Monday, 12 February 2018

Abstract figure

I was working on a small painting of a figure that was going nowhere, just not working. So I was left with lots of colourful impasto on my panel, but no figure. What to do? I decided, abstraction, a little figure by use of  the paint already on the panel. 8x6x0.75 ins.

Monday, 22 January 2018


Over the winter months I have been doing a lot of little studies in oil and acrylic in the hope that one or other might make it to a larger painting. Here is one little work "Sad" oil on panel 8x6x0.75 ins. Brush and palette knife with impasto.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Taking it easy

Take it easy. Acrylic study on MDF panel of a figure sitting., 8x6 ins using impasto.
I was experimenting with complementary colours and impasto textures here, mostly using turquoise, permanent rose, cad lemon,  cobalt blue, translucent yellow and  titanium white.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Choral singers

Choral singers. I have been experimenting a lot with acrylics recently, palette combinations and textures. What's great about acrylic paint, is that paint layers can be added so quickly, as they dry fast, as opposed to oil paint, when patience is needed for weeks or months. The problem with acrylic though  is colour shifts from wet to dry and the speed needed to blend the paint on the support surface before it dries. I guess the challenge of the medium is part of the fun. Here is a recent study, acrylic on gessoed MDF panel 8x10 ins.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Barflies 1

Barflies 1. 8x6 ins. An acrylic study of two guys in the corner of a bar. Bright colours and a limited palette, laid down with a palette knife and scraping to exploit the white ground. The simplicity of the shapes and the light appealed to me here.

Saturday, 2 December 2017


Frolic. Acrylic study of a figure in the sea. Impasto acrylic on gessoed board 8x6 ins.
I was interested in the colour keys and complimentary red and green.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017


Reminiscing. Acrylic in birch panel 8x10x0.75 ins. A woman sitting in a chair reflecting on the past, a loss or missing someone.