Black and white study

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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!

Moving to High Barnet

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 little corner of Monken Hadley – duck pond and weeping willow, very english!

Monken Hadley Common
Monken Hadley Common

Summer Art School at ISOA

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Still life of bicycle wheels

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 and enjoyable experience!

Trees in Trent Park
Trees in Trent Park

Visiting the Ile de Re

Sitting in a cafe in La Flotte painting
Sitting in a cafe in La Flotte painting

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…

North London Summer Arts Fair

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!

Painting in Norfolk

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…

Boats in Orford Ness
Boats in Orford Ness

The beginning of the Barnet pictures

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 the rooves and retouch some small details, but essentially i think it works…

Barnet Church
Barnet Church

End of term

The first term at the insight School of Art has now finished – time to take stock. It’s been a great experience – I’ve drawn the same building again and again but even having the opportunity to do that is incredibly fruitful. To do it and have feedback and mentoring is great, I’ve had some great advice from Paul, Mick and from my co-students… so really looking forward to term 2! Time to get some work done to go back with! Meanwhile, here are some pics of the drawings I’ve been working on…

Evening view of City of London school
Evening view of City of London school

Painting the City of London School on Victoria Embankment

I’ve been painting the “City of London” School building rather a lot recently, sometimes from real life, other times from photos or even from previous drawings. I thought I’d go back and kill 2 birds with one stone, or, in the slightly more charming Italian version of the saying, get 2 pigeons with one bean. I wanted to paint the school on site, pssibily from quite close by and at dusk, and I also wanted to text my brand new half field easel, a departure from my habitual stool and sketchbook routine. So here’s a photo of the easel in action – a great success!

Half field easel in front of City of London School
Half field easel in front of City of London School

Large version of City of London School

I’m trying to fin my feet with larger paintings and with working in a Studio – I’m used to tight schedules, awkward and cramped working positions and little time, so all this comfort and time is confusing me. Here’s the latest version of the City of London School:

City of London School
City of London School