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New Catalogue Available. 30/04/2020

Many of you will know that I have recently been diversifying and painting these small fruit and vegetable paintings.  These have been proving popular, so I am experimenting with different subjects,  the most recent being donuts, particularly the Krispy Kreme variety as they are bright and colourful.  Someone said to me once that they don’t even like donuts, but for some strange reason are drawn to my donut paintings and again these are selling well. I am today having fun painting my first flower in the same style, bright, cheerful colours with pronounced shadows.  Today it’s a Californian Poppy, that wonderful bright yellow and orange contrasting against a turquoise blue background.  It will be up on the website next week. As a result of increased sales, I am often being asked on my Instagram page whether I have a catalogue of available paintings.  Normally customers trawl through my Instagram page and then contact me direct to ask if a certain painting is available to buy.  Now at last I have set up a Catalogue where you can just click through to buy the painting of your choice, and I have even sorted out shipping and postal prices (tracking included).  …
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Painting in the Pandemic. April 2020

  These are difficult and and upsetting times.  Like everyone in the world at the moment, I am worried for the  future for myself, my loved ones,  the NHS, the list is endless. What I have found very strange though at the moment, is that my art is suddenly selling very well.  I was not expecting this.    I can only put it down to this:  people are not able to go to pubs, clubs and restaurants etc.,  so they are at home looking at their social media.  They are looking at and buying art.  And they seem to like my fruit and veg paintings.   I  think this may be because they are small, affordable and fun.   They are also painted in cheerful bright colours.   Who knows?  But I am very grateful.   People are buying 2 or 3 to go in their kitchens.   They are asking me to paint specific subjects in specific colours;   I am happy to oblige. The most recent request was for donuts !  The Krispy Kreme variety.  Why not?  They are colourful, cheerful and a bit of sugar in these uncertain times is perhaps no bad thing. At the moment,…
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A new departure October 2019

  So a new departure for me.  I have recently discovered painting ‘alla prima’ or direct painting in oils and have become obsessed  with this style of painting.    I set up a composition, always small, of fruit or vegetables and set myself a time limit of painting it in one session, hence direct painting.  The size is 6 x 6”, 9 x 9” framed (23 x 23 cm). I set the compositions up in direct sunlight (not easy in this country) which is usually at around lunchtime, so as to get the deepest and more interesting shadows beneath the fruit/veg.  Then I paint.   I have always liked bright, vibrant Mediterranean colours and this works to great advantage with these paintings. I tend to buy fruit/veg in season from my wonderful local organic greengrocer Hugo’s Greengrocer  (@hugosgreengrocer on Instagram) on North Street in Bristol where I live, so every painting is always fresh and new. If you would like me to match a composition to suit your wall decor, send me an image of your kitchen, etc., and I will be happy to do this for you. The paintings are framed in a simple white frame for £65, or…
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