Tuesday, 19 August 2014


 6"X8" Charcoal & chalk on grey paper

Not only does Maddie hate being photographed, she doesn't even like to be sketched and will usually hide if she sees me with a pencil in my hand.
Needless to say, the only pictures I have managed to make of her have been while she was asleep. Even these had to be pretty quick as I think that she can smell my focused attention and will usually wake up, give me an accusing look and slink off.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Niagara Spring

10"X20"Oil on canvas

It has been a long time since I posted. I have been slowly putting together a series of Niagara panoramas. This one is for Spring.

Saturday, 7 June 2014

House Across the Street

8"X8" Watercolour on paper.

My muse seems to have completely deserted me recently. Time to get back to basics.

I love to sit on my front porch at this time of year. I wish I had a better view but it could be worse too.

Friday, 11 April 2014

Small Feats #3 Niagara Sky 3

12"X12" Oil on canvas.

OK, This is the last of my "Small Feats" entries. The event is tomorrow, April 12. So all you Niagara residents get on down to Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St.Paul Street, St. Catharines.
Doors open at 8:00PM

Click here for a preview of all the artwork on offer.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Puerto Rico Seascape ACEO

2.5"X3.5" Acrylic on paper

Here is another small colour study. Already the memory is failing. Sun and sea being replaced by brown and grey. Still, I have snowdrops, irises and croci in my garden.

Monday, 7 April 2014

Small Feats #2 - Niagara Sky 2

12"X12" Oil on canvas.

This is my second submission to Small Feats 2014. Niagara Common in August. Queen Anne's Lace and Chicory

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Black Eagle Sunset ACEO

2.5"X3.5" Acrylic on paper.

During my recent visit to Puerto Rico I did very little painting, relying instead on sketches, snapshots and colour notes. The colour notes are necessary because the camera rarely records colours acurately. This is especially true of skies, and sunsets and sunrises in particular.

We ate one night at the Capo LLena, a very nice restaurant at Black Eagle in Rincon. The food is good and the service friendly, but its main claim to fame is the spectacular view from the dining patio.

As well as taking some photographs, I made a point of making colour notes because I knew that the deep scarlet-orange of the sun would be completely washed out in the pictures. I still haven't really been able to get it right, but here I have tried to convey what I remember.