Saturday, 14 March 2015

Charity sale - the clock is ticking!

 I've put two new paintings onto eBay in the hope of raising some funds for charity. As with the previous attempt, all proceeds will he heading directly to  Macmillan Cancer Support ( and the Artists General Benevolent Institution (

These are the last ones I'll be posting up for auction at this time so if you fancy bagging yourself an original oil painting and helping others in the process then go for it. I've taken a bit of a risk because the start prices are way too low but that's all eBay would let me submit! Don't be shy with your's all for good causes.

'Between showers, Whaddon' - 6x8in, oil on board.

'Sennen, towards the Brisons', 8x16in, oil on board

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Charity painting sale

I'm aiming to raise some money for charity. The charities I've nominated are Macmillan Cancer Support ( and the Artists General Benevolent Institution (

I'm new to ebay but decided to auction a painting and donate the proceeds. It looks like ebay will only let me sell one at a time (I had lined three up for auction), unless I put a low starting price on them which is a bit of a risk I suppose. Anyway, the first one made it OK and is listed at

St Marks, Venice - 8x10in, oil on board

Please do make a bid if your tempted. Go on...treat yourself! You could bag yourself an original plein air painting (with a lovely hand finished frame) AND be doing some good for charity :)

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Keeping it local

Recently I've managed to head out to a few local spots in and around my home town of Stony Stratford. At this time of year the days are short and the light moves fast so I don't want to be spending time faffing around and travelling miles to find subjects. Besides, it's quite interesting to challenge yourself to seek inspiration on your doorstep. It makes me look harder at the painterly potential of subjects and gets the art brain ticking a bit more :)

Here's one of a couple of ramshackle allotment sheds in Stony Stratford, bathed in a lovely winter light. It was pretty nippy but when the light's like it's as though almost anything can become a potential subject. Nice warm/cool contrasts to work with.

'Allotment sheds in winter sun', 12x16in - oil on board

I went back to Mill Lane and was tempted by the afternoon light. I was fortunate enough to sell this one to the owner of one of the houses on the left of the painting who passed me as I was working. I do like the way the orangey stonework in Stony Stratford glows when the sun hits it.

'Mill Lane with winter sun', 8x16in, oil on board

This little scene below was captured next to the allotment subject above but looking in a different direction. I'd already clocked the allotment for another day and decided with the light fading fast I'd be better off tackling something smaller and a bit simpler. 

'Stroll in the sunshine, Wolverton Road, Stony Stratford', 6x10 - oil on board

Below is an afternoon study, again in the winter light with a focus on the blue awning of the RSPCA charity shop and the vivid contrast with the orange brickwork of the sunlit buildings behind.

'Blue awning, Stony Stratford' - 10x13in, oil on board

The canal scene below isn't quite as local as the others but Blisworth is still only about 8-10 miles or so up the road towards Northampton. I caught sight of this view at a place known as 'Blisworth Arm' and it's essentially a canal junction with a large marina nearby. Straight stretches of canal can appear to have a forced perspective that doesn't lend itself so well to an interesting composition but this arrangement seemed to work quite well, especially with the late autumn afternoon sun to help things along.

'Autumn light, Blisworth Arm' - 8x16in, oil on linen

Hoping to work with some more local subjects when I get the chance, as well as further afield too.