Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Colombine's birthday

A few months ago, I did a series of 3 paintings from my sister's instagram photographs of her lovely daughters (click here to view them). I gave them to my sister as a present but my mum confessed she was rather jealous of it... It was her birthday last week so I decided to paint a similar painting just for her that includes her three granddaughters from my sister's side. I gave it to my mum a few days ago and she loves it so I'm happy too!

Colombine's birthday  12"x12"  oil on board

This painting was done again from an instagram photograph by my sister. It was taken during her daughter Colombine's birthday party in South Africa. She is the happy girl in the chair (or should I say 'throne') and the lady on the right is a 'professional fairy' that they had for the day to entertain the kids. You can see her applying removable girly tattoos on Colombine's arm. Next to Colombine, you can see her sister Aliénor, and behind her, her little sister Aprilia is having a walk around in the garden.

Here are below the few stages of the painting process:

Here are below a few details of the finished painting. I had great fun painting all the little girl's fairy dresses and cute hairstyles.





Sunday, 7 June 2015

Small oil sketches

For the past few weeks I have been working on a client's commission in the studio on large canvases which means I have less time available for plein air. So, in order to feed my need for quick spontaneous outdoor work I have decided to develop a series of small oil sketches. These below were done in my favourite allotments spot in the evening. I made a point of keeping it fresh, quick, simple and lively. 

Traditionally, old masters would do such outdoor sketches to use them later in the studio as a reference for larger pieces. And it is only recently that they are being seen as proper stand alone pieces of Art. I have secretly always preferred these small spontaneous sketches to the sometimes overworked studio pieces. 

Here are below my first 7 paintings of the series. I hope you enjoy looking at them half as much as I enjoyed painting them...

Small oil sketches series - Allotments 1   5"x7" (13/18cm)  oil on board

Small oil sketches series - Allotments 2   5"x7" (13/18cm)  oil on board

Small oil sketches series - Allotments 3   5"x7" (13/18cm)  oil on board

Small oil sketches series - Allotments 4   5"x7" (13/18cm)  oil on board

Small oil sketches series - Allotments 5   5"x7" (13/18cm)  oil on board

Small oil sketches series - Sky   5"x7" (13/18cm)  oil on board

Small oil sketches series - Sunset  5"x7" (13/18cm)  oil on board

Here are below some pictures of the paintings in progress. As mentioned before, I've always loved painting in this serene allotments place. And you never know what will happen. While painting some of these scenes, I got to chat with lovely people, received some rhubarb which I turned into a crumble (my proudest moment of the year - I never bake) and got invited to their annual allotment picnic! Who knows what will be next!

Friday, 29 May 2015

The forgotten painting (Sydney Gardens)

I did this painting in Sydney Gardens in Bath over a year ago, came back home, packed it away, and then completely forgot about it! I only found it by chance a few weeks ago, and it's like seeing again your forgotten little friend, so it is now getting the blog post it deserves!

Light and reflections, Sydney Gardens  12"x10"  oil on board

I have painted this spot several times but it is always a different experience. I called this painting "light and reflections" because this is what it's all about. I kept the brush strokes loose because I wanted to render the wild foliage with energy and spontaneity. 

My set up on the day



I have started a series of mini oil sketches and really enjoying the process so watch this space as I'll post some of them soon...

You can purchase this painting with the link below or contact me by email at if any questions

Light and reflections, Sydney Gardens 10"x12" (30.5x25.4cm) oil

Monday, 18 May 2015

Painting in Bear Flat, Bath

Here is a painting I did shortly before my show and was still half wet hanging on the wall of the exhibition!... It was painted in Bear flat (Bath) a month ago on a cold but sunny day. I was out on my bike on that day looking for somewhere to paint and what caught my eyes was the beautiful view bathed in the sun with the contrasting steep road in the foreground. 

Bear flat, Holloway, spring  12"x9"  oil on board 

I set up just next to my bicycle in the bike parking area to get the best view and avoid being in the way of pedestrians and cars. I had a great time but had to work quickly as the shadows moved very fast. 



Also, a quick gallery update: A beautiful Art gallery (Peter Barker Fine Art) is officially opening in Rutland next Bank Holiday weekend, with in my opinion, some of the best artists in the country (and me!! :-)) I'm not joking, check out the name list on the website, it is impressive! I'm very happy to be a part of it. Drop in for a glass of something on Saturday 23rd between 9am-5pm, Sunday 24th between 10am-4pm or Bank holiday Monday 25th between 9am-5pm (Welland Vale, Glaston Road, Uppingham, Rutland LE15 9EU). Or do visit after the opening (open seven days a week). Check out the website for more info and to view all available paintings:

Here are some preview pictures of the - almost- finished set up:


Finally, just a quick note to say the summer show of the Bath Society of Artists in now open at the Victoria Art Gallery until the 27th of June (closed on Mondays) and I'm very proud to have two paintings there so do have a look if you are in the area.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Bath Society of Artists summer show

I just wanted to share my joy with everybody because I just found out my two entries have been selected for the Bath Society of Artists summer show. I have never had both entries accepted at the same time so it was a pleasant surprise. Here are the two paintings below:

Sheep near Horsey, Norfolk  10"x12"  oil on board

Morning hot air balloon ride - Bradford-on-Avon fields  10"x8" oil on board 

The show runs from 16 May until 27 June at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. There is always a great selection of work there (and I'm not saying this because I'm in!) so I recommend you try to make a visit. Click on the link below for more info:

I will come at the preview reception this Friday so maybe see you there!

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Review of the Bradford-on-Avon show

A big thank you to everybody who came to our show in Bradford on Avon last week-end. We almost hit the 900 visitors in total and it was fantastic to meet so many people and have such a great platform to sell our art. We'll be back soon! Here are a few pictures for those who missed it...

Here are a few pictures of the private view reception... 

My fiancé Jon and lovely daughter Louisa came to show their support!
Louisa was mainly busy eating all the snacks...

Lovely music by Cobie Mills

If you missed the show and wanted to have a look at my work, go to for all my available paintings and email me at for any queries.