RWA Autumn Show

My painting Eastville Roundabout, light rain, October has been selected for the RWA Autumn open exhibition. Pop in to see my painting and the full show, which runs from 9 Oct – 27 Oct – RWA Bristol.

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National Open Art Competition

I found out today that my painting “Studio corner with smart phone” has been selected for the National Open Art Competition which is marvellous news.

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2016 NATIONAL OPEN EXHIBITION DATES

The Exhibition

NOA is privileged to be invited to show the 20th National Open Art Exhibition in the heart of The City of London at Mercers’ Hall. The Mercers’ Company is the Premier Livery Company of the City of London. The Exhibition will take place from the 27 October – 4 November with Free Admission.

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ARUNDEL CASTLE

20 August – 31 August 2016

Open 10am to 5pm daily

including Monday 22 August during the Festival

Please note Normal Castle Admissions Apply

Alongside all the great happenings of the Arundel Festival there is also The Arundel Gallery Trail

Solo Show Private View

We had the private view of my solo show last night at Panter & Hall and it was a really lovely evening. So nice to see all the work hung in one space, Matthew and Tiffany did a great job on the hang as there was, ahem, quite a few paintings…

Meeting buyers is always really interesting and rewarding as you get to hear the reason behind the sales. Some people grew up in the place I painted, some went to school nearby, others had good memories of holidays in the area. Each reason was unique and interesting and makes doing the work all the more special, knowing that it’s keeping peoples good memories alive.

The show runs until the 24th June, so still time to catch it.

Here’s some pics of the evening.

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London Solo Show

 

London Solo Show – Coast to Capital

Panter & Hall Gallery

15th – 24th June

 

I am delighted to announce my first solo show in London at Panter & Hall gallery entitled “Coast to Capital”

I will be showing 67 paintings in total with the show being split between paintings of London and the South West coast. Locations include the Thames, Camden, The City, Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset and Devon. I will also be showing 7 Still lifes/interiors on a much larger scale.

To view the full catalogue of all paintings, including prices, please click HERE.

Thank you for supporting my career thus far, I have been building up to a show like this for 4 years I’m really looking forward to it.

Here’s a few samples from the show.

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Summer News

I haven’t posted regularly in a while, mostly due to laziness, but also because I feel that between my YouTube channel – Thoughts on Painting and Twitter, I was saying everything I would have wanted to say here. Apologies if you don’t use Twitter or YouTube, but it’s a lot of work to maintain 5 different social media platforms when you add in Facebook, my newsletter and this blog.

So what’s been going on recently? My painting “Blast of last light, Bristol Downs, December” has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition which is excellent news. It was one of those pieces where a moment happens and you have a very short amount of time to grab it. I loved doing that piece and it’s one of the few times I’ve managed to capture a very low and bright sun, so I’m very pleased to have it exhibited at the RA.

The Summer Exhibition runs from 13 June – 21 August

Blast of last light, Bristol Downs, December

The New English Art Club annual exhibition is also coming up soon, 16-25 June if memory serves. I have two Still life paintings in the show and am up for election again this year. Fingers crossed for that.

Studio corner with smart phone Studio with imac and air filter – Oil on Linen – 30 x 30 in 76 x 76 cm

Jamaica Street open studios is also imminently approaching, where I will be opening my studio and showing a variety of plein airs from the coast and also some local scenes of Bristol and Bath. Do come along, it’s always a great weekend. 10-12 June.

The Lighthouse, Bracelet Bay, Mumbles - Oil on Board - 18 x 8 in 45 x 20 cm Three Cliffs
Worm's Head, Rhossili- Oil on board - 18 x 8%22 45 x 20 cm

 

That’s all for now. I’m off on holiday for 3 weeks on the 16th, so don’t expect any new paintings for a while, I need a break! I’ll be taking my watercolours with me but I think my 10 month old son may keep me too occupied to get any painting done. We will see 🙂

Thank you for you’re continued support and interest in what I do.

Thoughts on Painting – Episode 6 – Port Isaac, Cornwall

Thoughts on Painting, Episode 5 – Durdle Door, Dorset.

Here’s the nest installment of Thoughts on Painting. It was a bit of  balls-up this week as I forgot/dropped a key piece of equipment and the light was constantly changing.. I did my best!

Enjoy.

Tinca Private View

We had a great evening at the Tinca private view, a great turn out and some good sales. Huge thanks to Marianne and Catherine for all their efforts in making it happen. Here’s some pics.

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Show in Tinca Gallery, Portishead

Show in Tinca Gallery, Portishead 1 – 16 April

I have a solo show coming up at Tinca Gallery in Portishead. The show will feature around 15 paintings of Bristol and the surrounding coast, all painted en plein air. The private view will run from 6:30pm – 8:30pm Friday the 1st of April (yes, that’s April fools day!) I’ll be there in the gallery if you’d like to meet me and ask me any questions. The show runs until the 16th April.

Prices range from £475 – £725

I look forward to seeing you.

http://www.tincagallery.co.uk/

Oldbury Power Station and the Severn Way, December Sunburst on the downs, November The Old Severn Bridge, December

Thoughts on Painting, Episode 4 – Cornwall

Episode 4 of Thoughts on Painting is now live on YouTube. In this episode I paint in Bude, Widemouth and Boscastle over a gloriously sunny two days. I also review an award-winning pasty.

Enjoy!

Finished Interior studio painting discussion

I wanted to share a few thoughts on my finished interior painting of my studio, so here’s a video.

 

Thoughts on Painting

I’ve launched a new YouTube channel called “Thoughts on Painting” which follows me, day-in-the-life style on my regular plein air trips to London and around the South West. I bought a GoPro video camera recently which is all kinds of fun. I strap the camera to my head or chest and the incredibly wide angle lens captures everything! Watch me complete full paintings on the spot, interact with the public and mull over different aspects of painting in each 30-45 minute episode.

 

Wilks Restaurant Show

My show at Wilks Restaurant starts today and runs for a few months (actual end time, TBC) The Restaurant is one of only two Michelin starred restaurants in Bristol, serving truly wonderful food in a stylish and cosy setting.

I’m showing around 18 pieces, all paintings of Bristol, painted on location within the last year. Everything is for sale and prices range from £425 – £850.

If you’d like to pop in to view the paintings without eating, just contact Christine via phone, on 0117 9737 999 or email.

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January Show – Wilks Restaurant

I am showing around 20 paintings of Bristol at Wilks Restaurant from the 13th of January through to April.
Wilks is one of only two Michelin starred restaurants in the city and is situated on Chandos Rd, Cotham. Please stop by to view the work and have a truly special meal.

www.wilksrestaurant.co.uk

Here’s a sample of some of the pieces on show.

Avon Gorge, grey day, December
Avon Gorge, blue sky, November Avon Gorge, flat light, October Avon Gorge, white light, November   Cifton Suspension Bridge, October Cotham Brow, contre jour, January    Foggy morning on Park Street, October  November_Afternoon,-Bristol-Downs  Queen's Square in snow Sunburst on the downs, November

Beaux Arts, Bath

I am thrilled to report that I am now showing with Beaux Arts, Bath. It’s a top gallery with a fantastic collection of Artists and I am proud to be joining their roster. I am showing 4 new still life paintings in the upcoming show “New Works For Christmas” – 16 November to 24 December. Do put the date in your diary and come down.

Onwards!

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The Artist Magazine article

The current issue of The Artist features an article I wrote on painting en plein air and also a stage by stage example of an outdoor painting I did of Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s in shops now, so do treat yourself.

Here’s a preview.

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New Studio

I recently moved into a new studio in Jamaica Street, Bristol. It’s a great studio, 3 floors of talent and some lovely people working here. I got lucky with the room I got, it’s a real corker, an L-shape which is really interesting in terms of painting interiors. I have plnty of room and Dad came down today and we built a framing storage structure and framing area. So pleased with it, thanks Dad 🙂

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Tinca Gallery

I am delighted to now be showing with Tinca Gallery in Portishead run by the lovely Marianne and Catherine. They have a great location and have done  a really wonderful job on the gallery, it’s a top space. Pop down there to see my local Bristol plein air paintings and coastal pieces of Clevedon, etc.

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ROI selection

I just found out my painting “Van on Bond Street” has been selected for the annual ROI show at Mal Galleries, London. Marvellous news. The show runs from Wednesday 2 December to Sunday 13 December, 10am – 5pm. Get down there and spend some of your pocket money.

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Still Life/Interiors

I’ve been painting indoors a lot recently. I have a love/hate relationship with painting plein air in summer, strange really, the brighter the sun shines the more it puts me off. It’s to do with the angle of the sun, rather than the sun itself; I like it low in the sky, not directly overhead and I don’t like the heat. in the second half of the year when the sun is lower and in winter, when it’s really low, there is an atmosphere that I just love. There’s a sort of stillness and grey peace about everything that I find really inspirational. I also don’t enjoy painting saturated colours outdoors that much. I prefer greys. Painting on the coast in summer is wonderful though, that I can handle, but not really urban areas.

Anyway, Still life. Well, are they still life? Or are they interiors? I can’t decide, not that it really matters. a few years ago I was chiefly interested in objects, not rooms. Over time though, I have come to be equally fascinated by walls and how light plays on them, placing the objects in context and giving them a real space to occupy. I’ve also been keen to paint with a “warts & all” approach, as I do outside, so if I can see it, it’s going in. That means tripods, cables, boxes in the corner, anything that’s in my field of vision is getting painted. This has excited me no end, in a sort of “peek behind the curtain” way of showing the source of the light and making that as much a part of the composition as the still life objects themselves.

So, here’s a few recent pieces, all painted directly from life of course with my convex mirror. These are also the final paintings done in my home studio as I have now moved out and into a truly wonderful space in Jamaica Street Studios. I post pics of that later. I’ll miss the windowsill of the spare room and its lovely lines, but this new space really is pretty special, so it’s a fine trade off.

This first piece is currently on show at the annual RWA show in Bristol 4th Oct – 29th Nov

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Studio corner with skull and coloured cubes

Studio corner with pink rose and cubes

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