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Thursday 19 November 2009


As originally intended....

Sunday 8 November 2009

Pique-nique sur la seine 28 x 24

J'aime beaucoup Paris en été .Il y a pleine de pique-niquers au bord de la seine.

Saturday 17 October 2009

Place du verdun , Castelnaudary le matin

A cold morning in Place du verdun , with the low sun illuminating a beautiful façade ,
sadly- there are a lot of beautiful buildings here in a neglected state.

Friday 9 October 2009

Wednesday 23 September 2009

Monday 21 September 2009


I have a series of prints being released right now by http://www.artgroup.com/ I have included a couple of images here .

Tuesday 18 August 2009

Final version

Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun

It started enthusiastically , then came the clouds !, so Pierre had to return the next day ! I had only just started when the sun disappeared again!
After a series of mad bursts of activity during every bright patch , the
shadows finally changed too much and I had barely finished the head.

Disappointingly , I had to finish the study with the aid of photographs.

I will post the finished painting soon .

Sunday 2 August 2009

Exaggerating colour to achieve luminosity

I consider myself a tonalist painter , but have been exaggerating colour
in order to convey the effect of bright sunlight.

This painting was done completely from life and from my colour
sketch posted a few weeks back.It measures 28 x 20 inches.

Monday 20 July 2009

A simple study

Less is more , how simple can one take it ?
Something for me to mull over .

Friday 17 July 2009

portrait of Edmund 30 x 28 "

This is the latest stage of my commission of Edmund after tweaking with the background a
little more. I was concerned in finding interesting shapes in the composition so it worked as an abstract design.

Wednesday 1 July 2009

back door study

Recently , I have been painting directly from life a great deal.
I enjoy it far more than from photographs . It is much easier to
see subtle colours and tones with your own eyes.

I have completed this sketch , I say sketch , as it was completed in two
separate days about an hour each. The light changes so quickly so I had to do
it like that.

I have had this painting in mind for 2 years, it is our back door to the garden.

The painting is about 12 x 9 inches.

Sunday 21 June 2009


Really enjoyed my workshop , great group of artists , exhausting on both sides .
Iennie the model having very white vest marks !

Thursday 11 June 2009


Back to Hog's hair,thicker paint, but with some mongoose for the thinner darker values. Looks more like my usual style !

Monday 8 June 2009

Rebecca 16 x 12

After seeing some great work from an excellent crop of contemporary American artists I tried a different approach.Using mongoose brushes, which are a little stiffer than sable,
I painted thinner than normal , simplifying the tonal values little more than usual,and using colour instead to model forms.Something I have never really done before.

It certainly has given me food for thought.

Sunday 24 May 2009

New Studio

My Studio is at last almost finished! apart from the woodburner, sink , kitchen and some plumbing to be done .

Monday 20 April 2009

Monday 2 March 2009

Figure painting workshop 19-20th and 26-27th June

Two 2 day workshops are scheduled at the artist's studio in the south of France.
Hotel accommodation will be provided on the banks of the canal du midi,5 mins walk

The town of Castelnaudary is within easy reach of Toulouse and Carcassonne airports.

Please e-mail for full details.

Saturday 28 February 2009

View from a Paris window 24 x 20 "

This painting will be featured with a small demo in Artists and Illustrators magazine
out on the 6th April.

Wednesday 11 February 2009

Saturday 31 January 2009

Demo 20 x 16

I started this demo Thursday and finished it off yesterday . It was of a French model,
Félicie, that I used a while back.I started it to show Iain Vellacott, my approach to
It is good to see how much he has improved over the past year, in his
figurework especially.

Here is his link www.inoils.com

Thursday 22 January 2009