January 16th, 2021

In the Night Studio (Part 2)

Here we go again. The studio remains open and work has to continue... but all tentative plans for the new year have gone out of the window; as our eldest does her schooling from home. That's now eating up many of my usual studio hours, leaving me no choice but to try and catch up in the evenings. The online shop (and my Etsy store) will also remain open for orders. Juggling some new canvases and planning for the year ...

January 8th, 2021

Wilton Arms, Belgravia

It’s been quite a while since I enjoyed a good pint down the pub. If I’m honest it had become quite a rare event anyway (well before we were ordered to stay at home due to a global pandemic!). But I still enjoy the notion of an inviting public house. They are undoubtably special institutions here in the UK, that I think we have always taken for granted. Pretty much always open, cosy and warm on a biting Winter’s day... ...

Night Before Christmas
December 18th, 2020

The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas is perhaps the most famous of all festive verses. Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863) wrote the poem, also called “A Visit from St. Nicholas", in 1822. It's now a tradition in many families to read the poem on Christmas Eve. It still evokes a tremendous amount imagery for me and I couldn't help but repeat it's verses whilst painting this illuminated High Street scene. I've painted quite a few snow ...

Osaka Castle in the Snow
December 11th, 2020

No. 31 – Osaka Castle in Winter

I love the idea of measuring the year in smaller seasons. Prior to the Gregorian calendar, farmers in China and Japan broke each year down into 24 sekki or “small seasons.” These seasons didn't use dates to mark seasons, but instead, they divided up the year by natural phenomena. To celebrate the start of the next small season i'm sharing my snow study of Osaka Castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka. It's another larger World Series ...