Saturday, December 24, 2011
My blog will be six years old early next year and I want to say thank you to all my friends and supporters who leave comments or simply follow along. You all help to motivate me as I continue on my artistic journey.
So I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
One of my goals for 2012 is to enter more competitions/exhibitions and two of the ones I'm aiming for have closing dates early in the new year.
Katherine has written a post covering all the details of the call for entries of both competitions, if you are interested in giving either a try then I recommend you read her post.
Link: Making a Mark - Wildlife Artist of the Year
Thursday, December 08, 2011
I used coloured pencil and acrylic on mountboard making the eyes the focal point.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
of the birds that visit my garden.
I don't like working from photographs of birds on feeders unless I'm just looking at colour or a particular detail so I decided to prepare a more natural resting place.
While out walking the dogs I kept a look out for a nice fallen branch, preferably one that had some moss on it. The one pictured above was ideal so my OH carried it back to the car. We had to put it on the back seat because Cody would have chewed on it during the drive home if we'd put it in the back with her. Although we carefully checked that we weren't taking any small creatures with us we spent the short drive home hoping that nothing was leaving the log to take up residence in the car.
To make the log more attractive to the birds my OH drilled several holes in the top of it which I filled with a mixture of fat and seeds.
I then pushed one end in the hedge and fastened the other end to the rail of the decking just under the feeders.
Although the birds were wary at first they now walk up and down my set up quite happily which gives me great photo opportunities.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The image size is 6 x 8 and it will be mounted/matted in white, the mounted/matted size will be 10 x 12.
The prints will be giclee, signed by me in pencil and limited to 350 worldwide.
Anyone interested in a print but not going to the Supreme can email me for details. The print will be available from my website once I have time to add it.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
It is open to the public from 9.00 to 5.30 and is situated in Halls 17 and 18.
I've been busy this week printing cards and mounting and framing prints and have several new images available.
The Supreme is one of the highlights of my year, it has a wonderful atmosphere, everyone is really friendly but best of all I get to walk round and see some wonderful cats.
Come and say hello if you're at the show.
Link : GCCF Supreme Cat Show
Friday, November 11, 2011
It's 16 x 20 acrylic on board.
I prepared my own board by adding several coats of gesso and sanding between each coat. The finished surface is very smooth which is how I like it.
Once I'd finished with the gesso I painted a mid grey all over which I find better to work on than the white of the gesso.
This will be a small animal on a large background, any guesses what it might be?
Monday, November 07, 2011
I'm busy with a couple of Christmas commissions and working on a large acrylic painting. I also don't seem to have had much to say recently but hopefully things will improve soon. I'll post my acrylic soon which is a little different from my usual work.
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Rio has decided to take up a new hobby, birdwatching.
He was sitting on the grooming table having just been brushed and tidied up when the white pheasant appeared with a normal brown one following along behind.
Rio was fascinated and the pheasants didn't seem to mind, they wandered about picking up seed from under the feeders.
Cody spoilt things though. She spotted them and decided they were far to big to be wandering about her garden unchallenged so she bounced along the fence barking. The pheasants retreated for about two minutes and then came back and I removed Cody to watch from behind glass.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
I like to work on graphite in the evenings when there is no natural light so I don't have to worry about the colour changing with the artificial light.
I photographed this raccoon probably three years ago in Stanley Park, Vancouver, it was one of a family group who emerged one by one from the brambles.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
I'm busy with commissions and real life issues so I haven't much to show at the moment. I've done a little bit more on the jaguar but it's very slow progress.
The birds are returning to the feeders, I have a small flock of greenfinch that visit throughout the day and two or three goldfinches together with great, blue and coal tits. The coal tits are much more numerous than the others, sometimes I can see five or six moving from feeder to feeder.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Limited Edition giclee print. (limited to 350 prints worldwide)
Image size approximately 9.75 x 12 inches
Mounted/matted in white to 16 x 20 inches
£25 plus £4.00 post and packing
Available from my website, or contact me direct:-
I will be back to posting my work in progress and other topics later this week, I've just been occupied with 'real life' for the last week or two.
Monday, October 10, 2011
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Thursday, October 06, 2011
Monday, October 03, 2011
5 x 7 inches, to bid click here
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
I've continued to work on the siamese. For the white in the fur I've started with an under layer of neocolor II in white using a damp brush and blending it into the paper. I can then add the coloured pencil on top.
Monday, September 26, 2011
9 x 7 inches, mixed media on black pastel paper
To bid click here.
This little hedgehog has also been a regular visitor over the last few days. I just hope it will have enough fat reserves to hibernate, it is really small for this time of year.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Friday, September 23, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
This is an exerpt from the current issue of Talking Point it was written by the editor Malcolm Cudmore and forms part of an article on Fur and Feathers.
The UKCPS website is well worth a visit if you are interested in using coloured pencil in your artwork.
The second place it will appear is in the soon to be published book ' The Secret Ingredient' which has been compiled by my friend Dot Tadman.
The book has been put together to raise funds for the Friends of Anchor Charity.
Anchor is the Aberdeen and North Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy and supports patients with different forms of cancer.
The book itself itself features favourite recipes beautifully illustrated by Local and International artists.
You can now visit the website for the book to find out more and view sample pages:-
The Secret Ingredient.
Friday, September 16, 2011
I understand that Black on Black had sold before the private view of the SOFA exhibition which was good news.
Thursday, September 08, 2011
The beauty of the scenery contrasted with one of the ugliest birds I have photographed, the turkey vulture.
I incorrectly identified this bird,k Rodri has pointed out that it is in fact a Californian Condor not a Turkey Buzzard which makes it very special, but still ugly!
However these birds were quite majestic when soaring above the canyon.
Apologies that some of the photographs are the wrong orientation the program is doing it's own thing.
Flying home from Phoenix tomorrow and back to sharing artwork.
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
My friend Katherine Tyrrell posted a photograph a day when she went painting in Provence and I'm hoping to do the same from my travels, at least when I have internet access.
I hope you are all enjoying your summer (or winter) and I'll be back mid September with new artwork to share.
I leave you with a photograph from my holiday last year to start the photographic journey, tomorrow it should be from San Francisco.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
The other important deadlines are the dates for paying your income tax:-
Any payment on account that HMRC tells you to pay is due on 31/07 (only applies if your liability to income tax is over £1000)
Year Ended 05/04 2011
31/01/2012 Due £1200 plus £600 (half of the £1200) on account for 2011/12 = £1800
31/07/2012 2nd payment on account £600 (the other half of the £1200)
HMRC estimate the following year to be the same as the current year until they review your tax return or you tell them otherwise.
If anyone wants me to carry this on with what happens in January 2013 if the liability has increased just ask, otherwise I'll leave it relatively straight forward.
The HMRC website is useful if you want any additional information
My next post will be on record keeping, what you need to keep to ensure you pay the right amount of tax.
Monday, August 08, 2011
I had the chance to photograph the mother and cubs last week. I spent several hours in front of the glass window watching them and filled an 8GB camera card. A lot of the shots aren't very good but can be used for reference of paws, fur, size etc but there are one or two really nice compositions.
Cheetah cubs are rarely seen in the wild because their mothers keep them well hidden. They have an exceedingly high mortality rate and are rarely born in Zoos so I feel very privileged to have been able to watch them interact with one another and their environment.
I'm sure I'll go back to see them later this year.
The other new beginnings are :-
I've been asked about having a solo exhibition next spring
I'm going to start the third in my series of coloured pencil technique guides
I'm going to offer online/postal tuition starting in the autumn.
My intention is to offer two options for tuition, students will be able to choose from a 'full' package or a 'guidance only' package.
If you choose the full package I will send you all the paper and pencils you need to complete the animal.
For people who already have supplies the lessons will be the same and you will still receive the printed lesson plan/booklet but you can use your own materials.
At this stage I'm planning on the drawing being either a Snow Leopard or a Wolf and there being six lessons in the course but I'm still finalising the details.
You will be able to either work online, or if you prefer post your work to me for comments.
As a first step would anyone interested please email me letting me know:-
Which animal you would prefer to draw
If you want the complete package or not
If you prefer to work online or use 'snail mail'
My intention is to restrict this first course to six students which I aim to start at the beginning of October.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, August 01, 2011
In the next couple of hours the courier will arrive to pick up my paintings which will be included in the 2011 Society of Feline Artists Exhibition.
Monday, July 25, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
The exhibition takes place at the Gordale Garden Centre Chester High Road, Burton, Wirral CH64 8TF.
I entered two pieces, 'Stolen Moment' the Amur leopard in graphite and 'Bad Fur Day' the pastel of the Amur tiger. I don't know which one, or if both of them got in.
The private view is on Thursday and I'm looking forward to meeting up with several friends who have also had work accepted.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
I find it easier to work with coloured pencil in the evenings.
This is approximately 12 x 9 on a stone coloured pastel paper.
I'm wishing I'd done it as a step by step because I think a wolf might be popular.
Friday, July 08, 2011
For the last two years I have visited Bramham 3 day event and taken lots of photographs of horses in action.
This horse was just jumping out of the water which you will be able to see when I paint his legs.
I'm also having a change of medium, this is watercolour on a hot press watercolour paper.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
It's a good job I picked them yesterday as there is heavy rain here in Yorkshire this morning and most of the petals are now ruined.