Category: Studio

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Gilding 101

Nothing fills me with joy as much as the look of genuine gold on a smooth panel waiting to be burnished or embossed….the potential of the gilded surface before the paint is even thought about….So, I thought I would introduce you to a little lesson in gilding. Lots of words and...

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A Few Words….

Mondays are Open Studio days at the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham! To encourage visitors to pop their heads round my studio door, I’ve designed a little sign to display outside…. Starting with a simple wooden A-frame sprayed white, I painted the board in black acrylic paint to emulate a...

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Copper the Birthday Dog

It is always enjoyable to be asked to do a pet portrait for a special occasion – and this one was no exception.     I begin by composing a rough drawing on tracing paper in order to place it on the board. An accurate, but subtle pencil outline is...

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A Clay Jay

For a while now I’ve been wanting to make some props to help with my paintings. Birds in particular feature a lot in my paintings, and close-up reference material is often hard to come by (if only I knew a wildlife photographer!). The solution……make models! Now, clay is not something...

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A skeleton in the closet…

Recently I was asked to give portrait drawing lessons from my new studio – where to start? Well with the bare bones of the head – literally! I was loaned some skulls, as used by doctors in the early Twentieth Century for medical research, and drew from observation…    ...

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All set up and raring to go!

  My studio at the Pound Arts Centre in Corsham is now full of easels, drawing boards, paintbrushes and a whole heap of potential!   I can’t wait to get started on some new paintings, which have been buzzing around my head for quite some time….   Meanwhile….   I...

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Welcome!

Firstly, welcome to the New Year and welcome to my brand new blog. In it I hope to share my work, my process and my thoughts about art. I welcome discussion, questions and feedback from readers, and hope to engage likeminded and aspiring artists in their journey through the blogosphere....