I finally made it to the Affordable Art Fair, in Battersea Park, with a free shuttle service from Sloane Square tube. I think it’s a great concept, and it’s great to see so much art all in one place, and a further pleasure to see price tags that I think I might be able to … Continue reading Affordable Art Fair
A great day out with Mick Kirkbride – a morning round the National Gallery and then an afternoon sketching in St. James’ Park. I found a quiet place above the cafe and did 2 quick sketches trying to capture the light filtering through the trees above the pond:
A new departure – I’ve started to re-work some of my plein-air pictures, and make them work better. Ultimately, I think these corrections and re-workings will feed back into my immediate work, and make my onsite paintings better. Here’s one of the latest:
After years of on site painting with no re-working, I’ve started examining my work more carefully and re-working images when I think they haven’t quite come together. This is a black and white study for a re-work of a painting of Brogino. New version coming soon!
We’ll shortly be moving to High Barnet and I’m enjoying exploring the area – a wealth of beautiful houses, many of them Georgian, and some great churches. The spaces for walking are good too, so some landscapes might even creep in to the sketchbook. On Saturday I went out and did a quick sketch of … Continue reading Moving to High Barnet
I’ve just a spent a week (nearly – had some time off) with Lara Sparey and a bunch of lovely artists at the Insight School of Art’s Summer school. Life drawing, Cardboard figure building, mono prints, watercolours – we had a crack at all sorts of things and it was great – a really helpful … Continue reading Summer Art School at ISOA
Back to the Ile de Re in early August, and I managed to get some time to paint – quite a lot of time in fact. I’ll put the paintings up soon, meanwhile here’s a picture of me sitting in a cafe, with my sketchbook on my knees…
I recently participated in the NLAN Summer Art Fair, in Barnet, London. Though only a weekend long it was a great success, and I sold 4 paintings, including a large one of the City of London school!
A trip to Norfolk and I grabbed a moment to paint in Orford. Bad planning meant I had to use seawater, which left a sandy residue in the water bottle, so probably on the drawing too – but it was a perfect day, notwithstanding the forecast of rain…
I’m painting a series of images of Barnet at the moment. This is the first one I’m happy with – the church near Monken Hadley. I was lucky with the weather (after 5 months of ice and snow!) and it was a good day to be out, so here it is. I’m going to darken … Continue reading The beginning of the Barnet pictures