On show now…

“Deco Rose”, acrylic inks and Derwent watercolour art bars.

…at The White Horse Bookshop, Marlborough, in their annual open art exhibition running from 3 – 26 May 2018. Opening times of the shop can be found here.

A snapshot of summer


A watercolour sketch from my fleeting visit to the Poitou-Charente this summer.  In our part of France, when the fireworks go off on Bastille Night they also mark the close of the summer harvesting for most of the farms around us.  By the time I was there the fields had been laid bare to reveal the characteristic chalky soil, creating a landscape bleached-blonde by the sun.

Draw that!

Charcoal still life

Went back to school this week. Kind of. I had a drawing lesson in an insanely cold studio, with one other student, under the tutelage of a local artist. We were both set different tasks – mine was to draw this really complicated dried stick floral arrangement high up on a shelf next to a pile of wobbly sketchbooks and a weird shaped jug.

Must I? It’s really hard….yes, because I am paying this person to help me and that is what they want me to draw. And just as I think I can’t put any more into a piece of work because it is going so badly, my drawing tutor makes a few gentle nudges and observations, and off I go again. Such a change from working alone!

Street performer

street performer

This autumn I went on my first ever sketchcrawl. A collection of OCA students gathered on London’s Southbank for sketching and painting as inspiration struck us. Most people focused on the Houses of Parliament (too many straight lines for me) but right where we landed, a guy was blacking-up ready for his performance as a living statue. His interaction with the audience, and their reaction was ace. This drawing was made from my sketches. Graphic pen and watercolour (painted with my favourite 1/4″ flat brush).

Loosen up, they said!


So I did. It’s small but you could probably count the number of strokes if you had nothing else to do. I had just started drawing when someone passed the biscuits round (this was art group) which brought the exercise to a halt. Therefore – secret of loosening up your drawing? Biscuits of course!

Jamie’s Italian

Jamie's Italian

From an iPhone photo taken during a family gathering to celebrate a birthday at Jamie’s Italian in Reading. Watch out for that chilli! Painted first with a quarter inch wash brush; detailed with Rotring Tikky Graphic.