Viewers might ask…

How do I do it?

Where do ideas come from?

It is hard for me to explain as there is usually no fixed plan and no prior sketches.  I begin by making marks with the oil paint and the painting evolves as I work.

I love working with oils.  The process of moving paint around is, for me, an exciting occupation.  Mixing colour and sculpting the thick, luscious oils has become the focus of my work.   I like the ‘journey’ and when I make a painting I never really know the outcome in advance.   The element of surprise is appealing as colour and surface change along the way.

Using Artist Quality Oils, I often mix them together with Cold Wax Medium.   Cold Wax medium adds translucency and texture to the surface.  It dries with a matte finish.

I 'sculpt' the oils with knives, brushes, squeegees and brayers.   Making many layers and scraping back reveals colour below rather like archeology.   The worn textured appearance is exciting.   Many paintings have scratches and scribbles as I draw into the layers of oils.

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

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.    When I feel happy with composition and colour harmony I stop, but knowing when to stop is the hardest part. 





This painting is 'in progress'.   I shall return to it one day.  

Although I like the dark mood, I feel it has a journey ahead.

Oils and cold wax medium on 16x12 inch canvas 

Sometimes a piece of work will not work.

This one in oils and cold wax was getting to the point of being scrapped.   The only thing left was a severe scrape back.

 I removed most of the paint but left these patches of yellow and green... I like the way there is a feeling of ageing and wear. A few scribbles here and there finished the work.

I shall keep it.  Oils and cold wax on a 12 x 16 inch cradled panel.




'Twilight fades the blue'

Oils and cold wax medium on panel & frame

This is one of my favourites.  It can tell a long story.   I have it hanging in my studio.

One of the important things for me in my work is avoidance of telling everything.  I like the viewer to join in the journey.

The paint is extended onto the frame bringing it into the composition.

Oils and cold wax on 16x20 inch panel.





'Happy Ending'

It is a 20 x 24 inch box canvas in an off-white wood frame.

Recently I finished this painting.   Unsure of where to go with it the canvas had been sitting in the studio for a few months.   Suddenly I had the urge to move it on and began working.

My choice of colours were possibly influenced by the autumn colours in my wild garden.  Grasses, tangled undergrowth and flowers have found their way into the composition.

I reached a stage when it seemed best to stop painting...that's always difficult as the temptation to fiddle can be strong.   The next day I was pleased I did, as I really like this piece.



a return to painting with acrylics.

These are abstract works in Golden Open Acrylics on smooth white 300gsm paper.  The acrylic I use is perfectly suited to my style of work.  It is slower drying than most acrylic paint so I am able to manipulate the paper for mark-making,  I include the use of gel plates for pressing the paper onto the paint, followed by scraping and drawing.

All priced £50 matted/or mounted on panel.

 I can ship these pictures ...add UK £10 & International £25-30.

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