Aug 11 2016

Just Playing

Having a broken wrist means that you can’t carry too much equipment to your Art Society meeting. So, I just took a piece of watercolour paper, my Winsor & Newton pan set and one brush last week with a view to having a play with the paint.

Misty Flowers

Misty Flowers

This was the result – I particularly like the misty flowers in the distance. Even thought it was just a fun exercise it may well end up in a frame as it’s so pretty.

Jul 04 2016

Art Exhibition

If you are at a loose end over the weekend 15 to 17 July why not visit Stotfold Watermill, Mill Lane, Stotfold, Beds, SG5 4NU and have a look at the Art Exhibition that they are holding. The Mill will be open from 12:30pm to 5pm with free entry and parking. The cafe will also be open so you can enjoy a cream tea while you are there.

Stotfold Mill Exhibition

Stotfold Mill Exhibition

I shall be exhibiting four of my paintings, three watercolours and a pastel so if you want to see them drop in and have a look.

For further information have a look at the website

Jun 09 2016

Into the Depths

I don’t usually paint abstract pictures as quite frankly I don’t “get” them. However, I was sent a copy of a photograph of the Trummelbach in Switzerland which is basically a corkscrew run off for the melt water (I think!).

With a small section of the photograph in front of me this is what I produced – looks to me like fish going down into the depths of the ocean.

Into the Depths

Into the Depths

I used Parkers Quink Ink, Permanent Black and household bleach for the seaweed. A bit wacky I know but you must admit it has a strange effect on the ink. The only trouble is the paper still smells of bleach – ho hum.

Anyone else tried anything like this before?

May 31 2016

It’s in the eyes!

Bit of a splashy loose painting. The best bit of it I think is the eyes.

Cat's Eyes

Cat’s Eyes

Anyone have any comments?

May 22 2016

Spring Blossom

It’s the time of year when the trees are bursting with blossoms varying from white through to bright pink.

Thought I would paint a small picture of white blossom based on some I saw the other day.

Spring Blossom

Spring Blossom

What do you think?

Apr 11 2016

A Host of Daffodils

I just can’t help myself whenever I see daffodils I want to paint them. Last week someone left a vase with a few daffodils in the workshop at our Art Society – I just had to paint them!  No pre drawing just straight in with the brush.

A Host of Daffodils

A Host of Daffodils

What do you think?

Mar 19 2016

A bit of fun!

This week at art club I fancied painting something a bit light hearted and fun. I had a photo of three hedgehogs and decided to paint them in a “loose” style with not too much detail.

Three Hedgehogs

Three Hedgehogs

What do you think?

The original was whisked away by my friend Ken who was much taken by it and wanted to frame it for me! To see the original come along and visit the Stevenage Art Society Spring Exhibition. To find out all about the exhibition see my previous blog entry.

Mar 06 2016

On the cover of a magazine

(With thanks to Madonna’s Vogue for this blog entry’s title!) I’ve been chosen as the featured artist for the press release for Stevenage Art Society’s Spring Exhibition. The details of the exhibition will appear in a few publications in Stevenage. My recent painting of geese entitled “Where are we going?” is on the front cover of the Stevenage Magazine – Fame at last!!

Stevenage Magazine Cover

Stevenage Magazine Cover
March/April 2016

The exhibition which is at The Denington Galleries, Springfield House, High Street, Stevenage runs from Saturday April 16 until Saturday April 30 2016 and is open from noon to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm Saturdays. Admission is free!

Feb 25 2016

Using Phthalo Blue for my background

This weeks subject for my classes is Snowdrops and over the past few weeks ideas about how to paint them have been going through my mind. At Art Club I had finished the piece I was working on and wanted something to do for a few minutes.

Using a scrap piece of paper I quickly drew out three snowdrop flower heads. I wanted something a bit different behind the flower heads so I used phthalo blue which is also called “intense blue” to paint a rough background. I then used cadmium yellow straight onto the paper and voilà green leaves removing the need for mixing a green. I damped the heads of the flowers with clean water and added a small amount of purple lake to give the flowers a bit of shape – as you can see the blue decided to run as well! The two “ghostly” flowers in the top right were drops of water which got there by accident – oh well, let’s improvise and add a stalk!!.


Snowdrops with Phthalo Blue Background

All in all quite an interesting experiment – a bright blue background which is a bit unusual and green leaves without the need to mix any colours in the palette!

Total time taken roughly five minutes!

Feb 18 2016

Pastel Workshop – Letchworth Settlement

I’m excited to tell you that I have recently been accepted as an art tutor for Letchworth Settlement, an adult education centre in Letchworth. The first bit of tutoring that I’m going to be doing for them is an all day Pastel Workshop – Chalk Pastels in the Style of Degas.

Degas Poster

There are some details of the workshop on this page of their website, if you want any more information you can always email me. The price for the workshop is £30 which includes some pastel paper, fixative and charcoal. Refreshments will be provided but you will need to bring your own lunch – the site is in a residential area and there are no local shops to pop out to although there is free parking!

Booking for the workshop is by phone on 01462 682828 rather than by using their website. I am not involved in the booking process but it would be nice to hear from you if you have booked.

Watch this space for further tutoring details at the Settlement.

Don’t worry though all this won’t affect my normal classes which will be continuing as usual.