Oil painting experiences, tips and advice.

Relief Printmaking: My First Attempt, Reasons for Trying and my Low(ish) Start-up Costs.

Relief Printmaking: My First Attempt, Reasons for Trying and my Low(ish) Start-up Costs.
A demonstration of my first relief printing efforts, the setup I used and what it cost, and why I've decided to make it a permanent part of my artistic practice.

Adding simple backgrounds to your pencil sketches.

Adding simple backgrounds to your pencil sketches.
I recently responded to a question on Quora about how to sketch simple backgrounds. The general rule is simplicity, low detail, narrow tonal range....

Where can I learn anatomy for drawing?

Where can I learn anatomy for drawing?
Top resources for studying anatomy for artists.

Drawing Lessons from the Old Masters. Animals.

Drawing Lessons from the Old Masters. Animals.
Albrecht Durer.   Durer was a goldsmith by trade, his father taught him to draw. Etchings and wood engravings formed a strong foundation for care...

The Interaction of Colour.

The Interaction of Colour.
Colour must firstly be understood as something that is constantly interacting with its surroundings. It is the most relative medium in art.   Thi...

Notan. Artistic Composition - The placement of light and dark.

Notan. Artistic Composition - The placement of light and dark.

Notan is a crucial element of any work of art and provides a solid base upon which a drawing and painting can be built upon.

Learn to Draw the Hard Way - Part 2.

Learn to Draw the Hard Way - Part 2.
Learn to Draw the Hard Way – Part 2 Read Part 1   Read through this article and, at the bottom, watch the video through.   When you have done that,...

Learn to Draw – The Hard Way. PART 1

Learn to Draw – The Hard Way. PART 1
 Skip to part 2 Let's get one thing straight. Nobody was born with an ability draw. I’m assuming, as you're reading this, that you are struggling w...

Getting Your Artwork Online and Writing a Blog Without the Hand-Biting.

Getting Your Artwork Online and Writing a Blog Without the Hand-Biting.
An artist trying to figure out the most efficient and hassle free, yet effective way of keeping a blog without all of the hand biting. And why I think artists should have an online presence.

Marys Bay

Marys Bay
Marys Bay Mary's Bay is a slightly rugged and sheltered cove along the Brixham Coast in Devon. I had visited here several times before and never se...

Decoy Park.

Decoy Park.
This was my first visit to Decoy Park with a group of painters. I set off walking around the lake, occasionally stopping to peer through bushes to ...

'Brixham Harbour' Oil on Board.

'Brixham Harbour' Oil on Board.
Brixham Harbour is a world famous fishing town with a 5:1 replica of the Golden Hind and a statue of William the 3rd, or better known as William of...