Monday, 25 August 2014

Pintar Rapido event in London

Better late than never, here is my post about the Pintar Rapido event which I attended in London last month. 400 artists turned up on the day. The principle was to come at the reception on Saturday morning with a white canvas they stamp at the back, then painting in the street of Chelsea, before returning the work by the evening for the show and competition prizes on the next day.

It was such an exciting event for me to attend. Although I must say painting quiet allotments in the Bath countryside didn't quite prepare me for the busy city. I left home in my summer sandals in the pouring rain at 6am wondering what on earth I was doing. As I arrived at destination, I felt a bit like in an episode of 'Mr Bean goes to London': just as I got off the train and was thinking "London, here I come!" I got stuck with all my kit in the automatic door and got to be freed by a chuckling member of staff...

But then luck showed its face as the rain made room for the sun. Here is below the first painting I did on that day, which happened to be the one I presented for the show. I found a nice little spot looking at Battersea Bridge:

Battersea Bridge in the morning  11"x14"  oil on board


Afterwards, the sun properly came out and there was a lovely hazy shimmering light reflecting on the water so I decided to paint the view from Battersea Bridge toward Chelsea Harbour.

View towards Chelsea Harbour  11"x14"  oil on board


Then finally, in the late afternoon I did my last painting of the day, only a few meters away from my previous spots, this time looking at Battersea Bridge from the distance. I just loved the golden evening light sparkling on the water:

Battersea Bridge in late afternoon  16"x9" oil on board


I then headed back to the exhibition centre to drop my painting. It seems Mr Bean was back in the room... After dropping my painting on the floor, losing my paperwork, and taking half the hall space to frame my work, I finally managed to hand in my painting and then enjoyed a well deserved drink with fellow artists.

Here are below some pictures of the beautiful venue on the next day at the exhibition, with some of my favourite paintings on show:

Paul Weaver

Haidee-Jo Summers (if it was up to me, this would have been the winner!)

Tom Hughes

David Pilgrim

And me!

I enjoyed it so much that I decided to sign up for an other plein air painting event in Norfolk in September. Norfolk, here I come!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Oil sketch of Darmouth avenue in Bath

Here is a quick study done from a photograph of a street close to where I live in Bath. I walk there almost everyday and the composition of the scene really caught my eyes. I do most of my paintings in plein air but I still take pictures when I come across something I like because it keeps me busy in my studio in the loft at evenings when my baby daughter is asleep.

Bridge, Darmouth avenue, Bath   12"x10"  oil on board


As you will notice below, I played with the photograph in photoshop with various filters, to help me simplify the scene like I would naturally do if I was painting in plein air.

original photograph

filter 1

filter 2

filter 3

Monday, 14 July 2014

More allotments paintings and last days of my Summer Sale

Apologies to anybody who has seen enough of my allotments paintings, because I'm not finished yet! I just can't help it, I think I have an allotment painting addiction. There are worse things in life I suppose. 

Here are below two new paintings done in the evening. It is the loveliest, quietest place at that time (and the perfect way to take a deep breath after a busy day taking care of an energetic eight months old who has just discovered that pinching and scratching my face is her new favourite thing!)

Monksdale road allotments - summer evening  - 8"x10" oil on board

My set up towards the end


And here is below the second painting, done a few days later. While I was finishing this one, a lady who owns an plot came to me and commissioned me to paint her allotment. So I'm pleased to say I'll be back!

Sunset - Monksdale road allotments  - 7"x10"  oil on board


While we are on the allotment topic, let me share the link to a lovely website about gardening and brewing, who recently interviewed me about my love for allotment paintings. Here it is:

To finish, just a quick note to say that my Summer Sale will finish in two weeks' time. So contact me before the 31st of July if you want to enjoy 15% off all my painting prices shown on

Here is how it works:

  • Simply visit to view all my paintings.
  • 15% off all prices shown. 
  • Offer ends 31st of July.
  • Paintings can be sent worldwide (Postage & Packaging costs charged to the buyer) or collected at my studio in Bath (UK).
  • To purchase a painting simply email me at or contact me on (+44)7913474535.
  • All paintings are priced as unframed. A frame can be added at extra cost.
  • Payments accepted: cheque, Paypal, Bank transfer or cash on collection.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Sydney Gardens

Before talking about my latest painting expedition, I just wanted to thank everybody for the interest and support for my current Painting summer sale. My Facebook page followers number has doubled overnight so welcome everybody who joined. (Click here to follow me on Facebook)

My summer sale is still on until the end of July. It is simply 15% off all prices shown on Send me an email at to purchase a painting. (More details here). The two paintings below are joining the sale too...

Here is a painting done at my favourite place in Bath, Sydney Gardens. I love it there. I could almost set up a tent there and paint for a whole year and still be inspired! It was a beautiful sunny day and plenty of friendly people passing by.  

Sydney Gardens bridge - lunchtime in the summer  16"x9" oil on board

My set up towards the end



I actually painted at the exact same spot 2 years ago. See the painting here.

Afterwards, I went looking for an other spot to paint and got inspired by the view towards Larkhall with the railway bridge in the foreground. It was quite overcast by that time which made all the greens turn into lovely shades of greyish-blues. 

Picnic for two at Sydney Gardens  12"x10" oil on board

Below is my initial sketch which is as much drawing as I would ever do for a painting as I'm always eager to get my paints out.

My painting towards the end

I added this couple having a picnic on the grass, but decided to change the T-shirt from red to blue as it was standing out too much. I also moved them further as otherwise they would have been out of the canvas. Meanwhile they were happily eating, blissfully unaware!


Monday, 16 June 2014

Launch of my Studio Summer Sale!

I'm very pleased to announce the start of my Studio Summer Sale with 15% discount on all my paintings! 

My work will be going to various shows later in the year so this online sale is the chance to purchase them before they get sent away.   

Bath, Cornwall, Devon, Venice, Belgium, Paris, ... it's all there!
Go to to view all the paintings.

 Go to the webiste

Here is how it works:
  • Simply visit to view all my paintings.
  • 15% off all prices shown. 
  • Offer ends 31st of July.
  • Paintings can be sent worldwide (Postage & Packaging costs charged to the buyer) or collected at my studio in Bath (UK).
  • To purchase a painting simply email me at or contact me on (+44)7913474535.
  • All paintings are priced as unframed. A frame can be added at extra cost.
  • Payments accepted: cheque, Paypal, Bank transfer or cash on collection.

Here is a sample of some of the paintings available on

Monksdale road allotments in the afternoon  16"x9"  -  £395 now £336

St Michael's Mount from Marazion beach, Penzance  7"x10"   £210 now £179 

Porthleven harbour in the afternoon   16"x9"  -  £395 now £336

Sydney Gardens bridge in March  10"x14" oil on board -  £375 now £319

Sun between the clouds, Queen Square, Bath   10"x12" £355 now £302

Plancenoit from the fields  16"x9" -  £395 now £336

Réserve Welgevonden game - Waterberg, South Africa (1)  8"x8" £150 now £128 

Claude Vale, Bath, in the snow, morning   10"x8" £260 now £221

First snow, late afternoon at the park on the top of Ivy Avenue   9"x16"  -  £395 now £336

Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove, Dorset - 12"x10"  £355 now £302

Pregnant Life Model and blue cushion  12"x16"   £280 now £238 

Piazzetta in the morning 2  7”x10”    £210 now £179 

Salute Maria della Salute from the Accademia bridge in the fog     16"x9"  -  £395 now £336

Karnaprayag, Pindar River, India  12"x10" £355 now £302