Sunday, 1 March 2015

Spring Flowers

On the first day of Spring, albeit with the sound of a sleet shower on the studio roof, I have been finishing off some small oil paintings ready for the Green Door Open Studios event...




Thursday, 26 February 2015

(dry) wet paint

I have been enjoying playing with the gloss paint option on the Artrage app. This is based on my sketches from this weeks still life set up starring my new vintage 50's vase...

ipad painting

ink sketch

Saturday, 21 February 2015

A Painting's Progress...

I spent the day in the studio working on the large canvas I got out of storage last week. It has taken a while to get used to working on this scale again and it has been through many different stages but I think it may be there now...


 

Friday, 20 February 2015

The Whitworth is open...

Had a great day at the newly reopened gallery in Manchester with my boys. There are 10 exhibitions spread over the 2 open plan floors and luckily we were able to take photos...






Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Its half term...

... and Archie and I have been monoprinting in my studio from a great sketch that he drew from one of his Disney Infinity figures.


Saturday, 14 February 2015

Day Trip to Allen Bank, Grasmere

We had a trip out in the sunshine today just beating the half term holiday traffic. My friend Debs had recommended we visit Allen Bank, a house which has been left to the National Trust and nestles within the stunning landscape of the Lake District.
Since it was damaged by a fire little has been done to restore it so the original charm and patina are evident throughout. I feel a painting visit coming on...
One of the rooms there is laid out for people to paint so I did a quick sketch of the antique chair using primary coloured blocks of paint - very liberating!





Friday, 13 February 2015

Busy day at the studio

I have been putting the finishing touches to some of my floral work today. It is destined for my Edinburgh show coming up in April and will also be on show in my studio space as part of the Green Door Open Studios at the end of March.
These are some of the smaller studies and now I feel ready to go big! A large square and very white canvas has been taken out of storage in preparation for next week...