A View of Liverpool

This landscape painting, which was made in oils on canvas over 2010 and 2011, depicts the Liverpool cityscape from the viewpoint of the Anglican Cathedral. It is the result of a one-time visit to the top of the cathedral tower, braving my fear of heights for long enough to obtain enough sufficient photographs to produce…

Can you hear me at the back?

I was approached earlier this year to do a demonstration in acrylics for the Irby Artists group. The demo – Boat Painting in Acrylics – was held this Tuesday evening, and pictured is the result. It’s a little unnerving making a painting and muttering away in front of a virtually silent group of 50-60 people…

A Thank You to a Fine Pair of Boots

This painting, which I made a couple of weeks ago, is a paean to a pair of boots that I’m particularly fond of. Sadly they’re no longer able to service my feet in the way they once admirably did. The soles are breached, the zip is broken, the seams are coming apart. It’s time to…

In Praise of Alkyds

These days I like to vary the media with which I paint, in turn embracing the unique qualities of oils, acrylics and alkyds respectively. I’ve been working with Winsor & Newton alkyd paints for over 20 years; most of my pre-2010 work (and around half subsequently) labelled ‘oils on canvas’ on my website (www.birtall.co.uk) was…

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″…