Portrait: ‘My Judith’

I started work on this portrait of my fiancée Judith around a year ago, towards the end of summer 2012. Initial sessions from life were followed by sporadic work from photographs, until it was finally completed a couple of weeks ago. It was painted in Winsor & Newton alkyds (quick drying oils) on 20″ x 16″…

Littlewoods Building, 29 August 2013

Whenever I pass the Littlewoods building on Edge Lane in Liverpool I’m struck by its’ faded beauty and art deco echoes. I’ve thought for years it would make a great modern art gallery, in the spirit of Tate Modern. I’ve just read that it’s going to be made into a hotel and business complex with…

Sugar Sachets, 28 August 2013

I drew this yesterday in Waterstones, Liverpool One, following a trip to see the Chagall exhibition at Tate Liverpool. I particularly enjoyed seeing Chagall’s drawings and felt inspired to pick up my pens over a pot of tea and a Belgian bun. This sketch was made a little more difficult by a member of staff…

Judith’s Chair, 18 August 2013

I picked up my brushes around 4pm yesterday with the intention of completing this painting in one session, an exercise in working quickly. By 7pm the paint surface had become too wet to work any further and the natural light in the room had become too dim. I thought the exercise had been a useful…

Lemon Juicer in a Mug, 17 August 2013

What finer way to spend a wet Saturday afternoon is there than sketching a lemon juicer in a mug? So I thought before commencing this drawing, which I made in Uni Pin fine line pens and a Pentel calligraphic pen on A5ish paper.