Stained Glass Window
22nd August 2017 - 0 comments
I've been having great fun designing a stained glass window for a client in Surrey. It's been an unusual commission for me, not something I've done before and quite a learning curve, incorporating all the elements in a coherent composition that will transfer to glass... I'll put up some photos once it's been installed in the church.

04th June 2017 - 0 comments
My computer has fried itself. I'm left with a seven year old phone. Surprisingly, it works just fine. I can take a photograph with it and upload it to a blog post. It reminds me that paint and canvas are still relevant, at least they still serve a purpose. To me, they are unsurpassed in rendering portraits in the broadest sense. Doodles by humans. Landscapes and figure studies. I don't paint sports cars. I love to photograph them, and drive them, but they never turn up in my paintings. The medium just doesn't lend itself. Figures and landscapes. Limbs and teeth, ditches and far horizons, coloured oil can't be beaten.

Landscape in progress..
31st May 2017 - 0 comments
A customer has been in touch wondering if I have any large landscapes for sale, as the ones on my site are quite small. I tend to keep them small as the process is extremely fallible and it's difficult to control paint on larger canvases. I decided I would make an attempt at documenting the process, so here are some time-lapse videos and stills of the painting as it progresses.

Sure enough, I couldn't leave it alone. Here's a follow-up timelapse. As always happens with these things, there is a point two thirds of the way through the video where it all comes together nicely, and then I carry on and ruin it. It is ALL about stopping at the right time!

Balzano's Show
29th May 2017 - 0 comments
I've been waiting all year for my chance to hang prints of my portraits in Balzano's in Cambridge. It's such a lovely deli/cafe and being just up the road makes for a perfect venue for a bit of a show. Prints will be up for a month so please drop in to have a look, only be warned that the meats and cheeses, breads and pastries and all the rest will be hard to resist!

Buy one, get one free!
13th May 2017 - 0 comments
So I am starting a blog - hurrah! I hope it's entertaining or interesting to somebody out there. I've had the site for over a decade so it's about time.
Drawing commissions are a rarity for me, people tend to want paintings. The process is similar but differs in one crucial respect: Whereas with a painting, I can work for a month on one canvas and it will evolve, drawings, particularly of tiny children, have to happen quickly on the paper or they start to look overdone.
My most recent customer couldn't choose between two versions of his young daughter so I had two framed for him in return for some web development advice which was long overdue.
As a result I have a point by point plan for reaching more customers and he has a Christmas present in the bank, all framed and ready.