Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Imagenes de Lanzarote

                                            A few images from Lanzarote from my archive.





Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Rough Cuts 2

                                     More experimenting with tiny acrylics on board (2"x2"!)
"Rough Cuts 2 "

Thursday, 23 March 2017

"Rough Cuts"

                        For this post I've experimented with a new working method. Like a sculptor who produces a "maquette" as a preliminary to a finished piece, I've played around with some 2"x2" pieces of card and put down some images from sketches and notes.
                        As always the problem is the question of "scaling up" an image, although these finished pieces are only 12"x12".

"Rough - cuts" - 2"x2" each.
"Snowridge"- 12"x12" Acrylic on canvas
                                               "Still Winter"- 12"x12" Acrylic on canvas    

Sunday, 5 March 2017

More from my Scottish trip

                                        Some more work from my recent trip to Scotland.


                                             "Ben Vrackie" - Mixed media on card 7"x7"

                                                "Loch Tummel"- Mixed media on card 7"x7"

                                             "Hilltop" - Mixed media on paper 10"x8"

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Loch Tummel

        A  new body of work from a recent trip to the Loch Tummel area of Perthshire Scotland. The weather was a mixture of bright sunshine and heavy snowfall leading to some dramatic scenery.

                                               "Snowfall" - Mixed media on paper - 10"x 10"

 "Whiteout" - Mixed media on paper - 10"x 10"

                                             "Snowline" - Mixed media on paper- 10" x 10"




Monday, 6 February 2017

"Clear Seeing Place"


                   I've been reading a book that I've just bought by the New York based artist Brian Rutenberg (see the April 2016 post "Artists of influence".)
                   The book called "Clear Seeing Place"is a companion to his popular You Tube series "Brian Rutenberg Studio Visits"and is "a love letter to painting written by a painter".

                    Brian's views on art and art history make compelling reading and one section in particular captures the essence of an often held view of abstract art.
                     Whilst visiting the studio of Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner at Springs, Long Island he has this to say about Pollock's work:-

                                "Whether brush ,knife, squeegee, or broom, a tool is simply an extension of the body and intellect of the artist. Paint is not only the delivery system for ideas, but the flesh and blood of them, as William Carlos Williams wrote ,"No ideas but in things". That said , Pollock's control of materials was stunning, and any Bozo that says "I could do that is full of clown shit!" They couldn't, and more importantly , they didn't. I want to unroll eleven feet of unprimed duck on the cold  floor, give them a gallon of black enamel and a stick and say, "O.K. dazzle me".


              Acknowledgements to the artist                                       


Saturday, 7 January 2017

"Landscapes of the Mind"

                          A new solo exhibition at the Civic Centre Keynsham near Bristol England. Entitled "Landscapes of the Mind" it features a number of semi-abstract paintings that are a response to the landscape of places I've visited in recent years.

Installation view of the exhibition
With locations as varied as the Canary and Greek Islands, Scotland and the South coast of England the exhibition brings together images that are as much "about" a place as "of" a place.
The exhibition runs from the 6th. of January until the 3rd. of February inclusive during normal centre opening hours with free admission. All artwork is for sale, contact me at