Sunday, 15 February 2009


Today it felt like I was suffering for my art. For the self portrait painting I have adopted a pose where I am kneeling on the floor and my knees are now sore. I have to hold my head still whilst holding the pose which is a challenge as I reach up to the canvas to paint in the face. My neck is feeling the tension.

However, I am pleased with how the painting is developing so far. I hope to have it finished in the next 10 days.

The above photo shows the paints, palette, and brushes on the floor next to me.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009


This week I started a self-portrait on a 5' tall canvas.

The aim is to have this finished in the next fortnight.

It is always interesting trying to hold a pose while painting my reflection in the mirror.

I rather enjoy the discipline of being both artist and model.

The photo is one I snapped in the studio mirror while I was taking a brief break.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Back At The Beach

I've been away from this blog for some time now because I've been unwell.

I'm now on the road to recovery, and a major milestone for me was getting out on to the beach at Ringstead last week.

There wasn't too much wind that day, although it was still quite cold. As I feel quite 'rusty' it was good to have conditions which weren't too harsh for late January.

The painting above was the start of a seascape with figures on the beach. Sadly I couldn't continue with it the following day as the weather had changed, and the shingle had moved significantly overnight.

I still find it amazing that no matter how well I know the beach the power of the waves and tide is such that the changes to the landscape mean I am not able to place my exact spot just a few afters afterwards.

It really was wonderful to be back outside, painting, again. I know I'm healthy when I'm painting outside.