Wednesday, 15 November 2017

More paintings for Louise


I have recently visited my friend Louise in Bristol and she commissioned me to do some more paintings on the walls of one of the bedrooms in her house.

This is a Marsh Fritillary

I will post the others anon.

until next time


Wednesday, 8 November 2017



Here is a study that might soon be used on one of my book bags.

Until next time


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Heraldic achievement


I like to keep my heraldic art skills up and running and sometimes design new versions of  coats I have blazoned in the past.

Here is a new version of the Bishop's arms.

I am particularly pleased with the balance between the helm and the mitre and crosier.

I also included the bishop's papal dispensation to use a sword on the upper scroll.

The bishop's family  motto ( "seize the prize") is on the lower scroll.

Until next time


Wednesday, 25 October 2017



This is an acrylic painting I did some years ago.

Two Italian youths in love...

Until next time


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Father and Son

This is an ink painting I did some time ago.

It is  based on the end of the Arthurian legend - the final fatal confrontation between Arthur and Mordred at Camlan.

I have set them literally in the fog of battle and it's clear that Arthur's sword is just about to open Mordred's throat .

To date, this is my only Arthurian picture, but, given that my Sister-outlaw is Dr Kari Maund ( expert in early Medieval history), who looks pained whenever anyone mentions the utterly fictitious king, this is not entirely surprising....

Until next time


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Louise's butterflies


My friend Louise lives in Bristol and commissioned me to paint some small murals in her bedroom.

I chose butterflies for this and painted them in acrylic.

Here is the Tortoiseshell

This is the Red Admiral

and here is the Peacock
and here they are in context

I am quite pleased how they came out and she was very happy with them as well.

until next time


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Persephone & Aphrodite


Here is another of my classical cartoons.

Teddy was MC at a costume convention once and, spotting that one entry was the Goddess of Spring and her daughter, Queen of the Underworld, carefully checked how to pronounce the name of the daughter.

He had it right until one of his friends jokingly read it phonetically.

When the time came, it came out wrong...

I sold the original of this one at Eastercon this year.

In other news, I think that 1 & 1 have finally come up with a solution to my problems with my website. Consequently, I will have to spend some time working on the domain and subdomain before all is back up as before. Please bear with me.

Until next time


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Spiral Path

This is a very large watercolour that I painted when I was still at College, some Mumble mumble years ago.

I was experimented with circular forms and composition. The name refers to my drawing the viewer's eye round the images in a curving motion.

I used a whole A1 sheet of paper.

I am currently having some problems with my website. 1 & 1 recently upgraded to Windows Server 2016 and the header banners and some of my pictures disappeared.

I am also currently unable to add new pictures, as the website builder won't convert them to web size format. Thus they come on as about ten times too large and only show a small section of the image.

I spoke to 1 & 1 and they have got the main site back up, but have yet to solve the picture problem.

I then checked my linked sub-site and found it also had the same problems.

I've  found that I can still use some of pictures I had on my old site, so I've added a Gay Art page to my main site for some of my milder gay themed artworks.

I tried deleting the sub site and starting from scratch, but this did not solve the problem, so ( as they refuse to deal with me by email ) I will have to have another long phone call to 1 &1 ( last time i found myself talking to someone in the Philippines...) ,. I just hope I'm not being charged for international calls....

Anyway, please bear with me. If it's not sorted out soon, I may have to consider closing this account and moving to another provider. I know of Go Daddy, but if there are other reliable easy to set and use web hosts out there, I would be grateful if people could pass them on to me...

Until next time


Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Small Game Hunter 6

The final example in this series of Lilliputians is :

The Navy Commodore Fulaporte Surtaflogus ( Lilliput 1730)

This has the usual label on the reverse:

I have had a lot of fun making these figures and may make more in the future.

Until next time


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Small Game Hunter 5

Next in the series of Lilliputians is :

The Buff Merchantman Gotadamonae Hasadeleforus ( Lilliput 1729)

The plaque was standard white wood , which I have woodstained and varnished. It has the usual label on the back:

Until next time


Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Small Game Hunter 4

Here is a further Lilliputian specimen.

This is the Striped Seadog Ioho Anupsherisus ( Lilliput 1730)

Gulliver's Travels was published in the 1720s, so I chose the dates based on the conceit that he went back in later life to collect specimens.

The back shows the usual label:

Until next time


Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Small Game Hunter 3

Another in my series of Lilliputians is the Fair Midshipman Onunese Anphilatus ( Lilliput 1735)

I based the names on the common names of butterflies and the Latin names derive from my warped pun-driven mind... ( I did have fun deciding on the most appropriate spelling...)

The label on the back is as follows:

until next time


Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Small Game Hunter 2

Here is another Lilliputian.

This is a Scarlet Major Lobstercote Defendigus ( Lilliput 1731 )

As before, there is a label on the back:

Until next time


Wednesday, 16 August 2017


This is an acrylic painting of a superhero in relaxed and reflective mood.

It is called Icefire.

Until next time


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Small Game Hunter 1

When we were staying with our friends Alison and Mike in Cheltenham I noticed that they had a small wooden plaque amongst the other pictures on one of their walls. Upon this plaque was a small clay figure of a man in Georgian clothing.

I ,being me, remarked that it lacked a label indicating the species , location and date of collection.

This led directly to a visit to the local branch of Hobbycraft and the purchase of several wooden plaques and a quantity of Fimo.

This is the first of my Lilliputians: The Dun Apprentice  Uthotadea Mostliuslus ( Lilliput 1731)

There is a further label on the back of the plaque.

I shall post further specimens anon.

Until next time


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Golden Cap

I also work in watercolour and have done quite a few landscapes.

These often appear in my other paintings as part of my Landscape of Dreams.

This is a big watercolour, using a whole A1 sheet.

It is of Golden Cap in Dorset, which is near to Charmouth, where I used to go on holiday when I was a lad.(Apologies for the reflection, but this one has been framed and hanging in my Dad's house for many years).

Until next time


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

More work to new painting

I have now completed the under painting ,added an initial green glaze and have done some additional work over the base glaze

The painting last looked like this

It now looks like this

I will work on the green areas until I am happy with them and then move on to the flesh tones.

Until next time


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...

Until next time


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


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Beat Judge

This is another of my book bags.

Take one cute Megacity Judge.

Lightly beat

And serve...

Until next time


Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Crow Rising

Another in the ‘letting my subconscious out for a jog’ category.

I worked on this one for a few weeks and quite a lot of things got painted out.

It finally settled down to this image. If you look closely, you'll see that the crow's body is made up of lots of figures.

Until next time


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Now the gloves are off

The found fashion photo I based this acrylic painting on showed a young man with a very intense gaze.

This led me to reinvent him as one of the Psi-cops from Babylon 5.

They were meant to keep their gloves on to damp their telepathic abilities and they did, until they had a reason to take them off...

I am also quite pleased with the texture effects on the uniform ,contrasting the wool jacket with the inset leather sash panel and the metal Psicorp badge.

Until next time


Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Stone Carving

On 5th May I went to a craft fair at Hatfield House.

I had ordered a medieval tile (based on a mitre tile I had seen in the V & A) at one of the reenactors markets and ,unfortunately, it hadn't been ready for collection at the next market.

The lady who made it said she would be at Hatfield and would bring it along in case I could get there.

As I found out the event was from Thursday to Sunday and we had a guest over the weekend, I went along on the Friday.

After a bit of wandering around, I found her tent and collected not one, but two versions of the tile that she had made me. She had done one as a modern thickness tile and one as a full medieval floor tile. I thanked her, carefully wrapped the tiles in bubble wrap and newspaper and put them in the satchel  I had brought with me for that purpose.

I then wandered around the fair a bit more and found that there were several places doing have-a-go courses in things like paper making, wood  working  and mosaic.

Then I walked past one of the sculpters' stalls. I was just admiring a beautiful angel commissioned for Westminster Abbey and  a marvellous five foot high heraldic dragon, when I saw that there were people working at tables in front of the stall.

The sculpter, Simon Keeley, told me he was running a  one hour beginners course. and asked if I like to have a go. It was a tenner including a five or six inch square block of Maltese limestone.

I signed up for the next class.

He asked if I need a book to look at for inspiration, But I said I thought I'd be OK.

First we had to Try chiseling a straight line on the back of the block, Which I achieved fairly easily, Then we had to chisel a line round the top of the  sides of the block as a 'stop' for removing the background.

I drew my design onto the block and was shown how to start removing the stone around it with the chisel. After a while I decided to use a sharp scribe to set my design in, as the pencil was becoming blurred.

Then he showed me how to remove larger amounts of stone in layers by first knocking of pieces at the corners and then working inwards with a four pronged claw punch, leaving a cordon round the
edge of the design.

 I then worked back outward to clear the cordon and started to use the small chisel as a gouge to work into the design. The stone was very easy to carve, but that also meant that details were quite fragile and you had to be very careful not to chip off  anything you wanted to keep

Simon was a good teacher and was quick to show people how to handle the tools and even how to mistakes could be corrected.

If you want to see Simon's work you can see it at

My piece was clearly a mitre by the time I stopped working and I was pleased with my progress.I had left the background with the claw marks on it as I quite like the effect.

The process was rather like a mixture of wood carving and carving into a dried plaster model. I found it very satisfying.

I got it home without damage (I had gone up by train) and have spent a few hours doing some more work to it with a steel pick, fine sandpaper and very fine grade wire wool.

As you can see I changed my mind about the background.

This is how it ended up:

Until next time


Wednesday, 3 May 2017


I have been reading 2000 AD  for almost as long as it has existed

Here is a pencil study I did based on a Megacity Judge.

Until next time


Wednesday, 26 April 2017


Over the Easter weekend I was attending the annual national science fiction convention in Birmingham.

As usual, I took some uniforms to wear as hall costume.

There was a Regency Dance on the Friday night, so I wore Ball Dress for the 18th Hussars.

I also wore a Civil Diplomatic uniform that I had been lucky enough to find at the re-enactor's fayre I had been to at Cressing Temple the previous week.

The coat looked as if it might fir, so I divested myself of the Napoleonic Infantry Colonel's coat I was wearing and tied it on. It fit, then I found out that the trousers would fit easily and looked  ( unusually - I have quite short legs) to be about the right length. It was in very good condition, with blue velvet on the cuffs and collat and proper oak-leaf braid.

Then I saw the price and bought it quickly- £35.

I tried the whole thing on whan I got home- it could have been made for me. All I had to do was mend one of the collar hooks!

I found my diplomatic folding cocked hat and added some medals and an order star and was ready to represent the Queen Empress...

On the Saturday I wore my full 18th Hussar uniform, as I had done on my wedding day last year. This time, however, I left the sword and sabratach at home...

We had a great time at the convention and I sold one of my cartoons in the artshow.

Until next time


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Working on a new oil painting.

This is the oil I am currently working on.

As usual, I am using the colour technique of under painting in Indian Red all those areas that are going to glazed over with green and under painting in green all those that are going to be glazed flesh colours

There’s still quite a bit of work to do tightening up the various elements of the landscape and figures.

I’ve some ideas for a title, but it hasn’t been settled yet.

I’ll post about it again when it’s made a bit of progress.

Until next time