Sale – Under the Bed Sale

I didn’t run a pre-Christmas offer online this time, so the way to get a bargain is to go to Sheffield! There are four of my paintings in the annual Under The Bed Sale at Cupola Contemporary Art (Scale and Lowlight shown below). Starts Thursday from 10am til late! Cupola Contemporary Art is at 178 Middlewood Road, Sheffield S6 1TD (Thanks Karen Sherwood).


Studio time

Progressing with the latest painting- come and see at Artwalk Wakefield this Wednesday. It’s the tenth year (my seventh) and there’s plenty going on: details on the Artwalk website.

There’ll be some new items from me this time… a preview below. More details soon.

Screen 2

…and more! Very happy to have produced some more screenprints based on some of my Daily Drawings. More details soon, here’s a glance at some:

Completed the latest painting yesterday. It may be off to London next year. Exhibition details soon.

“Human” exhibition opens at Cupola Contemporary Art on the evening of 23 November. Always exciting to be included, can’t wait to see it.

Now screening

Had a brilliant time taking some pieces from my Daily Drawings into print. With one to one help from artist primtmaker Rachel Richardson, there will now be limited edition screenprints available soon. Here are some in progress photos from our session at The Arthouse Wakefield print studio (available to hire, and tuition is also offered).

Mixing the ink: water based, mars black

Vacuum on

Exposing the screens

Exposed screen after washing

Setting up

Complete edition

Exhibition news: very pleased to be included in “Human” at Cupola gallery starting soon.

I’m delighted to have my work in a new London venue next year with FLUX. More details to follow.

Open Studios

Thank you to all the visitors who took time out of their Sunday to come to Westgate Open Studios. I was glad to get to see some of my fellow artists and attend the poetry reading. I also completed the latest painting:

This Friday is the final day of 42 Sketchbooks, where you can browse Daily Drawings from 2012 onwards. Also available online at Flickr Daily Drawings


I had an interesting discussion with a fellow artist about the relationship we experience with a piece of work as we go through the creation. I find that there’s four distinct phases: the apprehension of starting a new work, the excitement of developing it, the despair as it starts to fail, and the relief of rescuing it and completion (Or very rarely to abandon it as a hopeless case). These stages always follow this order, but last for different lengths of time- some works are just more of a struggle than others, and there’s no way to know beforehand how long each will last. I’d be interested to know if other artists have this experience, and particularly how they deal with the agonising phase!

I’m still feeling happy with this one so far- the disappointment stage is yet to come!

I’ll be here working during Westgate Studios on Sunday 21 October 11-4pm. Come and see how things are progressing, and see work and chat to the other artists.

42 Sketchbooks exhibition continues until 26 October in Scarborough. You can order a prints of your favourite drawing. Browse on Flickr then order via direct message (payments via PayPal, postage charged at cost)

New start

Very grateful and excited to be able to get back to the studio after all the upheaval of this year. Especially enjoying some fresh clarity with my new varifocal glasses! I decided to work from a familiar subject:

Second layer – I added Titanium White and Zinc White to create opaque highlight areas, and Burnt Umber to give density and warmth to some of the shadow areas. The initial colours were Alizarin Crimson, Brilliant Red, Prussian Blue, Chrome Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue and Lemon Yellow Hue.

I’m hoping to keep the energy up on this piece and complete it soon.

Exhibition news: 42 Sketchbooks at Electric Angel gallery in Scarborough continues until 26 October. You can flick through all the Daily Drawings and get bespoke prints. (Also available online at Daily Drawings on Flickr)