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Monday, 25 March 2013

After Tim Gagnon

Tim Gagnon is a particular favourite of mine and I have followed his blog and website for about a year now.
His paintings sometimes fly in the face of fashion and convention. His skies are phenomenal and mastery of painting clouds is exceptional.

One of my favourite paintings is the one of the red foliage tree which actually features in a few paintings in one form or another.

I don't know if this is a real tree or if its borne out of his imagination.

Anyway here's my take on it in various stages.

This may not be finished !

Saturday, 23 March 2013


A simple portrait , took about 2hrs done from a photo reference. Charcoal

Friday, 22 March 2013

After Colin Davidson

I assume that most artists are trying to achieve their own style and those that already have it are trying to keep it.
I'm very much the former but feel like I'm getting there. Without doubt my favourite subjects are figures and portraits , be they human or otherwise although I know I prefer human as opposed to dogs despite the pet commissions I have done.

In the meantime I continue to learn and scour the Internet for inspiration and ideas.

I was at my art cub when one of the ladies came in with a portrait by Colin Davidson of Michael Longley (it can easily be found on the net but I daren't put it up here for copyright and comparison reasons , ha ! )
She had brought it knowing it was my type of thing and how right she was.

I'm not particularly well informed of contemporary artists and Colin is certainly one I hadn't heard of , although why is a mystery as he is very talented and well known in the art world.

Anyhow struck by his brilliance I had to have a go at copying after all it's what artists do isn't it.

Colin's piece is in oil and measures 127cm x 117cm ! That's big !!!

Mine is pastel and measures 28cm x 20cm , thats smaller !!

Colins work can be found at

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Three pooches

I got a photo of three recent commissions all together. They were all for the same person and I kinda think they look good together. ......(.just putting my trumpet away)
Yeah I'm happy with that. Not the greatest photo but it gives you an idea.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Salvadorian girl

I have done this before as an acrylic painting, it's from a 1980's photographic magazine and the photographer is a Mike Walker.

This effort today is a pastel and obviously isn't finished although with a bit of creative framing it could be !

Friday, 15 March 2013