Gloomy

What to do when you’re a bit gloomy? A run of bad luck, people not calling back,  can’t settle to anything – it seems a bit…

My collection part 1

Apart from a ragbag of my own paintings that have remained unsold (my wife calls them “Lurkers”), like most artists I have, over the years, acquired…

Humor

Serious paintings aren’t supposed to be funny. Sounds pretty obvious but the implication is that funny paintings aren’t supposed to be serious and that paintings involving…

Beach

Forced to spend part of a glorious summer day on the beach at Tenby I resorted to my usual pleasure of people watching and drawing. There…

Royal commissions

There has recently been a portrait of the Queen commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union painted by a man called Dan Llewellyn Hall. It’s so awful…

Private View

There is a tradition, born of commercial imperatives, for a one-man exhibition to begin with an exclusive event in which buyers, favoured friends, important people (who…

Faces

Faces sell pictures. Obvious really considering there is a whole industry, advertising, partially dependant on that principle. Stick a pretty face in front of almost anything…

Holidays

I hate holidays. I’d much rather be working. Hanging around in the sun, driving to different beaches to sop up the same sun and having one’s…

Video

Friends of mine recently made a video of me making this drawing; and talking about figurative painting and it’s values. Here it is.…

Brushes

Typical selection of brushes used in a session. If I was to write a book about the techniques of painting, it would be about brushes as…