Viewers might ask…

How do I do it?

Where do ideas come from?


It is hard for me to explain…I really do not know.

There is no fixed plan and no prior sketches.

I just begin by making marks.

Pictures emerge from the random marks.   The painting evolves as I work.  


My technique is one of creation-destruction-creation as I gradually tease out a finished piece.   I am not sad when I destroy a part…it is part of the story.   Creation comes from this if I allow my picture to evolve.    

As the painting progresses I might make colour changes.   I add layers, take parts away or make new marks.   I rely on my feelings and let the painting ‘speak’ to me.   Knowing when to stop is the hard part.   


Mixing colour and sculpting the thick, luscious oils has become the focus of my work.   I love the ‘journey’ and when I make a painting I never really know the outcome in advance.   The element of surprise is appealing as the surface changes along the way.  

 Some take weeks of scraping back and changing course whilst others come together quickly without too much stress.  More often there is a battle of wills as I fight the canvas for an acceptable outcome but these challenges keep me focused and prevent complacency.



Here are some recent paintings as they progressed...


The painting on the right is a first block-in of colour.   It will dry a little before I return to add more layers.  


The picture below is the second stage...


More colour is added, some scraped back and shapes altered.

‘Gathering blackberries up the lane’

Oils and cold wax medium on canvas

24 x 36 inches

I shall let it dry now.  It reminds me of an aerial view of the landscape.



Here is another  new painting in progress.  It is a re-work over a previous picture.

  I have blocked in several colours in a random loose way.  Scratching through the paint helps me ‘get to know’ the work.  

I will let it dry before the next stage.

Here is the finished painting.   I added more layers of paint, scraping back and making marks.

It has an ethereal look, like nighttime under a bright moon.  


’Under a moonlit sky’

Oils and cold wax medium on 20 x 20 inch canvas.



This is a re-worked picture...

‘Looking for Alice’

Oils on 10 x 8 inch panel and frame.



Here is the painting before I changed it.  

I kept small areas and added some bold marks to create a ‘narrative’.



I painted this some time ago and for a time I was happy with it.   

Now it is quite different.   I added more oils and cold wax medium to parts of the panel including the frame.  



The new painting is below...

The effect is warmer, with a feeling of Autumn.   


Oils and cold wax medium on panel and frame.

’As seasons change ‘

A sense of weathering.



This painting is larger, a 20 x 20 inch box canvas.


An abstract ‘landscape’

before I re-worked the image.

It lacked some impact...too gentle.



There are still parts seen from the first time but now the painting has more strength.

Using more oils and cold wax medium I made more marks and flourishes.


’Through a land of barren fields’.





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