Thursday, 26 June 2014

Nothing like painting up to the wire and stressing myself out by having one eye on the cricket and the other on Wimbledon - no third eye for painting, alas!

This painting is being submitted to the Out of Line contemporary part of the annual exhibition of the Armed Forces Art Society at the Mall Galleries 15-20 July.  Varnished today, will be framed on Saturday and taken to London on Sunday.

The Terrible Rain
(acrylic on canvas board, 60 x 60 cm (23 x 23 inches) - SOLD

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

  • A busy last week or so.  The 2 military caricatures are now in stock as limited edition military prints - available through my website.
  • Collected from an exhibition in Surrey.
  • An official commission of a caricature for presentation in a few weeks time will appear here in due course but I don't want to spill the beans in advance of the person receiving it!
  • A couple of nights near Rye with exploration and inspiration for paintings.
  • Sent off 7 paintings to a gallery in Edinburgh.
  • Ordered some prints of a painting relevant to D-Day.  
  • Working hard on last minute pictures for exhibitions and awaiting the frames which I shall be finishing by hand rather against the clock, I suspect.
  • Judged artists for a county exhibition that will run throughout July.
  • Featured with a long article in of The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines latest online eNewsletter.

This painting was inspired by a visit to Dubai some years ago.  It is a very typical scene in so many Middle East countries.  The marigolds are to do with a Hindu festival where garlands are hung on things people value most in their life.  So the shop/storekeeper loves his jumble of a store but his bike is not rated so highly!

Souk storeroom with marigolds, Dubai
Oil on canvas board, 12 x 10 inches

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