Monday, October 19, 2009

Charity Fundraising

I have recently participated in a Charity Auction to raise funds for Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital. This is one of my watercolour paintings that I donated, and a flurry of bidding activity towards the end resulted in nearly £820 being raised. My thanks are due to the generous bidders in support of this worthy cause.

I now need to buckle down and start painting ready for next years round of exhibitions. I also undertake commissions, so if you may be interested just give me a shout. No obligation or high pressure selling.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Competition win

In addition to my artwork I also take a lot of photographs, apart from providing source material for my paintings they are pleasant images in their own right. I submitted a few for the Wildlife Trust photographic competition, and one of my images won the Reserves category and also came 3rd overall.

Depicting Brent Geese coming in for a landing it means I shall be off to the prize presentation next week.


Saturday, September 19, 2009

A New Miniature painting

I've just completed this miniature watercolour painting which will be one of my entries in a forthcoming exhibition. Life has been busy hence the lack of regular updates to this blog, something I hope to rectify shortly.


Friday, August 14, 2009

More paintings sold

Well since my last post when I mentioned the sale of a railway painting to the USA, I have sold three further paintings two acrylics and a watercolour at the 100th Anniversary Exhibition of the Portsmouth and Hampshire Art Society. I've also been busy photographing the abundant butterflies that seem to be around this year.

This is one of the paintings sold.


This is one of the butterflies, a Brimstone.


I need to update my website where of course you can find more of my paintings.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Another Seascape

This painting has been languishing on my board since it was initially stated as a demonstration piece at a local Art Society. I have now got round to finishing it, more in desperation ready for the exhibition. I have a purchaser for onbe of my railway paintings and that was going to be shown. Additionally I seem to have lost another painting, I can't find it anywhere, and have no record of it being sold, so it is a complete mystery. Absent minded artist seeks inspiration!


Friday, June 05, 2009

A new acrylic seascape painting

Well it's been a busy few weeks and sad to say I have rather neglected my posts on here. To atone for my failure in this respect, this is the latest acrylic seascape painting that I have just finished. I shall probably exhibit this in my main Summer exhibition at the beginning of August.

Surf Shore (c)

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Another watercolour painting sold

I had a successful sale at another exhibition a few days ago, a beach scene.
Quiet Beach - watercolour (c)

I need to get down to finishing some new work ready for the summer exhibition, which I suspect will arrive with undue haste, what I want to know is where does all my time dissapear, answers on a postcard please.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Two more paintings sold

I sold two original paintings this week, more can be seen on my website, which reminds me I must do some updating there. The weather has been excellent this week as well, so as my wife dissapeared out on a ladies day yesterday I took the opportunity to visit a local Nature Reserve to take some wildlife photographs. This little Egret was doing a spot of fishing in one of the smaller stretches of water.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Ducks Landing

From one of the photographs from my trip to the Nature Reserve I created this acrylic painting, I was standing waiting for my wife who was in the shop, now there's a suprise! and these three ducks came in to land, so managed to grab a quick photograph, which has resulted in this painting. A reversal really of the ubiquitous ducks flying up the wall which seemed to be the de riguer domestic decor in the 1950's


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Birds and Railway Engines

Since delivering my last painting I met the recipients at a wedding and they were thrilled at the painting of their cottage. Always nice to get feedback on ones efforts. Despite the recession I took the plunge and bought a new telephoto lens for my camera a couple of weeks ago. An ultra zoom it enables some great opportunities for birds. I captured these Gadwalls at a local nature reserve on a very cold day.
Gadwalls at Titcheld Haven Nature Reserve (c)

This morning the preserved steam locomotive Tangmere was passing nearby so took the opportunity to get a photograph as she crossed the railway viaduct on her way to Fareham.

Bulleid Pacific steam locomotive 'Tangmere'

Friday, February 06, 2009

Deep and Crisp and even

Well the UK weather has been a little extreme this last week with unprecedented levels of snowfall that has placed everywhere in chaos. The Government seem incapable of organising things, I'm sure all that hot air could have helped solve some problems!

It did give me the opportunity to get some photographs, these are of Portchester Castle an original building project of the Romans with extensions by the later Norman occupants, bet they didn't ask for planning permission.



A bit cold for painting outside, I guess the water would freeze any way so watercolours would be a non starter.

Friday, January 30, 2009

A Cottage painting commission

My first ever commission was a cottage for someone's daughter and over the years I have been asked to paint several peoples houses, not the Dulux dog thing you understand. Well history seems to be repeating itself again and I've just delivered my latest commission of a cottage that has been undergoing refurbishment.


If you would like to consider a commissioned painting,not neccessarily a house or cottage, just contact me through my website an enquiry will cost you nothing and there is no obligation so whatever your request just ask.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The next Stephen Spielberg

I've been playing with Windows Movie Maker and created a short video of a selection of some of my photographs, which I sell on Ebid which is a great site if you are looking for bargains as well. Although most people automatically think of eBay when buying online, there are alternatives and usually a lot friendlier with active communities which help keep the scammers at bay.

Whether I shall forge a new career as a movie producer I doubt it, anyway take a look and let me know what you think. Well enough playing I have a new commissioned painting to get on with so time to get my brushes wet.

Friday, January 02, 2009

A Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to you all, well not suprisingly I didn't get any painting done over the festive period, and I trust you all enjoyed yourselves as well. I am now geared up to attack 2009 with some vigour, well that's the plan anyway. I was pleased that my recent sales arrived in time for Christmas, and someone is now the proud owner of this acrylic painting.

The Lane in Winter - (c)