Friday, 31 January 2014

Leisure Painter March 2014

I have an article in the March edition of Leisure Painter which is in the shops today. All about still life it explains how to explore the basic principles of painting in the comfort of your own home and how it makes for better all round painting skills even when venturing outdoors.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Garden IV

21 cm x 18 cm oil on canvas paper

Sunday, 12 January 2014

After Edward Wesson

23 cm x 19 cm watercolour on paper.

I've been trying out some new brushes for an article that will appear in the May edition of Leisure Painter. Included in the selection were a couple of mop brushes as used by Edward (Ted) Wesson, I must say I'm hooked. They're bigger than anything I've used before and great for mopping in large areas, but they taper down to such a fine point for smaller touches that it's like having two brushes in one.

Edward Wesson used the mop brush giving his painting that loose and distinctive style, I believe it helped to give Ted’s paintings such a fluid feeling. The polishers mop; a brush he found in France made of squirrel hair and bound with wire was comparatively floppy when wet, as opposed to a springy sable most watercolourists use. Ted used it with tremendous confidence and aplomb and virtually made it his own. ‘The Art of Edward Wesson’ by Ron Ranson 

Monday, 6 January 2014

Original Art For Under £100

Orange 10 cm x 10 cm oil on canvas paper mounted on MDF

I've just uploaded some work onto a new site that sells all artwork for under £100, so why not have a look at the artists there and nab yourself a bargain?

Wednesday, 1 January 2014


Oil on canvas paper SOLD

I donated a small painting to the Cornerstone Gallery's annual charity event and had a nice review by Rachel Tillett.

‘Limes’ which depicts a still life study of a pair of limes. The oil on paper study is bright and vibrant with the lime green being a striking contrast against the brown and black background. The foreshortening of the limes is portrayed well with the use of shadow, tone and form. The painting is reminiscent of Cezanne’s apple studies, although this postcard variation on the classic still life gives it a contemporary and modern twist.’

Happy New Year