Category: My Art

  • Further adventures in watercolour and ink

    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

    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…

  • Some recent paintings

    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…

  • Monkey Island: The Treasure

    Monkey Island: The Treasure

    Here’s the third and final painting in my Monkey Island series.

  • Monkey Island: The Idol

    Monkey Island: The Idol

    This is the second of three paitings based on the game The Secret of Monkey Island.

  • Monkey Island: The Duel

    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

    Self Portrait at 40

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

  • Paulette Edwards for Art in the Gardens 2019

    Paulette Edwards for Art in the Gardens 2019

    I gave my website a bit of a makeover recently (go and check it out if you’re reading this in an email), and it made me realise there were a few paintings I had never posted. One of them was this portrait of BBC Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards, which she selected as 3rd place in…

  • Studio Clearance Sale

    Studio Clearance Sale

    I mentioned a few months ago that I was planning to have a sale to clear out my studio, which is getting full of paintings. Part of me likes to hang on to them, but I’d much rather they were being enjoyed in someone’s home instead. So I’ve added a handful of paintings for sale…

  • Painting again, and Studio Clearance

    Painting again, and Studio Clearance

    Wow, almost a year since my last post here, and the end of the 100 heads challenge, during which I was solely working on my drawing skills. Almost immediately after that, I started painting again, and it’s been nice getting to grips with colour again.

  • Some recent sketches

    Some recent sketches

    Here’s a few recent sketches from my toned paper sketchbook.

  • The art of the Selfie

    The art of the Selfie

    Anyone who draws or paints portraits has most likely done their fair share of self portraits. While it may seem to some like an exercise in narcissism, it is in fact mainly a matter of convenience. It’s not easy to find people willing to sit still for several hours while you draw them, so it…

  • Getting to Grips with Charcoal

    Getting to Grips with Charcoal

    I always found charcoal a bit cumbersome and messy to work with. I used it for quick figure sketches sometimes, but never really felt like I could get very detailed with it. But after doing a few graphite drawings, I felt I was missing some of the expressive quality you get from painting, so I…

  • A few more graphite drawings

    A few more graphite drawings

    Since taking the portrait drawing class last month, I’ve done a few more graphite drawings (click/tap to enlarge): I’ve had some fun with these, and enjoyed putting some new techniques to use, such as blending shadow areas with a paintbrush, and most importantly, keeping my pencils razor sharp! View this post on Instagram A post shared…

  • Continuous Learning (continued!)

    Continuous Learning (continued!)

    A bit later than intended, but here’s a look at the rest of the painting process from the Alla Prima Portrait workshop I took back in June.