Friday, December 23, 2011

Woodland Path

I've painted this scene before but wanted to do another sketch as I had paint still on the palette. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Brittany Broad Walk

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It's a great feeling to walk along broad woodland paths surrounded by dazzling golden dancing droplets of sunshine. I've walked Yvon's woods for a number of years now and have only once come across another person other than Yvon or a close friend. It's so peaceful and tranquil. I love the place.

Thursday, December 08, 2011

On Golden Pond

I started this some time ago and decided against the subject matter and put it to one side. As I've painted a few ducks recently, I thought I'd re-visit and finish it off. Knowing me, I'll continue to tinker with it.

Wednesday, December 07, 2011


This is the larger version of the small study I painted earlier in the year. I enjoyed the freedom of painting larger and may even go bigger as this particular scene isn't out of my system yet.

Monday, December 05, 2011


While dashing around London to follow my son in the marathon a few years ago, this starlet caught my eye as she was being photographed going into the BAFTA awards. I stopped and took a picture. She must have thought I was official because she smiled for another.
This is my first attempt at a portrait.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Am I Too Late

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It was frantically carving its way through the water to where the action was...or should I say where the food was.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Casting Bread

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This is the very same duck pond in Sunderland that I used to go tadpoling as a kid. I was there last week and caught this friendly little family ready for a snack.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Now You See It...

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It was Sarah or Serene...probably Sarah, that made these at a family gathering last year. Nothing I can do will recreate the exquisite taste. Every single one was devoured. It's about time we had another gathering. Well, well, well...I do believe we are gathering for thanksgiving on Saturday seeing as Amber is American (as if we need an excuse).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

New Wave

I find myself mesmerised at the edge of the water yet again. Everything changes around us but the sea and sky remain the same. Those waves have been crashing since the very beginning and won't cease till the very end.

Monday, November 21, 2011

20th November on Vane Tempest

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The sun had just set on a typical November evening and the beach was unusually busy with walkers and fishermen...I'm sure Dorne will have been one of those fishing and I would love to have met up again, but I was at the wrong end of the beach  and already out of time. I used my telephoto and was very pleased with the distance gained. It was a case of dash onto the beach and dash back to the car where Bev was waiting and anxious to beat the fog on the drive back to Newark. It took us over four hours to get back.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Mona Lisa 2

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This second painting which was painted at the same time as the first, isn't so warm and I've left out the waitress. Actually, in the cold light of day, there are things that I'd like to change on the first one before it's offered for sale at the end of December. Did anyone notice I hadn't painted an arm for one of the waitresses (which is a man in the second painting) and that one of the customers is way too thin?

I'm feeling under pressure at the moment as I'm painting the scenery for the roadshow as well as preparing for the wedding in Sunderland and tying up a thousand loose ends.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The Mona Lisa

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This is one of the DPW challenges relating to crowds. I wanted to capture the holiday mood and summery feel to sitting under a parasol and being waited on as you chat and laugh with friends or loved ones. It was a pleasure to get away from detail and go for atmosphere and gay in the old sense of the word. Aaagggh...why is it winter already?
What do I like about this painting as opposed to how I painted it? Well, I like the Parisian look...almost like a French impressionist poster...except it's not a French restaurant.
What don't I like about it? The parasol coming out of the head and being too far away from the couple in the foreground. I wasn't accurate when I painted it. Too much artistic licence, I suppose without really thinking about what I was doing. Sometimes we artists can be so blind:)
I painted another of the same scene with less warm colours and will post it tomorrow.

Paul came around to fix the wiring that I attempted in my studio. I have light! Light!! I've stuck a daylight bulb in there and hope I can paint for longer.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sun Kissed

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A Sunday stroll with Martin and Sarah around our local lake in Newark. I struggled with the thought of not including the water as it was the trees that I thought interesting. The jealous water turned my head on this occasion. The inclusion of Naples Yellow Hue on the water was the deciding factor.

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Making Tracks

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The sea, lady and cyclist all together at last!  I don't know the cyclist or the lady and they certainly don't know me or could ever imagine they would be subjects of a painting by a foreign artist. Our lives converged at this point and we all saw each other...then made tracks.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Early Evening Sun 2

I tried the same scene as the other day but using a palette knife this time. I like the impressionistic slap it on style.
My internet connection has been lost for a few days which is why I haven't posted my paintings for Thursday and Friday.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


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This is further along yesterday's wave, but I wanted to see what visual difference there was in having a standard white background rather than the pink from yesterday. This version is also a little tighter. The next one will include the figure standing on the sand.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


I'm staying with the seaside for a while as those pounding waves are calling me.

Monday, October 24, 2011


You, me and our shadow.
I'm continuing painting out of my comfort zone in an attempt to learn about the painting process. I was particularly pleased with using a touch of yellow in the waves and the lack of detail in the figures, yet it works fine...I think! What I'm disappointed with is Martin taking centre stage...I mean, he's too close to the middle of the painting for my liking.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Early Evening Sun

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I love the evening light through trees especially if you haven't had a particularly good day and you need something to lift you.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

On a Mission

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The RNLI do a great job, so I thought I'd do a little study to acknowledge I'm aware of them. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Loose in the Garden

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 I started with the painting and realised I was including detail that I'm trying to avoid at the moment, so I painted the following three studies of the same scene with the thought of staying loose and using artistic you do. I used a white background for the first painting, an orange for the second, purple for the third and rose pink for the fourth.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


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The fact is that this scene has never changed. It could be anywhere in the world and there is nothing in view to date it.

Monday, October 17, 2011


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Proceeds of the sale of this painting to go to the the Every Mother Counts aid organisation
Every 90 seconds, a women dies from childbirth. Fully 90% of those deaths are preventable. The Aid organizationEvery Mother Counts is training midwives in Afghanistan, opening health clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo and shipping unused medical supplies to South Sudan. These are tangible, practical projects designed to combat maternal mortality and injuries worldwide.

Friday, October 14, 2011


This painting has now been overpainted a little but I've kept it here to remind me of how it looked
My daughter treated me to a night at the Sage Concert Hall to see Ron Sexsmith and this was the view after the performance as we crossed the millennium bridge.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Martin & Sarah

This is the windsurfing beach that apparently has no name in Brittany. I tried to capture the joy of standing up against the sheer power of the sea. I went out myself past the big breakers and consider myself lucky to have had just enough energy to make it back.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pont Aven

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A few weeks ago, we had just parked the car and were walking along the boat crammed river opposite this restaurant. Pont Aven is a lovely place with masses of art galleries and we had a great visit.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Yvon's Pride

I seem to catch the evening light in Yvon's woods because that's usually when I have a break from work in France. Yvon has usually gone by the time I get there, but he waves as he passes earlier in the day and sometimes stops to inspect our progress and distribute sweets.

I'm a day behind posting, so today's painting will have to be posted tomorrow and so on.

Friday, October 07, 2011

More Than Dandy

Bev planted and cultivated them and I did all the hard work by sitting on the bench sipping a chilled glass of dandelion and burdock and admiring them.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Take a Seat

Warm colours in memory of a warm summer. I love the freedom I had to do what I liked...I don't know why I don't give myself permission more often.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Spinnaker View

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We took a leisurely walk along Southsea and looked back at the Gunwharf Quays and the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth A few hours later, we were back in time to board the ferry to Caen. I enjoyed creating this oil sketch so much that I feel there are more in the pipeline.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Around Quiberon

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I don't think there is a nicer feeling of freedom than being on a beach without the need to rush back to normality. We just enjoyed being there and making the most of now.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Stroll On a French Beach

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You can tell I've been to the seaside recently, can't you. The Flinns, and Devines are directly ahead by the sandbank.

Coming In

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He just needed a breather.
Last week on a beach in Brittany.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


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The beauty of the beaches in Brittany is that there is plenty of space. We were encamped by the sand dunes and by the time we packed up to go home, the tide had come right in.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Back Into the Woods

I guess I'll forever be attempting to capture how I feel when I enter woods filled with sunlight. I was here just a few days ago and wish I was back again.

Monday, September 26, 2011


I was taking a breather at the same time as this youngster. It was a great day out in the waves. I'll have to check my journal, but I think it was Carnac in Morbihan.

Friday, September 09, 2011


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Directly from the artist's garden.
Painting these gave me as much joy as I received earlier in the year watching them bathing in the glorious morning sun. 

Thursday, September 08, 2011

A Cutting From Eileen

I couldn't resist...and I thoroughly enjoyed painting them. It's a sight to get anyone through winter. We grew them from a cutting from Eileen Flinn.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Seat By The Window Please

I can't remember for my life where this is or even remember taking the photograph, but it was in my batch of old photos for resource material.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Rock Pools

This is one of two paintings of the same scene...the other will have a young girl standing on one of those rocks wrapped in a towel and gazing out to sea. The location is right next to Featherbed Rock in Seaham (North East England).

Fuschia (Monday's painting)

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I took the photo some time ago...perhaps even last year, and decided I'd like to capture some of that colour. Wouldn't it be nice to have such colour in our gardens all year round. Some friends of ours who have long since passed away grew fuschia plants and regularly won prizes at the Chelsea flower show. I will always remember their dedication. We loved to be around the place.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Monet's Lilies Up Close

I wanted to have another crack and get a little closer to this subject which has previously been painted.
This is Friday's painting posted on Saturday.

Thursday, September 01, 2011


I could sit and watch these for hours. There are hundreds of them in Yvon's pond in Brittany and they come darting as soon as bread is on offer.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Peaceful Plaice

I'm sure Dorne didn't hear the click of the camera over the sound of the lapping water, but we introduced ourselves anyway. We had a good chat before leaving her in peace again.