Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Devon Open Studios starts on the 12th September 2020

Counting down to the 12th September for the Devon Open Studios

This year i am exhibiting solo in my art shop Devon Art Supplies, 30 Queen Street, Seaton, Devon, EX12 2RB. I will be there 9.30am - 2.30pm Monday to Saturday. We will be closed on the Sundays. 

On show will be a selection of prints, frames originals, cards and more. I'll be in my adjoining studio which is through the shop towards the back where the conservatory is. You'll likely find me in there painting so please do come along and say hello. 

I hope you will join me at some point during the event to take a browse of my work. I look forward to seeing you. 


Saturday, 5 September 2020

The sparkling sea


I spent another day working on a supersize canvas again last week. This canvas is 30" x 40" and i used a range of acrylics, pastes and glitters to create the sea inspired piece. 

As you can see i used blues, whites, silvers and sparkles. The finished piece is on show now at 30 Queen Street in Seaton Devon. It has been sealed with a varnish spray and ready for purchase. 

This is the view that inspired me, my hometown of Seaton, Devon. The beautiful blues of the sea on a sunny day. 

Friday, 21 August 2020

Purple Peace : Acrylic impressionist floral


This piece i have been working on for a while, i actually left it for a while because i wasn't sure it was finished but after more time spent with it and a few amendments i now feel it is finished and ready for sale. It has been triple varnished and is on display now at 30 Queen Street, Seaton. 

I combined silvers and purples to create an impressionist floral piece that invokes peace, tranquility wisdom and wealth. I used iridescent mediums to add a shimmer to the piece so that it catches the light and reflects these properties to its viewers. 

I infuse all my art with intent in the hope that they not only look beautiful for the owners but also bring additional spiritual benefits.  

Friday, 7 August 2020

Keep your artwork, even your practice pieces


Today i met a lovely young lady on her art journey who mentioned that when she is unhappy with her art work she rips it up and puts it in the bin. This reminded me of something i learnt many years ago whilst at the start of my journey. 

Never bin your artwork. Keep as much of it as you can, even the pieces you are not happy with. You never know, it may be just the inspiration you need for a project in many years to come. 

I often create pieces that i call 'practice' pieces that i wouldn't use for prints / cards or to frame and don't want to keep in my display sketch books so i cut them out and store them away. In the future they may prove useful. Not only for inspiration but to see in later years how far i've come and how much my skills in particular art styles have developed. 

So i thought i would do a quick blog to remind you all, whatever stage of your art journey that you are on, don't bin your artwork. Keep it if you can. Put it in a folder and store it away somewhere so that you can look back on it in the future. Even if you think it is terrible (which the self critical of us often think!) keep it. Please. If 3 or 4yrs down the line you go back through your folder and still feel that it is of no use as inspiration or progression example then you have my permission to bin it but i bet once you get into this routine you'll thank me! 

Thursday, 30 July 2020

Meadow Flowers

My meadow flowers painting got its fine liner layer. It took the longest of all my paintings to finish and it is only 1/4 imperial in size!

This piece reminds me of laying in a meadow looking up at the flowers surrounding me.

I'm really pleased with the finish. This piece will now be on display during the Devon Open Studios event. 

It is available as a framed original, prints & cards. 

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Mr Whale - Watercolour & Brusho

I've loved experimenting with brusho and watercolour recently. I've been working on ways to create animals in my signature style of loose watercolour with fine liner overlays. I want the animals i create to feel friendly, as if for childrens books.

I'm pleased with how Mr Whale turned out, i love the way the water moved the brusho in the top center, to me it looks as if light is shining down through the water

This picture is now available as a framed original, prints and cards. 

Saturday, 25 July 2020

Preparing for Devon Open Studios

I'm currently preparing for the Devon Artist Network Devon Open Studios event in September. I've prepared a short video talking about some ways in which i will be preparing.

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Sea & Flora Art Projects during lockdown

I haven't been able to work on my art projects as much as i had hoped since lockdown. My sons health and happiness is most important to me which has meant that I've been spending as much time with them as possible. Home schooling has of course involved lots of art projects though which gives me the opportunity to include some art time for me too.

Here you can see one of the pieces i've been working on that i creating whilst with my son Finley in the art studio.

The process of creating watercolour base layers with fine liner overlays continues to be my favourite way of working. I love the effect it gives to the artwork. 

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Sea & Flora Project #2

Another mini sketch done for my sea & flora project. This time a little jellyfish. I went for a really simple design for this quick watercolour sketch which i finished with a fine liner overlay. 

Saturday, 30 May 2020

Sea & Flora project #1

I have had an idea in my mind for months now to combine my two loves of sealife and flowers but wasn't sure where to do with the idea until recently when this appeared on the page during a watercolour sketch session. It is funny, often the pieces i love the most are the ones where i simply let my brush take control and don't think too much. 

I was really pleased with the watercolour base layer to which i added a fine liner layer once dry. 

I'm going to continue with the idea and see what else i can add this flora & sea twist to. 

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Watercolour and fine liner Daphne | Watercolour basics

I've been working on watercolour basics recently, just reminding myself of core skills that will help me progress then with my own style of work. Watercolour layering is something i was working on with this piece. The above photo shows the final Daphne, the below photo shows it as a watercolour painting before i added my fine liner overlay.

You can watch how I painted this piece and paint along here: 

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Watercolour & fine liner bee in a meadow

I had a go at recreating one of my most popular pieces (bee in a meadow, one of my best selling card prints) in a different colourway. I'm not as happy with this one as i was with the purple flowers but it was fun to recreate.

I love working in loose watercolours, i enjoy the freedom to allow the paint to flow.

I don't feel like the flowers quite work as well in this piece, i didn't leave enough white space but that is something i can improve on the next piece.

Take a look at how i create this little piece here...

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Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Working on character designs for childrens books

I've been working a lot recently on character designs for childrens books.

This little fox character i hope to paint in a variety of scenes, mostly getting up to mischief i expect as his character is based on my youngest son Finley who LOVES foxes

You can see a short speed paint video below of how i started him, the pen overlay part didn't film correctly unfortunately so i wasn't able to add that bit but you can see above how he turned out.