Thursday, March 4, 2010

Chefs Cook Up a Storm

"Leave out but never add in". I forget where I once read or heard that advice but I had to apply it to this scene as these guys had a lot more pots and pans in their "Drum Kit". By leaving out a few of them it simplified the image making it less confusing and a little easier to paint.
"7 x "5 Oil on Board

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Young and Carefree

 Although it certainly doesn't feel like it, we are told that spring has officially arrived in my part of the world.

Rummaging through my photographs the other night I came across this scene and thought we should have
a reminder of what life can be like when the temperatures go a little higher - enjoy!

"5 x "7 Oil on Board

Monday, March 1, 2010

School Backpackers

A bright sunny morning in Boston(although the scene could be almost anywhere)
as parents and children make their way to school. I liked the composition of this scene
and the variety of colour in the children's backpacks - hence the title.
7"x 5" Oil on Board..

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Thirsty Work

Saw these two birds (Pigeons, I think) taking turns to have a drink at a public water font in a village square in northern Italy.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Snack Time

Two horses having a little snack before resuming their duties taking tourists around Florence.
5"x7" Oil on Board.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Guitar Man

Saw this young man playing his guitar and promoting his CD on a street corner
I just managed to catch him before he moved into the shade of the building behind.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Arm in Arm

Two ladies out for a stroll in the early morning, in a quieter part of the Rambla, Barcelona. Anyone who has been to Barcelona will probably have taken a walk along this busy shopping street with a traffic lane on each side and the centre devoted to street traders and pedestrians.

Monday, January 18, 2010


I made a New Year resolution that I would start and maintain a blog to encourage myself to paint on a regular basis - nothing like having a deadline to meet - although I'm already a few days behind. I was wondering what to start with when a couple of mornings ago I saw our "Guard Dog" enjoying the morning sunshine outside my little studio - he was waiting for me to start work and allow him in to sit by a nice warm fire.Luckily I had a camera - this time.
As a Guard Dog Im' afraid he falls a little short.To hear him bark is such an unusual event that we drop everything and rush out to see what's up!
But as a family pet he is adorable.