Friday, 20 July 2007

weird batch

This lot really doesn't look like the same person did them, I must check and see what my other personalities have been up to.....(kidding!)

Title: Spanish Nights

Size: 600 x 900 mm

I must thank Ian and Cursty for this, they were in Spain recently, wandering through the wonderful narrow alleyways as the sun went down. I was attracted to this as a subject because I love trying to portray the play between cool natural light and warm artificial light.


Title: Dawn across Richmond Park.
Size: 300 x 250 mm

The light was great the other day, so I rushed out (yes, I'm afraid the poor neighbours were subjected to the tatty dressing gown again...) and sketched it with pen and watercolour wash to capture the rapidly changing conditions, then I applied a bit of artistic licence and darkened it and emphasised the artificial light when I did the painting.

Title: Bobcat
Size: 750 x 450

Yes, I know this is freaky and scary, but it is about a freaky and scary subject, the Hitler-like moustache on the fat cat might give you a clue.... and it is a protest about a subject I rage inwardly about, feeling impotent in the face of so much international apathy. If Zimbabwe was rich in oil I bet things would be very different! In the meantime old Bob gets financially fatter and fatter at the expense of his desperate suffering people.

Saturday, 07 July 2007

in war-only the arms dealers win

Title: In war - only the arms dealers win
Size mm: 1100x900

This is another in my ongoing series of predominanly black and white paintings which carry a message about the futility of war. As usual, the poppy speaks of the wasted lives, this one has gold and silver to suggest the vested interests that many big businesses (and Governments!) have in making sure that wars keep happening.

Friday, 06 July 2007

some new work

Title : Dafur Desolation
Size, mm: 400x800
Price Excluding Postage US$: 240

A subject close to my heart. What hope do these kids have if we who are so comfortable don't intervene in some way?

Title : Across the Park
Size, mm: 150x150
Price Excluding Postage US$: 60


I was on the patio the other day, and the quality of light across the park was just lovely, sort of hazy but picking up highlights on the city buildings we glimpse at the base of the hill. I was about to grab my sketchbook, then I thought I might as well sketch it with oils straight onto a canvas.

Title : Dollery Street 2
Size, mm: 250x250
Price Excluding Postage US$: 100

Another view of the little cottage I restored last year, built of stone in about 1882. We have just sold it, I am sad to see it go, painting it has helped!