Thursday, June 30, 2016

Brighton Workshop Four - positioning figures

The second session from Rolf Scroeter focussed using your eye level to position figures in a scene. 'Post-it' notes, which we drew people on, were used to help the group understand the principles.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Brighton Workshop Three - outline shapes

The third session of the Brighton Workshop was with Swasky and concentrated on outline shapes of people using a brush pen.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Brighton Workshop Two - Watercolour strokes

Looking back at the second workshop on the first day of the recent Urban Sketchers event in Brighton run by Isabel Carmona and focussing on using watercolour brush strokes to draw figures.

Monday, June 27, 2016

In the hood

 Had a chance to draw a street artist at work in Penge yesterday.

Difficult as the painting is very physical and they are up and down their ladder.

Managed a quick sketch of the artist @illuzina when she took a rest to check her 'phone.

See the finished piece in Maple Road, Penge, London.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

So Last Century June Vintage Fair

Went along to the 'So Last Century' vintage fair today to do some sketching.  Lots of rails of clothes and hats.
Music was vintage too, with 78 records on wind up gramophones! Also some fold-up garden chairs and garden pots which looked lovely planted with cottage garden flowers.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Bee Haven

Saffron celebrations in Croydon this evening with this beautiful cake, a work of art!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016


There's a new exhibition at the Turf Projects Gallery in Croydon entitled 'Ground'. 
More details at

Friday, June 17, 2016

Creperie Chez Yves

I'm exhibiting a few watercolours at 'Creperie Chez Yves' during June as part of the Penge Art Trail.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Crooked Billet

I'm showing some pictures in a group show at the Crooked Billet in Penge as part of the Festival Art Trail.  More details here

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Business cards

Went for the multiple images on Moo cards.  Bit like a mini portfolio.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Latest blues...

Still trying to persevere with this big painting.  Think it might almost be at an end.  I used masking tape to try and get crisp lines for the window grid but it wasn't successful so had to paint them by hand.  Still, have learned loads about acrylics during the process. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Using masking tape to help me do some nice straight lines on my big canvas seemed a good idea. In theory...

Friday, June 3, 2016

Brighton Workshop One - Long lines and closed shapes

Thought it would be a good idea to revisit my notes and drawings from the recent Brighton Workshop as it would be so easy to forget some of the excellent advice from the tutors.

The first workshop was with Rolf Schroeter, starting with blind contour drawings of people walking by in Kensington Gardens.

Then we had to study the people but only draw without looking up. 

In the final exercise, we were asked to make a scene, just using the people, no buildings or context.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

La Tour Eiffel

One of the small watercolour illustrations that I am exhibiting at Creperie Chez Yves this month as part of the Penge Art Trail.