Not quite the Easter Bunny, he’s a brown hare, but it seems appropriate that I’ve finished him at Easter. But don’t you love that face? I adore his big ears and his amazing whiskers! I’ve been wanting to paint him for some time and had this idea floating around in my head. I wanted to have that face popping up over the frame looking out at you, with all those amazing whiskers on show.
Peak A Boo
16×12 inch acrylic on board
He’s a 16×12 inch acrylic painting on board. Now I just need to choose the right frame for him. Here’s a close up of his face…
I’ve been calling him Peak A Boo in my head all this time, so that’s got to be the title. :-)
Starlings are such gorgeous birds, those iridescent feathers shining in the sun! I watched a small flock of starlings at Camden Lock in the summer, picking up scraps that the tourists by the canal. It’s a lovely place to be on a hot sunny day for both humans and birds.
30×24 cm acrylic on paper
This starling was a juvenile who seemed to be part way between his brown baby plumage and his fabulous adult coat. He was a glorious mix of colour.
We used to think of them as pests here in London, years ago. There were so many starlings and house sparrows in those days, yelling nosily in the trees with big flocks of starlings flying overhead in the evenings, heading for their beds. We thought they’d always be there. But we were wrong. We lost our sparrows and starlings and the skies were silent for many years. It’s true, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.
Recently the starlings have started to come back to the centre of the city and we’ve even see a small flock living not too far from the house. They’re back and it’s wonderful to see them again. Maybe the house sparrows will be back one day too.
The first of a series of abstract trees. Last year I started doing small colour abstracts to help myself loosen up. Now those abstracts are evolving into landscapes and trees. Well, sometimes anyway. This one became a tree.
It’s given me an idea for a couple of paintings I’ve been wanting to do for some time. Both are trees I know and love and so far I haven’t been very successful at painting them. So I plan to try again in a more abstract fashion. maybe this time it’ll work. I want to paint the trees when they come into bloom and look fabulous, but we are still waiting for Spring to arrive here in London.
It’s pretty cold so I thought I’d warm up with a red hot abstract landscape! Imagine walking across a burning land and in the distance you see a shimmering, cool blue horizon. Is it a town? A distant haven full of the promise of water and shade.
Distant Blue Town
8×8 inch acrylic on board
No doubt in the summer I’ll be painting snow scenes! :-) But I wanted to work with one of my favourite reds, Old Holland’s Blood Red. I love that colour! It combines so beautifully with other warm tomes with just a dash of blue and lilac to provide that cool distant shape.
I had a chance to play with my new catalyst blades. What amazing tools they are! Flexible like a brush but with enough stiffness to work the paint. On long handles, just like a brush, so you can use them at arms length, which is a little different from a painting knife.
They really let you paint impasto style and for me that’s a big plus! I usually paint in lots of thin layers and building up thicker surfaces is pretty hard. Somehow, no matter what my intentions, the paint just seems to blend magically into the surface and vanish! I know it’s because I’m subconsciously reverting to my normal method of working, so a tool that breaks that habit it a real bonus.
The different shaped blades give you a range of marks. I do love the big, thick juicy paint I can get with them. And the big surprise is how easy it is to blend the thick paint with the blades.
Well worth trying!
I got mine from Jacksons Art Supplies.
Something completely different for me, an abstract piece. This little painting is a 4 inch square acrylic on watercolour paper, painted with knives. I love the colours and the way some are thick and juicy and some are thin and light. Luscious!
Molly is a Birman Ragdoll cross. Here she is lying on the floor. Her fluffy coat catches the light shining through it, turning it into a haze of creamy softness surrounding her face and those stunning blue eyes.
Molly On The Floor
10×8 inch acrylic on board
This is Bengal cat is Bela, and I thought he looked pretty amazing on that gorgeous red sofa. I wanted to make the painting glow with all that luscious red but as Bela himself is full of warm colour, it was quite a challenge.
The Red Sofa
16×12 inch acrylic on board
It took me a while to get it right but I think he was worth it. This is a 16×12 inch acrylic painting on board.
A valentine’s day painting. I was inspired by all the love in the air to try something a little different. These two figures are sharing a romantic drink in the champagne bar in St Pancras Station in London, with the wonderful wall of windows behind them throwing warm golden light over the scene.
I wonder where they’re going? A romantic holiday maybe? On Honeymoon? or maybe they are on their way to their new home and having a celebratory cocktail before they get on the train.
This is a 10×8 inch acrylic painting on canvas board. If you’d like this painting or one like it do contact me.
Don’t you just love that gorgeous face! I love the expression in his eyes as he looks up at us. So warm and happy, I just want to hug him! This is Turok, a very handsome German Shepherd.
He does have lovely melting brown eyes. here’s a close up…
He’s a 14×10 acrylic painting on stretched canvas.