Orchid News

•August 10, 2015 • 4 Comments

Bloom Page

Bloom have very kindly included my orchid still life in their late summer catalogue.

I’ll use this news as a timely reminder to get back to painting! I have had a strange period of reflection and taking a fresh look at work practice. The break was partly necessary due to a chaotic approach to business which needed fixing; and partly due to a bad case of painters block which creeps up on you and takes an effort to shake off. I am so organised now I have no excuses not to paint. Here goes!


•June 2, 2015 • 4 Comments

orchid bloom final

A still life using palette knife and sneaking in a wee brush mark or two. This orchid is from the artificial flower company Bloom. A fine permanent model to try out technique before the frustration of perishable real ones.

Red hair III

•April 1, 2015 • 9 Comments

Red Hair III

Here is the third painting in the Red Hair Trilogy. I guess this is the most detailed except for the hair. I have left this underpainted deliberately to see if I can live with it like this. I did plan a less life like portrait but I couldn’t help myself as the day went on. My compromise is the hair and , not like me at all, I have left the white background with no paint at all.

It will be tomorrow when I decide if that is it. I think it is. It is my favourite of the three. Kate’s expression here is somewhere between melancholia and “Can I go soon?”

Red Hair II

•March 26, 2015 • 10 Comments

red hair II experimental

An experimental evening. Another painting of Kate, this time face on. A much more aggressive application of paint, which was great fun! It brings a random element to the process which is difficult to keep control. Having said that, it was a bit like a demo without the chat. So I was able to concentrate better and do more in the same time.

Red Hair

•March 24, 2015 • 5 Comments

Red Hair one

I have been meaning to paint a portrait of Kate since she dyed her hair to this copper/cadmium red colour. An opportunity to get me back to the easel arose with an offer to exhibit at this years Glasgow Art Fair with Ailsa Art Gallery. I have found it a battle to commercialise portraits into a form where paintings could sell as heads rather as named people. This one, I think, creeps towards that idea but isn’t quite there yet.

Oil on board 12″ x 12″


•March 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment


A quick 5 minuter for the Tuesday homework. A pair of poundshop spectacles in pencil. Not wearing them at the time, obviously; hence, the pic is out of focus!

Winter Sun

•March 18, 2015 • 5 Comments

winter sun

A demonstration for the wednesday class. This is a mainly palette knife painting, in oils on board.

First, I thinly washed some colour over the whole board, wiped off excess wetness and began the process of colour mixing and placing oil paint in slabs. There are a few bits of brushwork here. Also some sgraffito with a kebab skewer for the twiggy effects.

My idea for the group was to show that subject matter for painting need not be the obviously dramatic or typical viewpoint.


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