Jerusalem Commission - Original Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
October 11th, 2019

No. 29 – Jerusalem

A lovely scene to share with you this week, featuring a completely new subject for me and a very different style of cityscape. This painting 'Jerusalem' was actually commissioned as a gift, but the illustration also sits beautifully with my World Series. It needed to show the Church of the Holy Sepulchre along with the recognisable rooftops of the old city. I really loved playing with the colours on here, the palette ...

Lainston House - Illustration by Jonathan
September 13th, 2019

Lainston House Commission

A small canvas to share with you, a local Lainston House commission. Lainston is a luxury country house hotel near Sparsholt in Winchester. It's a beautiful wedding venue and this acrylic and ink painting on 20 x 20 cm chunky canvas was created for a wedding anniversary gift. The facade of the house is smaller than some... but has a wonderful boutique feel and the surrounding countryside is some of the best in the ...

Winter Open Studio 2019 - Illustration by Jonathan Chapman
September 11th, 2019

Winter Open Studio

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who came by the open studios this Summer. I had some fantastic chats with guests and picked up many insights on Winchester as well as locations further afield. The Hampshire event is always fun to do and it's been wonderful to be part of the bigger creative picture around the county.One of the questions that did pop up frequently was about other opening times in the studio... i'm always ...

September 9th, 2019

Monday Inspiration – Metropolis

I stumbled across this beautiful book at the weekend, 'Metropolis: Mapping the City' by Jeremy Black, all about the history and process of mapping urban spaces from a human perspective. Like many creatives, I simply adore maps and would happily spend time poring over the line detail. And this book is chock full of hand drawn cartography... capturing grand cityscapes through the ages. "Cities are the repositories of ...