Painting experiments are kind of like scouting missions. You blunder off into the unknown, thrashing around and hoping to find something useful you can bring back. Occasionally, you do. I’ve been searching for a different way to paint flowers lately, especially roses. If you paint them too precisely, they look like they’re made of porcelain.
“Pinks from Paddy’s Garden” – oil on panel, 12 by 9 inches. This painting is up for auction, Click here to bid. In the nine months since we sold our house near London and moved out to the countryside we’ve seen the seasons change from late autumn, through winter, spring and now high summer. Each
First painting in my new studio. It was a while coming, and a while finishing too! This painting is up for auction here.
Often I take a long time over putting together the setups for my small paintings. This one originally had other objects involved – at one point a mirror in the background, at another an antique silver spoon, and a collections of bowls – but after a few hours of squinting and looking at the shapes
I’ve been looking at a lot of Northern Renaissance still life painting recently. I’ve had Dutch still life paintings drifting through my mind. Somehow, they must have seeped into me a little and I’ve become quite preoccupied with a handful of images. This, I guess, is what happens when some of that gets filtered through
I’ve combined a few favourite subjects here to make an arrangement in which I’ve tried to create a gentleness and hopefully harmony too, of colour and shape. There are deliberate echoes of curves, something I’ve been doing ever since I did a couple of years of composition practice based on Arthur Wesley Dow’s ideas. I
Bid on this painting here Something I’ve noticed lately about the way a paint is that I have two modes of painting. In the first mode, I’m judging colours and values as accurately as I can. I’m not even thinking about the panting much, I’m mostly laying down a jigsaw puzzle of colours that often
There are times in your painting life when you feel like you’ve made a jump forward. Or maybe just uncovered a new area to explore, and the exploration still has to be done. I think this one might be a bit of both. For a while I’ve been wanting to get something into my work
This little painting of a freesia is my first attempt with oil paints for quite some time. I was so energised starting this painting. As soon as I got out the easel and set it up, as soon as the paints came out, as soon as I opened the tub of turps and the smell
It’s a little while since I’ve done one of these step by step posts. This one covers the last painting I did before returning to full time work, and was originally intended to be the first of a series of flower paintings. The series is on hold indefinitely now, but writing this one up has