Friday, 28 November 2008


I have some paintings on display at the local Art @ Plush show, which will be raising money for breast cancer charities.

Click on the picture above to enlarge it, or click here to download a copy of the above invite in printable pdf format.

The show runs from 29 November - 14 December. Opening days and times are on the invite above.

Among the paintings on display will be a number of the flower still-lifes which are shown in progress on this blog in my posts during November, October and August.

UPDATE: A slideshow of my paintings at Plush can be seen here.

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Three Blind Mice

I'm really pleased with my latest studio painting (the smaller one, on the right in the first photograph).

It was interesting to work in a wider, landscape format. And I revelled in the task of painting some heads and cloves of garlic - which share some of the delicacy of colour and paleness of the roses I paired them with.

The set-ups for these paintings are very much influenced by my experience of painting similar still lifes at the Slade. Yet they are also strongly reminiscent of the very first paintings I ever produced as a teenager at home in Dorset - which were of similar subject matter.

The only drawback of painting the garlic was that it seemed to attract some country mice from outside. They were very bold and nearly blind. I kept having to push them away gently with my paintbrush.

I couldn't have left this set-up in the studio overnight otherwise they would have had it for supper, so it was good that I finished the painting yesterday evening.

Sunday, 2 November 2008


These photographs show how I usually start a painting by 'blocking in' the shapes; defining shapes and their relationships to each other.

Next, the palette is just about to be wiped clean as I had filled it, and needed more mixing area.

The final two photographs show the painting as I finished it. Today was very dark throughout, and the cameraphone I'm using here isn't great quality, so I've taken one with the available light - and the last one with the lighting on in the studio.

All of the pictures capture the coldness of my studio today I think.

My recent output has been strongly biased towards flowers. I'm fascinated by them - and by roses in particular. They combine strength and delicacy - both in their colours and the structure. A rare combination, and a challenge for any painter.