Weekly Palette #3

Inspiring and interesting this week…


The amazing and sublime work of Conrad Jon Godly - see more here


Tai Shan Schierenberg… you may have seen him on the Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year see more here


Sedrick Huckaby- see more here


I really love the work of Malcolm T Liepke - see more here

Self Portrait #1

In my previous post I quickly explained how a painting - in this case a self portrait - starts with a photograph, a sketch outline and then the paint or other medium. 

Here is that finished self portrait.  

16”x12” Oil on Canvas Board


Follow my exploration of portraits and oil paints and, watch me evolve and stretch as an artist here on my journal or, via my Instagram.


Starting all over again as a forty-something artist

I left school with a GCSE A-Grade in Art and Design. I can barely remember what that subject was, except that I sketched and painted a lot. I don’t remember learning anything much besides how to stare at an object and sketch what I saw. Stare and sketch. And repeat. 

And then I left school. No direction. No focus.  No plan. 

It’s ludicrous that twenty five years later, I’m painting again for the first time since that GCSE art class. Last year I dabbled with digital painting. I’ll continue to do that but, now I’m actually painting. Oil on canvas. 


It’s quite literally like starting all over again as a forty-something artist.

As with a blank canvas, the possibilities are endless. 

No rules. No expectations.

Just blank canvas... 

Let’s see what happens.