I do find it difficult to deal with so many pictures, what to do with them all ? I was pleased with my recent sale in that it meant not only someone liked it enough to buy it but equally that I had one less picture to find space for.



I have a 100m long scenic backing of a flooded forest to paint by the New Year. Here are a couple

of preparatory sketches to try to work out a process.



Always nice to sell a painting.This one went today.

Vargyas Gorge - Transylvania : oil on canvas.JPG


Not posted much recently, but there are plenty of paintings ‘on the go’


A few things underway

I don't tend to use the more common WIP abbreviation as 'work in progress' is not always a good description, as 'progress' is not always made .


More changes....or not

Seem to have been working on this but it doesn't seem to have changed much,if at all ,since the last post. A bit like one of those 'spot the difference'competitions. Colour is a bit closer to the real colour though as I took the photo in better light.

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My transylvanian river painting is going through a number of changes. This sometimes happens but not usually as much as this. I think the different lighting effects have been difficult to resolve.

I also post another River Axe painting which is almost complete I think.

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Paintings in production

I'm working on a few at the moment and here are two of them. Incomplete at the moment but getting there....... I think !


More river painting

A little more development on the Transylvania river painting and a small very quick sketch in preparation for a bigger canvas of the River Axe in Devon,UK


River painting

Working on this ,similar view of the same river but in mid summer. Tricky light on the water , mixing reflections , dappled sunlight and cast shadows. Challenging but engrossing.


River drawing

A bit more black ! Night is falling. This place is in Transylvania and the nights are spectacularly dark as there is little ambient light. There is a deep silence there too.

night river.jpg


I have been drawing in charcoal quite a lot lately. Sketching out roughs for paintings mainly but this one has developed more as a drawing. I have called it 'The river never sleeps' and I have tried to get across the feeling of night and the never ending flow of the river. The drawing is not finished yet but I thought I would post it anyway.

The river never sleeps copy copy.jpg


I do carry a sketchbook around, a tiny pocket sized one(A7 12 by 7 cms) so the drawings below are quite enlarged. I try to draw regularly. Most of my drawings are of people and at the moment usually of people in the market here in Debrecen . The drawings are usually very quick although I try to draw the stallholders mostly as they stay in one place longer than the shoppers.

jap conductor.jpg
man cap.jpg

Got this one on the go

Painting this and another of similar views of the Vargyas gorge in Transylvania. A wonderful untouched ,wild place. I will post more soon.

towards arons.jpg

February again

I am not sure if the last post worked so I will try again.

towards Aarons.jpg
Vargyas bridge.jpg
meeting of the waters.jpg


Here are a few paintings in various stages of development. Typically I like to have at least 4or 5 pictures underway. Painting in oil has the great advantage that the paint stays wet and workable for a couple of days but this sometimes means that I have to put a painting aside as I need it to dry before the next stage.