Plein air painting

Aside from the plain and simple truth of ‘spend more time painting’ – the single most effective thing I could do to improve, is to spend more time painting on location, plein air. Unfortunately my circumstances – primarily work and family commitments – make this difficult. I was however recently inspired to make an extra… Read More

The calm after the storm

After a tumultuolsy busy few weeks preparing for last weekend’s artists open house exhibition at 2 Knoyle Road, I find myself nigh on wordless – so I’m relying on the old adage of a picture been worth a 1,000 words and throwing a stack of them into this post! The weekend got off to a… Read More

Opening night

Saturday saw the start of this year’s Brighton Festival and with it, the launch of the Artists Open Houses. 2 Knoyle, where I’m exhibiting on the 27th and 28th May, had its private view on Saturday and I was invited to take a couple of paintings along to help promote my appearance at the end… Read More

Humbled by Hockney

This will be a shortish post due to two factors. First off, time has been short so I haven’t had much opportunity for painting. Secondly, I’m still slightly speechless, and for the purposes of this blog wordless, following a visit to the Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain. This runs until the end of May and… Read More

Only four weeks to go

The warm glow of my Barcelona vacation is fast being replaced by a cold chill of impending doom! My Open House exhibition at 2 Knoyle Road is only four weeks away and I’m beginning to feel woefully unprepared! I’ve spent the last week organising some new frames but now need to order a lorry load… Read More

Barcelona and back

Since last week’s post about sketching practice, ahead of my Easter vacation, I’ve been to Barcelona but have only just returned, so this will be a mercifully short post as I’m still unpacking let alone painting or writing blog posts! In brief, Barcelona was stunning. An amazing city that in our eight nights, we still only managed… Read More

Sketching practice

Ahead of a little holiday in Barcelona, and thinking about how I’ll make the most of this for my painting in between family time and sight seeing etc, I had a bit of realisation. While I think my painting has come on leaps and bounds over the past year, my sketching… well I don’t really… Read More

Letting the bee out of the bag

I’ve been bottling this up for almost a year now but I can finally let the bee out of the bag and tell all! I’m afraid this may be a little long-winded, for which my apologies in advance, but I hope you’ll bear with me as this is a story with a truly happy ending.… Read More

Closing the gap

I recently treated myself to a couple of new brushes. I’ve tried out a fair few makes and types of brushes in my quest for the holy grail of paintbrushes, and have most recently gravitated towards Escoda brushes, which I’ve always found to be of exceptional quality. Well, I was recently followed on my instagram… Read More

Shades of Grey

Following on from last week’s experiments with new colour mixes for greys and siennas, I was keen to do some more practicing to help build my confidence and proficiency. I wasn’t sure how much time I’d be able to dedicate to painting and I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired to tackle a new subject so found… Read More