Monday, 27 May 2013

Paint to Learn. Jean Baptiste Camille Corot

20 cm x 13 cm acrylic on paper.

I’ve been doing a few paintings of green over the weekend; it must be all that nice weather giving us different tones to contend with. Sticking with that theme I was painting to learn in the style of Corot, albeit with acrylics instead of his oils. 

Painting to learn, or in the style of others is not an exercise in copying an exact replica (I think that’s called forgery), but an attempt to interpret the essence and learn from that.

I love this simple little study, it has the economic brushwork and a rendering of light I want to aim for in my own plein air work.

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Saturday, 25 May 2013


 Summer's here today so I sat in the garden and tried a couple of sketches in my new moleskin pad with carbon pencil

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Published in Leisure Painter Magazine

Part two of a four part series on acrylics is in the July edition of Leisure Painter magazine. A step by step demonstration shows how to paint a vase of flowers (above).

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Paint to learn: After Andrew Gifford

26 cm x 22 cm oil on canvas paper.
Another artist I found some time ago who also paints the city, Andrew Gifford.

Friday, 17 May 2013


10 cm x 10 cm oil on canvas paper.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Paint To Learn; After Edward Seago.

21 cm x 15 cm watercolour

I suppose like a lot of the artists we choose to study the fluid and spontaneous response will always be missing but that doesn't stop the fun in trying.

Saturday, 11 May 2013


This painting is part of a step by step demonstration. The last in a four part series for Leisure Painter magazine, part one is out now in the June edition.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Paint To Learn; After John Singer Sargent

I've decided to spend the next year getting to know watercolour as it's a medium I've had very little experience of so what better way to get acquainted.  I spent a year doing acrylic paintings of Liverpool, and a year doing oil still life, so time to give watercolour a bash and study the work of the masters like Sargent.