Monday, 22 August 2011


Mmm... what is it with me and water. It seems to creep into my life in every way! The week started badly, the sun was out first thing Monday morning so I headed off to Hammersmith Bridge for some plein air. Within 30 mins it clouded over and in under an hour it was pouring with rain. I headed back to the studio and completed the top five pictures below in the studio, before venturing out to Barnes common to capture a very beautiful London Plane tree on Friday. Today I went down onto the riverbed and painted a subtle sky and my favourite bridge, the combined District Line tube and footbridge. Water in 6 out of 7 pictures!

The runner - Oil on canvas 30 x 40cm 

The cloud - Oil on canvas 30 x 40cm 

Six bows - Oil on canvas 30 x 40cm 

Hammersmith Bridge sunset - Oil on board 35 x 35cm 

Conversations - Oil on canvas 35 x 45cm 

The tree on Barnes Pond - Oil on canvas 24 x 30cm 

Union jack - Oil on canvas 24 x 30cm 


  1. Waw, these are great! One can see on all your work that you have very strong drawing skills and I like your unusual powerful compositions. Your water is always looking good too. My favourite is Hammersmith Bridge sunset because of the subtle tonal shits and the almost abstract qualities of the painting.

  2. Thanks Valerie, really appreciate your comments. I recently read the book Painting Realistic Abstracts by Kees van Aalst. He has a great line "A painting should be a picture about a subject, not a picture of a subject". I try to remember this, but inevitably get sucked into the detail too often and forget the abstract!

  3. That is such a great line indeed! I might steal this quote to put it on my blog somewhere and to make sure I remember it too as this is so true! I need to read this book now... Looking forward to seeing more of your work.