Thursday, 26 August 2010

This is a little oil 16x16 inch which is again not finished and I don't have any time left before my holiday to finish it. I really like this . It came from an intense session . I even signed it but its not finished yet. So it will breath and wait for my arrival so I can in good time finish it. I love coming back to good pieces and seeing them with fresh eyes.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Took this great photo last night of St Ives . Its the same view as the painting on the right in the facebook logo.

Monday, 23 August 2010

Well. Ive done as I said I would do and bravely gone where no man has gone before and all that. Its always risky when reworking major areas of a painting and you just have to have trust and keep going till the painting puts you down.Which it has just done. I`ll put the kettle on on now.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

The day after. I can see this picture needs a major refit. So.. my deadline won`t happen and it will have to be worked on at leisure. At present it doesn`t `do it`. There isn`t life which there needs to be.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Oh! Just couldn`t resist doing the sea before I stop. It seems so blindingly obvious .

I have been ignoring the washing and cleaning up which is my duty as a `modern man`to get another picture done for the Auctioneers. I`m bringing it in the house now and am going to have a rest so I can live with it. I think there is a bit in the middle that needs changing and maybe the hill on top. Its of Newlyn Fishing Port. Maybe something in the jug. emmmm!Maybe the sea at the bottom is the wrong colour.Bring out the fish.Add detail.

Friday, 20 August 2010

finished. Its raining today and tomorrow from the looks of it. I want to get vinto St Ives to do some drawing for a new painting I have in mind. I need to get OUT of my studio.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

spent the first couple of hours struggling trying to produce something interesting and new. But it just aint comin.So. to save the day.I`m doing this of Padstow to Rock Ferry again. The painting I did yesterday I`m not sure about .

I have put two paintings in to be auctioned. These were the only two good ones I had left and I have few days to exchange one before they are all published and go to print. W H Lane is the auctioneers from Penzance. They are doing a best of the west auction . They are an art only auctioneers and have a very good reputation. These are the two I am putting in.

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

whoohay! Actually managed to do some studio work today.
I read in a Forum that showing unfinished work on a blog was unprofessional.
I think this is silly.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

There is a high proportion of paintings that I just loose interest in and destroy by going over them. This is of course healthy vandalism by a creative mind. But I do wonder sometimes when I look back why I have to be so ruthless.Now when I look at this it seems to be going ok!

Friday, 13 August 2010

Penzance on Friday afternoon bustling with shoppers and tourists. Oh and me with my camera..

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Newlyn Fisherman

This picture is similar to the last but is my version of Fisherman at Altea but Fisherman at Newlyn which is the fishing port we can just see from our top windows.It is presented in a dark brown polished tray frame and is one of those pictures that to me is special . Its only small 50x60cms and quite unique.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Fisherman at Altea from when we lived in Alicante

And then I started to paint my environment entirely from memory. This was the local whore house where we lived in Spain .

from there I moved to a blocky way of working and totally from memory which I found very liberating. This is of Philipsburgh in St Martins.

Hopefully soon I`ll be able to put up all my old work on my web site. I was going though some of it today and it`s very interesting to me to see how I got to where I am now. Not much richer but definitely settled in to the Naive style that was always there but took time to come out. Here is a picture from 97 of Calella near Barcelona .The right of the picture is taken from a photo but the left is made up and shows the naivety coming through.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

and really...finally we have stick insects. there are at least a hundred in this bush in the front garden. They are New Zealand in Origin. Came over on ships via the Scillies. These are two little fellas about 5 inches in length.I love these little creatures. The ones in the dead brown bush actually change colour to brown.

And here is the new patio in the back garden. The ground sloped so we had the paving stones put in and levelled with a concrete base.

and finally. I have kept this a secret. You know when you get ill you don`t like to talk about it.. I have `Devics` which I got e few years back. I was paralyzed at the time and have made a slightly embarrassing recovery and stayed that way. Anyway we have had a ramp put in just in case I have to go into a wheel chair again. God forbid. The ramp look great and not hospitally at all.

and here is another view with my lovely picture of St Ives on the right

The extension is finished except for the pebble dash which will happen this week .Just on the right there is the bathroom with a walk in shower/wetroom.

I was looking for a painting to go on the wall of our new room. I found this. It has been sitting in my studio for a couple of years . I sell the print on my web site but had neglected the original. It looks really bright and cheerful on our wall and I`ve given it a new lease of life to be seen and appreciated by all .I have described it on my web as bustling st ives but its more early morning st ives before all the tourists wake up and there is this pristine light you get down here in cornwall.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

I`ve been commissioned to do a little sunflowers painting. This is 20x24" . They wanted the sunflowers to be the predominant feature. I have done this many times but its still tricky .When this is framed it will make a stunning feature in a room .I might just change the colour of the sun and that sunflower up on the right.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Couldn`t resist posting this pic of Naive artist Alan Furneaux on St Ives Beach today.St Ives hosts some superb Naive style artists. Go to my site to see what
Naive Art
is at