Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Lemon Yellow

I have been using the pastels and charcoal again as I get ready for my weekend workshop in Arnside. I am really enjoying layering up these marks of colour...

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

To crop or not?

Not sure whether to crop this one or not...

Sunday, 15 November 2015


I just love these drawings done by my son Archie, he needs to start making a children's book!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Wild Iris

Mixing up my media today as I developed a piece that started as a demo at the Sedburgh Art Society.
Annie Sloan even got a look in!

Wild Iris

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Coming up Roses...

Here is a new oil painting destined for the upcoming Edinburgh Art Fair on the 13-15th November. I will be represented there by the Laurel Gallery. Do go along if you can...

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Space to Create Auction

I was asked to be involved in Space to Create's 'Transformations Project' which has paired up artists and writers, with the art developing out of a response to a given piece of writing.
Here is my watercolour which was inspired by the notion of the individual as a light standing alone while being intrinsically part of something bigger (well that was my interpretation!)

You can place a bid on this and the others involved in the project by following this link; http://space2create.co.uk/artists-writers-and-artwork/


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Enjoying oil paint

I made a series of studies inspired by the textures of Allan Bank using veils of dilute oil paint. The pigment has granulated beautifully...

Monday, 5 October 2015

Emily Ball Week

Just had a fantastic few days under the watchful eye of Emily who has been taking her unique brand of art mentoring 'on tour'. I gathered a group of unsuspecting artists together at the studios in The Factory Kendal and after a glorious day on location at the National Trust's Allan Bank we were able to convey and distill our responses onto paper and canvas. Time for a nap now...

With thanks to Emily for coming all the way from Brighton to see us and to David Penn for letting us spread out into his studio too...

Didn't we have a lovely time...  

Monday, 28 September 2015

New Painting?

I made 2 small studies today using this lovely jug from Bellwood & Wright and then digitally combined them to come up with this image. To be continued...
'Little Jug of Freesias'

Friday, 25 September 2015

Bellwood & Wright

Sarah at the Bellwood & Wright Gallery in Lancaster has already managed to sell all the paintings I delivered to her on Monday!
Luckily I have a few more just back from the framers which will be there from 10 am tomorrow. All very exciting. Here is one of them from my small collection of Vintage Rose paintings...

Monday, 17 August 2015


I am just putting a new collection of oil paintings together... here is one I made earlier....

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Rosarium (after Sonia Delauney @ The Tate Modern)

It was so inspiring to see an overview of one of the most innovative artists and designers of her time, Sonia Delauney, at the Tate Modern this week. My favourite room was filled with her textiles along with the original designs and pattern books - truly inspiring. The Rosarium design could have been designed yesterday it looked so fresh.
Here it is alongside a painting I did upon returning from London of some beautiful 'antique pink' roses...

Monday, 20 July 2015

Lakes Artists Exhibition

I have had one of my watercolour paintings accepted for this years show in Grasmere Hall. With the preview on Friday the show will be on until the 2nd of September if you would like to visit...

Friday, 3 July 2015

In the Flow...

I had a peaceful day painting in the Japanese Garden at Sizergh Castle this week - Sean has bought me a new watercolour sketchbook...

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Back to school (paints)

Myself and Annie went up to paint at the National Trust house Allen Bank in Grasmere. We are hoping to base ourselves there for our Emily Ball course in October. The view over the lake is wonderful and we soon got obsessed with lines of trees and the changing colour of the water.
I opted to use the art materials that are out for the children to use so that I could pass off as a novice and not warrant too much attention. it was good to play with the blotting-type paper and the limited poster paint selection. There were some good Derwent art materials though which I assume were donated to help mix up the mark making.

Here are some photos of our efforts!

Friday, 19 June 2015

Fluid Watercolours

I have been trying out Dr Martins new fluid paints today which look like their classic inks but are totally lightfast and full of concentrated colour. One drop goes a long way!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Iona Colours

I am just back from another week painting on location on Iona, where the weather was rather challenging what with cold wind, rain and the occassional burst of sunshine.
I hope to spend some time developing studio paintings from my sketches in the coming weeks while the experience is fresh in my mind...

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Laurel Exhibition Preview

My joint exhibition with Susan Reid will open tomorrow at The Laurel Gallery in Edinburgh with a preview from 6-8pm.
Please do call in and say hello as both myself and Susan will be there to present and discuss our work. It will be a very bright and colourful show and should welcome the Spring in nicely... Catch us there tomorrow on St Stephen's Street in Stockbridge.

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Pip Seymour's Post

Thanks to Pip for my mention on his Facebook page...

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Gallery @ 26b The Factory

Annie and I have been hammering away and have turned the studio into a gallery - magic!
The doors open at 2pm tomorrow for the preview...

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Preview day...

Do come and say hello!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Upcoming Oil Bar workshop

I have been playing with the creative process today as I work up examples for tomorrow's workshop. One of the good things that teaching makes you do is to question your own process and in doing so be able to understand and then present it to others. From an initial sketch to some ipad digital intervention and then a coloured sketch with additions I have now got to a point where I am ready to work on the final painting. I see this in oils with a nod to Ivon Hitchens, one of my favourite painters.

Sunday, 8 March 2015


I have been working with a collaged base made up from some Japanese paper I subjected to an indigo bath. The lines of string have now become the stalks of the eucalyptus and the folds have transformed into a vase.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Spring Flowers

On the first day of Spring, albeit with the sound of a sleet shower on the studio roof, I have been finishing off some small oil paintings ready for the Green Door Open Studios event...

Thursday, 26 February 2015

(dry) wet paint

I have been enjoying playing with the gloss paint option on the Artrage app. This is based on my sketches from this weeks still life set up starring my new vintage 50's vase...

ipad painting

ink sketch

Saturday, 21 February 2015

A Painting's Progress...

I spent the day in the studio working on the large canvas I got out of storage last week. It has taken a while to get used to working on this scale again and it has been through many different stages but I think it may be there now...


Friday, 20 February 2015

The Whitworth is open...

Had a great day at the newly reopened gallery in Manchester with my boys. There are 10 exhibitions spread over the 2 open plan floors and luckily we were able to take photos...

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Its half term...

... and Archie and I have been monoprinting in my studio from a great sketch that he drew from one of his Disney Infinity figures.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Day Trip to Allen Bank, Grasmere

We had a trip out in the sunshine today just beating the half term holiday traffic. My friend Debs had recommended we visit Allen Bank, a house which has been left to the National Trust and nestles within the stunning landscape of the Lake District.
Since it was damaged by a fire little has been done to restore it so the original charm and patina are evident throughout. I feel a painting visit coming on...
One of the rooms there is laid out for people to paint so I did a quick sketch of the antique chair using primary coloured blocks of paint - very liberating!