Archive for December, 2010

Don Van Vliet – Captain Beefheart


 American music lost of of it’s greatest and most eccentric muscians last Friday in Don Van Vliet alias – Captain Beefheart. As important as the Velvet Underground in my opinion with their crazy fusion of blues , jazz and weird. I love Beefheart.

December 22nd, 2010

Thomas Lawrence


I went to see the Thomas Lawrence show at the NPG a few weeks ago. Lovely show by an artist that was huge in his day but largely forgotten in art history. Lovely show though , I particularly liked his drawings which reminded me of the wonderful small Ingres drawings   and  I loved his half finished paintings , they seem so fresh left in that state.

December 22nd, 2010

New Painting


It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, busy Autumn. Here’s my latest commissioned portrait. It is of a local Reverand, Father Michael. I don’t do that many local portraits but it’s so handy to have sitters just around the corner. It is set in a church called The Mount which is in Caldmore in Walsall. Over the years it had been , I guess neglected and beautiful ornate sections of he church were boarded over. In the 1980’s it underwent a full restoration, getting it back to how it would have looked when it was built and it is a beautiful building inside. I must confes I’ve passed it many times and only went in when the commission came to light and I couldn’t quite believe that it was so opulent inside.

 The size of the portrait is approx 48″ x 38″  framed and it is acrylic on canvas

December 22nd, 2010

Self Portrait with Max


This is a painting for the group portrait show in London in March. It’s a self portrait of me and Max my dog. I did a soimilar drawing some time ago. It’s reasonably large scale for me, around 38″ if I remember correctly. I found the scale rather overwhelming becaue I usually work slightly smaller than real life. I’ve begun to really love doing self portraits, I guess in the tradition of Rembrandt , but not in a concious way, it’s just interesting to see how your face changes over time and the older it gets th more interesting. It’s certainly something I think I’ll continue with throughout my life whether paintings or drawings , certainly  not for any interest in self vanity, just an interest in the ageing process.

 Acrylic on canvas

December 22nd, 2010


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