Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Two Figures

acrylics on board, 30x40cm.
Using myself as the model these were painted on small boards primed with gesso and using the acrylics fairly fluidly. On the left I gave the figure longer hair because I felt like it!

Monday, 30 July 2007

Lisa 05

charcoal on paper, 43x59cm.
Another terrific pose by Lisa. After a short discussion she understood exactly what I was looking for and took up a whole series of more dynamic poses like this one, each for only two minutes. Of course, by the time I had changed to a fresh sheet, and turned my drawing board around to suit the orientation, I only had about one-and-a-half minutes! No time to think, just do!

Sunday, 29 July 2007

A Man at the Door

oils on hardboard, 46x61cm. Based on a photograph of myself (how else could I get this rear view!), it was painted with a palette knife over an old, failed, painting, some of which is allowed to show through in places. I have intentionally tried not to describe every aspect of the painting in too much detail, prefering to leave somethings to the viewers imagination.

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Lisa Last Night

charcoal on paper, 43x59cm.
pastel on paper, 43x59cm.

Friday, 27 July 2007

James Seated

Charcoal pencil on paper, 43x59cm.

Thursday, 26 July 2007

A Star is Born!

acrylics on paper, 43x59cm.
Happy Birthday to me!

Wednesday, 25 July 2007


charcoal on paper, 43x59cm.

Tuesday, 24 July 2007


charcoal pencil and pastels on paper, 59x43cm.
Well this caused a stushie when I posted it under the title 'Guantanamo'. Some guy wanted me to add it to one of his groups called: Art, philosophy and Visual Perception, because it demonstrated in his mind the link between faith and being a prisoner. I took the hump, of course, when I clicked on the group page it denied me access. I'm afraid that was like a red rag to a bull! It convinced me that his group was secretive, and I was to just add it without knowing what it really was about. The long and the short of it was that I refused; he was annoyed by my forthrightness and responded tetchily. After thinking on it for a couple of days I decided to try to draw a line under the episode and apologised for my vehemence, but I was only protecting my drawing from being hi-jacked by a religious group that I knew nothing of.

Monday, 23 July 2007


Watercolour on paper, 41x29cm. Part of a series of watercolour abstracts based on river reflections.

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Kneeling Man

conte pastel on paper, 30x43cm.

Sunday, 15 July 2007


Speicein Coinnich, Beinn Tarsuinn, and Sgurr An Fhidhieir, towering above Lochan Dhubha.
Acrylics on paper, 59x43cm.

Friday, 13 July 2007


Astonishingly beautiful girl of Italian descent, with the most fabulous long black hair. graphite on paper 59x43cm.

Thursday, 12 July 2007


Original life drawing: charcoal pencil on paper, 43x59cm.
Painting: acrylics on paper, 43x59cm.

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Where it All Began

Watercolour on paper, 43x30cm.
After a long period wishing I could paint abstracts I made this attempt after gazing on a section of the Rotten Calder River, so it's really an abstraction of my dreaming and observations.

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Reclining Figure

Final artwork: collage and pencil on tracing paper over previous two sheets, 43x59cm.
Double drawing: charcoal pencil on tracing paper over the original, 43x59cm.
Original drawing from life: charcoal pencil on paper, 43x59cm.

Monday, 9 July 2007

The Blue Scarf

Painted about 2 years ago it didn't get to see the light of day until a few weeks ago on my Art - Drawing and Painting site when it attracted great interest and recieved good reviews. So much so when a fellow artist suggested we do an 'art exchange' this, out of all my paintings, was the one she chose. I posted it off last over a week ago to Phillidelphia via Royal Mail Airsure, with an expected delivery time of 5 days. I really hope it gets delivered today. I'm beginning to get nervous with the delay!

Sunday, 8 July 2007


charcoal pencil on paper, 43x59cm.
charcoal pencil on paper, 59x43cm.

Saturday, 7 July 2007

Wood Nymphs

Original life drawing: charcoal pencil and pastel on paper, 43x59cm.

Composition with second figure and colour study: pastel on paper, 43x59cm.
Final painting: oils on stretched canvas, 51x76.5cm.

Friday, 6 July 2007

Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Sunday, 1 July 2007

Through the Gap

Collage on board, 40x28cm.