Monthly Archives: November 2016

Temporary repair

Temporary repair ( 10" x 12" mixed media on paper)

Temporary repair ( 10″ x 12″ mixed media on paper)

This summer I came across a stone wall that looked rather worse for wear. Some stones had clearly fallen and the gap in the wall had been repaired by means of a sheet of corrugated iron.  Although I expect the repair was intended to be temporary it looked as though the sheet had been there a good few years.  I loved the way the iron sheet had weathered and that a profusion of wild flowers had crept in.  I knew at once that I wanted to paint it and here it is.  The challenge was to create lots of different textures and using a mixed media approach was ideal for this. Here I used oil pastel, watercolour, acrylic and acrylic inks.

Long shadows, clouds gathering

Long shadows, clouds gathering (6" x 6" oil on board)

Long shadows, clouds gathering (6″ x 6″ oil on board)

I’ve been beavering away in spite of the gap since last posting here.

One of my daily paintings, ‘Side-lit Norfolk Pines’ has been dispatched to a new home, where I hope it will be very happy.  Check the website for the availability of the others

I’ve also enjoyed a great workshop tutored by Roger Dellar ROI RI VPPS at Old Bank Studios  painting cafe/street scenes  and, inspired by Roger, have been experimenting again with water-mixable oils.

Look out for some cafe/coffee shop scenes in the future but in the meantime here’s a small study of …another tree.  At least it’s in oil for a change! I spotted this a couple of weeks ago when the sunlight was fantastic.  Rain soon followed. I wonder how many leaves are left on that tree this week.  Must check.

One month – 21 paintings – daily painting challenge completed


My October painting challenge is now over. From pumpkins and conkers to lemons and trees (..and more trees) I have produced 21 small acrylic paintings.  Working so frequently and in such a small format has had its challenges but overall it’s been a great learning experience and lots of fun.  I may do another daily painting challenge in the New Year but for now I will be working on other projects – more mixed media work, plein air painting, sketching.  Watch this space!

Should you be interested in buying one of the October daily paintings please get in touch through the website or my social media sites.  Each painting is available for £40 including UK p&p.  You can view them on the website here  or if you live close to Stamford and would like to see them in person you can drop by the studio. I might even make you a coffee!