I learned so much on this fantastic Still life towards Abstraction course at West Dean College in West Sussex. Learning about colour, shape and form with artist Nick Bodimeade.
We had easels set up in the Orangery with great light, it was however the hottest February on record so at 21 degrees outside we had to open the windows to keep cool - In February!!.
I got exited as soon as I arrived as the boards on the easels and the sinks were good abstracts in their own right, see below.
The food and accommodation was fantastic and although the week was intence we had a good laugh too. We were not out to create any masterpieces but to draw and paint a lot to help understand the theories.
There are many art and craft courses at West Dean, click the link below for more information
Over the Christmas holidays we spent time in Aberporth, West Wales and went on many walks along the cliff paths that link a complete walk around the whole of Wales's coast (which I am intending to complete over time!). I found this clam shell on Tresaith beach with many lovely colours and textures and decided to do a small painting of it in acrylic, here is the result.
Here is my latest abstract oil painting, Summer Fields inspired by the great summer we have had here in Wales. it is 12 x 12" on board.
Just a quick update that we have given £81.50 to various charities for purchases of artworks from May to September. Total amount to date is £214.00 ( this amount will get bigger as the business grows but that's it for now!)
Oystercatchers on the beach
A fantastic time on a weeks art course at Rhosygilwen, Cardigan, Wales, by David Tress. It was my first art course I have ever been on and have come back with wealth of knowledge. Hopefully there will be one next year too .
Here is my latest painting of books on the floor at Hay on Wye, Wales. Thanks to Finn on Instagram for the use of his wondeful photograph. It is 16 x 16" acrylic on board. This is a one off original, no prints will be made and costs £300 including a black painted frame to complement it.
Here is a painting I did with oil on canvas. My partner Ann arranges my still life sets for me to paint, she much better than me at designing and arranging, I just have the challenge of painting them! The Cosmos flower is less complicated than many other flowers and one of my favorite. I practiced painting the bottle several time first before this final work. I have framed it in a hand painted wood frame.
Here is a painting I did in watercolour twenty years ago when I first got into painting. I have dug it back out to get it copied to print limited edition prints.
I was born in Cardiff, South Wales and started my career as a darkroom technician at a leading advertising agency in Cardiff (1976 - 1982). Then moved on to be a commercial photographer for 15 years (1983 - 1998) and a picture framer for the past 21 years. Framing lot's of wonderful artwork over the years has inspired me to do more painting myself. I have always had a passion for photography and painting.