these postcards have been painted for the Postcard Tombola, to raise money for St Peter and St James Hospice.
Friday, 11 November 2016
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
|from pencil to pen|
|the first colours go on, setting the scene|
|lots of colour and lots of skaters...spot the extra cat!|
I visited the Royal Pavilion in January this year and was inspired to recreate the scene for this year's SASBAH card. I tried to put in some recognisable Brighton faces from past and present, do you recognise anyone?
Thursday, 2 June 2016
|early morning I sat near st marks square and painted san giorgio|
|another day's early morning view from a different viewpoint|
|sometimes the view gets spoiled when this happens!|
|St marks, Bridge of Sighs and Doge's Palace from San Giorgio, afternoon|
|hot late afternoon sun from behind the Salute and the entrance to Grande Canale|
somewhere that I have always wanted to go! Here are four paintings completed en plein air, early morning and late afternoon. I had a little three legged camping stool which was essential in Venice as there are just no seats if you dont have your own!
I also took around 500 photos for reference, for future work. the colours of the brickwork, the washing, faded doors and rusty gates...green waters and blue skies. just beautiful!
Thursday, 26 May 2016
The weather was a bit iffy so I did not go sketching but I took some photos.
We spent a wonderful day exploring Pompeii, and in the evening back in Sorrento I spotted this Tavern Allegra, down a quiet alley that looked straight out of Pompeii.
I took a photo and worked from it when I got back. Imagining my Romeo by his Vespa and my Juliet on the balcony, about to put her washing out, and remembering all the wonderful colours on the walls at Pompeii.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
|rough sketch of a plan for the painting|
|drawn out on heavy weight watercolour paper and the first colours washed on|
|close up on the detail|
|finished! Blue Skies, Buses and The Bakery|
|all framed and cards made|
To give a nostalgic feel I brought back an old green and cream Southdown Bus!
Saturday, 21 May 2016
|first all drawn out in pencil|
|then on goes the pen|
|the first colours are the easy ones...|
|Here is the finished painting|
Once tobacconists to royalty, Fribourg and Treyer had traded here for centuries, only closing around 30 years ago. it is well worth a visit inside the shop which is now a Souvenir shop, to see all the original shelves, doors and fittings, even a glass dividing screen. Imagine what this shop has seen over the years!
Friday, 12 February 2016
|sketching in my book|
|all painted up bigger on watercolour paper|
About 7 years ago Dockerills hardware shop in Burgess Hill closed. A rare old shop, amongst the buildings in the oldest shopping area in the town, the loss has been mourned.
Luckily the building is still there in all its beauty and has recently been brought back to life with a new business. But here I am remembering it as it was.
Friday, 29 January 2016
|The catch by The Castle, Lewes|
|The very old school room, Plumpton|
|I'm in the mood for love, Brighton|
There have been some wonderful winter sunrises and sunsets lately and I think these might be influencing me!
Here is another painted for a friend's birthday card - a friend that loves to paint trees!
|the birthday treet!|
My first painting of 2016 was to work up these sketches and produce a painting to exhibit at Southwark Cathedral.
Here it is..and it is now up in the Cathedral refectory
I have just heard that the overall sales for SASBAH christmas cards with my paintings this Christmas totalled over 1800 packs. These were mostly sold from Eastbourne and Lewes cards for good causes shops, but also Uckfield, Hastings, Brighton, and smaller outlets.
Thank you so much to everyone who bought some, they have raised over £4000 for the charity.
My painting of the Christmas Swim is now available as a limited edition giclee print from my website.