Creating a Japanese album sketchbook

Creating a Japanese album sketchbook

Creating a what? A Japanese album is sometimes known as an ‘accordion’ album, as the pages are joined zigzagging continuously throughout the book. This means that the whole album can be folded outwards to form one long strip of paper. Moleskine make them...
“Radcliffe Camera and St. Mary’s, Oxford”

“Radcliffe Camera and St. Mary’s, Oxford”

The Radcliffe Camera in Oxford is an irresistible subject for me. One of the finest buildings in the world, and a challenging perspective to attempt freehand. This angle is from Catte Street, and shows the church of St Mary the Virgin behind. I have tried to leave the...
House Painting of the Week!

House Painting of the Week!

This was a commissioned painting of a nice Cotswold Cottage. It is very pretty but presented a few problems, firstly of the plain gravel frontage which was saved by the little wall and small tree in the foreground which also gave depth to an otherwise flat frontage....
“After the Rain, St. Mark’s Square Venice”

“After the Rain, St. Mark’s Square Venice”

I promised myself this year that I would submit some paintings into public exhibitions, not just my own. This was partly to make myself try to paint to a higher standard, or at least try harder! So I painted this view of St.Mark’s Square and entered it for the...
Painting of the Week! Campo San Barnaba, Venice

Painting of the Week! Campo San Barnaba, Venice

I wanted to paint something really bright and sunny again this week as our summer is a long time coming. So I’ve revisited an old favourite haunt in Venice, the square dominated by the Church of Saint Barnabas,  which has found fame in popular culture by being...
Fishing Boats at St. Ives, Cornwall

Fishing Boats at St. Ives, Cornwall

Fishing Boats at St. Ives, Cornwall           With all the beautiful sunny weather this week I just wanted to paint something really sunny and summery. Looking through an old sketch book I found a pen and ink drawing of some boats from when we were on holiday as a...
The Shard, London

The Shard, London

  The Shard nearly finished, April 2012 Yes the painting is nearly finished, but it was the subject I was referring to, known as The Shard. This is the most exciting architectural accomplishment of the decade in the City of London, and now the tallest building in...