13 Nov 2013

Working simultaneously on New York and Venice skylines, old and new, cool and warm, acrylic versus oil

It has been a long journey to get any time at all to focus on some studio work that is not on commission, but I think I am finally ready to embark upon some decent-sized studio pieces over the winter months. I had not enjoyed the wonderful views from the Campanile in Venice until this most recent trip in October, and it offers a great counterpoint to the views from…

31 Oct 2013

Three days in Venice- ice creams and sketching for all the family

We have been in Venice, enjoying a last glimpse of warm sunshine thanks to generous friends who have yet again let me use their charming and incredibly convenient flat on the Giudecca. This was the first visit to Venice for our children and on balance a great success, mainly because the only time it poured with rain we were safely ensconced with quantities of pasta and wine at Al Nono Risorto,…

17 Oct 2013

Watching the New Forest drift to get action shots of ponies running for an equestrian portrait

I spent Sunday morning lurking at the edge of a wood with a telephoto lens. A bit odd, you might think. But I got what I went there for- a series of pictures of ponies running past. I have a commission to paint- an action portrait of a man on a horse rounding up ponies. The New Forest ‘drift’ happens through the autumn every year, and its purpose is to get the…

02 Oct 2013

Mini show at 42 Bedford Row off to good start- a great opportunity to support Epic Arts whilst showing my Cambodia work again

Spent yesterday morning hanging 30 pictures in a barristers’ chambers- in preparation for this evening’s and last night’s drinks parties, at which the plan is to raise some money for Epic Arts whilst selling a few more Cambodia pictures. I did sell this one- I am pleased but of course it’s always one’s favourites that go first. It’s interesting that the man who bought this did not do so because…

21 Sep 2013

The perfect 50th birthday present- a specially commissioned conversation piece of 3 children at the breakfast table

To all those who wonder, what can I give the man or woman who has everything in life?- I have the answer: it is a conversation piece of your children, or the whole family, enjoying a typical moment in their busy lives. In all seriousness, if there is anything I consider that I humbly bring to the picnic of portrait-painting, it is the desire, and hopefully ability, to find something…