Some Shrivelled-up Old Leaves

I recently painted a study of some clementines (Leafy Clementines in a Plastic Punnet). After the clementines were consumed (tasty in theory but enjoyment hindered by an annoyingly large quantity of pips) I kept the leaves to one side, thinking they would make a good subject for an oil study. I was attracted to their…

Leafy Clementines in a Plastic Punnet

I’ve been researching aspects of the working methods of Cézanne and Renoir recently, in preparation for two of my art workshops. A plastic punnet of leafy clementines caught my eye in the kitchen yesterday (planted there for this reason by my wife as it turns out) and I thought it a good subject with which…

Guilt and Gladioli

I was intending on having a lazy, relaxing Saturday today. However, when I saw these red gladioli in a vase, guilt got the better of me and I felt compelled to have a go at capturing them in paint. I made the resulting painting fairly quickly, in a little over 2 hours, in Daler-Rowney Georgian…

Before the Flowers Fall…

A Black Eyed Susan plant, alongside Mr Bailey the cat, keeps me company in my home studio/conservatory. It’s been doing well in the conservatory environment and I finally got around to painting it yesterday after being encouraged to by my wife for several months. The Black Eyed Susan is a delicate thing – the merest…

The Satisfaction in the Completion of an Old Painting

Sometimes I feel like I’m going round in circles with a painting – applying layer after layer of paint and never getting any closer to finishing. Occasionally under such circumstances I’ll leave a painting indefinitely. This is one such painting, which I started and left sometime last year. I was searching for something, but I…