Monday, 28 December 2015

Coming home

Coming home
Oil on linen canvas 30cm x 40cm

Lots of fun painting the sunlight coming through the trees in this.  I've got an old gold swept frame that I wanted to paint something for and I hope this will look good in the frame.  Waiting for a few days for the picture to dry before I try it out. 

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Pastel bird of prey

Pastel bird of prey

Trying out pastels again.  They were such a joy to use with the leopard I thought I would try another beautiful creature.

Photo kindly provided by my good friend Franck Martin who's is a very talented photographer. 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Art group exhibition

Kidlington Art Group Exhibition

We're having our yearly art group exhibition this Saturday 31st October.
Please feel welcome to come along and see some of the wonderful paintings produced by our village art group and have a chat with some of the artists exhibiting.
Kidlington Band Hut on Kidlington High Street.
9:30 - 4:30

Monday, 26 October 2015


Sunrise Watercolour

Just finished off a little watercolour I started a couple of weeks ago. I wasn't sure about the strength of the colour in the sky at first, but I think it turned out nice in the end.
Based on an early morning photo I took whilst out walking our dog.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015


Leopard - pastel pencils

Had a go at a picture in pastel pencils.  I absolutely love the medium!  Looking out for my next subject to paint with these.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Water lily

Water lily Oil  30"x 8"

I had an old odd shaped frame in the house which I painted up white and added silver leaf to.  I wanted to paint something to fit the frame and wondered if water lilies might suit it.
I might do a little more work on this but here it is so far.

Experimenting with watercolour and pen

Experimenting with watercolour and white pen to see what kind of effects I can get.  
They turned out really bright and colourful.  I think these could make nice card designs.

Scotch bonnet peppers

Scotch bonnet peppers watercolour

I painted this as a thank you to a local farmer who kindly lets us metal detect on his land.
I saw him planting some scotch bonnet peppers when I first met him so thought this might appeal.  He really loved the painting!

Botanical gardens Oxford

Botanical gardens Oxford Plein air Oil.

Went out with some friends from our village art group to the botanical gardens to paint.
This view really caught my eye with the contrasting colours.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Spring walk

Spring walk - Oil
25cm x 42cm

I loved the way the shadows were falling across the path and bluebells when I was walking in this wood a few weeks ago.
I wanted to see if I could capture how pretty it was in oils.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Country walk

Country Walk Oil
12"x 16"

I wanted to do a country scene with a lighter misty feel to it.  I loved experimenting with the leaves and flowers.   I was very happy with the result.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Wight Bridge

Wight Bridge - watercolour

Based on a photo I took one frosty morning of our dog Marlowe exploring near Wight Bridge.  It was such a beautiful morning.

Riverside Meadow

Riverside Meadow  Oil
23cm x 30cm

These are the fields besides the river between Kidlington and Thrupp.
I loved the way the shadows were being cast.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Kidlington path watercolour

Kidlington path watercolour

Experimenting with loose washes of colour and not too much detail in this picture.  Trying to capture the sunlight and the hazy feel that can give.  I quite like the way it turned out so I might try some more experiments like this.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Wolfson College gardens

Here is the painting I am exhibiting at Wolfson College this month.

Please feel free to pop along to the exhibition of drawings and paintings by members of Oxford Bury Knowle Art Group and Wolfson College Oxford.

Wolfson College
Linton Road, OX2 6UD Oxford, Oxfordshire
10am-7pm daily
You can ring the porter's lodge beforehand on 01865 274100

Friday, 13 February 2015


Bix watercolour

A painting of Bix my Aunts best friends Rottie.  Love painting the animals!  It's so much fun trying to get the tones in to the dark fur on Rotties.  

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Oxford Canal

Oxford Canal
30cm x 40cm Oil.

Based on a photo I took whilst walking our dog along the canal path from Kidlington up past Hampton Gay. 
I loved the light that was coming through the trees and wanted to see if I could capture it in oils.