Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Outside autumn reigns, wet and misty, the soft light exaggerated by the reflective lids of a collection of jam jars. Conversation and the kettle begin to mist up the windows making the kitchen into a little island of warmth on a cold grey day.

Another portfolio piece, these will be for sale at a later date.
30cm x 30cm. 12in x 12in.

I am off on Friday to hospital, for an operation, having been unwell for some time I shall be better and back to full turbo mode, (it’s not my hands so no worries!)
Then to Angleterre for a bit of a trip, I have meetings in London, the Cotswolds, Cornwall and Bristol, should any of you be in those areas and would like to meet up, let me know now and we could arrange something.
There will be an open house exhibition at a friends house in Tottanham London, if you are interested in coming (to buy some paintings!) email me for details.
It is a whirlwind tour during which I will endeavour to find time for some painting, if I do and I can find a friendly computer, I shall post up whatever it is that catches my paintbrush on the blog. I shall be back properly in January.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Fruit Bowls

Fruit Bowls
Not for sale this one, I am doing a few paintings just for the sake of it. I also want to enter some for exhibition or competitions and I cant do that if they are all sold. So for a while you can just sit back and enjoy a free show!
These bowls are in my friend’s kitchen…did you guess! The weird purple shape is actually purple cauliflower, possibly a mistake to include it as it could masquerade as badly drawn grapes. I am pleased however with the ellipses of all the bowls. In this painting I used a lot of washing back in fact it almost felt like sculpture at one point, pushing paint and water around to uncover form. It is a technique that I really like, the paper becomes stained and shapes emerge rather than sit on top of the paper. Anyway, here it is, let me know what you think.

30cm x 30cm. 12in x 12in.Watercolour.

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Dusk. (landscapes 12)
Walking beside the river at dusk. Last rays of a November sun highlight the ripples as a fish jumps making a soft sound into the quiet approaching velvet of night. Still waters flow slower now, sluggish with the cold. It is at this time of day that the worlds of fairy and magic seem so real.

25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. Painting 039
This painting is for sale:85 pounds (UK) 176 dollars (USA) and 122 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

figure 2




In many places,
Searching without his knowledge
All the seashores in this world,
The reward is enormous,
Better, happier.
There is so much we must take on trust.

And for this reason I did not despair.

This has just appeared, flowed out of my painting box.
It will be a gift for a friend.
21cm x 15cm. 8in x 6in.Watercolour, ink, gouache.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Another World.

Another World. (seascapes 8)

I was sitting up on the cliffs on the Cote Sauvage watching these two little girls playing. They were running about in the wind then flinging themselves on the short sea cropped grass in fits of laughter. Childhood is another world, a place where the dancing in the wind can be the funniest thing. While I watched them I suddenly thought of the painting “Christina’s World” by Andrew Wyeth, depicting another world altogether but I always find it interesting when paintings trigger responses and I often try to follow them.
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Oil. Painting 038
This painting is for sale:
85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Christina's World by Andrew Wyeth (I LOVE his work)

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Rooks in a Field.

Rooks in a Field. (Landscapes 11)

November now, the wind is starting to bite. Rooks gather in the branches of old oak trees like tiny motes of slight foreboding. I read too much Thomas Hardy as a child and my mind plays tricks on me, this field comes straight from the 19th century, Wessex Tales embodied.

25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Watercolour . Painting 037

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Hedge, Late Afternoon.

Hedge, Late Afternoon. (Landscapes 10)

Walking home in the low sunlight of a late autumn afternoon the hedgerows are, for a short while, made of bronze, gold and diamonds. Sculptures of light, filigree branches swoop and tangle together, points of pure gold push their way through like a fairytale princes sword.
I have tried to capture some of the mayhem of colour and light in this painting. If you are interested in the process of its making then today I have explained it as best I can, from start to finish on Muddy Red Shoes

25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10in x 8in.
Watercolour . Painting 036

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Bowl of Tomatoes

Bowl of Tomatoes
Guess where I was for Sunday lunch…my friend’s place, the kitchen that I can’t seem to stop painting.
On the windowsill stood a bowl of tomatoes, every sort that you could image, rich purple, pale yellow, striped green and deep reds, orbs of glorious colours. Behind them was a dusty demi-john and a pot of bright red azaleas. She doesn’t realise it but the way she stacks up the bounty from the vegetable garden and then casually places the flowers is simply lovely. There is glory in the muddle and a relaxed warmth that warrants celebration. She will charge a commission soon if I carry on like this!

24cm x 19cm. 9.4in x 7.5in.
This painting is for sale:

85 pounds (UK) 170 dollars (USA) and 126 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Kitchen Window With Three Cups

Kitchen Window With Three Cups

Light floods in through the kitchen window transforming last nights coffee cups into things of beauty, mysterious shapes against the backdrop of a Sunday morning. The alchemist is at work creating a small but breathtaking symphony of light and colour.
The cropped version of this tightens everything up a little but I quite like the paint meanders at the edges, it is like the picture finding itself!
If you have the time and inclination, click on the top image then you can see a much bigger picture and enjoy all the lovely colours hidden in the paint!

24cm x 32cm 10.2in x 8.3in

Friday, November 02, 2007

Autumn Oak.

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Autumn Oak.
Someone once told me that he thought trees were like acupuncture points for the earth. I am not sure about that but I know that they are powerful and magnificent inhabitants of this planet. Little wonder then that they are so revered in many religions and hold such strong symbolism.
I draw this oak often during the year and throughout the seasons he wears many colours. I wanted to paint a kind of alter piece to celebrate this, like a triptych or, to be more accurate, a polyptych. A meditation on a tree.
The other thing that I wanted to do was to isolate the elements of painting, to concentrate on the dabs of colour and to surprise myself when they all move together to make the whole.
This is the result, which I finished today. It is made up of nine 8inch square, deep canvases and it is supposed to be displayed like this.

Total size
67 cm x 67 cm. 23.5 in x 23.5 in.
Oil on stretched deep canvas.
420 pounds (UK) 875 dollars (USA) and 604euros (Europe).
Not including postage.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Autumn Tree 3

Autumn Tree 3

Third Autumn celebration.
My trees and their glorious colours, looking good as a group of three, I shall have to wait a bit to do some winter companions for these, for now here they are together.

30 cm x 30 cm. 12 in x 12 in.
Oil on deep stretched canvas.
This painting is for sale, postage included:150 euros, 105 pounds, 220 dollars