Tuesday, 2 December 2014


Sandcastles - oil 30cm x 40cm

I've been experimenting with more pastel tones in oil.
Really enjoyed painting this.  I will be doing a few more variations on this theme.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Willowbrook farm

Willowbrook farm Plein air watercolour

Had a lovely day sketching at Willowbrook farm in Hampton Gay yesterday.
I wish the sheep had stayed still a little longer, it's hard painting a moving target.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Brill Windmill

Brill Windmill Plein air Oil

Lovely location to do some Plein air painting at Brill Windmill in Oxfordshire.

Oxford St Giles garden Plein air

Oxford St Giles garden Plein air Oil

A beautiful morning painting in a garden in St Giles.

Della watercolour

Della watercolour

My aunts best friend asked if I could try to paint her beautiful Rottweiler Della.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Bodie ghost town - oil

Bodie ghost town - oil

I saw some wonderful photos that someone from work had taken of Bodie ghost town and luckily he gave me permission to use them as reference to do some paintings.
I love the strong sunlight and the colours of these images and hope I managed to capture the feel of the place in the painting.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Radcliffe Camera - watercolour

Radcliffe Camera - watercolour

Having fun trying more buildings again.  I need to keep this up.  Lots of fun working on improving my buildings.

Morning walk - watercolour

Morning walk - watercolour

At 12" x 16" this is a larger than usual watercolour than I am used to.  Really enjoying my watercolours again at the moment.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Turl Street Oxford - watercolour

Turl Street Oxford - watercolour

I've been wanting to try my hand at painting street scenes lately and especially scenes from around Oxford.
I enjoyed painting this one so much, I can't wait to attempt other scenes from around Oxford.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Chilli peppers - watercolour

Chilli peppers - watercolour

Finished this off at last.  I started this a while ago but kept getting distracted by painting in oils.  Managed to buckle down and finish this one over the weekend.

Two small seascapes - oil

Two small seascapes - oil

More seascapes to experiment on.  Quite enjoyed painting round pictures rather than the normal format.  It's difficult finding round frames though!

Rough sea - oil

Rough sea -oil

It's about time I had a go at some water and boats in my painting.
Lots of fun but need to keep it up!

Young woman portrait - oil

Young woman portrait  - oil - 11"x14"

I wanted to build up some experience with tying portraits.
Firstly painting her in shades of blue/green to get the tones correct and then adding the flesh tones using several glazes of oil.

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Serene moment

Serene moment - 8" x 6" Oil

The inspiration for this was from a photo I took on a morning walk a few years ago.  It was so peaceful that I wanted to see if I could capture the feeling in a painting.

Friday, 21 March 2014

St Mary's Church

St Mary's Church Kidlington Oil 5"x7"

Enjoying painting some smaller scenes at the moment. 
This is based on a photograph I took a couple of years ago at our local Church.

Monday, 10 March 2014

Frosty morning2 oil

Frosty morning2 oil 5"x7"

I wanted to try a couple of small winter scenes.

Frosty morning1 oil

Frosty morning1 oil 5"x7"

I wanted to try a couple of small winter scenes.
Here my dog walking friends Eileen and Clive are walking through the snow.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Shipton-on-Cherwell Oil

Shipton-on-Cherwell Oil

Painted for a local competition on canal art.
If it's one of the winners it will be exhibited during Oxford art weeks. 
Keeping my fingers crossed!

Update -
Happy to say that I won third prize in the competition.  My painting was displayed in two Oxford art centres.
I won a wonderful book on drawing by Giovanni Civardi.  Very nice book indeed!

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Bluebell walk

Bluebell wood Oil 37cm x 49cm

I felt the need to paint something summery!

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Snowy river

Snowy river oil

30cm x 40cm oil painting based on a photo I took whilst walking Marlowe.
I have loved painting these last two snow scenes!  Falling in love with painting in oils.