in the final 50 of over 4,000 entrants in The Artist of the year 2012 competition. This is being run by The Artist and Illustrator magazine, why not pop along and have a look at the finalists in all the categories of still life, landscape, portraits and an open section.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Speed Drawing

14cm x 14cm sketchbook.

I know this drawing took less than 3 minutes (shading added as he slept) because that's all he takes to wolf down his tea.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Heart of Stone.

13cm x 10cm oil on canvas

Monday, 17 September 2012

Formby: Big Skies.

Acrylic on paper 22cm x 12cm

Classes start again tomorrow at Orrell Park at 1.30pm and next week at SARA Hall in Aigburth at 10.00am. Get in touch if you need further details.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Art Merseywide: 60 of the Best

I'm honoured to have had this painting chosen for an exhibition the week after next.  


Monday 24 September from 6.30 to 9pm

On display is a selection of sixty of the best artworks from the Open Exhibitions held in 2011/12 by the greater Merseyside boroughs: Halton, Knowsley, St. Helens, Sefton, Wirral and Liverpool.

The artists selected reflect the variety and breadth of work that is being produced throughout the six Merseyside boroughs demonstrating the rich variety of styles and media which is the main characteristic and strength of the Open Exhibition format.

So do come along and enjoy this unique opportunity to celebrate Merseyside Art.

Exhibition open to the public from

25 September to 1 November 2012

Tuesday to Saturday, 12 to 4pm

The Liverpool Academy of Arts
32 Seel Street, Liverpool L1 4BE
0151 709 0735

Monday, 10 September 2012

Little Plum

10 cm x 10cm oil on canvas.

Sunday, 9 September 2012


23cm x 13cm acrylic on canvas

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Liverpool painting No.128. Coburg Wharf III

22cm x 14 cm acrylic on canvas NFS

Part two of the Liverpool Marina commission.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Coburg Wharf II

22cm x 14cm acrylic on canvas NFS

Part of a pair for a commission I'm working on of Liverpool Marina.

Monday, 3 September 2012

Chocolate Chip Muffin

10cm x 10cm oil on canvas.
Mounted, p+p free within the U.K. 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Oil on canvas 22cm x 14cm 

A bee trembled spray of lilac and green; lavender released perfumed air under a gentle shudder. I’ve never seen so many bees on one plant. Hovering like black and yellow flowers, they set to work on the tips of this well farmed plant, from sun up to sun down. It’s easy to overlook what's under our nose.
Up close there were 3 types of bees throbbing away, engrossed in activity. That was Sunday in a sun drenched garden.  Bank Holiday Monday was drenched in rain, and the lavender stood silent.  
Looking closer though, it’s still full.  It has a bee sheltering under every flower; no doubt praying for the sun, thinking… time is honey.

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Liverpool paintings at the Anglican Cathedral.

Liverpool painting No.1. Parr Street.

The Liverpool paintings are now available as cards at the Anglican Cathedral as well as Speke Hall. I expect to be adding a few more site specific paintings as I'll now do some work in and around the building, so looking forward to that.

Friday, 24 August 2012


Flowers 3.5" X  2.5" oil on canvas.

ACEOs are miniature pieces of art that measure 2-1/2" x 3-1/2".

The acronym "ACEO" stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They can be original art, print editions or photographs.