Art and music and dance and soul

Art and music and dance and soul

It’s Strictly season again and I’m hooked right in already. Loving a dancing show feels kind of weird to me as I’ve never been good at dancing myself, though I love music of all different types, and I’ve certainly never been a sequin and...
Latest paintings

Latest paintings

  I finally had a chance to get some painting done during August; it’s been a busy few months and it was good to get back to the canvas. Marilyn commission   One of the brilliant things about art group (well the one I go to anyway) is that it pushes...
Latest painting – Dreamweaver

Latest painting – Dreamweaver

I’ve just finished an oil painting that I’m aiming to hang at the Surrey Contemporary Art Fair. I’ve had the reference pictures since my trip to Leeds last year, and I chose one that isn’t specifically linked to the subject’s hobby but I...
Alla prima portraits – progress pictures

Alla prima portraits – progress pictures

I thought I’d show you how some of my recent portraits developed. I’ve painted these on Arches oil paper all in one go (alla prima), so without layers of glazes. Each painting is done in a day to take advantage of the properties of working wet on wet into...
Portrait prep

Portrait prep

After my sketching trip to Leeds I have hundreds of photos and sketches to go through to potentially turn into paintings. It’s slightly overwhelming, so I decided to break the process into steps and get some prep sketches done to solidify the ideas I had when I...
Portrait of Rhiannon, folk musician

Portrait of Rhiannon, folk musician

You might have read about my plans to paint a series of portraits of people showing their ‘superpower’. Well, I have made a start, and my first subject is the beautiful, and super talented Rhiannon, violinist and harpist and performer in a local folk band....
A sketching trip

A sketching trip

I’m planning a series of portraits to try to build a cohesive body of work. It’s quite easy to get stuck in your ways and paint only what and who is around you so I decided to be a bit brave and go on a sketching trip. My son works in Leeds and knows a...

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