Monday, 31 January 2011

My book from Blurb came through and its really better than I expected. Just one spelling mistake. 80 pages of great images all perfect. As I print from home I have been able to get the colour management right for the book.Please buy it it`s excellent.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Firstly thankyou to everyone who has made comments. I love getting comments. ,I go . oo oo oo shall I saver it and open it later knowing that someone loves me or should I open it now.. ?

any way here is day two of Padstow.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Finished this painting. But I don`t feel good about it. I cant really get excited about it. Maybe I have taken the wrong road. Or. Maybe I

need to try harder.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Its been a rotten day. Just cant get the figures right, Its so hard working in acrylic with people. So here is my mess for the day. The only saving grace is that

I am putting movement in. Silly I never noticed I should do that untill now.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Friday, 21 January 2011

Thursday, 20 January 2011

I thought I would like to work this theme of Salsa dancing and practice more. The problem I have at the moment is blending skin tone in acrylic which I havn`t cracked yet. Also I would like to put more detail in . So I`ll need to practice a lot with drawing compositions rather than go direct on to the canvas and some  sketching in the Salsa clubs to go more of an understanding . .

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Sorry about the colour change .Its raining outside and I took a shot in the studio.
Painting is coming along very nicely. Slowly slowly adjusting each figure and learning as I go. Really enjoying this.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Thanks Phil for your comments.
These pics have been taken in the studio so the colour is slightly different than if taken outside.



Detail . I am working on figures making the girls look girlier and getting some light and shade in the skin. While keeping it Naive.

Went to Germans Cuban Salsa class last night. Fantastic so I will put German in the middle and call it Germans Rueda. thats said `Herman` as the G is an H  in Spanish i believe.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Have to try harder to make the girls look more like girls.
My daughter loves this so far .....she said "is that you in the black dress" . !
I am working on another Salsa Dancing picture. Learning as I am going on. Certainly my interest in Salsa Dancing and my new found interest in getting dressed up ( originally a steroid induced black out ) seems to be at the fore..I am off to salsa tonight and will take my sketch book .

Thursday, 13 January 2011

More drawing last night. poses were  short so could only do the head which I enjoyed.
Working on my biggies in the studio . And I have a surprize for you!!??

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

 I was tempted to shoot the poor thing dead this morning but carried on thanks to a comment from Angus . And I have to say it`s coming on....Thanks Angus

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Amazing really. Just 6 hrs has passed and I can see that I have created a monster .Tomorow morning I will go into the studio and put it out of it`s misery.
The Montipulchiano painting is coming along nicely but it is hard work. Apart from the size and the damp conditions ( drying time)  it`s very stressful having to manage and make work such a big image. .
One of my favourite painters is a Scottish painter called David Donaldson who also made his paintings directly on to the canvas without sketches etc.  It works for me because it does but as I say it`s hard work. It is very rough and the paintwork needs completing especially with the still life.This might be a problem as fresh paint always looks brighter so I have to be careful.I have to go and get some more paint now .It needs to sit and be cleaned up .But I think the basic picture is there.So no more madness.!! It isn`t finished and you know how I like to change things if it calls to me. So...  

Monday, 3 January 2011


Started two new paintings today. A new  huge 40x40inch Montipulchiano and one of Padstow a little smaller. The Padstow one am doing because I did a similar painting in the Summer and went over it . After seeing it on my computer many times I realized it was a good image .So I am doing it again .I hope I don`t come to the same conclusion as before.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Actually managed to do some work today.
Lorraine and I got all dressed up to go to the Boogaloo Latin Ball at the Union Pub in Penzance. We started at the Turkes Head .Everyone was dressed up in different custumes and it was brilliant.Lots of happy faces and some not so. We danced till 1 am. We left all our troubles at the door and let our hair down!!