Friday, February 28, 2020

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Gone Fishing- New painting

Gone Fishing
Mixed Media
15x15 inches

First post in a long time but glad to be back!

This one was from a sketching trip from the cool harbour town Eyemouth just down the coast.  It had been on the easel for quite a while but glad to have now got it finished and signed!


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Waiting for the tide, Oban

Waiting for the tide, Oban
Soft Pastel on Colourfix paper
19 x 27 inches

I just got back from a walking holiday in Glencoe to find out I'd won the Pastel Guild of Europe's Get Dusty landscape competition with this painting- superb!!

Can't wait to try out the set of Girault pastels prize, I've never seen them here in the UK.

I just loved how these boats were sitting in the mud at funny angles and thought that it would make a good but challenging composition.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March Pastel Scribbler available

The March edition of the Pastel Scribbler is now available for free download!

There's some great tips and technique articles this month.


Thursday, February 07, 2013

Loch Lomond Sky

Here's a new landscape painting I did.  It is a dramatic sky over the view south/west looking down Loch Lomond. The view was stunning close to the second day of the West Highland Way and this point we'd just walked the length of Loch Lomond (~27miles) heading to a well earned pint at the famous Drover's pub.

You can see one of the tiny islands that dot the Loch.

Loch Lomond Sky
Pastel on Sennelier Pastel Card
24cm x 24cm


Monday, January 07, 2013

Brooklyn blues, new mixed media painting

Happy 2013!

I'm back from a bit of a Blogger break, can't believe its been so long since my last post.

Anyway here is the finished mixed media painting that my last post showed the start of:

Brooklyn Blues
Mixed Media on canvas

There was a fair bit of collage and layering of textures to get to this point.  There's lots of subtle relevant inclusions as well that hopefully will mean there's a lot of looking longevity!  My research on New York style building made me realise I'd picked architecture with LOTS of windows, phew!

 This painting now has a new home in my brother's music room and thankfully he was really happy with the way it turned out


Sunday, October 07, 2012

New Commission- work in progress

This is what I'm working on at the moment. A new mixed media painting with a musical theme. This is for my brother's music studio so music is an obvious theme. Continuing my current love for quirky buildings and rooftops I thought it would be cool to do a New York themed rooftop jazz / blues band.

Early sketches and ideas

Prepping the canvas

Used collage and various texture pastes to build this up

Transferring the sketch and incorporating some of the random collage and texture shapes

THe silver leaf really picks up the flash! hoping this will help with the glittering city in the distance