Sunday, 23 June 2013

Geometric Blue Mountains

A little while ago I saw an abstract geometric painting of a mountain river at sunset by Mark Adam Webster and I was inspired to re-create this in just blue hues to see if I could put a different mood into the same concept. 

I discovered that painting acrylic hard straight edges is not easy by hand for a relatively small painting and that I need more practice to get this right.  I think I will revisit this using masking tape for edging to see I can improve on the final result.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Valley, Psalm 121

The city of Jerusalem is located 760 meters up in the Judean Mountains and is surrounded by valleys and dry riverbeds. To walk to the city, one has to travel through the valleys. This painting is inspired by Psalm 121, "a song of ascents". The Psalm was sung as the people walked through the valley and ascended to the holy city of Jerusalem. 

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Ice cube

This is my second attempt at still life painting of an ice cube. Really not easy at all. More practice is required.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Sun - Coronal Mass Ejection

The astronomy news has been filled with reports of extraordinary solar activity recently, so I've attempted to capture this with a painting called "Coronal Mass Ejection"

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Saturday, 20 April 2013


I wanted to revisit the Arctic white with this painting.  I wanted a very subtle icy landscape to convey the utterly minimalist barren ice scene.  Perhaps it is too subtle.

Blue Dreamscape

Another abstract work, Blue Dreamscape.  I wanted to convey dynamic movement with a sweep of cloud movements.  I added some minor re-working with white to finish this one off.

More mountatins

I've been experimenting with blue again, trying to create a sense of depth and perspective with different shades. 

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Wave Breaking

Waves are not easy, as I found out when painting this scene of a wave breaking on a sandy beach.  I may try this again once I've got better control of my colour palette.


I was attempting to create a restful scene complimented with some summer clouds.

Order on Chaos

I've experimented with some abstract art - this forming some geometric order on a backdrop of chaos.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

A cliff scene.

I had a go at another landscape today.  I'm not entirely happy with this cliff scene, the colours of the sky and sea aren't quite right, however it was more useful practice with sky and sea and rocks.


Misty Blue Mountains

In this painting with acrylics I wanted to see how well I could blend the shades to create some form of perspective and add some grey mist to the scene.  The photo doesn't do the original much justice.  I'm quite happy with rocks in the foreground and the mist.

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Trees and Sky

Back to some splodges with acrylics, this time a peaceful summer scene.

White Orchid

My wife has a splendid white orchid which I attempted to paint with acrylics. This is my first attempt at still life.


Back to solid acrylics and the theme of producing a painting using just one colour.  In this painting I used just variations of grey and white to produce a cold mountain scene.

Water colour Rose

I've attempted to paint a water colour rose without any hand drawn outline.  This was a little more difficult than I first anticipated as I was rather nervous of making a mistake and ruining the entire work.


I've discovered that painting clouds with acrylics is actually not too tricky to do.  Here is my first attempt for a pure cloudscape:

A new hobby

A short while ago I attended a retreat near Battle in East Sussex - fortunately the place had a small art room and for the first time for nearly 20 years I had a go at painting.  I started with bold acrylics which was new to me, and I found it incredibly hard to paint a landscape, so instead I attempted some random abstract splodges with a single hue to see what happened.

As things worked out, I was pleased with the outcome, even if it wasn't anything specific.

After spending a quiet evening pondering on how peaceful it was at the retreat I had a go at sketching and water colours:

It was an attempt to paint a scene with just one colour, which worked out quiet well. Unfortunately the photo of the original has skewed the image a little.

Anyhow, I re-discovered how relaxing and creative painting is, and will be continuing this as a hobby.