Colour blindness

Colour blindness

Chatting over a drink at the weekend with a couple of friends, the guy mentioned a job he was offered some years ago that he really wanted to do but couldn’t as it required him working on railway tracks and since he was colour-blind they wouldn’t give him the job. I enquired why and he said it […]

Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is

A few weeks ago I went for a walk with a good friend in an area that is new to me although I lived there for about a year, not that I remember it particularly well. I was all of three years old at the time! Of course it interested me to see it, since […]

Deluge

Deluge

Sometimes you just have to accept that no matter what your best efforts are, there is something that you cannot get around. Some things are unstoppable. And no matter how much I am enjoying painting my latest painting, no matter how much I want to get it done, no matter how I am aching to […]

The short cuts are the long way round

The short cuts are the long way round

Artists never start at the point at which you meet them. Who ever the artist is, when you find them and wow over the work they’ve done and how much you admire their talent, and love their use of colour, or tone, or subject matter, that, usually, isn’t where they started. Ok, they might always […]

Seven months in the planning

Seven months in the planning

After seven months, he finally arrived on my doorstep. I welcomed him in with a smile and a “At last, we meet!” comment which he smiled at and agreed. Its not often that a commission takes so long to arrange, but he’s been really busy with work commitments, and I’ve been busy with art commitments […]

Shimmering on the edge

Shimmering on the edge

Well its been a reall arty weekend starting with the workshop I went to on Saturday which slightly enigmatically was described as for acrylics or oils. I’m used to using both and know that they react differently in drying times. One takes minutes, the other takes well, days if you’re lucky but usually weeks. So, which one […]

A leg end in a lifetime of colour

A leg end in a lifetime of colour

On quiet moments these last few days I’m considering what subject I shall paint for the Ashby Arts Festival outdoor board. The idea of a legend or myth means I’m leaning more towards the myth side of it, particularly the magical aspect – fairies, elves, goblins and trolls. I’m wondering whether to do something different […]

All the fun of the fair

All the fun of the fair

Another recently finished picture is this one of a carousel at a fun fair proving to be  a very complex subject to paint, but fun to explore the nuances it evokes. I particularly wanted to make it a night time picture, with the lights from the merry go round shining out from the deep blue […]

No I don’t get it either

No I don’t get it either

Its not often I criticise another artists work, but I think on this occasion I’ll make an exception. Last night I sat down to watch a film about someone who is hailed as one of the greatest living artists, the fact that I hadn’t heard of him was a surprise but then the world of […]