Saturday, December 24, 2011

Friday, December 23, 2011

10,000 year old Mammoth Tusk


Shiver
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
SOLD
More from Trebah Gardens, trees like fireworks exploding leaves and colours.  Such a lovely garden to visit.

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
£750
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
SOLD
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
SOLD
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
SOLD
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
SOLD

Striped Cup
95mm x 95mm
oil on board
SOLD

Friday, December 09, 2011

Blackberry and Apple

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

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Dotty Stripy Cup

Dotty Stripy Cup
100mm x 100mm
oil on board
£150
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
SOLD
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 framed..like this.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Christmas Show

Blue Birthday Pot
85mm x 85mm
oil and glod leaf on board
£150.00
or £15.00 per month with own art

Beautiful Blue Bowl
85mm x 85mm
oil and gold leaf on board
£150.00
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.