•July 29, 2016 • 1 Comment


A shallow bowl. The first stage; a mix of thin and thick strokes,discovering the shape of the bowl. I will take it to the next stage in a couple of days, perhaps it will turn out to be the final stage, don’t know yet. There is a bit of glare on the photo.

Orchid II

•July 26, 2016 • 2 Comments

orchid II

A still life of an artificial orchid by Bloom. I am painting a couple of commissioned portraits at the moment , so this is a welcome break to sit for a couple of hours and put the paint on with some freedom.

A small oil on an 8″ x 10″ board.


•June 25, 2016 • 7 Comments


This portrait of a boy was sold this week. Cheers me up a little after the depressing few days of the European Referendum.

Small Fluffy Clouds (Bogside Flats) II

•June 13, 2016 • 3 Comments

Fluffy clouds bogside flats II

Final demo of the session, and another Bogside Flats.

I think this is a better one than last night. More detail in the hills, braver in execution.

I am really enjoying this colour thing I am working on. I am also learning loads about brushmarks and thickness of paint. How the marks are made and left to sit are important aspects of the finish. For instance, it’s difficult to describe, but I was making the marks in the foreground water and had a few attempts at it but I made one sweep across at one point and immediately there was consensus that it was finished. There were a few in the group and myself who simultaneously expressed “that’s it!”. I couldn’t tell you why , but we knew it worked at that point. A harmony of strokes came together.

Small fluffy clouds (Bogside Flats)

•June 12, 2016 • Leave a Comment

ogside flats 2016

A new version of the Bogside Flats. I have put the paint on with less care this time (but taking great care to do so!) I think this is a step closer to where I am trying to get in landscape painting. I like the paint to have a presence of it’s own rather than have it be hidden in the thing it’s depicting. This is easier on a smaller scale (back to 30×30 cm). I can afford to put the paint on thicker without it being overwhelming on a bigger board.

There’s a hell of a lot of cleaning, though, after one of these!

Variation on Irvine Harbour Scene

•June 11, 2016 • 8 Comments

Irvine Harbour 2016

I started this as a demonstration exercise for the Friday group. Finished it today.

This is the second version of another smaller painting. The small one is 30x30cm and this one is 40×40. Doesn’t sound a big jump but in area it’s nearly twice the size.

I wanted to see how the brushwork would appear in an upscaled picture. I found I wanted to make the strokes much larger due to the influence of the original. It wasn’t possible though as I underestimated the size of brush I would have needed. So more strokes to say the same thing. It worked at the water foreground, but got too busy in the sky and hills on the horizon.

I think I should have started fresh and not referred to the original so much. I am moving towards more of an abstract rendition and don’t feel it is far enough away from reality here. I’ll keep on keeping on though. All good.

The original is below:-

Bogside Flats early evening

Bespectacled in watercolour

•June 9, 2016 • 7 Comments

Eleanor watercolour demo

Today’s demonstration; same face in watercolour this time. This is 40cm x 40cm again, so quite big. On unstretched watercolour paper. Painting in watercolour feels like a battle of wills.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 504 other followers

%d bloggers like this: