Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Thursday, October 01, 2015


Mixed media 8" x 8"

I used light modelling paste to give the boards a kind of "random"  texture and then used acrylic paint to define overlapping forms. They emerged, to me, as seaside images.  Although I do not live by the sea on a small island you are never far away from it.  


Mixed media on hardboard 8" x 8"

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Oil and acrylic on canvas 16" x 16"
The photograph from which this painting was done is one interpretation of a reality. The painting is an interpretation of an interpretation of a reality.  To complicate things even more we might question the extent to which the interpretation is objective or subjective.
1. I continue to be interested in the asymmetry of faces. I think this adds real beauty to a face.
2. I am put in mind of the paper cut out dolls I played with as a child. I always wanted to be "Susan" the dark haired one. But I never told anybody.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Oil and acrylic on canvas 16" x 16"


Oil and acrylic on canvas 16" x 16"


Oil and acrylic on canvas 12" x 12"

This is a rework of a painting I posted a few days ago. Pure yellow ochre has to be one of the most seductive colours in existence.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Two small textured paintings

"Code" mixed media on hardboard 8" x 8"

"Hieroglyph" mixed media on hardboard 8" x 8"

I have not given up on the portraits but I need constant distractions. I have always shied away a bit from using texture in painting but this kind of texture feels more akin to sculpture. I want to do a bigger piece on canvas so I needed to practise with some small studies. I have always liked the idea of the deterioration of stone and plaster surfaces, the glimpses of marks made many years ago. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Mixed media on canvas 30" x 30"

This was another painting whispering to me in the corner, 'hey, you there, person with a brush in your hand, you know I need some work doing don't you, so get on with it'.  The composition is the same as the earlier version (which I have taken off) but the detail and palette are slightly different.  She is still singing her heart out though. I couldn't stop her. Is there anything more moving than a child singing?  I am a bit of a hard case but that really gets me every time.  The dogs, well, dogs will be dogs and life is about all sorts of things. And that's as philosophical as I'm going to get, lol.

Friday, August 28, 2015

A small life

Mixed media on hardboard panel 12" x 12"

Chrysalis (re-work)

Mixed media on hardboard panel 12" x 12"

People who watch this blog know that I quite often re-work pieces. Really I suppose it is that I post a piece before it is properly at a state of "pause". I won't say "finished" because any painter will tell you it's never really done. If it was ever really done there would not be much motivation to go on to the next one.  I wanted here to pull the eye away from the rather harsh jaw line to the left of the picture as we look at it.  I introduced some horizontal stripes using a mix of indian red and chrome oxide green.  Then I had the urge to emphasise the lips so a definite smudge of indian red brought her to life or at least to an artistic life.  It has been a busy painting day - I am off for a g&t and a rummage around the pots and pans.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Dresden (re-work)

Mixed media on cotton canvas panel 16" x 12"

Since first posting this painting yesterday I had a look at it today and realised it needed more work. What tells an artist to continue painting on something? I sense it is to do with "voice,  not the artist's voice but the voice of the painting. It has to "live" in some kind of weird way outside of anything else to do with its creation.