‘Something Wicked This Way Comes’ (2016).
An inkjet print on transparency film of a found photograph, painted into with a brush and water. Made with Halloween in mind…

A study in oils on cardboard. An opportunity to explore both a muted palette, and also to experiment applying paint with a knife. The absorbent texture and colour of the cardboard suit the subject particularly well.

Two of several recent small oils on canvas – preparatory studies for a project I hope to soon finish and include in my portfolio

These images are derived from a found photograph that was first printed on transparency film, before being altered and manipulated in a further development of the ideas and techniques shown below. This time, however, the effects were achieved with a combination of water, overlays, and photoshop.

Three of a number of experiments made by ‘painting’ with wet ink on acetate prints. While little more than sketches at the moment, they however suggest exciting possibilities for future works.

This is the first of a series of photos of a work in progress, from the early stages through to completion. Inspiration for the piece came partly from photos of the demolition of a local landmark (Northampton’s Greyfriars Bus Station), and my desire to incorporate one of Nature’s noble beasts into a changing urban landscape. The painting was produced on commission, and is now in a private collection.

First, an acrylic wash is applied to the canvas…

Washes in oil paint are then introduced, and modelling is done in stages, allowing each one to dry before advancing to the next.

The forms of the dust cloud and foreground are gradually established…

The white lines are added to the ground, before coloured glazes are applied to both the dust cloud and the car park. Next, a stencil and spray paint are used to create the form of the stag, and the details are added with acrylic paint.

The final touches (with a palette knife) – two thicks smears of oil paint over the antlers. A risky strategy as it could have all gone horribly wrong at this point. But, with considerable relief, I believe it worked out well.

The completed work, ‘A Longing For An Elated World’.