December 12, 2018

If you're an artist working with traditional media such as watercolours, acrylics or oil paints or if you want to learn how to use these paints, then you will need to learn colour mixing skills. It will make the whole experience of painting a lot more pleasant.

This ser...

December 7, 2018

In this post I'll give you my interpretation of 'A Sense of Belonging', the first painting in my new series 'Guardians'.

The 'Guardians' series has been designed as an antidote to my previous series 'The Seven Gates'. If you don't know anything about that series, this v...

December 7, 2018

One of the things I wanted to work on after the completion of my last series of paintings, 'The Seven Gates', was really emphasising the focal point of my paintings. So for the first painting in my new series, 'Guardians', this is what I concentrated on.

You now have tw...

December 7, 2018

If you missed Part 1, Click Here.

Approximately two years ago, I started this series of paintings to visually show how depression has affected me. This experience of mental illness is unique to me, but from reading around the subject there is a lot of crossover with ot...

December 6, 2018

Normally in these posts, where I look at the meaning behind my paintings, I first write about my own experience and then detail how this fits in with the piece of art. For this final painting in the Seven Gates series, I'm going to do something different: I'll start by...

December 6, 2018

The genesis of this painting started a year ago when I was originally working on the fourth painting in the series. It was going to be called 'Don't Think of Pink Elephants'.

Did an image of a pink elephant pop into your head just then?

I'd be surprised if not because it...

December 6, 2018

In my last post - Click Here if you missed it - I detailed how depression led me down a path where I actively tried to see how depressed I could get, to see just how far I could go down.  Now I'll look at how this all fits in with my painting 'I'll Walk Into Your Parlo...

December 6, 2018

Depression plays the long game. It doesn't have to rush. Gradually chipping away at a person's defences is its modus operandi. Its long-term strategy against me was so effective that as it reached its ultimate goal it actually enlisted my services. I'll explain:

If you'...

December 6, 2018

Last time I looked at the planning process behind my latest painting 'I'll Walk Into Your Parlour' (if you missed it, Click Here). In this final instalment, I'm going to delve into the painting process.

The eye was the first thing that I tackled. I looked at references...

December 6, 2018

I'm very pleased to reveal my new painting 'I'll Walk Into Your Parlour'.

To tell you about the creation of this painting I need to go back in time, back to when I was a young 8 year old whipper snapper. Every summer I went to stay with my Granddad in a small village ca...

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