Completed the latest painting today.Β  I’ve been fighting with the rather odd colour palette- I decided that the source was strangely tinted and to go with it,Β  and I’m finally happy with it- or at least happy enough to stop trying to finesse it.

In other news, I got to appear on Bolam TV with artist Richard Bolam and the legendary Martyn Ware! You can watch it here

Daily Drawings continue- updated every day on Flickr

Exhibition news to follow soon.

Strange Loop*

A set of strange coincidences… I was lucky enough to be invited onto Bolam TV a while back. Richard Bolam is an artist I’ve met previously once at his retrospective, then kept up with ever since on Facebook. This time, I happened to be in Sheffield for a conference on the day of broadcast- Richard had put in to present at the conference- read more about that here and hadn’t got in, so he’d prepared to broadcast that day!

Another reason I wanted to go was to listen to his chat with Martyn Ware. I said to Richard I’d be on air briefly then hang around after and spectate if that was okay. Instead, due to a broken down tram and a bit of a walk in the rain, I was late; which meant I ended up being on at the same time as Martyn – and he even ended up interviewing me for a few minutes!

Martyn Ware, Viv Owen, host Richard Bolam

The whole thing was a surreal joy. You can watch it here

Martyn was kind enough to mention my painting, I originally wrote about it in my post Connect

Apologies to anyone who only came here for the painting update, here’s the progress pic:

Hope to have more for you soon, and there’ll be more info about plans for Artwalk Wakefield.

*title borrowed from “I Am A Strange Loop” by Douglas Hofstadter. A book about consciousness, representation and the translation of images between different media. More about that in my artist statement.

Art Auction for Lily

Over on Facebook, it’s the online Art Auction for Lily

“Who is Lily? You may have already heard of her due to the amazing amount of press coverage and tireless work by her family and friends. Lily is a 14 year old girl from Essex who has an inoperable brain tumor called DIPG. Lily cannot have treatment in the UK as there just isn’t any! The US have 2 clinical trials available that could help save her life. Obviously these trials don’t come cheap so we decided to reach out to all the artists we know to donate a piece of work to be auctioned so we could do our little bit to get Lily the medical help she desperately needs. This is a great cause that could help change the course of a young girls life! Please get involved. The online auction will run for just over a week ( dates above πŸ‘†πŸ‘†πŸ‘†). Please bid on the artwork you are interested in using the comments for that piece. We will contact the winning bidders at the end of the auction with payment details. 100% of the money raised will go to Lily. Thank you all in advance. You are doing a great thing. πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™”

Art Auction for Lily

There’s lots to buy. I donated “Index”. Please look and share. Thank you.

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Yellow and blue

Painting progress from the studio- finding it a bit of a slog, but I think the palette has is improved:

Artwalk Wakefield is coming soon! More exhibition news to follow.

Introduction to Pencil Drawing

Very happy to be delivering another set of the Introduction to Pencil Drawing course. Here’s my quick demonstration drawing examining different tones and textures using different blending techniques.

Exhibition news: Under the Bed sale continues at Cupola Gallery and Artwalk Wakefield is on 29 January. I hope to have another to announce shortly.


Short session in the studio today. Added Titanium White, Zinc White, Winsor Violet, Naples Yellow Light.

Some great winter sun to see too:

I’m enjoying thinking in black and white as well- one of my friends got me to take a black and white photo a day as a social media challenge. It helps me with visualisation for my drawings- and takes me back to my degree course days. No lugging around a cumbersome camera or hours in the darkroom involved now!

Exhibition news: a reminder that there are a few of my paintings currently in the sale at Cupola Gallery- details in the previous post.

Four Sale

Four of my paintings are up for grabs in the annual Cupola Contemporary Art ‘Under the Bed Sale’!They are: Track, Fay, Unspoken and LuminousΒ£220 each. Collect them if you can.