Tuesday, 27 June 2017

My hat, my hair.

Back to basics with watercolour. I always keep my watercolour palette handy when I  need to do a quick sketch or just for the fun of painting. Watercolour makes a welcome break from oil painting at times. It's good to mix it up IMO. This little sketch was based on a scene along a river walk, where a group of people were enjoying a get together and the sunshine. Two of the group stood out, one lady with a bright hat and other with a big hair do. I loved the contrast and the colours. Watercolour on paper sketch 9x6 ins.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017


A study of two people sitting in the shade on a hot beach. The colours are muted in keeping with the light. If I was to use this study for a full painting, I would extend the scene to give more contrast between light and shade, plus perhaps add some highlights on the figures. Oil impasto using a palette knife on paper 7x10 ins.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Text message

"Text message", mixed media on paper. An experimental piece. Acrylic areas over watercolour using some impasto. 10x7 ins on watercolour paper.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Beach scene in mixed media.

I am continuing my experimentation with acrylics. This time I left the palette knife aside and used brushes. A beach scene over an original watercolour, where I exploited the colours of the under layers   Mixed media beach scene 11x15 ins. Available at or at

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A day out with mom.

I was sitting in my studio the other day, thinking I really need to tidy up. I spotted a shelf of Winsor and Newton Galeria acrylics that I have used on occasion in the past, as perhaps the first place to start. Then I decided, before I discard them, why not use them up just for fun and experimentation. What to use as a substrate? Easy, unsuccessful watercolours with a perfectly good reverse side to use. What is to lose, as both were heading for recycling? The painting below is the first effort using three colours and a palette knife only. "A day out with mom" 7x10 ins approx.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Landscape studies

Here are three versions of a landscape study, oil on a piece of hardboard 5x7 ins. I kept adjusting parts of the painting to see if I could improve it, and also just experimenting. I perhaps think the plain version, the first one was the better of the three.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Irish girl

I have this oil marked frame which I use to look at a completed work. The idea is to see if the painting works and  what it looks like in a frame. This painting is of an Irish girl, oil impasto on oil primed linen canvas panel 10x8 ins, palette knife mostly. Excuse the photo, as the lighting was not great.