Tuesday, 25 July 2017


 Shade. A couple sheltering from the hot sun. A muted palette despite the bright light. I just wanted to depict the shadows cast by the umbrella with light catching some area, keeping it simple. The figure of the woman is mostly one colour, thalo blue and ultramarine. Oil impasto using a palette knife on cotton canvas board 18x24 cm, approx 7x9ins.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Mixed media landscape

Using mixed media is a great way to experiment and stimulate the creative process. I use acrylic with watercolour on occasions to creat an effect or see where I can go with a piece. One can use pastels with watercolour and acrylic as well. Some artists start a painting with thin layers of acrylic underpainting and then use oil paint for the subsequent layers. It all depends on what suits, but do not be afraid to try new things. The painting below is acrylic with some watercolour washes on top 7x10 ins.

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.