Monday, March 31, 2008

Spring greens

Colour at last!!

Blocked in this morning. I am painting a series of exotic flowers from more unusual angles on 10" square canvases for Artweeks in May.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Ne me quitte pas

Sunny day and some Nina Simone.
My submission for the RA Summer Exhibition is finally finished, after many many hours and a lot of silver leaf on the studio
I will be a little bit wistful to see them go, after they have kept me company in the studio awhile.

Friday, March 28, 2008


I have decided to remove the studio cam as it was so s- l-o-w-. Webcams in studios are a nice idea in principle, except that sometimes there is little activity worth watching and so it rather does become a 'watching paint dry' exercise.

That said, you can always video call the studio when i'm online and painting to see whats going on. Using MSN. My MSN address is in my profile.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

What a difference a scan makes....

This is a digitally remastered crop from a painting done some time ago. The original was in black and red...

Steve Taylor at Art Fusion did this for me and we are going to experiment with putting this image on different media. I would like to see this on a sheet of metal.

The whole idea of revisiting work using digital techniques opens up a mind-boggling number of possibilities and you'd be hard pressed to know when to stop. There are so many tools at your disposal these days, makes you wonder if the days of brush and canvas are numbered....

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.

Monday, March 17, 2008


Some work on the background this morning. I think I am almost on the home stretch with this one. I have really enjoyed the exercise of painting in 2 colours...but I have some exotic flowers on the go with lots of bright vibrant colours which I'm looking forward to splashing around with later this week.

I am not convinced about the circles.....I am half tempted to paint them out again and blend the background with just a few bright highlighted spheres here and there. What do you think? C'mon you lurkers....

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A mornings work

Finished off filling in the cloth (I have always avoided painting material in the past and now I remember why...). And done some on the body of the child. I'm aiming for a 'rough' brush work feel to this. ..rather than smooth and realistic. I want people to have to stand back from this one to see it. How on earth I am going to get it to London on the Oxford Tube doesn't bear thinking about at this stage....

I used my webcam to take this picture as I was too idle to go back into the house to fetch the camera and plethora of wires required to upload to the laptop...and I'm quite pleased with the photo. I might more use of this video cam in future.....

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

All you need is love

Working on the clothes this evening. If technology doesn't let me should see this on the studio cam....if I disappear...its because the other half wants to check the footie results.....

Up close and cam

O the wonders of modern technology. Thanks to those clever peeps at ustream, you can now see into my studio when I'm online.

Also if you click on the Verve can see blogs from all over the world and what they are up to.

Technology rools.

Saturday, March 01, 2008


Out last night for the Arts Group meeting. I was lucky enough to get picked out of a hat to have some work digitally fiddled with (for want of a better term) by Steve Taylor at Art Fusion. He creates the most fantastic prints on whatever substrate you can think of, then paints in some more, and photographs them again!. The end result is amazing. This is one of the samples he has to play with. Exciting stuff.

"Adventure is hardship aesthetically considered"

Barry Targan