Bare Hazel tree

Since Christmas I have had a sort of painter’s block, if there is such a thing, and I have found it difficult to pick up my brushes but I saw this bare Hazel in the spring sunshine and was inspired to put it it on canvas. I started it months ago and its only now…

The Hotham Gravel Garden Stage 1

I’ve started work on a new painting which is on an 80×80 cm Jute canvas. The gravel garden with its water features is a new addition to the landscaping in Hotham Park. The planting is dramatic with a huge leaved plant in one corner and many strappy reed like plants. The colour of the gravel…

Panic stations…

Last time I posted I was in a tiz about how much I have to do before my exhibition. Enter the technical hitch. Now I class myself as one of those people whom Humphrey Littleton  called Techno serfs, that is opposed to those who rank as technocrats. Technocrats manage machines and negotiate through the complexities…

Running out of time

Help! I have  and exhibition in a months time and I’m starting to panic I won’t get everything done in time. Today I got into my studio at 5.45am and painted all day until 5 pm with only short breaks for meals. I worked on three paintings two almost done plus one new.

Cow Parsley again

Yesterday I did I a lot of work on this painting, it’s really quite a marathon as it’s so busy and I found myself wondering more than once what had got into me when I started it. Its still not finished but it’s getting more where I want it to be.

Cow parsley time

I came across a wonderful display of Cow parsley and Campion in a wild area of Hotham and perhaps rather foolishly I have started on a painting of it. Sometimes I think I have a perverse gluttony for punishment! This is the first stage and it all looks rather pasty but no doubt after several sessions…

Finishing

I always think finishing a painting is the most difficult part of the process. Knowing when to stop and assessing what still needs to be done is crucial as it is so easy to over work a piece and lose something in the process. I worked on this yesterday but this morning felt it still…