Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Sweeping Clouds Study

 4x5" acrylic on canvas board. $30. Available here

I think everyone knows that I love painting skies by now. Here's a little study with lots of clouds, trying to capture their movement.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Bright Sunset

5x7" oil on canvas board. SOLD

Here's a sunset study. The colours were warm and vibrant and the light was incredible; I did my best to capture it here. I used a real-bristle brush for a lot of this rather than my usual synthetic brushes, and it has given the painting a bit more texture.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Beauty Routines

6x6" oil on canvas board. $40. Available here

My eyes sting and water terribly if I put anything near them, so I never use makeup. Still, I try it out every year or so, just to see if anything's changed. So I have all this stuff sitting around, hardly ever used. It makes a pretty interesting subject to paint.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Leadenhall Light

6x8" oil on canvas board. $45. Available here

I've been wanting to try some more complex architecture and city scenes for a while now, and where better to paint than London? Here's a scene of Leadenhall Market. I was captivated by the way the pale blue light contrasted against the dark reds.

Friday, 24 June 2016

HMS Warrior, Portsmouth

5x7" oil on canvas board. $40. Available here

This is painted from a photo I took in Portsmouth while visiting the Historic Dockyard. It was a real challenge to capture all of the masts and rigging on such a small scale.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

An Alley, Ryde

 5x7" oil on canvas board. $40. Available here

This is a little alley that leads to an antiques shop in Ryde, Isle of Wight. I really liked the composition of the photo, and wanted to play with colours a bit. I'm really pleased with the sense of distance I captured here.

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Tomato Red

6x6" oil on canvas board. $40. Available here

I found some bright, fresh tomatoes in the fridge, and built a composition around them. I tried to capture all of the different shades of red in the tomatoes, using a combination of Cadmium Red and Alizarin Crimson, with a bit of Cadmium Yellow to lighten it in places, and Phthalo Blue to darken it.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Aubergines and Scallions I

6x6" oil on canvas board. $40. Available here

When we visited the Affordable Art Fair Hampstead last week, mum and I spotted a painting of aubergines. "You've never painted aubergines!" She exclaimed, and promptly bought me some. It was real fun capturing their dark purple colour and glossy quality. And the scallions add a pop of green that livens up the composition.

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Near Dufftown, Scotland

6x8" acrylic on canvas board. $45. Available here

I really love painting hills and mountains- all those sweeping curves and atmospheric perspective! And in this case, a thousand shades of green. I think it might be my favourite colour to paint.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Cornish Cliffs

8x10" oil on canvas. $80. Available here

I'm really quite proud of this painting! It reminds me of a family holiday to St Ives, back when I was thirteen or thereabouts. I started with a reference photo which I quickly abandoned, and I ended up painting the view I remember from that trip- the grassy green ground, rocky cliffs and the deep blue sea, far below. I hope that it gives everyone else the same positive feeling that I got from painting it!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Cowslip Hill From The Meadow

4x5" oil on canvas board. $30. Available here

Here's a little local scene I painted, looking up from a meadow towards a road. I really like how the soft, gentle colours of the trees and grass look against the solid form of the house.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Head in the Clouds

4x5" acrylic on canvas board. $30. Available here

Here's a little landscape with a mountain, half-hidden by low cloud. I really love the dramatic contrast of the stormy sky and the streak of sunlight hitting the ground. 

Monday, 13 June 2016


6x8" acrylic on canvas board. $45. Available here

Here's my first entry for the Daily Paintworks architecture challenge- there will probably be a few, because I love painting buildings now. (A few months ago they terrified me- constant practice is finally paying off.)

This is a restaurant in the middle of the town I live in. I really enjoy the structure of the building, with its thick white columns against the dark sign, and the little roof garden. This was a tricky painting, full of challenges- the reflections in the glass, the umbrellas, and the red-brick building in the background- but I am pleased with how everything came out.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Path With Forget-Me-Nots

6x8" acrylic on canvas board. $45. Available here

Here's a plein air painting from a month or so back- a path on our local nature reserve, bordered by bright blue forget-me-nots. I sat on a log to paint this, and lots of people stopped by to chat to me. It was a great morning, warm, peaceful and very productive.