Sunday 24 December 2017


Happy Xmas to all my followers and all those who visit this blog. Sadly my friend Mick Carney died recently at the early age of 70. I met Mick on a Charles Reid workshop and subsequently two more. A great guy who will be missed by his family and friends.

As I reach my eightieth birthday tomorrow I have been mulling over what to do with the blog. I don't have a great deal to say these days, and would just be mainly repeating myself so take the view if you have nothing to say don't say it. I think I'll continue  for a while, even though traffic is decreasing, due no doubt to my lack of activity. It will mainly feature my own stuff with the occasional foray into other subjects.. Goodbye Mick is was great knowing you, a man of many talents.

Sunday 10 December 2017


I have just updated the Index. This is accessed via JUNE 2014. I hadn't realised I had not done so recently. For those who are newish to this blog there is a lot of good stuff - even if I say so myself - to be perused. Click on Close - top right hand corner, then scroll down until you get down to JUNE 2014. I know there are more sophisticated ways to set up an Index but unfortunately my skills fall short of this. Apologies.

Friday 8 December 2017

Recent Paintings

Here are my latest efforts.

This and the painting next were done as part of our AVA subject of 'Autumn'. A hedgehog on the lookout for food.

See above. This one has found an apple!

So was this.

This is an uncompleted sketch done for the 'Autumn' subject. I keep meaning to do some more work on it. A bit redder than the actual painting.

This subject for the AVA was 'Looking out of a door or window'.

Same as above

This is an American comedienne, although I don't know much - or anything about -despite her apparent fame. Shown here with pet.

Red Squirrel - Winter scene. The actual painting isn't quite as red as shown above.

Another 'Winter Scene' - I believe this is a Redpoll/

Squirrel showing he doesn't like the snow and cold either!

These paintings were done on either Khadi hand-made paper or  Waterford High White. The exception is the red squirrel, two above, which is Britannia Rough. I did have a spell using Britannia, which is a Hanhnemuhle paper, one side is quite rough with a  pattern that some might not like, while the other is smooth. I haven't tried to paint on the smooth side so don't know if this is feasible. If you can cope with it a very good budget option.

Saturday 2 December 2017

Watercolour Paintings 37

Here are Decembers batch of watercolours. I have indulged myself a little with paintings from some of my favourite artists. Some of the others are new to me but worth further exploration.

Gerard Hendriks

Gerard Hendriks

Stan Miller

Alvaro Castagnet

Robert Zangarelli

Winslow Homer

Arus Muradyan

Mika Toronen (?)

Adisak Soisuriya

Charles Reid

Charles Reid

Gerard Hendriks

Janine Galizia

Z L Feng

Trevor Lingard

That's it folks.