Saturday, 10 August 2019


Hello and welcome to my Blog...

This week I am preparing 10 paintings for a solo show
in Louth Riverhead Theatre Gallery, Lincolnshire.

The paintings will be on display from 
Tuesday 3 September until the end of the month.
More details will be posted nearer the time.  

The title of the show is...

 Oil paintings of Lincolnshire in the Wild

A selection of oil paintings about

 wild places in Lincolnshire 

from the Coast to the Wolds.  

Created in my Studio, 

these abstractions rekindle 

fleeting memories as I work.  

 This is a journey beyond reality; 

an imaginative ‘sense of place’.  

It has been fun to make this selection 

as I wanted to have a group of paintings 

which reflect my love of the wild.  

 I feel happiest when I am surrounded 

by nature in its relaxed sense.  

Outside my studio door

It’s all in the paint.

My pictures are made from marks...

mostly spontaneous and free.  

 As I work, the shapes and colours begin 

to form ‘abstract landscapes’.  

  The re-kindling of memories comes 

from this painting process.  

Sometimes the painting is purely 

about colours and shapes...

Although there isn’t any direct reference 

to the landscape, the colours are 

around me in my garden.

I have a liking for industrial shapes too...

Skyline shapes, cranes and 

chimneys sometimes appear.

They are imaginary ones here.

This picture has a resemblance of a steelworks.

As a child I remember my father taking 

me at night to Scunthorpe Steelworks 

and watching the red hot slag 

tipping from the little rail trucks. 

Moving on.

My painting is always evolving.  

This is a recent one...

making the bright marks centre of attention.

Oil paint from the tube has 

been used for the red swirl.  

It was purely fun.

Three more pictures followed...

Also using oil pastels for rubbing on 

some of the marks and oil paint 

squeezed straight from the tube.  

Random marks and shapes emerged.

They all have a similar theme.


Moving on again.

This week the weather has changed.  

Suddenly it feels like autumn.

Oddly, my painting changed at the 

same time although not deliberately.

These two pictures have a 

definite autumn colour palette.

A journey through the year in my studio.

Where to next?  Adventure awaits.

Here is a quote from Nicholas Wilton...

“In art often you have to start before

you know where you are going.

There are no roadmaps for each of our

creative paths if they are truly our own”.

Until next time...

Thank you for visiting.

Friday, 19 July 2019

Shout out loud.

Finding a personal voice.

‘Rising with the sun’

Oils and cold wax medium on canvas.
A re-worked painting in my studio.

This is the picture before I worked on it.  
There wasn’t really anything wrong but
I felt it was divided into three parts.  

The new painting has more interest.


I was reading an article today by Austin Kleon...

This image below came from his newsletter.

Dan Harmon’s quote on the left urges us 
to find our voice and then shout it from the rooftops. 
 Dan says keep doing it until the ‘right’ people find us.  

In his book, Austin Kleon tells us to show our work. 

I am now thinking that ‘Showing = Shouting’

If we keep our work hidden, no-one will see it.
Social media such as Facebook and Instagram 
can be a place to show our work, although I 
prefer not to literally shout...a gentle mention is nicer.  

I share and post my pictures on both. 
Not just the finished ones but some 
of my struggles, re-works and failures too.
They are all part of my painting life.  

I saw something else in Austin’s newsletter...

‘I was thinking that there’s no reason to ever 

participate in an art-making process unless 

there’s some chance for happy accidents 

and moments of serendipity’.   

I love a happy accident.

This painting had the ‘happy’ treatment. 

One mark of yellow changed everything.

It was pre-planned and not accidental 

but it could have gone wrong.

Instead, I feel there is a new focus in the work.

The art-making process is what drives me to paint.

Taking risks and experimenting with colour.

‘Every day I will give you a colour’

This is a re-worked picture.
It was a struggle with a lot of scraping back.
Then I saw fragments of my wild garden emerging.

Oils and cold wax medium on 

20 x 20 inch box canvas.

Thank you Austin Kleon for your advice...

I found my voice,

I will go to the rooftops.

Austin’s newsletters may be seen by visiting his website.

Ps...this is my unfinished picture

 from the last Blog post -

‘The best of all times’

Oils and cold wax medium on 16 x 16 inch box canvas 

(The picture before I changed it)

Until next time...

Thank you for visiting.


Sunday, 30 June 2019

Investing time.

Making marks...

‘Sapphire sky on a hot summer day’
Oils and cold wax medium on Arches oil paper.

Today I read an article by Nicholas Wilton,
an artist in California USA.

Nicholas wrote...

‘Painting is a process of call and response.
You make a mark, step back and then
evaluate what to do next. Over time, your ability to
discern the next best mark improves.
And when it does, your art practice
becomes less stressful, and more joyful’.

Nicholas used some important words...

‘over time, your ability, improves’

I take that to mean...

(Time = Ability = Improvement = Satisfaction)

Investing time really is the key to success.

Stepping back to evaluate.

Below is a painting which is at the ugly stage.

It needs me to step back and evaluate

 before I move on.  

I do like the colours and the scribbles.

It will rest in the studio and dry a little

as I decide about making the next marks. 

The painting below is possibly finished.

It was a battle to reach a stage of acceptance

but I like the spontaneous mark making

 and choice of colours. 

‘Sun’s fiery kiss’

Oils, cold wax and oil pastels on 12 x 12 inch canvas.

Here is a detail of the picture...

Until next time...

Thank you for visiting.


Friday, 31 May 2019

Grab it and run.

Look quickly before it’s gone...

‘Beyond the reach of night’

Recently I had a panel with a red under painting 
then I added some blue and black, scratching out 
some shapes and scribbles.  

It sat in my studio for about three weeks.

Then one day I decided to add some more colour...

‘Bang the drum, Summer is next’

You can see it has changed considerably.
Some marks remain visible to tell it is the one before.

However, my picture didn’t last long.

Off we go went through another re-work
which covered all the previous paint.

Several layers of oil and cold wax were applied,
then smoothed, rolled, scraped and scratched.

The painting was turned around and placed in a
heavy gilt type wood frame which was in my studio.

Here it is...
the only evidence of its previous life
is just visible.  A tiny red fragment top right. 

‘Quietly open the woodland door’

Oils and cold wax medium on panel.

The moral of the story?

If you visit an artist’s studio and see 
something you would like to own...

Buy it quickly and run.
Before it disappears.

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, 18 May 2019

All change.

Hello and welcome to my Blog 

‘Sapphire blue on a Summer’s day’

Oils and cold wax medium on 20 x 20 inch canvas 

I am happy to say my painting disaster 
last week has now turned a corner.

Just to remind you...

This was the beginning...

Then there was this ‘ugly stage’’
after trying anything to move it on.
I decided to lock the studio door and walk away.

Turning the canvas round I added more vibrant blue 
and some soft creamy yellow. 
 Little fragments of green here and there 
are a reminder of my previous struggle.

It is reminiscent of the coastline in summer.  
I like it.

Today was a good day.

Several new small pieces are drying on my tables.

‘Passage into Night’

Oils and cold wax medium on 6 x 6 inch canvas board 

This little picture only took minutes to make. 
It was a reject from the studio cupboard
with a black under-painting and a 
few left-over colours from my palette.  

Sometimes I think the faster I work brings more 
success than toiling over a difficult piece and fussing.  

On a roll, I decided to give this little picture a re-vamp.

Using some Burnt Sienna and Indian Yellow 
I swept it over the surface and 
then scraped some away. 

Finally, a mix of Indian Yellow and Titanium White
was used for the swirl of cream.

Some scratching into the wet paint
 completed the picture.

‘Bang the drum, Summer is next’

Oils and cold wax medium on panel.

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Sometimes it rains.

Hello and welcome to my Blog.

The view from my studio.
A tranquil scene on a sunny day in May.

I am laughing as I write today.
My last post was a cheerful one about 
two little pictures which were easy to make. 

Now I remember my Mother’s words...
“pride comes before a fall”.

Today I have two paintings on the table in my studio.
They have been worked and scraped down, reworked 
and left to dry as I decide what to do with them.

Nothing was going well...
It was just ‘one of those days’.  

I will share them with you...

A 20x20 inch canvas.

This was the first stage.
I was ‘stuck’ and needed to experiment.

Wondering where to go with it,
I added more colour...
and now it looks worse.

There are too many bits and pieces.
I do like the blue at the top and maybe the pinks,
but the yellow and green will have to go.  

When it is dry I shall rework it.  

Next I was battling with this one 
a 16 x 16 inch canvas.

It was similar to the first painting.

I added more colour and now it looks messy.
The yellow and green are not right.

Maybe I will bring the blue back and take away
the yellow and green when it is dry.

The best option is to leave them for a while
and move on to something else.

Calm is restored..

On a positive note I have another painting 
which seems to be going reasonably well.

It has a sense of calm.
I shall resist fiddling with it.

Oils and cold wax on 24 x 24 inch canvas.

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.  

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Sunny times.

Today was a good day at the office.

Sometimes there are days when my 
pictures almost paint themselves.

This was an improvement on yesterday’s work
which was a disaster.  Three canvases had to be
scraped down and set aside for re-working when dry.

I wanted to show you these two little oil studies 
which behaved well and were a joy to make. 

They are both oils and cold wax medium 
on 8 x 8 inch vinyl panel.

I think the success came from painting quickly 
and resisting the temptation to fuss.

Bold strokes were laid down and left.
A few scribbles in the wet paint 
revealed the colours beneath.

They are bright, happy little pictures 
and remind me of a seaside holiday.

Until next time...
Thank you for visiting.