Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Christmas

Merry Happy Jolly Ho Ho Ho
Have a Fantastic Christmas
and a Brilliant
New Year

Friday, December 23, 2011

10,000 year old Mammoth Tusk

Watercolour on Mammoth Ivory
3.5cm x 4.5cm
1.5inches x 1.75 inches
Yesterdays miniature painting demonstration in the gallery was painted onto a little slither of 10,000 year old mammoth tusk.  I wanted to paint something special so it is a portrait of my sons dog, Shiver, a beautiful young lurcher, who died a month ago.  I will get this framed and I know he will keep it and treasure it.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Trebah Path

Trebah Path
360mm x 365mm
oil on board
More from Trebah Gardens, trees like fireworks exploding leaves and colours.  Such a lovely garden to visit.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Pie Miniature

Poppy, Three Days Old
Watercolour on Polymin
85mm x 105mm
3.3 inches x 4.1 inches
This is the painting done for the miniature painting demonstration at the gallery yesterday.  I wanted to do a small portrait and of course three days ago I got a willing model!  It was painted using Daniel Smith watercolours which are made from real earth and gemstone pigments.  I used the traditional technique of millions of tiny brushstrokes to build up the colour depth. 

This is the working piece with some of the colours used, check out the fantastic names!  The painting will be framed with a mount of deep red and a wide gold frame and this one I am keeping for myself.
Portraits like this can be commissioned and come framed at a cost of £300. 
Another demo on Thursday and this time I think I will be painting on a little bit of 10,000 year old Mammoth tusk, if I can source the image that I want to paint that is.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Demonstrating, Small Style

Today I shall be setting up a tiny studio in the Upper Gallery at Beside the Wave and getting on with a little painting.  I shall be demonstrating the art of painting miniatures, tiny paintings on a variety of surfaces.  I have some vellum, some very smooth wooden boards, some ivorine and a small piece of 10,000 year old Mammoth Tusk!
If you are in Falmouth today pop in and say hello.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Fireworks Helford Village

Fireworks. Helford Village
500mm x 600mm
oil on canvas
or £75.00 a month with own art
I have posted this up before but it is in the exhibition and now it is beautifully photographed by Amrita who does such a great job at the gallery photographing all of the work.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Welcoming Little Pie

Yesterday our daughter Becci and her Partner Nick became parents.  Little Pie was born at 5.10am on 13.12.11.  We went to meet her a few hours later, here she is, our granddaughter, little Pie.  No official name as yet but already she has begun to fill sketchbook pages!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Trebah Plein Air

Trebah Plein Air
150mm x 190mm
oil on board
Painted in the summer on a visit to Trebah Gardens.  Lovely lush jungle gardens meandering down to the sea, leaves of different sizes and colours.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Wine in The Garden

Wine in The Garden
370mm x 360mm
oil on board
Another friends garden, another beautiful haven and a great bottle of wine, they keep a fine cellar at this house!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Little Peace Garden

Little Peace Garden
250mm x 200mm
oil on board
This one isn't a miniature, its a little plein air painting of a beautiful corner of my friends garden, known as the peace garden.  This was painted at the end of the summer, in the hazy lazy sunshine of September.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

More Cups

Gold Spot
85mm x 85mm
oil and gold leaf on board

Striped Cup
95mm x 95mm
oil on board

Friday, December 09, 2011

Blackberry and Apple

Last Blackberries
65mm x 130mm
Watercolour on hot pressed paper
You cant have blackberries without an apple
115mm x 75mm
oil on board

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Dotty Stripy Cup

Dotty Stripy Cup
100mm x 100mm
oil on board
or £15.00 per month with own art
Tiny coffee cups are something that I like to paint, and collect, I have quite a few and also know people who don't mind lending me their tiny coffee cups to use as subjects for these little paintings.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Cherry Tomatoes

Cherry Tomatoes
65.. x 130mm
watercolour on hot pressed paper
Little beauties on an antique linen tea towel, these tiny paintings take a lot of steady hand and sharp eye coordination. 
I shall be giving two demonstration days, painting miniatures at the gallery on Saturday 17th December and Thursday 22nd December from 10 am until 5pm.  Its free and you can watch me ruin my eyesight and ask as many questions as you like.
all these paintings are this.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Christmas Show

Blue Birthday Pot
85mm x 85mm
oil and glod leaf on board
or £15.00 per month with own art

Beautiful Blue Bowl
85mm x 85mm
oil and gold leaf on board
or £15.00 per month with own art
Over the next few days I shall post up all of the paintings that I have done for the Christmas show at Beside the Wave Gallery in Falmouth. 
Should you want to buy any of them then all you have to do is follow the link and contact the gallery.  They do a brilliant scheme called "Own Art" which is an interest free loan that spreads the cost of a painting over 10 months... it makes everything suddenly seem much more affordable!
The other thing you could do is follow their blog, it provides a fascinating insight into the working life of the gallery and our artists and keeps you up to date with what is going on.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fairs, Prints and Christmas.

Porch Full of Sun
Limited Edition Print
Beside The Wave Gallery
Edinburgh was brilliant, I almost sold out of my work which in itself is a very exciting experience. Meeting and talking to the people who are going to make what you have created a part of their lives is really special. Watching people fall in love with paintings is amazing, there is almost a physical reaction, a tangible buzz of excitement in the air.
We are back from that stunning city now and I have a couple of months of concentrated painting ahead. This morning I am heading north again to visit the gardens and allotments belonging to my Aunt and my Mother, I am keeping my fingers crossed that they haven't done some tidying up, I want the muddle of autumnal gardens!
Blue Remembered Hills
Limited Edition Print
Beside The Wave Gallery
The gallery is holding their annual limited edition print show where they take their favourite paintings throughout the year and have editions of only 50 printed beautifully. I was very happy to be included and these two of mine are now available as prints.
They are experts at packing and sending and I think that you can even buy them (the prints, not the Gallery staff!) with "own art" which is an intrest free loan spread over 10 months which makes then super affordable!  Ring the gallery if you feel the need to have own of these.  Have a look on the web site and go Christmas shopping!
The Christmas paintings show opens on December 1st and my catalogue paintings have already sold out, there will be more in the show and on line from the first.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Blue Shutters

Oil on board 35 cm x 35cm.
Blue shutters, blue chair, blue shadows.  Another painted in Provence, that pink, terracotta wall was addictive, the textures and colours were lovely, I couldn't stop painting it. This too has sold!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Simple Room

Oil on board 35 cm x 35 cm or 14 x 14 inches
This was my room in Provence.  Such a calm and simple room, full of peace and tranquility.  Cool inside while it was hot and blazing outside.  Even the presence of scorpions and a lightening strike didn't diminish its quiet presence.  I liked it very much.
The Art Fair is going brilliantly, the previous two paintings have sold as has this one and the one scheduled to post up here tomorrow.  In fact I have almost sold out!  I am a very happy artist.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

There is a Small Cafe

Oil on board 47 cm x 57 cm, or 18.5 inches x 22.5 inches

This is from my trip to Provence in the summer, I wanted to get some of the texture and colour of the walls and the little scurrying hidden alleys and small cafes.  Oh to feel that sun, when outside here all is grey mist and seems like a world away!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Edinburgh Art Fair

Soft Velvet Light SOLD
Oil on Canvas 120cm x 150 cm or 47 inches x 59 inches

I have been hibernating, painting all hours like a fiend.  We are going up to the other end of the country for Edinburgh Art Fair and, as everything went so well in London, I wanted to take some new work.  This is the biggest.  Another painting of my dear friends room.  I enjoy working in a different media with the same subject and it certainly focuses the decisions that you have to make throughout a painting.  I love the result, its a sumptuous room and the oils bring a real richness to the colours.  I have a series of interiors planned, and some fine houses on my radar.  I have also got a painting trip to my Mother's allotment as well as my Aunt's garden, both lovely places (hopefully they haven't tided them before I get there!) December will be a busy month.
My river project has lost out though, I haven't painted the view since September but I plan to fill in all the days that I have missed on the same days next year... well that's the plan, it has to be flexible, life is changing at such a pace right now.
So I am off to catch a plane in a moment, its whisky, porridge and haggis for me!
I will post up some of the other new paintings during the week and then in December I will post up some of the new paintings that I have done for the gallery Christmas show.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


I have just got home from a very exciting and successful week exhibiting with Beside The Wave Gallery at the Affordable Art Fair.
It was hard work but very enjoyable, a fantastic buzz to the whole event and I got to meet several people who had only been blogging names to me before which is always lovely. 
I sold a lot of work, both mine and the other artists that the gallery represents, got some commissions and was approached by another gallery about an exhibition.
So I returned home on a bit of a high to find a message about the Artist of the Year Award which is being run by Artist and Illustrators magazine. Now I am impossibly excited! I have been shortlisted! There is a voting page with all of the images, I am in the landscape section. Looking through them I think the standard is high so I will be extremely proud to win but I am very proud to have been shortlisted.
The image above is the painting, the River Helford (of course) and here is where you can vote . Check out the others as well, they are all interesting paintings.
I had actually forgotten that I had entered, I have to frame the painting now, in super quick time and get it delivered up to London, right by where I was staying a couple of days ago! I am just relieved that I hadn't exhibited it of sold it!!
Now I am painting non stop as we go up to Edinburgh Art Fair in just about three weeks time.  Its like buses, you wait ages and then suddenly everything happens at once.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

A Soft Light

Pure Watercolour 100 cm x 90 cm or 39.5 x 35 inches
This is the home of a lovely friend of mine, the same one whose hall I painted the other day, it is filled with sumptuous fabrics and beautiful crystal and shiny silver and hung about with witch balls.  In other words a joy to paint.  I found another home yesterday that would also make great subject matter, the unsuspecting owners don't know it yet but I have plans on their house!
I am posting this up now for several reasons, firstly, I think it is finished.  I have been working on it over the past couple of weeks and I find that putting things up on my blog helps me to see if there are any bits I want to change or carry on with.  Its a bit like viewing your painting in a mirror, it helps to see it clearly. 
The next reason is that in the next couple of days I am off to London with Beside The Wave to do the Affordable Art Fair.  It means a week of hard work, loads of talking and meeting lots of people and hopefully selling lots of paintings.  If you are in London and would like tickets then click the gallery link and they will help you.  I will be there, in my posh clothes, come and say hello, we are stand H5.  So I would like to leave a big bold watercolour image up on my blog while I am away.
I also like converting the centimeters into inches, I really have lost my concept of size in inches.  Doing the conversion gives me some idea of the size of some of Andrew Wyeth's watercolours, he is one of my artistic hero's and I have never seen his work in the flesh, just in books.  This work here is big, and some of his are big, it is a difficult medium to take large and he is a master.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

One Apple

Miniature.  Oil on board 7.5cm x 11.5cm or 3 x 4.5 inches
A little bit of tiny work. I have a little still life stage set up in my studio, made from an old wooden wine box and some bigger cardboard boxes with a light hatch. It is perfect for painting tiny miniatures which is perfect work for rainy misty weather.  So that's all good then!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

All About Watercolour

This painting, along with 20 more of mine and others by John Raynes, Amanda Hoskin, Richard Thorn and Richard Tuff will be in the "Celebration of Watercolour" exhibition which I will be helping to hang tonight at Beside the Wave gallery in Falmouth. 
It is a sparkling and splendid collection of some very stunning watercolours, I am excited and proud to be taking part.  It is on for two weeks at the gallery and, if you are at all interested in the exciting medium of watercolour, want to see it being used in an exciting and dynamic way,  try to pay the gallery a visit.
Another of mine, one that I like very much, that will be in the show.
Earlier in the week I held a workshop day with the Constantine Art Society.  It was loosely based around watercolours, my workshops are quite diverse.  It is a lovely group of people and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and produced some lovely work.
Lots of different styles and approaches to making art.  Its such a good thing to do, getting together and working.  They meet once a week and, judging by the lively banter, have a jolly good time.
One member of the group turned up with quite a surprise, a painting by my great great grandfather E.M.Wimperis,
Wonderful to be able to really study how he painted it, it was one that I had never seen before.
Finally after all this watercolour washing about in my mind I sent off for a test sheet of Daniel Smith watercolours, you can get a sheet of little blobs of actual paint, what a fantastic idea, so that you can actually try them.  I suspect that I may be spending some money soon, they are lovely.  I haven't had a real play yet but so far I am quite impressed.

I got them from Pegasus Art online shop, and can thoroughly recommend that web site, very efficient service, ordered things on Tuesday evening, late at night really and they arrived today, Thursday morning.  Brilliant!

Monday, October 03, 2011

The White Wash

Oil on board 40 x 50 cm SOLD
Its Monday and its a good sunny day, its wash day!  Just finished this painting of washing hanging about in a sunny back yard.  I am very fond of a line of clean clothes drying in the sun.  Years ago I had a house with an orchard and the washing line was strung between two old apple trees.  It was almost a treat to go and peg out the clothes, especially in the spring with the scent of apple blossom or the autumn with the perfume of ripe apples.  It has to be a washing line though, not the spinny round ones, good old fashioned lines are the ones for me.

Saturday, October 01, 2011


Don't get too excited, there are no moving bits or funny noises, what this contains is some of my sketches and some info about forthcoming exhibitions.  I am on a very steep learning curve, teaching myself how to build apps, this one is for trial purposes really.  I am planning on making apps that will add to the appreciation of someones work.  For example,  if you like their paintings then the app will give you a chance to browse their sketchbooks and perhaps a link to a bit of video of them talking about their work.  That's the plan anyway, and this is the test piece .  Right now this is an app for an android phone, I am working on an ipad app but that takes more time and money, I will get there.  In the meantime, if you have an android phone and fancy a look at the first app then click the link and download it...its all free.   Let me know what you think.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gold Spot

Oil with gold leaf on board 8.5cm x 8.5cm or 3.34 inches x 3.34 inches
Small! But very lovely, strong espresso in such a fine cup, beautiful!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

End of Summer Pots

Oil on board. 15cm x 20 cm
A little plein air study as a present for a very dear friend.  I love this time of year, every year I love this time of year!  The slow wind down, the faded beauty, the deep rich smells of autumn and the bounty in the hedgerows. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Porch Full of Sun

Oil on board 28 cm x 40.5 cm SOLD
The lovely hall way of a lovely friend of mine.  Beyond the front door is an old fig tree that makes a beautiful verdant arch to walk through and in the hallway there are always flowers and a wonderful art collection, stunning ceramics and a huge collection of paintings.
I think doors and gateways make great subjects, they are promising something, leading you in, or out. Telling a story without words.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Those Blue Remembered Hills

Oil on board 38 cm x 48cm or 15 inches x 19 inches. SOLD
I have been busy painting, of course, to have some new work for London.  The Gallery and I are off to the big city in October to exhibit at the Affordable Art Fair, so if you are in or around London on the weekend of October 21st come along and say hello.
This painting is from the trip to Provence, I was walking past the open door and suddenly saw a beautifully framed view and instantly thought of the Housman poem A Shropshire Lad and the line "What are those blue remembered hills,"  So as I had the title the painting had to follow.
My photographing of the painting leaves a bit to be desired, in reality the door is not bent!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Oil on canvas 50cm x 60cm SOLD
My garden is tiny but has a host of pots and tumbling plants, it is a good place to sit and occasionally enjoy the sunshine.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Old Sheds

Oil on board SOLD
21.5 cm x 31.5 cm.
Another from my friends garden with a beautiful stumble of sheds and pots, I like the hidden places in gardens the potting sheds and jumble, like scribbled notes in the margins of a page.

Thursday, September 01, 2011


Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm
This is the fireworks display at the end of Helford Regatta on Saturday August 26th and it is the "August" painting for my river project, I painted the fireworks two years ago in watercolour and in some respects I think I preferred the watercolour, it was difficult to do but splashier.  This has bits that I like very much, I got the firework smoky atmosphere down on the far left where the little lamp glows.  I also like the dimly lit boat shapes but some of it is just a bit too gaudy for me. However...its good to experiment, what do you think!
Evening 29.08.11, in the evening light the reflections were a beautiful green but the leaves seem to be about to turn.
Later on the same evening looking the other way, a little boat going out making a small wake through the deep dark reflections.