So delighted to find my article in the December 2020 issue of The Artist Magazine. It’s a superb publication and always worth reading for tips and insight. Very proud to be featured alongside a whole host of brilliant artists.
It’s a four page article where I discuss painting ‘the individual in the crowd’. The first two pages of the feature and the final demo piece are below.
This is probably the understatement of the decade, but it’s been a strange couple of months. If you’re reading this, I hope that you and your family are safe and well, and that this worrying time will soon over be over.
In early March I decided to suspend the art lessons that I usually run here in the studio. We’re now looking towards a reopening date, and my wife is busy with virus risk assessments and all of the other plans we need to put in place.
I must admit that even though I’d never wish a pandemic on the world, it’s been good to have a few months to do nothing but concentrate on painting. I walk to my studio every day, and spend six hours or so at the easel. There’s examples below of some of the sketches produced during this time. I’ve been reasonably prolific, and it’s given me the opportunity to explore new directions.
In the last few weeks I’ve had several enquiries asking whether there are any prints of Into the Day left. Apologies, but they’ve all gone. There will be more prints of other works available soon though and I’ll post about them here.
In the meantime, take care and thanks for visiting my site.
Morning, the 2018 series is now up on You Tube if you fancy a watch 🙂
This summer has been a wet and windy one so far, and the day of the East Kent En Plein Air was no exception. I had to chase my easle down the streets of Sandwich, Kent three times but I got something down. It was such a great event and a delight to meet so many fellow artists.
Joss and I have just this week moved to a new studio on Quonians Lane, Lichfield. It’s a wonderful space, filled with light and beams that still show the chisel marks of the sculptors of Robert Bridgeman and Sons who used this space to create ecclesiastical sculptures in the 19th century. Their works can be seen a stone’s throw away on the front of Lichfield cathedral.
We’re in the historic heart of the city here. The building we’re in was built as a medieval barn in 1520 and housed a girl’s school, the very first in the city I believe. Before that, in the 13th century the site was owned by a house of Cluniac nuns. The water cistern was at the end of the lane, a place where Lichfeldians met to discuss the matters of the day and I can sit in the wide bay window where I paint and still watch the business of the city happening all around – a wonderful thing for a painter fascinated by street-life.
Right now we’re still unpacking, I’ll post some pictures once we’re set up. The studio will be open from 14th March. If you’re passing, feel free to pop in and say hello. We’ll put the kettle on.
I’ve got an exhibition coming up from Saturday 2nd March to Sunday 31st March at Artifex gallery, Sutton Coldfield (open 10am to 5pm daily).
I’ll be showing 15 completely new works that make up a snapshot of my life over the last few months. The works will be up on the artifex website soon, but here’s a preview.
I’ll be there for the opening on 2nd March from 12 noon till 4pm.
I’ve had lots of enquiries about whether I make prints of my work. It’s a new area for me as I’ve always been unsure about the capacity of prints to capture the subtle changes in colour that my work relies on.
Never the less, I went ahead and commissioned a limited (no more than 50) run of prints of my submission painting ‘Into the day’ from a specialist printer who uses the best technology available, and the results are wonderful. I have one on my wall at home.
These signed, numbered prints are 21 inches (54 cms) by 18 inches (46 cms) including mount. They cost £57.12 (including packaging and first class recorded post). If you’d like to purchase one, just drop me an email to [email protected] or call on 07833 735048.
One of the joys of my job is meeting the people and seeing the sights of so many new places. It’s one of the reasons I love commissions, as I get to explore parts of the UK that I may never have seen before.
In addition to commissioned work, I’m putting together a collection of work for an exhibition at Artifex in March next year, and I’m also off to London this week to attend the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year exhibition at the Mayfair Gallery of Clarendon Fine Art on 6th December. I’m looking forward to meeting the other semi-finalists there, and being able to congratulate again the finalists Jen, Allan and Greg.
For someone who loves a street scene a visit to London is a great opportunity to observe street-life.
Two new works arrived with Artifex, a few days ago. The first titled ‘Al fresco’ is off to its new home. The second ‘Daybreak rain’ is still available as a write this.
Finally, I’ve been contacted by an international art magazine who’d like to feature me in an issue next year. They want a full page portrait shot of me so I may have to get Joss to give me a prune as I have more beard than face at the moment! It’s cold and a beard keeps your chin warm when painting in the great outdoors (that’s my excuse anyway).
Have a great week all.
Yesterday Joss and I drove to Uppingham, Rutland to drop off three new works to Peter Barker Fine Art. If you’ve never visited this gallery it’s genuinely one of the best I’ve ever seen, filled with work of a jaw-dropping standard.
To be represented by Peter is a dream-come-true for me, not only is he a seriously talented painter in his own right, he has an eye for truly beautiful work. It’s a jewel-like space with works that just glow with light and talent.
While we were there we fell in love with a work by Midlands painter Robin Mason, and its now hung on our sitting room wall. It’s a truly beautiful painting by a very talented artist. You can see more of Robin’s work on Peter Barker Fine Art’s website www.peterbarkerfineart.co.uk
My three new works are now available, just follow the link here