Post-Inspection Blues, Greens and Other Colours

Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I’ve been preparing for a full school inspection as part of my day job, but will hopefully get out of marking books so much in favour of painting until Christmas. That’s the plan, anyway. Look out for some new images and drawings, many of which will form part of my one-man show at Fosse Gallery, Stow-on-the-Wold, March 2014. Meanwhile , there are plenty of available works to be found in my online store:


I’ve recently started paintings that feature girls in them. More specifically, my daughters. For years I’ve painted about the influence that my father and grandfather had on me, but I’m a proud Dad to two daughters and think that painting is a good way to teach them a little about what I know. They’re also beautiful, so they make great subjects! Here are a few images that I’ve been working on during the past couple of weeks:

One week on…

It’s been a week since my exhibition at Attic Gallery opened and I’m really pleased with the feedback I’ve had. There have been ten sales so far and the belief that people like my paintings enough to want to own one has really given me a confidence boost. This is my first large show for five years and I had no idea as to how it would be recieved. Hopefully the gallery will get some press coverage soon so a wider audience can be reached, but in the meantime I’m letting you know how things are going via my site, Facebook and Twitter. For more details, visit:

Facebook – James Donovan Art

Twitter – @jamesdonovanart

I’d love to know what you think of the paintings. Art college taught me a lot about independence, but I really miss the feedback that my tutors gave me. Rob Newell, Kirstine Dunthorne and the late Sue Griffiths were big influences on me and their encouragement kept me going when I began to doubt. Being an art teacher is something that I’ve always wanted to do and I appreciate the value of honest advice. So if you feel like offering some words of wisdom, get in touch…