Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Magnificent Moth

I often use butterflies when painting my Landscape of Dreams and am always looking out for new  and interesting ones to use.

Some time ago ,at night, I saw an unusual moth in my garden, but,unfortunately did not have my camera with me. It was large and had an magnificent pattern of black and white stripes.

Then, last week I saw another one, in broad daylight, sitting on the baseboard of my fence.

This time I managed to get a photo. I think it is a Jersey Tiger moth and, according to my butterfly and moth book,Wimbledon is quite far north for it...

I will probably do a watercolour study of  it to begin with  and may then use it in later paintings.

Until next time


Wednesday, 12 July 2017

The Fairest

This acrylic is the old tale of Beauty and the magic mirror, only this time it’s a man falling for the line that  he’s the fairest in all the land...

Until next time


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Race a red horse

This is a small acrylic in the ‘letting my subconscious out for a jog’  category.

I just had this image in my head and let it happen...

Until next time


Wednesday, 28 June 2017


I am fond of puns and Jeux des mots.

This is one of a series  of cartoons based on a phrase that should be obvious...

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017


This is a small oil is only about A5 size

Here’s a cute young padawan.

I’ve always thought there was something more to this business of padawans calling their  teacher ‘master’.....

Until next time


Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Irish Tower

I occasionally paint landscapes in watercolour and some elements often find their way into my constructed landscapes in other paintings.

This tower is near Waterford in southern Ireland. I painted on a short holiday there many years ago.

It has turned up in several paintings to date, including  Bodies in Motion and Metamorphosis

Until next time


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Progress on new oil painting

I have now completed the under painting on the new oil painting.

When last seen it looked like this:

Now it looks like this:

Once I am certain that the painting is dry, I will begin to glaze in green over all the areas painted in Indian Red and will glaze the flesh tones over the parts of the figures painted in green.

Until next time