New Commission, New Directions

I was recently asked to make NINE paintings. The choice of subject was mine but I was asked to make a nod to Parnham House in Sussex.

Photo credit @jamesfearphotography (Instagram)
Study for Parnham, acrylic on panel, 15x20cm

Let me make it clear. I am no landscape painter, but this commission has stretched me to make images that I would usually ignore.

The gallery below includes paintings of a penny farthing, disco ball, a dilapidated country house, a zebra, elephant, chess pieces and blossoms, things that until now would not have been deemed part of my repertoire.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue to use these things in future paintings, but you never know!

New Studio

It’s been a labour of love making my new shed / studio. It’ll remind me of how I managed to do something positive during lockdown as well as giving me a push towards getting back on track with my painting ambitions. I love being a teacher, but I love making art more!

Here are my basic plans. I’m no woodworker but it wanted to make sure that I stuck to a plan.

All that hard work means that I now have an area of my own to paint in, although my wife seems to like it too!

Here’s to many happy hours painting, creating and watching the birds 🙂

New Work at Fosse Gallery

I’ll be showing some new paintings as part of a group show at Fosse Gallery between 2-29 April. These new works see a return to using female figures following the majority of recent work including male characters.

Trailblazer
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I often paint variations on a theme as I explore subject matter and don’t like to be tied down to any single process. I could try to devise an intelligent response as to why, but, simply put, I get bored…