Sunday, 24 September 2017

Plein air.

September Garden   Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches

Autumn is here.

Studio Musings...

Saturday was a day for painting outside.
A group of painting friends came to our garden for the day.

Abstracted and gestural, this piece is about the shrubs, berries
and bright yellow daisies in the borders near the house.

Saturday, 23 September 2017


Still Life and composition

Studio Musings...

Today a painter friend brought me flowers from her garden.

I found a little tin can to hold them and now they are in my kitchen.

When I took this photo an idea of painting a still life came to me.

Tomorrow...I might try it out.

Friday, 22 September 2017

A warm glow.

Golden  Oils on board  5 x 7 inches

Warm sky and land.  Evening.

Studio Musings...

The painting was originally larger but I decided to crop it.
I felt the outer edges of the piece didn't add anything to the work.

Now framed...the painting has more presence.
The focus is on the warm glow.

It will be available on

Thursday, 21 September 2017


Expressions   Oils on canvas board  10 x 12 inches

A dramatic moment at sunset.

Studio Musings...

I am keeping this painting for a forthcoming show this winter.
I enjoyed making the expressive marks.

The painting will partner a larger abstract piece 20 x 20 inches.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Sea view.

Sea and Sand   Oils on board  8 x 5 inches

Brief interlude of light brings warmth to the shore.

Studio Musings...

A tall study for a change.
This format is just right for a narrow space.

It just shows how a scene can be interesting and small.

This painting will be available on

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Still waters.

Wild Place   Oils on canvas board  5 x 7 inches

A wildlife reserve.  Watching and waiting for visitors.

Studio Musings...

Woods and water...some mysterious places.
I abstracted this little study, letting it evolve as I moved the oils around.

A woodland scene began to appear and I scratched the surface
making tree trunks and branches.  The sky was filled in with a knife
sculpting the oils and pressing the colours together to blend a little.

I pulled the same colours down in the water as reflections.

As the work progressed it became quite exciting to see the marks come to life.

This small study will be available on

Monday, 18 September 2017

Light and shade.

On Reflection   Oils on board  7 x 11 inches

Light filters through trees and skims the water.

Available from

Studio Musings...

Abstraction is a wonderful exercise when
 you let your imagination have freedom.

Armed with some colour and a brush this little painting
evolved into a wild landscape full of atmosphere.

My paintings are created from moving paint around.
Light and dark give the impression of depth and sense of place.

Here are some photos of our garden...

I don't paint from photo reference but these colours might
find their way into a paintings sometime.