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Evvie in Oils – A Christmas Present Commission

In November I was delighted to be commissioned to paint my friends’ beautiful daughter for their Christmas present.  This was one of two Christmas commissions I had last year so I’ve been pretty busy! The reference photo was great with directional lighting and lots of...

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Logging Cobs – Oil Painting on Board

Whilst out on a walk in our local woods, we came across this chap and his magnificent horses demonstrating traditional logging methods. I took a number of photos of him in the hope of getting one I wanted to paint. Fortunately I got one that I liked. I've approached...

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Yoda in Oils on Board

A friend asked me recently for a painting of Yoda to hang on his office wall. I love Star Wars (who doesn't?) so was happy to be given the opportunity. I started with a raw umber under painting, using my favourite new dry brush technique, smudging and wiping away...

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Winter Walk – Oil on Board

I took the reference photo for this painting during a family walk in the woods around Christmas on a cold, misty, yet sunny day. The light was unbelievable with the mist acting as a huge diffuser for the sun. I ended up with a few photos that I want to paint, this...

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Varnishing an oil painting for the first time

Varnishing is yet another aspect of painting that is rife with differing opinions and practices. Some people wait over a year before varnishing, others 3 months, some 1 month. Some don't think varnishing is necessary at all with modern oil paints. When I painted a...

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Jasper in Oils 2 – A Gessobord Experiment

I've had a postcard size (7" x 5") Gessobord panel knocking about since I bought it a couple of months ago. Having read a lot about this support I wanted to give it a go, mainly to see how it is compared to my home made panels. https://instagram.com/p/BQXr-Lxl04R/ The...

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Coffee Pot in Oils on Panel

I borrowed this little coffee pot thinking it was an interesting and intricate enough thing to paint on its own, allowing me to focus on the details. With all these dark January evenings, it's easy to control the lighting conditions so I was able to make it shiny and...

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Nature With Grandma – My Mum’s 60th Birthday Present

It's my Mum's 60th birthday so I decided to paint my favourite photo of her with her twin granddaughters (my nieces). I love the light in the photo and thought it was a good opportunity to vary the thickness of the paint to vary the depth and texture across the piece....

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