This is where my latest work can be seen including step-by-step progress reports, news and merchandising as well as features on artists, living and dead who I would like to draw people's attention to. Please note all my images are covered by International Copyright laws. Copyright to other artists images resides with the artist or their estate, their inclusion on this blog a result of my missionary zeal and to no profit for myself!

Monday, 28 November 2011

Jeremy Lipking ...and the Colour Green

Nymphe du Bocage

At The Door


Diaphanous Gown


Reclining Nude Figure

Flor de Muertos
Born in 1975, Jeremy Lipking has quickly gained a reputation as one of America's foremost Realist painters, being compared to John Singer Sargent and Joaquin Sorolla - well I would'nt go that far but I do love his controlled use of colour and tone. He has a great way of using green for example, with his compositions sometimes seeming to be just about placement of areas of colour around a figure, also beautifully painted of course. There are many videos of him demonstrating his painting methods on Youtube as well as a dvd and book which can be purchased from his website: Check out his blog at

Sunday, 27 November 2011

The Big Sky - the third day

By now I have sorted out most of the cloud shapes, bear in mind that the sky is imaginary and am making it up as I go along. The apparent hole in the middle of the sky above the horizon is planned to be very bright as if looking into the sun and at this stage I have only started to work on the general golden light which will be achieved (hopefully) with a scumble of yellow/white. I want the greenish blue to show through the semi-opaque scumble so that the sky colour has more interest and luminosity. The next stage would be a wash of thin red/ochre to unify the colours; this layer will hopefully sit over areas of stronger colour and produce some interesting combinations...but that is in a few days time!

Saturday, 26 November 2011

The Strange World of Franz von Stuck

Wild Chase
Autumn Evening
The Sphinx
The Kiss of The Sphinx
Franz von Stuck  1863 - 1928
Seaside Sunset
Born in Bavaria, Germany, Franz Stuck was made a peer of the Bavarian Crown in 1905 and entered the art establishment after an early career as a co-founder of the Munich Secession, related to it's contemporary in Vienna but instead of being centred on decorative Symbolism the Munich branch was more intense, incorporating Symbolism and Expressionism. Influenced by Bocklin, von Stuck delighted in images of eroticism and femmes fatales, his most famous images being of women and snakes - surely the precursor to the work of Frank Frazetta many years later. He also painted some very moody and atmospheric landscapes.There is a book of his work published in 1995 by Taschen which is probably out of print now but possibly old copies can be bought on Amazon.

The Medici Gallery, London

Following a meeting in my studio with the Gallery Director on Wednesday 24 November I am pleased to announce that I will exhibiting my work in The Medici Gallery, Cork Street, London commencing with two paintings in the New Year Exhibition 5 January to 29 February 2012 followed by eight to ten paintings in "People and Places" 7 June to 5 July 2012. The paintings to be exhibited in January are "Midnight Promenade" and "Away From It All".

The Big Sky - first day

Here is a photo of my new painting "The Big Sky". This is one of the largest paintings I have done and measures a metre square. At this stage I have "banged in" some basic cloud shapes which I will develop in the next session. I intend the final sky to be in glowing yellows and oranges which will be achieved with glazes and scumbles once I am happy with the design of the sky.