Saturday, 29 December 2018

Sketch 'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears'

My sketch for 'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears'. Badger has some stern words for Toad as the four friends formalise a plan to retake Toad Hall.

It was a lot of fun trying to visualise the inside of Ratty's home. I'm hoping once the colour work begins I can really play with the warm light from the fireplace and how it might cast interesting shadows on the wall and floor.

Monday, 24 December 2018

A Merry Christmas SALE

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! If you feel like treating yourself to a post-christmas gift, please have a look at my online sale. There are over 90 different items that have been discounted.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Pop-Up Shop and Exhibition Sat 17 Nov

I'm busy getting things framed and wrapped for my first show at the Tesco Superstore Showroom in Calne. It is very easy to get there and of course there is a huge free car park. From the outside, as you look at the front of the superstore, I will be in a large seperate room to the left which has its own entrance from the car park.

Here you can see the listing on

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

New Grimm's Fairytales Artwork

A short post for those who have not seen my latest output:
'The Fox and the Cat'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 13cm
'Shoemaking Elves'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 13cm
'The Raven'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 13cm
'The Cat and Mouse In Partnership'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 13cm
Some of you may have spotted these illustrations are all inspired by Grimm's Fairytales. I will be producing more illustrations based on the well-known tales very soon.

Monday, 17 September 2018

The Raven WIP

Sometimes I like to paint two paintings on the same piece of paper. Is it because I enjoy the jeopardy or am I frugal? You decide.

Both of these illustrations are for a small series of Grimm's Fairytales that I am producing. 'The Cat and Mouse in Partnership' on the left, and 'The Raven' on the right.

Monday, 10 September 2018

2019 Art Calendar!

I'm very pleased to announce I have a new 2019 art calendar. £9.99 + P&P. I ship worldwide too. Here's the link to my online store -

I've never done these before, but thanks to, I've been able to produce a quality calendar.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

New Work Update

That last couple of weeks I have completed these two drawings and this painting:
'Relaxing After A Hot Day'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 31cm

This scene was a joy to paint. Having found a lovely tree (possibly Birch?) over hanging the river Marden, 5 minutes walk from my back door, I knew I just had to paint it. I took a brisk walk during twilight and came back with a collection of photographs that would inform all of the composition. Add to that some reference of me posing in a waistcoat and trousers, and I couldn't fail.

'The Owl and the Pussy-cat'
I'm underway with the painted version of this sketch. It will be my latest nursery rhyme illustration for Art Of The Imagination.
'Summer Evening Walk'
These likely lads will soon be painted quite large (39 x 51cm) for Galerie Daniel Maghen.

Don't forget, this Saturday and Sunday are the last two days of my open studio at Avant-Garde Art Supplies, Calne, SN11 0HY. Click here for details.

Monday, 25 June 2018

'Ratty's House'

'Ratty's House'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 31cm
This little 'The Wind in the Willows' illustration was completed Thursday - as hot of the drawing board as I can get. This is what Mole sees when he reaches the riverbank and claps eyes on Ratty for the first time.

I had lots of fun working on the trees, especially flicking masking fluid around to get the speckled bark effect. I was also quite pleased with the water.
Work in progress detail before whiskers and pinstripes.
The pencil rough

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Mr Toad In Court

'Mr Toad In Court'
watercolour and gouache
51 x 39cm
Last week I completed this complicated scene from 'The Wind In The Willows'. Mr Toad has been brought in front of a judge to hear his sentence for stealing a car and driving recklessly.

My rough drawing. Compared with the finished painting you can see I made some changes, especially on the faces.
I followed all the usual procedures on the creation of this illustration. Thumbnails, rough preparatory drawing, transferred pencil onto watercolour paper, sepia underpainting, watercolour work and finally gouache finishing touches. Nothing out of the ordinary. Therefore, in this post, I have chosen to highlight some of the details in the painting that are not immediately obvious, but I feel make a difference in how you read the image.

A spiky friendship
I've 'raised the bar'

Both my wife and myself make cameo appearances in this scene. I appear to have changed profession, and Suzanne now hangs out with hedgehogs.
I detest littering.
The discarded 'Times' newspaper headline reads MR TOAD ON TRIAL. Note the burnt out matches on the table used to light the table candles when the sun drops.

Vicky is not amused.
Queen Victoria is quite shocked at Toad's sentence (or is she showing disapproval?). Also the human and owl judge have their own painted portrait in the corner, just above peeling wallpaper.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Website Update
Just a little message to say, have you checked out my website recently ( I've been updating the gallery pages and added a little 'shop' section on the three books I have illustrated so far.

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