Saturday, September 26, 2015

"Sunflower Wedding Formal Portrait"

The groundwork has been laid and now it's time ... during this next week ... to get going, with my heart and soul going into the "Sunflower Wedding Formal Portrait".

I'll add  images here as I go along, or you could watch the progress (which will be fairly slow!) on

For now, here's the starter. The basic outline of the composition has been agreed upon with the help of a pencil drawing on baking sheet paper, initial colours have been chosen, and the canvas has received two coats of lovely clean white gesso.

Rarin' to go now.

It was decided to lose the Welsh Guards badge (top left corner in this image) as, although it's a precious and sentimental symbol for the couple, there was just no comfortable or harmonious place to put it in the painting. James' head has since been enlarged a little and Carrie will be holding a flower on the book on her lap. She'll also have a suggestion of a chair to sit on so she's not sitting on thin air! So looking forward to getting going with this painting.

The two coats of gesso make a huge difference to a canvas. It's like a first date ... you're just starting to get to know the creation, and beginning a lovely relationship.

Tally ho!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Art Bloggers Page on Facebook

Just wanted to let you all know that I have an Art Bloggers page on Facebook ... anyone else out there with an art-related blog who would like to promote it on my page? Just get in touch with me with the details and I'll upload it. Here's the link:

This is "Hello Summer" a small piece which features as the title image on the art Bloggers page ... and which is for sale (very reasonably priced) on eBay. Below is the link to my eBay store ... if there's very little uploaded for sale when you click through to look, just message me through Facebook ( and I'll let you know when the next mass upload will be.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

"Lone Palm" and "In the Pink"

Two recent sales have been "Lone Palm", a subjective abstract oil painting which I have always rather liked. It seems to capture the energy of cool sea-breeze weather and hot tropical sunshine with a richness of texture and colour. I suppose it's not surprising that "Lone Palm" found its  home in Norway then!

 "Lone Palm"

And then "In the Pink", a charcoal and pastel life class drawing on sugar paper. Life class exercises are always challenging, always fun and always surprise you with how different the works from each class are. It's most often the influence of whoever is running the class I suppose. This particular drawing was completed in a class I attended in Dublin about 2 years ago where the instructor encouraged us to experiment with white charcoal. I love the freedom one feels creating these drawings. To me, the most important aspect, is to capture the chemistry I feel from the model. I'm not really interested in portraying his/her face and am more interested in capturing the body language and attitude often conveyed by the props they may use.

"In the Pink" now lives in Louisiana, USA.

"In the Pink"

Monday, September 07, 2015

"Sunflower Wedding"

"Sunflower Wedding". Gone. A week ago ... and my studio is now less bright. I miss it. Sniff.

If anybody wants to give me an excuse to paint another painting in this style ... taking elements of your life, or lives, and immortalising them in oils on canvas .... just send me a message and I'll send you my price list.

I have created another painting since this one, in this ilk, but I can't show it to you now as it's a surprise for someone who hasn't received it yet!

This is Alan's pic after he framed the painting and this is before framing ...

Oh, and did I mention that "Paddy and Liam" and "Carrick-a-rede Bridge" were both SOLD recently from Gallery 1608 in Bushmills, Northern Ireland?

 "Paddy and Liam"

"Carrick-a-rede Bridge"