Sunday, July 26, 2015

Read All About It!

 I am starting work on an exciting new project, my first two "how to" drawing and painting books.  So I am busily drawing and painting equipment and kit, bashed up, old, and much used things that I have, as well as pristine new things that I am road testing.
 It is fascinating trying to explain what to do to make a drawing or a painting.  It reminds me of trying to explain how to drive, or perhaps swim... what do you do first, think about it...I suppose putting on your swimming costume would be a good idea!
The next bit that has to happen is drawings and paintings in stages of development, I am finding remembering to stop and make a copy, photograph or scam of each stage very difficult indeed.  I get quite absorbed in whatever it is I am doing and have a tendency to carry on in a bit of another world until its finished.  However what I am seeing...more that anything else is that practice, doing it, making pictures just for the fun of it, is really, really, really, good.  Even for someone like me who rarely has a day without some form of drawing it makes such a difference, in such a short time.
Farmers Market, London. Dip pen and sepia ink.
I kind of wish that I could find the same enthusiasm for physical exercise, I haven't found that yet! So, until I do I shall be a chunky artist, very happily drawing away and trying to put a lot of it into words.  I shall post updates here and so you will know when the first two, "Urban Landscapes" and "People" are hot to trot!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tiny Gouache Paintings

Falmouth Cafe, Gouache 8 x 12 cm  or 3 x 4.5 inches
 Tiny gouache paintings, or gouacheletts, perhaps a study for bigger paintings.  These are a very good way of testing all sorts of things, composition, colour, can a subject maintain interest long enough to make it to a bigger canvas.
Sweet-peas, Gouache 8 x 12 cm or 3 x 4.5 inches
 Plus...I love doing them, tiny little jewel like paintings, precious miniatures. I have a thing for bonsai trees too, and dolls houses, and tiny tea sets, see there is a tiny cup in the painting above!  My house is full of minute ephemera.
Afternoon in Provence, Gouache 17 x 13 cm or 6.69 x 5.12 inches
Small is beautiful!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Sweet Peas


Sweet-Peas and Old Bottles
40 x 33 cm or 15.75 x 13 inches. oil on linen
Loving my Sweet-Peas at the moment, such a fleeting pleasure every summer. I am thoroughly enjoying painting some found still life around my house, The blue glass window sill, installed by my clever brother, provides great reflections!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Limited Edition Prints


Provencal Doorway, Limited Edition Print
giclee 38 x 26 cm or 15 x 10 inches

Prints, lovely prints, in an edition of only 50 and a good size, printed on Bockingford 190gsm Inkjet,mould made watercolour paper with certified archive ability and 100% archival inks. Each print is signed and numbered.  This size, unframed is £75 including postage and packing.  They are also available framed for £120.
Framed Print.
There are smaller prints as well, also limited to an edition of 50, 10 x 16 cm or 4 x 6.25inches, unframed £25 and framed £50.

These are all available from my web site as well as a shop on my facebook page.