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St Jude – Patron Saint of Hopeless Cases and Lost Causes

  I came across St. Jude by accident; I was flicking through a copy of the parish bible when the novena prayer to St. Jude fell into my hands.  I was going through a difficult time trying to sell my … Continue reading

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The Seven Golden Odes

When I was first asked to illustrate a book about The Seven Mu’Allaqat, I must confess I knew very little about them.  The Seven Mu’Allaqat are the most important works of pre-Islamic Arabian poetry and are often referred to as … Continue reading

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Beginners Tutorial – How to Draw a Horse

Following on from my last tutorial on how to draw a horse’s head, I was asked if I would do a beginners lesson on the same subject.  This one focuses on how to represent the dimensions and composition accurately with … Continue reading

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How to Draw and Paint a Rose

Roses are one of the most beautiful and romantic flowers.  This is a technique for creating an attractive image of a rose in a short amount of time and without having to be too precise.  I use a watercolour wash … Continue reading

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How to Draw Still Life

Still life is a great way to improve every aspect of your drawing technique.  It improves your ability to observe and then record what you see accurately.  It is also an accessible activity and one that you can set up … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial – How to Paint on Mirrors

Painting on a shiny surface in oil or acrylic paints can pose many problems; primarily getting the paint to stick. In the video I show you how to give the mirror some ‘tooth’ to allow the paint to adhere to … Continue reading

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Painting From The Soul: Why Munch’s Work Screams Louder Than The Rest

It was quite embarrassing when I broke down in tears at the Edvard Munch exhibition last year at the Tate Modern. I was in a perfectly good mood, excited, in fact, to be seeing 60 works by one of my … Continue reading

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