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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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February again

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

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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.


I have been painting quite a lot recently although the small amount of daylight we get at this time of year restricts it somewhat.I don't like to paint in artificial light so when the daylight does go I tend to work on drawing or drawing out paintings where colour is not too important. Funny to be painting summer scenes in a way but I suppose its to do with a longing for an end to winter.

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I do find it fascinating to be able to see which country the visitors to my site are from . There is a geographic section in the site where this info is available. How wonderful to see that I have had visits from people across the globe, all continents. Thankyou all, present visitors, past visitors, whoever you are , I hope you have found something to enjoy. Please visit again

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First daubs 2018

I am not a great believer in New Year resolutions but I do feel the need to start the year as I mean to go on so here are a couple of small oils in development one of which was started on the first of January 2018. As actually starting painting is one of the biggest  hurdles for me (along with finishing of course) I do find it necessary to simply 'do something' , anything almost, good bad or indifferent, simply to get going. I find now that even sketching out with a brush in some dirty old paint from the bottom of the turps jar is enough to set me off .

As ever there are many other paintings at various stages of progress so I hope to continue to post in the near future

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July 2017

It's been a busy year for me as a film scenic artist so my own work has been somewhat neglected as there simply hasn't been time. I have managed some as yet incomplete pieces so I thought I would post them here.Looking forward to getting back to easel painting in earnest very soon.

started or finished ?

I have posted some photos of recent work here partly in the hope of some feedback. As far as I am concerned these paintings are in the very early stages, the lay in , the sketch, getting the feel of a new composition. My partner thinks otherwise and has told me not to do any more to them.She likes the immediacy and fresh feel. I really don't know what to think although perhaps a style could develop instead of the usual realistic conclusion that I usually strive for.

This is a more accurate photo in terms of tone.

This is a more accurate photo in terms of tone.