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Friday, 25 June 2010

I have a blog, and gallery, on the Painters Online website, linked to The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines - anyone interested in painting would be interested to join the forum there, and contribute their own thoughts and images. Visit it as
I seem to be working mainly in acrylic at the moment - my most recent is maybe just a bit "busy", but - well, I don't know; I'm told people like it. Would be good if someone would prove that by buying it, but we mustn't ask for the moon: we have the stars!
I've moved a long way from the limited palette ideal - the idea being that the fewer colours you use, i.e. tubes of colour, the better. But I'm trying a very limited palette in my latest, on the easel now, of White, Alizarin Crimson, Cadmium Red, Burnt Sienna, Gold Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, and Ultramarine. Even that is more than some would use; and I doubt I shall be able to restrict myself to this list - I feel the hand straying to other colours. Discipline! Let discipline be our watchword....

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Starting Out

Time to enter the 21st century, I thought. Heaven knows, I've been putting it off for long enough. This is the first entry to what I intend to be a continuous blog, promoting my wares or trying to, and offering, now and then, a few suggestions that other painters might follow, or anyway think about. I've been painting in oil and acrylic for many years, and relatively recently began to get serious about watercolour, too. If I can share some ideas on the basis of my own experience and knowledge, and get some useful feedback, this enterprise will have been worthwhile. As a start, I'll show one of my more recent paintings, which, just to be difficult, is a bit untypical - an oil on canvas of the Gap of Dunloe, in Ireland rather than in my native Isle of Wight. See more at - more later.