Live painting for charity fundraiser

On Saturday 24 June I took part in The Kenya Trust's fundraising event at Staines Salvation Army. The music concert 'Into Africa' included vocal soloist Ann Stewart, David Daws playing euphonium and Staines Songsters (choir). On stage during the evening I painted an African-themed oil painting  and offered it up for sale with 100% of [...]

Patchings Art Festival and award winner

There are loads of open art competitions out there when you look for them. I've entered a good number over the last three or four years and this year I had my first painting accepted to one. I received notification that my self-portrait had been accepted to The Artist category of the competition back in [...]

Ashford Art Club demo

On Thursday 8 June I demonstrated a still life painting in oils at Ashford Art Club. It was the third time I've demonstrated at the club and on this occasion I talked through painting reflective objects. I was ready for a cup of coffee after talking for and hour and half while staring at a [...]

Buxton Spa Prize

Back in May I took part in a plein air event in Buxton. It's a bit of a journey from where I live but as I'm unable to make Pintar Rapido (another plein air event) in London this year I thought I'd make the trip and give this event a go. Having travelled up on [...]

Self-portrait 2017

Before getting the paints and palette out it is important to plan the composition of your painting. My home studio is in a semi-converted loft. For my self-portrait I positioned myself halfway up the ladder entering the studio through the loft hatch. To capture the image and provide myself with a reference I set up [...]

Plein air painting

In case you don't know, plein air painting is a French term for painting outside from life, with the subject in front of you. I first tried it in 2013 and quickly discovered it to be a huge challenge compared to studio painting. Despite facing a number of obstacles such as changing light conditions, keeping warm/cool/dry [...]

Ticking along

Life, Christmas and marathon training have taken over studio time of late so it's been a few months since I last wrote a blog post. During that time I've also slowed my pace of work and produced less art, however I feel like I've been ticking along ok with plenty of desire and ideas for [...]

Landmark learning curve

Last weekend (15-16 October) I had a stand at the Autum Art Fair at Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington. It was my first art fair and it proved to be an invaluable experience. The point of taking part primarily is to sell work. Thankfully I sold a couple of paintings – two of my favourites. [...]

Life drawing at Chertsey Artists

I attended my first session of life drawing as the newest member of Chertsey Artists art club last night. There is nothing quite like working from life, be it plein air painting and sketching, still life in the studio or working from a life model. Working from life makes an artist work to convert a [...]

Amélie portrait

The first question people often ask when they view a painting of mine is: 'How long did that take you?' The answer varies from painting to painting depending on the subject and size of the canvas. I spend the most time on portraits. Here are the stages of a recent portrait of my daughter Amélie, [...]