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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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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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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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How Not to Cook Gammon and Paint Watercolours

Many of the artists I know like to cook; not surprising since both are creative endeavours, mixing ingredients to produce a delicious finished work and both benefiting from a good use of colour. My father was a great scientist and, … Continue reading

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The Perfect Muse

Finding the perfect model for a painting is like waiting for the most incredible sunset; an element which will illuminate and bring life to the other features of the painting.  One which will evoke mystery, intrigue and empathy from the … Continue reading

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The Mask of Frankenstein’s Monster

It was pouring with rain the day I visited Mary Shelley’s grave in the grounds of St Peter’s church here in Bournemouth.  My friends had come to visit me for the day and a relaxing beach walk was out of … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Inspiration

Twilight: ominous or inviting? A golden crepuscule welcoming the advent of night or a portentous pantomime of shadows.  It is my favourite time of the day.  I like to walk along the beach at dusk watching the sun set with … Continue reading

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Music and Art: Painting on a Banjo

‘I’d like you to paint Gloria,’ my friend Ramin Karimloo interpolated one day in our conversation. By all means, I thought, another portrait would be great. I hadn’t yet met Gloria; a stunner I had heard, not too difficult to … Continue reading

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Painting Techniques – Painting on Mirror

Art commissions can be challenging; having to master a new technique in a short space of time. However, there is nothing I like more than a good challenge, particularly when I learn a new way of painting. I have painted … Continue reading

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