Saturday 28 December 2019

'Telling Tales' and other artworks

As the year draws to an end, it's time to post some artwork highlights which I have completed in 2019. I don't post much work on the blog these days, so there is a fair amount to show you.

'Telling Tales' 24 x 31cm watercolour and gouache

'House Sitting' 24 x 31cm watercolour and gouache

'House Sitting' rough drawing
'Hankering For Home' 24 x 31cm watercolour

'The Last Train' 51 x 35cm, watercolour and gouache

'Nice Morning Ma'am' 24 x 31cm watercolour and gouache

'Ratty Writing Poetry' 24 x 31cm watercolour and gouache
Hopefully in 2020 all my 'Wind In The Willows' illustrations will be published in a fully illustrated edition of the classic story.

P.s have you seen my Winter Sale? Please take a look - . Everything is reduced, including calendars and limited edition prints up to 50% off!

I wish you all a Happy New Year!

Monday 28 October 2019

2020 Art Calendar

Paisley will have the last laugh.
Here's October's Paisley Rabbit illustration, and possibly my favourite in my new 2020 Paisley Rabbit Art Calendar, available now -

It's very exciting to have a full bleed, 12" square calendar. At a larger scale, compared to my 2019 calendar, the images have much more impact and of course you can keep the image page at the end of the monthand maybe even get it framed!!
11 illustrations from the book, plus one new illustration for May.

Tuesday 22 October 2019

Work In Progress

Rough Drawing - I can't think of a suitable title yet!
I've been so busy I have nearly forgotten about my blog! Hopefully this post will kick me into a blogging gear. As I type I am waiting for this painting to dry. I have applied a mixture of prussian blue and payne's grey on saturated paper in the hope of creating an atmospheric late evening background of fields and trees under a light dusting of snow. The finished scene will have Mole sadly recalling his old subterranean home and how he hasn't seen it for so long. The two friends are making their way back to Ratty's house, late on a winter's day, when Mole suddenly catches the scent of his home and becomes distraught. Ratty consoles Mole and quickly decides to find Mole's house in the hope of cheering him up.

I love sloshing watercolour around...

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Two Paintings In One

Double Jeopardy
Every now and then I like to create two paintings on the same piece of paper. It saves time, paper and water because I soak my watercolour paper in a water tray before taping it to the board to dry and stretch. It may be a time saver, but working like has risks. I must be very careful to protect the half I am not working on from moisture and paint. Thankfully Scotch Magic Tape is brilliant for masking watercolour paper without overly-damaging the paper underneath. Fortunately the tape also adheres to the plastic sheet I use to mask larger areas, which means I can fix the sheet in place and seal all the edges so there is little chance of water encroaching onto the painting.

This message is not sponsored by Scotch Magic Tape, although I wouldn't mind if it was (they could pay in rolls of tape).

Here are the finished 'The Wind In The Willows' illustrations:
'Walking Through The Village'watercolour and gouache
24 x 31cm
'Heard The News?'
watercolour and gouache
24 x 31cm

Friday 22 February 2019

Open Edition Prints

Station Mouse
I've restocked a number of small and medium sized open edition prints, which are now available to buy on my website - 'Station Mouse' 6x6" (15x15cm) for £7.50 + P&P.

Monday 11 February 2019

Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears

'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears' watercolour and gouache , 24 x 31cm
Another 'The Wind In The Willows' illustration, finished this morning and shared with the online world! Here Badger gives Toad some stern words, criticising his past behaviour and blaming him for the loss of Toad Hall. However, he also offers hope when he comes to explain there is a secret tunnel into Toad's old residence which they can use to flush out the wicked stoats, ferrets and weasels. Good old Mr Badger, I say!

I had plenty of fun adding the extra details to create a further narrative in the image, such as the oars above the fireplace and the framed map of the river and it's tributaries on the wall. Also, please take the time to read the newspaper headline, which harks back to the adventures of Toad.

There are also cameos for my Grandmother's caddy box on the mantlepiece and the obligatory cornishware mug on the table.

Monday 21 January 2019

WIP 'The Last Train'

The Last Train WIP

Back to my challenging painting today. Originally I thought I would show the scene, of Toad hitchin' a ride on a steam train, under an overcast sky. For some reason I decided to attempt a cloudy sky at the end of the day, when the Sun is about to drop and blue reflected light is starting to take over just for a brief period until the Sun totally disappears below the horizon. Simple enough, until you factor in the platform lamps, which must be bright enough to stand out against the oncoming gloom but not be so powerful as to outshine the other two natural light sources.

As I said, this one is very challenging but is also an excellent opportunity to learn, which for me is the whole point. So back to it...