Friday, March 30, 2007

Spring Ploughing

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Spring Ploughing
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10 in x 8 in.
Oil gesso board.

Another sign that spring is on the way, tractors turning the earth with an audience of hopeful seagulls. Getting this was quite funny. I was on my way out to meet a friend for lunch, dressed in an assemblage of bright colours, purple, scarlet and a rainbow jumper, my going out clothes, when I saw this. So I stopped the car and ran back down the road to sketch the scene, first of all the seagulls took fright as I appeared, big and brightly coloured against all the browns and greens, so I drew the tractor and the field while they calmed down. The farmer must have wondered what on earth I was doing as he drove up and down several times passing me standing on his hedge, in my best clothes, drawing away. At least we didn’t talk or he would have guessed that I was English, maybe he guessed anyway!


Thursday, March 29, 2007

Lunchtime Cafe

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Lunchtime Cafe
20cm x 20cm. 8in x 8in.
Oil on stretched canvas.

I love sitting in cafes, enjoying a relaxed lunch, small glass of wine and good coffee, the quiet hum of conversation and the smells of good food. No rush, lunch is a sacred two hours here.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Blavet Morning

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Blavet Morning
15cm x 10cm. 6 in x 4 in.
Oil gesso board.
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An early morning walk beside the river Blavet, sun just coming up and all is misty and quiet. This is a quick sketch using tiny portable boards, I wanted to try out the postcard size. I like the quickness of it and I like the brush marks that result, it is quite loose and fresh working like this.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Boy in Sunlight


Boy in Sunlight
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10 in x 8 in.
Oil gesso board.
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Sometimes gloom descends and I doubt everything. Its "arty-pants" "creative nonsense" and I hate it. It is those times when I try to test myself with a difficult subject. This young man is not a difficult subject, he is a very willing and excellent model but painting a face in such deep shadow with strong light touching just part of it is difficult. Unexpected colours appear, shapes are hidden within the darkness. Anyway having tackled it I feel a bit better, I think it worked. This is a warm up for a larger portrait.
60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

A Book, My Book.

My book has arrived, and I am more than happy with the result, it is a good size and the reproductions of the paintings are great.
It is a soft back book and measures 8.5in x 8.5in or 22cm x 22cm.

For anyone who would like a collection of over 100 of the daily paintings then this is the thing.

Roll up and get your copy here, just a click away

Each edition is signed and costs £22.00 , €33.00 , $44.00 Including postage

For those of you who have shown great faith and support and have already brought a copy, thank you very much and they are in the post.

Gateway to The Forbidden City

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Gateway to The Forbidden City
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10 in x 8 in.
Oil gesso board.

Beijing again with a crowd of people coming into the Forbidden City through the main gateway. It is winter and a snowfall has made outside even brighter, the stone floor is wet with melting snow. Huge shapes of terracotta and ochre, masses of people wearing blue or green and light flooding through. The memories are still sharp, echoes of many footfalls, voices in a language that I don’t understand become like music and the cold air rushes in carrying strange unfamiliar smells.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Rain-Sky in Josselin.

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Rain-Sky in Josselin.
20cm x 20cm. 8in x 8in.
Oil gesso board.

Josselin is a beautiful half-timbered town in Brittany. For me it has a special colour, I call it Josselin Rose, it is a kind of dark dusky pink, with a hint of magenta. Every time I go there my head is full of shades of this colour. Rain was coming and the sky was heavy with a potential storm, deep and full of Josselin Rose. I am off there now, to have lunch with a friend, we will sit in a café and I may well draw, I wonder if Josselin Rose is inside the buildings as well, we shall see.

60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Gardening.


Gardening.
20cm x 20cm. 8in x 8in.
Oil gesso board.
(click on the image for a larger view)

Although now the weather has turned cold again, a couple of days ago the air was warm and the sun was shining. Rotovating the vegetable plot is one of the early signs of spring. The earth is a fresh rich brown, the grass is bright and vibrant and the smell of growth and green is in the air. I liked the way my rabbit proof fence of sticks made an interesting linear pattern, breaking up the green and the little splashes of red on the rotovator and David’s bandanna.
It is fine indeed, when I get to sit and paint while he does all the work!

60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

After The Gold Rush.

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After The Gold Rush.
19cm x 24cm. 7.5in. x 9.5. in
Oil gesso board.

Another Little Bit of Beijing. This was at the end of a very busy lunchtime in a dumpling house in Beijing. I was still fumbling around with slippery dumplings and chopsticks long after the big lunchtime rush when the staff gathered together for their meal. With them all being in white, the sunlight on the wall beyond and catching their clothes, it made an irresistible subject for a painting. A bit like the dumplings.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Nude At The Window

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Nude At The Window
25.5cm x 20.5cm. 10 in x 8 in.
Oil gesso board.

This is the start of some life studies, it is one of my favourite subjects to paint and I haven’t done any for a while, there will be more.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Inside the Forbidden City.

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Inside the Forbidden City.
24cm x 19cm.9.5. in x 7.5in.
Oil gesso board.

Today’s painting is obviously not a little bit of Brittany. It is actually a Little Bit of Beijing. I found a load of old sketchbooks and pictures from my travels the other day and thought that a change of venue might be good for the soul. The doorway is inside the Forbidden City in Beijing. With that beautiful range of reds and a splash of scarlet at the end of the corridor it easily caught my eye. I have no idea what the writing said but I tried to copy it, I remember at the time thinking that it was either very profound or said something like “staff only, unless you are the red paint delivery person”

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Mothers Day.

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Mothers Day.
20cm x 25cm. 8in x 10in.
Oil gesso board.

This riot of flowers were catching the light at a friend’s house. The sunlight surprising edges of petals and spotlighting other flowers. An abundance of colours and a rich blue wall beyond how could I not paint it? Also it is mother’s day in the UK. So this is for the Mothers. My Mum, Gill, my Mother in-Law, Lesley and my God –Mother, Sue, I would like to wish them all a very happy Mothers day. Same goes to all the other sorts of mothers out there, step, god, belle, old, new, hopeful, potential, spiritual and habitual, I salute you all ladies!
I can smell chocolate cake baking now.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Red Window.

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Red Window.
20cm x 20cm. 8in x 8in.
Oil gesso board.

Scarlet shutters against the soft yellow stones, geraniums jostling for the attention of the sun. Certain colours lift and sing. Red does it for me.
To see a bigger image just click on the picture.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Midday Bells in Vannes.

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Midday Bells in Vannes.
20cm x 20cm. 8in x 8in.
Oil gesso board.

The cathedral towers over the streets of Vannes, timbered buildings bending like old men. The bells strike midday and the streets become empty as people scurry for lunch. The centre of this busy town is still and silent as the ritual of lunch is observed.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Studio Window.

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Studio Window.
17.8cm x 17.8cm. 7in x 7in.
Oil gesso board.

Bright sunlight casting interesting shadows by the studio window.
Sunshine, just that.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Spring Garden.

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Spring Garden.
17.8cm x 20cm. 7in x 8in.
Oil gesso board.

This is my neighbour’s garden, he has owned this place for 25 years, he lives in Lorient and comes out here about twice a month to mow his grass and clip his hedge. I sneak in here when he is away because I like clipped in hedges in gardens, they provide good contrasts of dark greens. My garden is a wide-open space, not a hedge in sight, certainly nothing clipped! Yesterday was a beautiful sunny day and in Gerard’s garden the first blue bells and daffodils shone like coloured sparks within the shadows of the trees. The grass is that acid green of spring, it is like a reaction against all the browns and greys of winter.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Sleeping Giant.

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Sleeping Giant.
20cm x 20cm. 8in x 8in.
Oil gesso board.

Another Breton Horse. I am still surprised that I like these horses so much, as I said before, I don’t even ride but I am so in awe of them and love drawing and painting them.
I am trying out a new surface for painting on, gesso board and so far I like it very much. I have also tried to leave a little space around the edge to accommodate a frame. I had forgotten that people like to frame paintings until one of my friends reminded me. Woops, sorry!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Breton Horse.

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Breton Horse.
20cm x 20cm. 8in x 8in.
Oil on stretched canvas.

I love these beautiful, huge Breton horses; the solid presence of them is both slightly frightening and comforting at the same time. I adore them, I love the smell of the stables and the peaceful noise of the horses chewing and breathing. This one was standing asleep, perfect, still and lovely to draw.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Saturday Afternoon

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Saturday Afternoon
40cm x 40cm. 16in x 16in.
Oil on stretched canvas

Saturday afternoon shopping involves very civilised rest stops in the local bar. It is full of families enjoying coffee, hot chocolate or wine. The afternoon sun briefly floods in through the window making an irresistible subject for a painting.
This, strangely enough, also reminds me of the forest paintings that I have been doing lately. Either the light through trees has got to me in a big way or the glass of wine on a Saturday afternoon, whatever it is I hope you enjoy the result!

Friday, March 02, 2007

Winter Wood.


Winter Wood.
Watercolour
17cm x 28cm 6.7 in x 11in
also available as a Limited Edition Print
48cm x 33cm or 19in x 13in

I have been working on some watercolour paintings of my favorite place, deep in the woods. The layers of paint and brush marks marry well with the layers of leaves and branches. Light filters through from the sun beyond the trees and dances on the leaves. It is a quiet place for thinking, reflecting and dreaming.


For the original painting
60 pounds (UK) 116 dollars (USA) and 85 euros (Europe). This includes the postage.

As a print it is offered in a signed and numbered limited edition of only 50.
Printed on heavyweight 100% cotton rag paper, it is an archival museum quality print with similar fade resistance to a watercolour. In other words, they are bang on and jolly nice things.
They cost £20.00 or €30.00 or $40.00 This includes postage.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Daffodils in a Striped Pot

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Daffodils in a Striped Pot
19cm x 27cm. 7.5 in x 10.6in.
Oil on canvas board
It is the 1st of March, St. David’s day, the daffodils are shouting out loud in the garden, brave ambassadors paving the way for spring.