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A portrait of my Parents.

Anniversary portrait. Acrylic on card. A4.A pleasure to paint. My parents are very cool. Here they are in Italy in the 1960’s. Gold works well for this type of works, being obviously not ‘real’ and full of positive connotations. The … Continue reading

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Florida Art.

Palm Beach house for Mo.We went on a family holiday to Florida. Palm Beach, Key Largo, Key West and Miami Beach.I packed a big sketchbook and some acrylic paints and some pencils. I found the strong sunlight and deep shadows … Continue reading

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Portrait. Daryl J. Hembrough in Highgate Cemetery.

Daryl J Hembrough in Highgate Cemetery. Acrylic on board. A3.The second of two weeks work (I have yet to finish the small painting from the first week). The background was sketched in before the session started. It came from asking … Continue reading

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Portrait. Daryl J. Hembrough as Philosopher King.

Darryl J Hembrough as Philosopher King. Oil on old canvas board. 42 x 60cm.This painting was created using four colours over two and a half hours. I thought his contemplative atmosphere made him look like a Philosopher King. The colours … Continue reading

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The Golden Couple.

The Golden Couple. Acrylics and gold leaf on gesso board. 14″ square.This painting was a commission for a Golden wedding anniversary. I had some fantastic photos of the couple from the 1960’s. There was something dynamic about this image which … Continue reading

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Portraits on paper.

The lump on my neck. Oil paint on card. 18cm square sketchbook page.Made using oil paint I had left over from other work. The light was strong and the thought of highlighting a part of me I’m not so proud … Continue reading

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Life drawing. 5 views.

Here are 5 paintings. I think they are all equally good. All are painted on prepared paper, in acrylics with a little pencil. All were made in John Close’s art class on a Friday night.

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Life drawing. On Melancholia.

On Melancholia. Acrylic, pencil and oil paint on prepared paper. 91 x 72cm. November – January 2021. Another painting that took a long time, with a fair bit of thought involved. Again, the work was halted and not particularly ‘finished’. … Continue reading

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Life drawing. On the theme of Samuel Beckett.

On the theme of Samuel Beckett (PUSH). Acrylic, pencil, and oil paint. 70 x 92cm. 26 November – January 2021.This work had a lot of thought and time put into it. I treated it as a commission from a patron, … Continue reading

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The third portrait.

Sebastian in the sun. Oil on wood, 41 x 41cm.This painting looks very different in different lights.Notice how there is a warm cast on the left and a cold cast on the right. Most of the time painting was spent … Continue reading

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Life drawing: I see you

I see you. Acrylic and oils on canvas. 91 x76cmAnother version on what to do after the life drawing session. This is a streamlined composition, with each element refined. There was supposed to be two life drawing sessions, due to … Continue reading

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George the cat memorial.

Our cat, George, died, after 18 years of lazing about. We really loved that large, friendly and incontinent cat. A victorian idea after a favourite pet had died was to stuff or make a wooden effigy of the pet and … Continue reading

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Under a bridge in the rain, Monsal Trail.

Under a bridge in the rain, Monsal trail. Summer 2021. Oil (and rain) on canvas. 40 x40cm.A plien air painting! Quite a situation, stung by stinging nettles, umbrella in free hand, brush in the other, children abseiling from the bridge … Continue reading

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S & L in the summer.

S & L in the summer. Painted August- October 2021. Oil on canvas. 76 x 102 cm.This painting was a joy to make. I’ve tried to keep the joy, energy and fun of being young. The colours are intense and … Continue reading

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Illustrations for a local magazine.

An article on Food banks. A dreaded spindley fish for a piece on river danger. Hedgehogs, loud neighbours, worry, mayonnaise and a photoshop off cut of all the food bank drawings on top of each other.

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Life drawing. Kit the actor.

Kit as French flag. Acrylic and Chinagraph on prepared paper. 72 x 102cm. 30 minutes.What a pleasure to paint this fine haired fellow. Friday night a St. Lukes. The texture of painting over old work adds to the texture. The … Continue reading

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Drawing from Rodin.

Going to Rodin at the Tate Modern, was as good as I imagined it could be. Really thought provoking and exciting, a show with ideas on scale, theme, revision, finish, intuition, lack of colour, the body and sexuality. It makes … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Now and then.

Now and then. Acrylics and pencil on prepared paper. 90 x 70cm.The painting set up had A Rubens reproduction on the wall, a life model on a chair and a fake fur stole. The mix of textures from the shiny … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Lady in grey, red and green

Friday life drawing has started again, this time in a small group of talented artists at St.Lukes, South Islington. http://www.slpt.org.uk I miss friendly The Mary Ward Centre with it’s purpose built life room. The tutor is the same, the great … Continue reading

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Life Drawing. Here’s Looking At You. Here’s looking at you. Oil on canvas. 90x90cm.This probably the last painting I’ll make in the wonderful life room of the Mary Ward Centre, Queens Square, London. Friday nights will never be the same. … Continue reading

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