An interpretation of the world, my experiences in it and the way it affects me. With the development of the Vignettes technique I have found a new way of working which suits me and has greatly improved my insight and my appreciation of the world we live in. Speed Paining which was inspired whilst listening to B.Traits on Radio 1 has captured my imagination and is spontaneous, fun and addictive.
My favourite medium is acrylic on either canvas, canvas board, paper or cardboard. My studio is situated on a main road with a large window looking onto the outside world from where I observe the worlds' comings and goings.
When I am painting I feel most at home, time disappears and I am totally absorbed and totally aware at the same time.
Worcestershire, the place where I live, has some breathtaking countryside and there are a wealth of things to get involved with in any pursuit you can care to mention.
I love France, the language, the culture, people and landscapes.
Please visit the Gallery page to see some of my recent paintings.
My Blog explains things that I am up to.
Today (10 June 2016) I did a speed painting with Malcolm Boyden at the studios of BBC Hereford & Worcester.
It was great fun and everyone was really helpful. I did the painting in 3 minutes 30 seconds. It has made me want to more of them with an audience. It was decided to call the painting Malcolm as he said it seemed to sum him up - 'an explosion of colour'.
There is definitely scope for more and they were all up for me doing a bigger one at a later date.
I really pleased that the technique has continued to develop and that people like it. Prints and cards will soon be available for many of the paintings. The files are at the printers - brilliant.
See a speeded up version on Facebook.
The studio at Creative Spaces, 136a Worcester Road, Malvern, WR14 1SS, is now opening all day on a Friday.
Whilst listening to B.Traits on Radio I had an idea for painting in real time to the mixes. I am no dj but I love watching and hearing the tracks being mixed, and wondered how I would paint in the same way. I did some initial tests to help in setting up the studio environment, using the iplayer as background music.
Initially I decided to complete a small abstract in around 3 mins worth of music, recording it whilst doing it. As well as being a bit of a challenge it would keep the file size of the video to something sensible to upload to YouTube. CT2000 kindly let me use their Session 34 for my latest doodlngs.
Doing it live over an hour or two with a large canvas in front of an audience is the ultimate aim. The 3 to 5 minute paintings have a bit more spontaneity to them though and I think its as close as I have got to painting being a performance art. This one is a bit longer at 5.43. Its great fun to do, have a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvtzILqheqU