New Paintings in Progress

I’ve picked up my brushes again recently, since daylight saving has given me some time after work that I can still see what I’m doing (I can’t judge colours in artificial light). These two I don’t consider finished yet, I’m waiting for it to become clear how to proceed, in the mean time I start new ones to keep the practice flowing. The green one, with the trees in the background, I’m pleased with what I’ve done but have no idea what to put in the foreground yet! Any suggestions…?

Woods edge
And these birches at dusk or dawn… I want the shadows to be strong from the trees as if lit by headlights or something… To make you wonder who is looking at this scene and why. But I can’t figure out the way they should fall yet. I need to go out and find such a scene as I made this one up without any reference images.



Night trees









I like walking in woods.  I feel reassured by the earthy aroma. Enclosed and guarded by solid pillars and shielded from the sun by a translucent and pure green.

Jamie and Otto’s farewell

Jamie and Otto

After a spate of break-ins in her London home, Otto’s owner feared for her cat’s safety. My friend Jamie stepped in like a gallant knight to the rescue and offered to keep the cat safe here in Norwich (perhaps with the secret hope of winning the owner’s heart in the process). Over six months, playing with string and putting up with furry pillows, Jamie won Otto’s heart, and in turn Otto won his. This painting commemorates their bond in the days before Otto was returned to his original owner.