Sunday, 21 December 2008

My latest nude painting

Have been busy working in my studio last

couple of weeks and have produced several

new nude studies, here is the latest example. Image size 20x24 inches, oils on board, price £120, unframed. Anyone interested in this painting, please either visit my website at or email at:

Sunday, 14 December 2008

My faulty Baumatic cooker hood!

I've got a good moan to make. No, not about art, but something totally different. Summer of 2007 we had a new kitchen installed - Yes, you can imagine the chaos. Several weeks of no lighting, cooking via microwave - No sink, a bucket. No doubt you've been through similar. I won't mention the rest of the house, total refurbishment etc.. etc..
However, we had a new cooker hood installed, provided by a company called Baumatic. No sooner was it out of guarantee than if packed up! It emitted a terrible sound. Picked up the phone to the service department, but really they didn't want to know. However, they said they would send out an engineer to replace any faulty part, but charge a staggering £88! Could buy the complete thing for a bit more. Anyway, send the engineer. He duly came, spent 20 minutes replacing a faulty plastic fan, collected the £88 and off he went. I felt disappointed by the service, given that it was just out of guarantee and I was a new customer. I wrote to the company about my disappointment, but they weren't sympathetic. Wrote to the head of the company personally. He didn't even reply! So beware, before buying any Baumatic product, just recall my experience. I, for one, will never purchase anything from them again.

Monday, 8 December 2008

life-drawing class

Anyone wanting to take up life-drawing, and lives in the Southport area, Merseyside, I shall be starting another class in January. It's open to anyone, absolute beginners or the more advanced. To find out more, you can either contact the college, King George the V, direct on 01704 500065, or contact me via my website:

Sunday, 30 November 2008

Maghull's Celebration of Art, this weekend!

We are now into the final days till December Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th, when we Celebrate a big exhibition of paintings at two venues. Maghull Town Hall and Deyes Lane High School. What's prompted this effort is Liverpool's Capital of Culture year. Around 150 local artists will be taking part, from across our local area of Sefton. Anyone thinking of taking up art as a leisure pursuit should come along; see the kind of work being produced - and it covers a wide range. Talk to the artists and find out if it's for you.
Opening times on both days are from 10.30am till 5.00pm. Oh, and refreshments will be available - with mince pies!

Saturday, 22 November 2008

nude painting of Marilyn Monroe

I'd long wanted to do a painting on the iconic Marilyn Monroe, and, as you can see, I've finally done it. I think she was someone who epitomised many peoples' idea of sexuality in the years before her tragic death. Even more sad when one considers that she apparently had everything in life that money could buy, she lacked happiness within herself. This painting is on a boxed canvas, measures 24x24 inches and is for sale at £120. For further details, please visit:

Monday, 17 November 2008

Artists visit to John Moores exhibition

Yes... I took a large group of artists to a guided tour of the John Moore's 25th Biennial painting exhibition at Liverpool's Walker art gallery last Friday, 14th November. As with any visit to an exhibition there was certainly some trenchant views expressed that went from the extreme of "'s fascinating to get an insight into an artist's mind..." To " five-year-old could do better." Isn't that what art is supposed to do? Spark off debate and get people engaged in talking about Art?
The problem with much one finds in the John Moore's - indeed in all similar exhibitions that purports to show cutting edge art - is that when one walks through the gallery, many of the paintings leave us unmoved. The reasons for this is that often the content is difficult, or impossible, to understand without something or someone telling is what the painting is about and the ideas behind it. Often the ideas behind the painting is more interesting than the visual impact the piece offers. So it was with the half-dozen paintings that the guide, Paul O'keef, showed us. Without his in depth explanation much of what is on the walls would have left us disengaged and bemused. I later looked up the winner and prize winners on the internet and found virtually all of them were from London! So, too, were probably the judges! Aren't Jake and Dinos Chapman based there? And a quick look at several more of the judges (5 in total) gives it all a very London bias. Of over 3.000 submissions (at £15 a submission - or that's what it was two years ago when I submitted) only about forty made it to the final show. How several of the paintings made it that far left me confused, when I consider the finished product, and a feeling that it was "knocked out" in a matter of minutes! Okay, it may have taken the artist a whole year of preliminary thought processes to reach that point of final burst of energy and creative output. But I'd put money on that many better submissions were rejected.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Have had to slow-up from my painting in past couple of weeks - Reason, I'm having to devote time to organising our December art exhibition in Maghull, near Liverpool UK. I run several art groups and this time we've linked up with another local group to put together what will be the biggest art event of the year, outside of Liverpool (currently Capital of Culture). Obviously this takes both time and commitment. So, fingers crossed, that it will go okay. Whenever possible I'm turning to my next couple of paintings and toying with ideas! This can often be time consuming as I go through various ideas before finding one that interests me. In the meantime, here is a painting done recently. To find out more, visit me at

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

First painting from a new model....

Yes, this is the first painting from a new model. This figure promises a series of interesting paintings.... In that the model is quite sumptious, full of interesting shapes. To be honest, with this one I'm playing safe and not attempting to experiment, as in the previous painting. I still find it difficult to break out of my way of working, but come back to my natural and instinctive way of working. Yet I often feel I want to break away from it. Once I've done several more working from this model, then I will feel confident to take it to a new challenging direction! So watch this space. Again this painting is for sale: size 20x16 inches, oil on canvas, price £120 sterling. Will post to most countries. To find out more, please visit:

Monday, 27 October 2008

A recent nude study, completed in the last few days. I was experimenting a little, wanting to move away from depicting the model in a too literal way. Wanted to use colour and heighten it. Capturing the features of the model wasn't what interested me on this occasion. In my next paintings I want to explore the use of texture of the paint, thick and thin. Sounds easy! In fact working outside of a well established norm does take a leap of both faith and courage! As I often tell my students, painting isn't at all easy. It's a constant battle. This painting, measuring 20x16 inches is for sale, please visit:

Friday, 24 October 2008

This painting direct from the model

....This small painting was done directly from the model, in the life-room at JMU fine art college. It measures 8x10 inches, oil on canvas, price £120. Will post to most countries. To find out more, please visit:

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

new website goes live

Since starting my fine art degree back in 2001 I have always worked from the model, both male and female nudes. I have now decided to devote my new site exclusively to this subject, also figurative work. I am busy working in my studio producing new work, based on the nude figure, and I will be posting it as the days go by. All the work is for sale. The painting here is 32x36 inches (80x90cm). Is oil on canvas, priced at £560, sterling. I will ship to most countries, please contact me if interested in this painting.