Friday, 30 January 2009


Sorry, sorry sorry.

Shitty computers, I hate them.

Thanks to all of you for commenting on the stale and boring post below.

While you wait for me to get it together, go over to Paul Robinson's site at the top of my links. He's a very talented painter, and a very top you go then.

Friday, 23 January 2009


.....with uploading images, AGAIN !

As soon as I cure it I'll post something marginally more interesting.

That will be all.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

out and about

A cold wind and horses that won't stand's a tough life.
The biggest positive to be drawn from the weekend, from a painting point of view, was the fabulous light. Just being out in it was inspiration enough.

I have made a couple of attempts at the local nags in the last week. Great practice for speedy work but proper bloody hard to be accurate.

More tomorrow, have a lovely evening.

Friday, 16 January 2009


and immediate, that's what I'm trying to preserve in the work.

I have a tendency to fiddle, you see. Now, when I work in charcoal or pastels I work quickly with a certain flow. However, sometimes when I paint, I get bogged down in the detail and the end result can look overworked and tired.
Enter the new Pochade box. I think the small size of the work, and the compact nature of the palette and box are helping the speed and flow of the work.

So, here are two of the first pieces done from life. Each one took about thirty minutes.
Off to find some more willing ladies to be immortalised..........If you are reading this, fancy laying around naked and you are in Norfolk, drop me a line............

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

it's been a while.......

It's 2009 then. Stunning revelation I know.
Before you ask, I have not just woken from a RipVanWinkle like snooze, I just find January a bit trying. The first week always vaporises in a haze of post Christmas malaise, and before you know it, there are only eleven months of the year left.

In an effort to avoid feeling guilty about wasting time, I have been out and about painting with a new plan, and a new piece of kit. It's called a Pochade box, and is only new to me. Painters have been using them for ever, the likes of Monet and co. were big fans. In terms of results, the work is small, (8"x6"), and hopefully executed with flair and speed.

The nice thing is that all the paint, brushes and bits go into the box, and there is room for three boards in the lid. All I have to do is pitch up on the iron horse, open the box and crack on.
It's early days, but I'm very happy with the results so far.

I do need some thicker socks though......