Further adventures in watercolour and ink

In my last post I mentioned that I was experimenting with pen and ink and a bit of watercolour. Well I’m still enjoying it, and recently tried a few larger paintings using this technique.

Daily pen and ink sketching

I’ve been in a bit of a ‘painting funk’ for a while, lacking the motivation to do any painting for no apparent reason. I just don’t feel like it. This happens from time to time, and I find the best strategy is not to force it, and after a while the urge to paint tends …

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The Life-changing Magic of Cross-polarization

Excuse the clickbait headline, but I make no apologies because I’m not even exaggerating. My recent introduction to the technique of cross-polarization for photographing artwork has turned a challenging and frustrating task into something I now look forward to, because the process really IS like magic. Read on if you’re interested in learning how to …

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Painting with the Zorn Palette

Every so often I like to experiment with a limited palette, and the Zorn palette (or Apelles palette if you insist), is probably the best known, and one that’s always fun to come back to. I feel like I have a better grasp of it with every painting I use it for.

Some recent paintings

I’ve got into a bad habit of relying on Instagram for sharing new paintings, but I realise not everyone is on there, so I thought I’d share some recent work here…

The Duel oil painting by Dan Johnson

Monkey Island: The Duel

I’ve been a big fan of point and click adventure games for as long as I can remember, and it all started with one very special game, which was released for the Amiga when I was 10 years old – The Secret of Monkey Island.

Self Portrait at 40

I had my 40th birthday last month, so I thought I’d paint a self-portrait to mark the occasion.

Wim Hof Portrait Raffle for Masks for NHS Heroes

UK healthcare workers on the frontline are risking themselves daily without adequate protection to care for sick patients with COVID-19. In an effort to raise some funds for Masks For NHS Heroes, I am holding a raffle for my two oil portraits of The Iceman, Wim Hof (see below).

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