Month: May 2019


Pet Paw-trait

The purr-fect gift! A pet paw-trait. That’ll do with the crap puns. Meet Gus – a recent commission. Gus was requested in pencil and will soon be framed and shipped to his new home in France.

Fancy your own pet forever cast in pencil (or charcoal)? Please email me here and I’ll get back to you with prices and options. Your favourite furry friend will be on your wall in no time… well, maybe a few weeks.

10% OFF

If you’ve been considering a private commission, now is a great time to book, as I’m giving you 10% off any portrait booked before 24th May 2019. You lucky tinker.

If you’ve been thinking of commissioning a portrait whether for a friend, gift or treat for yourself, now’s a good time to book and save. Please drop me an email and I’ll soon be in touch. Your 10% discount will apply once your commission is confirmed. Exciting eh? Don’t delay, email me today.

For further information please check out my commissions page.  

Important note; the photograph depicts me on this glorious Monday. I wish to stress that the poorly hand-written notice in no way reflects the skill, dedication, discipline and talent that will be applied to your portrait!

Well, oil be…

I finally gave in and began embarking on the latest phase of my new art career, namely oil paints.

They were there, in their metal cases with their screw top lids, coaxing me into using them. They’ve been there for a month or two. Smooth sides, shiny, slim, crying out to be squeezed…

Three weeks in (and having been involved in a big publishing project during this time too) and there’s now five paintings finished. Yes, yes, they’re all of famous magicians, but it does mean that I’ll soon be offering oil painted portraits for commissions as well as charcoal and pencil work.

And, hand-on-heart, am LOVIN’ the oils! Not quite enjoying how long they take to dry, but nonetheless, expect the vast majority of my future work to be in oils.

Just one pallet of colour for a recent portrait can be seen in the photograph. Odd as, in my life, I prefer minimalism and simplicity. But when it comes to painting, it’s chaos! And perhaps that is how it should be. Ying and Yang and all that!

A friend of mine used to have a poem on her fridge that began, ‘Dust if you must, but wouldn’t it be better, to paint a picture or write a letter…’ I sat down to write this blog and carry on painting after cleaning my studio.

Speaking of which… back to the drawing board.