Monday, 13 November 2017

The Monday Blog

Hello and welcome to my blog

I shall begin with an overview of recent pieces of work.
These are hanging on the wall in my bedroom.

Displaying them here gives me an ideal viewing area
 to decide if they are finished or in need of more work.

Storm Clearing  Oils on gessoed watercolour paper

Low storm clouds are clearing and light breaks through.

This one is top right in the above photo.
It is in an ash frame with a cream mount.

Ebb Shore   Oils on gessoed watercolour paper
About the colours and textures on the shore in a warm light.

This work is also in an ash frame with a cream mount.
These paintings have a coat of re-touching varnish
for protection and can be framed without glass if preferred.

Framed by Graham Perkins at Forge Arts
These frames are a change from my usual choice.
I like the mount which draws the viewer in to the picture.

Visit for Graham's website.

New Work today...

Abstracted and in progress...Oils on canvas board  16 x 20 inches
My thoughts were about my wild garden in summer.

I began with a warm underpainting and blocked in colour and shapes.
Using a brush and palette knife I sculpted and scraped, rubbed off and
created an abstract view of the borders in my garden.

This was purely imaginary and open to change along the way.
I shall leave it to dry before teasing out a composition and overpainting.

It may have several changes before I am happy with the result.
Next week there will be photos of the progress.

My wild garden in November..

Late afternoon on Sunday12th November.
The photo was taken by my daughter as we walked in the paddock.
The autumn colours are still around and the light on fluffy
Rosebay Willowherb seed heads is inspiring.

There may be another abstracted painting this week.

On a final note...

Brodie, my studio assistant may look innocent enough but
this sweet Whippet stole a whole 6 inch freshly baked egg custard tart 
from the kitchen table a few minutes after his photo shoot!

Until next Monday...
Thank you for your visit.

Monday, 6 November 2017

The Monday Blog

Good morning and welcome to my blog.

I have had a busy week preparing 6 paintings for a forthcoming show.
My selection of 3 pairs of work highlights the transition from reality to beyond.

Each pair has one work which is abstracted but still has some reality.
The other piece is more abstract featuring shapes and colours of the place.

These will be part of the Lincolnshire Artists' Society
Winter Exhibition in Sam Scorer Gallery, Drury Lane, Lincoln.

The show called 'Transitions' begins on Tuesday 7 November until Sunday 19 November
Open from 10 am until 4 pm.

The small series...

       I am continuing my experiments
                                                   with the 8 x 8 inch canvases.


 Three more seascapes featuring the shore at low tide.

This seascape has been added to my gallery.

The Lincolnshire coastline is a favourite place for me to paint.
This piece was inspired by a walk near Humberston.

Light on sandbanks and the winding creek are visible at low tide.
They will soon be covered when the tide turns.

Oils on board 16 x 12 inches
in a hand-painted wood frame.

I have had this painting in my studio but it is 
time to let it become available for a new home.

A new piece this week...

I like to vary my work and this piece is an imaginative landscape.

It has a sense of mystery and wilderness.

Oils on canvas board 10 x 12 inches
in a hand-finished gold coloured frame.

Until next Monday...
Thank you for visiting.

Monday, 30 October 2017

The Monday Blog

Good morning from my studio.

Here is a look at the past week's work.
A new series is on the easel and there are already some changes...

Ridgeline   Oils on canvas  8 x 8 inches

This small canvas has had a change this week.
I liked the previous image but adventure got the better of me
and it has undergone some destruction and emerged as a new creation.

I think the re-worked painting has more life and energy.

(The title has been suggested by a follower on Instagram).

Here was the first image...

I added more to my collection of textured paintings.

Pause   Oils on canvas  8 x 8 inches

This painting is about the shore at ebb tide.
Oil paint has been applied thickly in parts and sculpted with a brush and knife.
I like the lush feeling of water and wet mud.

(Another choice of title from a follower on Instagram).

Creek   Oils on canvas  8 x 8 inches  

The shore at low tide with wet marsh, mud and sea water.
Little rivulets and creeks will fill again when the tide turns.

Marshland is full of life with bird visitors to feed when the mud is exposed.
Light shines on the wet grasses and soft mud.

Abstracted to give a sense of place and a hint of reality.

I shall continue my journey with these small canvases.
They will be placed in simple black float frames and kept for a future show.

Now it is back to work and more of these to paint.

Until next Monday...
Thank you for visiting.

Monday, 23 October 2017

The Monday Blog

Taking Risks...

Risk-taking is an essential part of my painting life.
Being prepared to risk it all and often destroying the work as I make it 
means there is a sense of adventure and often an element of surprise.

I call my process 'Destruction-Creation'


On the left is the first part of a new work in oils and the 
right side image is the painting on the second day.

Below is the third day and the work is drying on the easel.
You can see how the work has gone from an idea about 'woodland'
to a wild place, abstracted with a sense of drama.

I have taken away the idea of woodland letting my imagination
take control to make a painting with atmosphere rather than close reality.

Painting 2

A second piece is drying on the easel...
shiny wet oils.

This piece also began as a 'woodland' but after several scrapes and
rubbing down it morphed into an abstracted landscape.
Another example of destruction-creation.
I might darken the left side to balance the composition.

A different size...

Last week I bought some small canvases 8 x 8 inches to use as practice pieces.
I decided to underpaint them with acrylic and let them dry in a warm place.
These small works are part of an exercise in texture.
I shall use brush and knife to sculpt the oils.

The underpainting will probably disappear once I begin using the oils.
I am not governed by these colours or shapes. I like freedom.

Here is the first piece.
Now heavily texured with oils.

Garnet Moor   Oils on stretched canvas  8 x 8 inches

A close up image of 'Garnet Moor'
I will probably sit it in a narrow edge black float frame.

The tools of my trade.

Some of the colours I am using for these current paintings.
I like to use any soft 'muddy' hues as I work.
Next to a brighter hue a soft grey can make the brighter one 'pop'.

The palette is just a piece of hardboard or MDF.  It never gets scaped down. 
I like the sense of continuity especially when making a series of paintings.
When it gets too crusty I get another.
Old paintings can make a useful palette.

Until next Monday...
Thank you for visiting.

Monday, 16 October 2017

'The Monday Blog'

Dune and Drift  Oils on board  4x3 inches

This is an off-cut with a personality.
Rather than discard it I will ask my framer to make an 'important looking' frame.

I think Graham deserves another mention...
if you need a custom made frame his link is:

Studio Musings...

This week I have been experimenting with some photos,
 changing them from colour to black and white.
I would like to paint a landscape in monochrome using the photograph as a reference.

The values really stand out in this method and are a good exercise in tonal changes.
In fact, taking a photograph of a finished piece of work and changing
 it to black and white can also help with a critical analysis.

Paintings with strong tonal shifts can be dramatic and eye-catching.
However, not all paintings need this.  
Close toned paintings are easy on the eye and relaxing but care should
 be taken to have some tonal changes though or a piece can be boring.

Here are two photographs which are examples of tonal changes.


                        Still life in my kitchen                     Sudden storm over the Fen.

Both of these images would be useful exercises and I shall attempt to
paint them over the next week or two.  I will post images of their progress.

I have recently cropped a few pieces to fit some frames I had in my studio.
This little painting on board is an example of my abstracted work about
the shore at low tide.  I like the colours and marks depicting shallow water.

Shallows  Oils on board 6x4 inches

Shallows in an off-white hand painted wood frame
 made by Graham Perkins.

It shows how a small painting can still have a sense of place.

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A return to abstract

Marshlight    Oils on canvas 8 x 20 inches  

The marshes are magical in my eyes...
I love putting my abstracted coastal thoughts into paint.

This slim piece has been on my easel for several weeks.
My abstracts often take a longer time to paint.

This one had several scrape downs and nearly finished in the bin.
However, not wanting to be beaten I kept working and eventually the
work came to life.  Now, I am happy with the results.
 I just need to paint the sides, position and fasten it in this float frame

Next Monday I hope to show you some more work. 


Monday, 9 October 2017

'The Monday Blog'

The first of my weekly blog posts.

I have decided to downsize my daily blogging and post once a week instead.
I hope to post more about my studio and the work I am currently doing.

My work is also changing a little.
For the past three years I have painted a small piece
 daily to post in my online gallery at

I shall continue to do this but some of my time will be
 devoted to larger pieces which take longer to create.
If I can remember, I will post images of work in progress.

I like to paint both representational and abstract pieces.
Some of these will be kept in my studio for future exhibitions.

My online gallery pages at will continue to 
be filled with a selection of landscapes, seascapes and some abstracts.

I hope you like the weekly blog...
Please message if you have any comments.
I am always interested in hearing from you.

Studio Musings...

Three of a kind.


These paintings are currently on show in the Usher Gallery, Lincoln
as part of the Lincolnshire Artists' Society Autumn Exhibition.

A 'nearly new' piece...

Southerly Days  Oils on box canvas  16 x 16 inches   

This piece is a rework of a previous painting.
I left small purple and blue parts of the old image but most of the painting is new.  

I like to have a free, gestural action when making abstract work.
Painting quickly prevents tightening up and keeps the shapes loose.

The 2013 canvas went through several stages before reaching 'Southerly Days'

This is the first 'sketch' in paint...

Not what I really wanted so the piece moved on to...

'Lime and Purple'  2013

I kept the painting in my studio until this week when I decided to destroy it to make another.
 Destroy sounds harsh but I am happy to do this.  It is always exciting
to see another painting evolve and have a personality of its own.

Moving on is a natural part of my art career.
It keeps my work fresh.

See you next Monday. 

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Still here.

A day in the City  60 x 36 inches  Acrylic on canvas 

Shapes and colours around the town.

Studio Musings...

This painting was completed in 2007.
It hangs in my studio and might well stay there.

An artist friend saw it recently and asked why
 I haven't many others in a similar style.

She encouraged me to make more.
For the past few years I have concentrated on painting
smaller works. Mainly for posting online and shipping.

To complete a work this size takes longer but is quite satisfying.
Maybe time for a change...