Monday, 29 April 2013

Mark Making and Texture

After Kurt Jackson

Working at the Cape with The Brisons on the horizon


Tuesday’s lesson will see us working in the style of the Cornish painter Kurt Jackson.
The painting is of The Brisons just off Cape Cornwall.

We will work in a combination of oil and watercolour styles. The lesson is focused on making different marks and getting different textures with the paint, so anything goes. I want you to concentrate on playing with the paint and seeing what happens if...

Kurt Jackson usually works on his knee or lays out very large canvas’ on the floor. We will block the canvas in standing at an angle and use plenty of water with the paint. Don’t worry about the drips, try to let yourself go and enjoy the paint.

For the second stage we will lay the canvas flat and work within the shapes we have created using both watercolour and oil techniques.

We will need ultramarine and cobalt blue, burnt umber, crimson red, cadmium yellow, white, hogs hair brushes and a painting knife.

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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Friday, 26 April 2013

Published in June Edition of Leisure Painter Magazine


The first of four article throughout the summer on painting with acrylics.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Selected For National Art Competition

Pomegranate and Grapes. 
Oil on canvas 
20 cm x 13 cm

I’ve just had a painting selected as one of the lucky seventy in the artist category for the Patching Art Competition 2013.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Arena Auction

10 cm x 10 cm oil on canvas, framed.


I have a small still life in Arena Studio’s 11th annual auction. 

Work will be on display in The Elevator Bar in the week running up to the auction. It will be possible to register and submit bids prior to the event via e-mail.

Monday 29th April: Work will be on display in The Elevator Bar, Parliament Street.

Friday 3rd May: Auction Night. Viewing and registration from 6pm. Auction 7pm till 10pm.

Monday, 22 April 2013

After Nicolai Fechin

First drawing in my new moleskin pad 21 cm x 13 cm carbon pencil

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Blue and Orange

21 cm x 18 cm oil on canvas paper

Saturday, 6 April 2013

On The Easel

30 cm x 30 cm oil on board.

Trying something new, I’m painting twice my normal size on board instead of canvas, using bigger brushes and a knife. I’m using an old painting as a model but I’d really like to give it a try outdoors. I like the idea of painting the real within the abstract. I'll put it to one side for now and get back to it later.