Thursday, 29 December 2016

Fallen angel

Fallen Angel, watercolour on 140 lbs paper. 11x7.5 ins.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Night sky

A night sky in December with sheep quietly grazing. I just loved the simplicity of this scene. The night sky back drop was perfect for the sheep in silouette. The words of an REM song, "forty thousand stars in the evening..... Forty thousand reasons for living.." Watercolour on 300 lbs Waterford Saunders paper 11x15 ins.


Tuesday, 20 December 2016


Two children playing in the snow. Oil on gessoed watercolour paper. I exploited the tone of the watercolour paper here for the background, just suggesting the sky and horizon. 7x10 ins. Unvarnished, suitable for a framing under glass and a mountboard.

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Washing line

A woman about to collect laundry  from a washing line as the day closes. Oil on paper. I often use a failed watercolour as the substrate for an oil study. A few coats of clear gesso over the paper, front, back and sides and its sealed, ready to use. 7.5x11 ins.

Friday, 9 December 2016


I added some new colours to my watercolour box recently, Ivory black and titanium white, Daniel Smith brand. Up to now I have always been a traditionalist when it comes to watercolour, in that, I never used white or black. I relied on the white of the paper as white and black was mixed from ultramarine and burnt sienna.  So I decided to give Ivory black a try and the painting of Geese was just the work to try it out, not that I gave abandoned my traditional approach, but it's good to experiment. The geese is a study of tones, keeping it simple and exploiting the contrast of light against dark with a few aspects of colour, just so the work is not completely monochrome.

10x8 ins (cropped ) on 200 lbs Bockingford paper.