•March 20, 2017 • 2 Comments


Here is a painting I have been able to revisit lately. I am about to paint this boy’s brothers and sister after a break of some years. This guy is now about 15 years old!


•February 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment


“Jamie” – oil on canvas,  14″ x 14″




Station Cafe, Saltcoats

•February 23, 2017 • 2 Comments


A demo for New Cunninghame Art Club tonight. A painting of Cafe by the Station in Saltcoats. Painted in oils on canvas, 50cm x  50cm. A cracking victorian building right bang in the middle of town.

I started from top to bottom, quickly blocking in the sky and tentatively putting in the roof and chimneys. At this stage, I could see I was already being too cautious. I speeded up and chucked the paint on and everything seemed to liven up as I progressed. Carefully carefree.


Watercolour exercise (after Elizabeth Blackadder)

•February 19, 2017 • 6 Comments



A watercolour exercise that borrows from Elizabeth Blackadder. A simple nature painting from life. A bit of dead stem from the garden; a daff, a lily and another flower(?) from the shops; and a budding stem also from the garden.

A semi-botanical job, kind of randomly arranged. I would like to put in more to fill the space but there is enough here , I suppose, to get the gist of the exercise.

This is for you, Thursday group!


•February 11, 2017 • Leave a Comment


This was a tricky one. Commissioned as a surprise birthday present for Alan.

I was given a couple of pictures of Alan and was asked to paint his portrait with a violin.

I superimposed his head onto an image of a violinist I found on the net (thanks to Google images!) and clothed him in his own suit which I knew to be blue(ish). It was important to find a body with the right shoulder angle and correct body position for the head to look as if it belonged. It took a few attempts to get close to the rightness of it.

This is a very poor photo of the portrait. I forgot to get a good shot before handing the painting over.

Watercolour exercise

•November 17, 2016 • 4 Comments



An exercise for some in the Thursday gang. A twenty minute watercolour portrait.

Demo – town centre

•November 10, 2016 • Leave a Comment


irvine-coop-building-demoA demonstration today for HAC class.

This is an exercise showing perspective, enhanced colour and simplification of detail.

Demo time was restricted to 2hrs but probably I had 1 1/2 hours of painting. The idea was to show a sketchy, almost cartoony style of painting which is decorative and not beholden to photographic realism. I painted a similar demo a couple of weeks ago shown in an earlier post. I wanted to bring the style into the town, an ordinary town and make a colourful image from an urban photograph. Most members of the group paint from photos so this helps to see a photo as a painting, I hope.

This is Irvine on the south west coast of Scotland.

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