WIP x 2

I’m busy trying my very best to do art every day at the moment, it doesn’t always end up being anything I can display on here but I’m working, that’s the main thing. in any event, I am busy with these two pieces at the moment, they are both about 50cm x 40cm on repurposed stretched canvas (that was a process in and of itself let me tell you!).

‘Out there somewhere’ WIP 50x40cm mixedmedia on stretched canvas
‘Out there somewhere 2 WIP 50X40cm mixed media on stretched canvas

I have used acrylics, pastels, inks, alcohol, red tissue paper collage. The tissue paper was used by OCA (Uni for Creative Arts) to package up my coursework manual. I knew i’d find a good use for it one day.

No Middleman Art Gallery

I’m really pleased to announce that the No Middleman Art gallery, which is a project of Edge of Humanity magazine, is now featuring a selection of my work in their Portfolio section. Here is the link

Er …

Sorry to annoy my subscribers with the constant site changes, i am just in the process of editing the pages etc as i am aiming to pitch my work to interior designers in my area and have been told to make a few changes. Once I’ve done it all, I will delete this post. Just by way of explanation … 🙂 Scusie me …

Paintings for sale – presentation on YouTube

Edit: this video has now been removed from YouTube. I will be putting up another one in the New Year, with work that’s currently available.

Glenfinnan monument – soft pastels

I was in this beautiful spot last year and have many reference photos. I decided to do a study in soft pastels yesterday, as I received some new Sennelier landscape colours and had to give them a whirl!

Red Kite – Soft pastels

Another small painting done today, this time I used watercolours, soft pastels and tinted charcoal pencils for this study of a Red Kite, also available from my shop:

‘Red Kite’ watercolours, soft pastels and tinted charcoal pencils on Pastelmat card +- A4

Poppies – soft pastel

I’m really loving Pastelmat card/paper. Here’s a small painting I did yesterday but forgot to upload! This is also available at my shop:

‘Poppies’ soft pastels on Pastelmat +- A4

I used various soft pastels makes for this little painting but I do find that the Sennelier brand is becoming my favourite.

Soft pastels on Pastelmat

I got me some Pastelmat paper this week and a few new soft pastels (budget brand – Art Discount, they’re not bad though). Did some plein air work (as part of course exercises) today – a scene in our local wood, very early morning. Obviously wasn’t going for realism, just an impression of the atmosphere of the place.

Early morning wood – soft pastels on Pastelmat paper – +-A4

Skimming the Surface

Decided to do some abstracts over the weekend, as I am doing a lot of landscape work in oils and other medium at the moment for coursework and the acrylics were getting a bit neglected. I tried out working in a series – doing two paintings on a similar theme/colour palette.

Skimming the Surface 1 – acrylics on paper – =- A3

Skimming the Surface 2 – acrylics on paper +- A3

Both available on my shop over here

Brush pen work

I’ve been interested in brush pens, ever since I got the ‘greys’ set of Tombow pens for coursework a while ago. I obtained a Pentel Pocket Brush pen (comes with 2 refills) yesterday via uncle Amazon and have been fiddling around with it.

Tombow and Pentel brush pens on scrap Clairefontaine paper

I wonder if anyone else in my circle of WP mates use brush pens and if they know anything about the ARTEZA brand? Tombow are a bit expensive (I was going to get a range of colours to take with me on holiday soon for sketching purposes). ARTEZA brand products keep popping up in my search results for brush pens and I’d be interested to know if they are any good?

Keep safe peeps

River light

Inspired by a photo my grandson took on his holiday yesterday … they are in the Peak District. I was trying to go for a very loose style with the brushwork and lots of water mixed in with the paint.

River Light

Acrylics on stretched canvas.

50x45x1cm or +- 19x15x 1/2″

Not for sale.

Rape Seed, Tyrell’s Wood

Been itching to do a study of this scene for a while now, one of my favourite places hereabouts.

‘Rape Seed, Tyrell’s Wood’

Acrylics on stretched canvas. 60cm x 45cm x 1cm +- 24″x18″x1/2″ ready to hang

Available to buy on my shop here.

Some advice?

I was contacted by the curator of an organisation called ‘Edge of Humanity’ magazine a while back and was asked to contribute a series of images of my work for their ‘No Middleman Gallery’. I am so suspicioius these days of anything that may or may not resemble a scam but from what I’ve been able to see online, these establishments seem to be genuine. Has anyone in my circle of WordPress friends come across this lot before, could you offer any comment that might help me? The scope and standard of artwork in this virtual gallery of theirs is mindblowing, can’t imagine why they would want my stuff!!! 🙂

Surf’s Up

‘Surf’s Up’ 7″x5″ Encaustic wax medium on Encausticbord

This little piece was inspired by the wonderful Norfolk coastline. I used superior grade encaustic beeswax and damar resin medium (sourced and imported from the US), as well as resin pigment inks and encaustic paints. The wave effect was produced using a thin application of imported shellac which was then heated to produce the delicate lace-like patterns as seen in the close up image below.

close up of texture effects

I am falling for this encaustic technique – so will be working on some more pieces this week, while I have the house to myself!

You can find this piece in my shop. I. don’t charge for shipping or packaging.

Kelp – work in progress


Acrylics, inks, collage and gels on large stretched canvas 120x100x4cm


‘Kelp’ in a room – for perspective

This has ended up being a bit of a work in progress, I am doing some more tweaking on it and will publish the final piece soon.


I have set up a small shop here and will be adding selected paintings to it on an ongoing basis. I am pleased to announce that I sold two paintings yesterday!


I am in the process of setting up my studio space in order to produce some encaustic pieces. I will be working on these pieces next week.

In the meantime, I have been concentrating on study work as well as a very large mixed media canvas that has kelp as its subject (more on that when it’s done). Here is some recent work:

‘Sunrise from my window’ soft pastels on paper. 16×12″
‘Morning path’ oils on paper 16×12″
‘Lancashire Fusilier in the Highlands’ soft pastels on paper 16×12″
Sunrise’ oils on stretched canvas (small about 8×5″)


‘Surfacing’ Encaustic paper collage fragments and acrylics on 115lb/250gm Clairefontaine acid free paper. A2 (42 x 59 cm) (16 x 23 in)

Encaustic on paper

I’ve been fiddling about recently with encaustic wax paint, doing a million tests on different types of paper.  From the really thick and quite expensive heavy-duty mixed media papers to plain old cartridge paper, or printer paper.  I haven’t tried Japanese papers yet – that’s on the shopping list. From my tests, the cartridge paper seems to produce the most pleasing result but these are early days and lots more experiments/technique try outs are on the cards. I have fallen for this stuff big time!

I bought a set of 16 colours, thinking that these would be reasonably sized bars but they turned out to be very tiny and not at all practical for the type of work that I want to do.  They have, however, been helpful insofar as practising techniques and I will continue to use them until I am ready to do something seriously planned out, that I would be happy to sell.   The set included lovely irridescent pearl white, shimmering pale blue, bronze and a really dark emerald green.

I am going to buy R&F encaustic wax paint next, which is pretty expensive. I will get primary colours to start off with and then add to the set. At least the R & F blocks are fairly large and the pigments look divine.    Anyhow, these are a few of my more successful experiments that I did last night.

‘Woodland’ encaustic wax on cartridge paper – A3
‘Social distancing’ Encaustic wax on mixed media paper – A3
‘Eye in the Sky’ Encaustic wax including irridescent shimmer colours on cartridge paper – A4
‘The Highlands’ Encaustic wax including irridescent shimmer colours on cartridge paper – A3

The one below is my first larger experiment (just over A3), which I did a week or so ago. The tiny blocks of primary colour waxes I used for this piece came with the encaustic mini-iron tool These highly pigmented colours are now finished!

‘Man in the Hills’ Encaustic wax on cartridge paper – A3
Close up – ‘Man in the Hills’

The title comes from my favourite Burning Spear song. (Yes, the Rasta)

Some course work

These are a few things I’ve been doing lately as part of my Painting 1 coursework.

I am getting quite interested in monoprinting, no good at it yet but interested in it!