Still wrestling with creative ennui on the studio, so continuing to focus on reworking just one pose. Currently obsessed with Francis Bacon’s figures and especially his use of random shadows. Creativity tip: keeping the studio (garage) door closed and blasting music out at high volume really helps to drown out my thoughts and allow the paint to ‘speak’. All acrylic on A1 paper (84 x 59cm/23 x 33in)


I’m in the creative doldrums at the moment, so just messing around and reworking the same pose in different styles. Currently thinking about Francis Bacon’s figures and the film Metropolis as they seem to sum up the state of the world at the moment. Graphite on A1 paper (84x59cm), acrylic on A0 paper (168x118cm)

Denbighshire and District Art Society Portrait Demo

Live Portrait Demo with Denbighshire Art Soc 20220730

Here’s a self-portrait sketch made during a live portrait demo for the Denbighshire and District Art Society this afternoon. Graphite on A1 paper (84 x 59.5 cm) in approx 50 minutes. I also attempted a portrait of a Ukrainian lady who kindly volunteered to sit, however my sketch didn’t do her justice so I’m too embarrassed to post it! Still, it was good practice and great fun meeting and chatting with everyone! My thanks to Chris and the DAS for inviting me.

New Sketch: Trying to Paint Faster than Thought


This is another attempt to paint faster than I can think (shouldn’t be difficult, right? 🙄😉). It’s a random multiple figure composition which seeks to take inspiration from a diverse range of paintings; Le Joie de Vivre ( Henri Matisse); The Mud Bath (David Bomberg); Las Meninas (Diego Velázquez); La Dejeuner Sur L’herbe (Édouard Manet); and others.
Acrylic, charcoal, chalk and pastel on A1 paper 84cm x 59cm.

New Sketch: Trying to Loosen Up Painting


I’m not sure I’ll ever be a ‘painterly’ painter but am still trying to loosen up my painting. I keep thinking about something Alex Kanevsky said in a workshop; ‘Paint faster than you think.’, so have tried to give it a go with this piece.

Painting without thought actually made the activity much more enjoyable and less laboured, and meant I kept being surprised by what appeared on the canvas.

As well as trying to loosen up my application of paint, I also tried to introduce some emotion and paint with the heart, not just the head, so attempted to incorporate my feelings about the Covid lockdown into this study.

I’m tentatively calling it ‘Aubade’ after Philip Larkin’s poem. (Acrylic, charcoal, chalk and ink on A1 paper 84cm x 59cm)