Sunday, 12 January 2020

The right track.

Being sidetracked...

I didn’t plan to paint today...
there were other jobs to be done.

This was a sidetracked moment
which continued for three hours.

I admit it did not go well.
Two canvases went in the bin and 
two more have been put aside.

Determined I wouldn’t be beaten 
I persevered and these two 
paintings began to take shape.

They are drying on the wall.
To convince myself they have 
a future I gave them titles...

‘Stay and rest awhile’

Oils and cold wax medium 
on 20 x 20 inch canvas 

‘The tide is full tonight’

Oils and cold wax medium on 
20 x 20 inch canvas 

“Find out what you want to do by doing it”

(Words by artist Robert Dash)

Doing is the key...

Perhaps my time wasn’t wasted.

I shall find out in the morning 

when I open the studio door.

That’s all for now...

Until next time 

Thank you for visiting.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Start as you mean to go on.

Welcome to my 2020 Studio.

I am happy that I’ve had the chance

 to be a painter....

making things the world 

doesn’t necessarily ask for.

A detail from my first 2020 painting 

My new year art resolution 

is to continue making things 

the world doesn’t ask for.  

I can please myself.

Today I re-visited a painting from my home 

using the existing colours as a base to 

apply some random marks and scribbles.

I shall leave it to dry before deciding it’s future.

‘Fair and Square’

Oils and cold wax medium on 36 x 40 inch canvas 

I shall return...

Until next time.

Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, 28 December 2019

Unfolding forces.

As the year ends...

I read this yesterday...

“How does one predict the future 

of the unfolding force of one’s life?”

Thoughts from Sara Genn, 2019

Sara says...”My Quest only reveals herself 

to me when I pick up my brush. 

So I won’t ask you about your 

plans for your work in 2020. 

Instead, I’ll invite you to ponder with me some ideas 

for creative development, with a preference 

for behavioural tweaking.

Sara goes on to suggest...

Experiment more.

 Try adding or omitting one stage 

in your existing process.

Change your ground colour for two months.

Cut your palette in half.

Leave paintings 10% unfinished as a gift 

to yourself for the following day, 

with the idea that you’ll decide 

if it’s actually already finished, tomorrow.

Stronger design.

One neat area.

Two mysterious areas.

Three material areas — 

surface quality, edgemanship and brushwork, 

because you are making a painting.

There were some more suggestions but I 

felt these could be useful for me to try 

as I begin a new year of creating my art.  

Before I get too carried away with resolutions,

 a quotation by Marc Chagall

reminds me to stay close to my heart...

Until next year...

Thank you for visiting 

and good wishes for a

painterly 2020.

Read more of my story here...

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Wild at Heart Studio.

Open Studio in 2020

Wild at Heart Studio 
Green Acres,
Nr Lincoln 

Here is my studio and workshop
in a Lincolnshire wild garden.
This is where I make my oil paintings.

A few years ago I opened my studio 
each year for ‘Art on the Map’,
Lincolnshire Open Studios.

I have decided to open again for 
a few days in 2020 after several 
people asked if they could visit.

The little summer house will have my
 collection of small oil paintings
and cards on Arches oil paper.

Small framed oil paintings 

Oil painting cards and bookmarks 

In my workshop visitors can see work 
in progress and larger finished oil paintings.

Work tables and painting equipment 

Little oil studies drying 

Work in progress 

Some finished pictures in the Studio...

Studio opening times...

The first Sunday of the month 
 May to September 
Open 11am until 3pm

I look forward to seeing you...

2020 Oils and cold wax painting workshops

1st Thursday & 1st Saturday 
from May to October

Bookings by arrangement - 

Visit my website for more details...

Click on the picture 

Friday, 13 December 2019

Listen and learn.

Pastures new.

After yesterday’s Blog about intuitive listening,
I set to work on these two paintings.

I didn’t want to tighten up so I worked quickly 
and stopped when I felt they were balanced.

They have new titles now.  

‘The world that time forgot’

‘As one door closes’

Oils were mixed with Cold Wax Medium 
and applied thickly over the previous paint.  

I smoothed over with a Messermeister scraper,
rollered a few strokes and added 
a few scratched scribbles.

Here are the pictures before I began...

This one was quite busy.
I felt it needed calming.

This painting was discussed on my Blog.
The intuitive ‘gut feeling’ was the reason 
for making all the changes.  

I shall leave them to dry.

What a fun experience.
Life in my workshop is never boring.

All for now,
thank you for visiting.

Thursday, 12 December 2019

When to listen.

Listening to our art...

I read this online today.

Nicholas Wilton says-

“How can we learn to recognize and 

use our intuition when making art?

I believe intuition is the cornerstone 

of all powerful, authentic art.

But even so, it can be hard to not only

recognize but to trust our intuition.

How do we know, what we intuitively 

know is right?

One way is to simply listen to

what your art is telling you”.

Nicholas Wilton -

Nicholas believes 
‘listening‘ can hold the key to
making our art more powerful.

He believes our intuition can 
be described as a form of listening.

I gave his words some thought
so I shall use my painting 
‘Balancing Act’
as an example.

This painting has returned to
my studio from an exhibition.

It’s now time to decide whether to keep 
it or rework part or all of the work.
We can all have a ‘gut feeling’ that 
something is right or wrong.

I have a ‘gut feeling’ (with intuitive 
listening), that this canvas needs 
some re-working at the top left.

Naturally it can go wrong...

There is a danger that I may go rapidly 
down the road of total destruction.
Readers of my Blog may recall this.

But...some destruction can bring
forth a greater opportunity.
I think it is worth the risk.


Using digital doodling I played 
with the image, adding more colour,
re-shaping the area and scribbled
the pale yellow squiggle.

Suddenly, I think the image has 
more impact.  Shall I do it for real? 

I will tell you next week.  

Just a reminder...

The Gainsborough Artisan Fair
is on Saturday 14 December.

I shall have a stall in the
 Town Hall from 10am until 3pm.

Lots of small oil painting gifts 
painted on Arches heavy oil paper.


Oil painting Cards...

Send it or frame it.
Prices from £2 

Framed pictures 

6x6 inches £ 20

8x8 inches £ 40

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.

My website has more studio musings
and oil painting stories.

Thursday, 5 December 2019

New day.

In high spirits.

Reading this quotation 
I am filled with hope.

My ‘old nonsense’ has been removed 
from the workshop and two new 
clean canvases are on my table.  

Tomorrow I shall open the door 
to begin a new painting day. 

‘Uncharted territory’

Oils and cold wax medium 
on 20 x 20 inch canvas
2016 (Sold)

My work is always uncharted territory.
I like it that way so I am not trapped
into following a definite plan.

There is a sense of the unexpected each time I paint.
A feeling of being unbounded.


Oils on 20 x 20 inch canvas  
2013 (private collection)

‘Little blue pot’

Oils on 12 x 12 inch box canvas 
2013 (private collection)

These two pictures evolved as I worked.

I began with an under-painting of 
loosely applied transparent oils.

When dry I overpainted leaving 
fragments of under painting visible.

Abstract shapes emerged and I worked
until the picture felt balanced.

I kept these as a reminder of my painting story.

‘Carried away by a moonlight shadow’

Oils and cold wax medium on 
10 x 12 inch panel and frame.

A recently reworked picture.
Just marks and scratchings.
Worn but carefree.

That’s all for now...
Until next time,
thank you for visiting.

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