Monday, 16 October 2017

Still Life 2

This is a Post-impressionism and Cloisonnism inspired still life. Looking and exploring different styles and techniques that I have not tried before. Very much inspired by Paul Cezanne and Vanessa Bell. This was a completely made up still life, this is an imaginative composition as this was not my main focus with this painting. I wanted to create it this way to enable me to be more free with my application of paint and in the style generally as I tend to get too bogged down with detail if I'm painting from an image or display. Restrictions did not apply. This painting was aimed to focus mainly on form, and colour, I did not care for accuracy. I used larger brush strokes and layered the paint on more thickly this style enabled me to be able to complete the painting quicker and gifted me freedom that I enjoyed.

Title: Still Life 2
Medium: oil on Canvas
Size:16 x 20 inches approx.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

My Christmas 2017 Card Designs

Below are 5 designs I've painted for Christmas cards this year. They are all oil on canvas sheet. Each design is on a small scale of 15cm x 20cm approx. My inspiration was local wildlife and local country landscapes. These have all been printed in to greeting cards measuring 4 x 6 inches and come with a plain white envelope and a cellophane cover sleeve for protection. They are for sale on my folksy shop (link to shop is at the top, on the right side of this blog page)

Title: Rudolph On The Road

 Title: Fox Heading North

 Title: Hare In The Garden

 Title: Robin Sitting Pretty

  Title: Squirrel In Snowfall

Saturday, 15 July 2017

A Tea Party On The Wild Side

Medium: Oils on canvas
Title: A Tea Party On The Wild Side

This piece of art is for a flower show coming up in August. I wanted to keep the topic fun and reflect summer and nature, perfect for a flower show. I went down the more illustrative style with this one. I won first prize last year fingers crossed I retain my title this year.

Decorative Designing on objects

This was initially just a plain cream/ beige box for bits and bobs which had seen better days. I painted and decorated it and it has been given a new lease of life now.

Medium: Acrylic


Medium: Acrylic and Gouache on wall
Title: Looking Out

This is my first wall mural it's been painted in a bathroom. Image 1 is of the first/ initial sketch I roughly drew out in pastels to see what would work and what kind of colours went well together. I did deviate a little from the initial design, a strip of shrubbery was added on to the central image of the final piece and I completely changed the boarder in the end. All the images following image 2 are of the final mural. Image 2 is the piece of art that actually inspired me to paint this mural, it is an image of a mural painted by Duncan Grant who was part of the Bloomsbury group, he painted it above a fire place in 'The Garden Room' at Charleston. I took the image of the woman on the left side of the painting as my inspiration and then created everything else around her. I think the reason I really wanted to incorporate this voluptuous figure was because for me she represents a real woman with her curves and not the typical size zero women we see in the media.

Image 1

Image 2

Bee Collection

Medium: Oils on canvas
Title: Bee Witched

This is the first piece from my 'Bee Collection' designs where I am creating a number of pieces of art work in which I play on the letter ' B' or a word beginning with 'be' replacing it with the word ' Bee' and the images will reflect this portraying a bumble bee in different scenarios according to the titles of each work. As I create them I shall pop them on here.

Safari Animals

Medium: Watercolours on watercolour paper

This is a collection of designs I'm working on for greeting cards I'm still in the process of painting the collection. I'll probably have about 10 designs in total when I'm finished. The image of the rhino is still a work in progress but I put it up anyway. Watercolours are not my usual medium but I dabble in it once in a while.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Experimental Work

Here is the first piece in what will be a series of pieces of work focusing on form, line and colour. I'm trying to eliminate as much detail as I can, therefore you are left focusing only on the form, line and colour. Keeping everything simple is key to this series of work  My usual style is reliant on as much detail as possible but I'm wanting to free my creativity and be more flexible with how I apply paint and control it. There is still a bit too much detail in the image  than I would have liked for eg the buttons but hopefully as I create more I will be able to let go of those restraints. This piece was done as a live sketch as sitter sat using a computer, I then painted it from memory on a later day. Usually having a photo as an aid I felt freer painting this from memory and applying textural paint brush strokes allowed me to paint fast. I've blurred face to eliminate details but not to the point where the sitter isn't identifiable. For me this piece is an impression of the sitter not an exact copy. The black outlining of the image has been used to enhance the lines, form and colour.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Feeling Blue

Title: Feeling Blue
Medium: Oils On Canvas

Monday, 13 March 2017

Still Life (1)

Title: Still Life (1)
Medium: Oils on Canvas
Size: 30 x 40 inches

A still life that I've been working on for a few years now, on and off, hating it then loving it, but finally got it finished. It's been sitting in my studio looking sorry for itself for a long time. I had contemplated on painting over it as it just didn't seem to be going anywhere, but I picked it up and persevered with it. I surprised myself as towards the end I was enjoying working on this piece so much that I was sad to see it completed. The scale of it was a challenge as well as composition, having solid objects along side transparent & light reflecting ones did test me. This is probably my first ever still life, but it hasn't put me off creating more in the future.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017


This painting has been entered for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the year  competition.

Title: Chimp
Medium: Oils on Canvas

Woodpecker At Work

Title: Woodpecker At Work
Medium: Oils on canvas

Butterfly Dance

Title: Butterfly Dance
Medium: Oils on canvas