Rocks at Owler Tor

09 December 2017

Painting the rocks at Owler Tor, Derbyshire Peak District. Acrylic on paper, 30 x 30cm. Black and white and grey, then a few splashes of ochre. Collage elements.

Fiesta! Fiesta!

08 December 2017

Painting some more colours to counteract the dark day.


07 December 2017

Some summer colours to brighten up a dull winter's day.

Four abstraction sketches

17 November 2017

Four sketches in paint, from a landscape drawing. Two minutes, 90 seconds, 60 seconds, 30 seconds.

Urban sketching in London

11 November 2017

Trying to find some colour and contrast on a cold, grey day in London.

At the Imperial War Museum.

Waterloo Station, from the garden of St John's Church, Waterloo.

Sudden rain, Kishorn

28 October 2017

Painting in Scotland: Sudden rain by Loch Kishorn at Achintraid. Acrylic on paper, 64 x 48cm.

By Loch Kishorn at Achintraid

27 October 2017

Painting in Scotland: By Loch Kishorn at Achintraid. Acrylic on paper, 64 x 48cm.

River Kishorn, Scotland: Sketchbook

23 October 2017

Drawing in heavy rain on the bridge over the River Kishorn, Scotland.
Looking south towards Loch Kishorn.

North towards Meallan Gobhar.

Meall Gorm

22 October 2017

Painting in Scotland. West from Achintraid, across Loch Kishorn to the dark peaks of Meall Gorm, fighting against the clouds and rain. Acrylic on paper, approx 64 x 48.

Cearcall Dubh

Painting in Scotland. The mound of Cearcall Dubh above Loch Kishorn, from Achintaid. Some sunshine hitting the last of the heather on the hillside. Acrylic on paper, 64 x 48cm approx.

Loch Kishorn: Sketchbook

Drawing in the wind and rain and sun and mist at Loch Kishorn, Scotland. The terrific thing about working in Scotland at this time of year is how fast everything changes, as the wind blows the weather across and around the mountains; it's never the same for more than a few minutes, and each new scene brings another effect to capture.

Tonal sketches, and annotated sketches, A5 and A4, pencil.

Battle of Passchendaele

04 October 2017

One hundred years ago, my great uncle was killed at Passchendaele, one of 4982 soldiers who died on that day alone. He was eighteen years old.

34883 Private LAWRENCE GAINES, 12th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment

Memorial Tablet

Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
(Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell—
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.
At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew,
He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare:
For, though low down upon the list, I’m there;
‘In proud and glorious memory’ ... that’s my due.

Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed.
Once I came home on leave: and then went west...
What greater glory could a man desire?

Siegfried Sassoon

Royal West of England Academy

22 September 2017

Chuffed to bits to be selected for the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition 2017! 1 October - 3 December.
Updated: 30 September. Here's the hang:

United Society of Artists exhibition

03 September 2017

Very proud to have three pictures selected for the United Society of Artists exhibition at the Menier Gallery, Southwark, 5 - 9 September.

30 August 2017

...and these were the final versions, which are horrible compared to the originals.

Update 5 September 2017: Today, I sanded the paint of these canvases. Posterity will have to cope without these pictures.

Works in progress

27 August 2017

Some paintings that didn't get finished.

Actually, I did finish them, but these earlier stages were so much better than the final version.

Evening light, Ashdown Forest

25 August 2017

in the orange light of the vanished sun

Watercolour on paper, 24 x 24cm.

Walking the orange lines

07 August 2017

walking the orange lines—
summer grass

Cuckmere Haven: Sketches 3

06 August 2017

First light over Belle Tout


Cliffs at Cuckmere Haven

Cuckmere Haven sketches 2

05 August 2017