My studio is open again tomorrow, Sat 9th and Sun 10th #NSAW #Venue10

Open from 11.00. If the weather’s is Ok you’ll be able to go inside Black Nore lighthouse too. Thanks to all the visitors from last weekend. More cake available!







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North Somerset Arts Week, Venue 10 in Portishead. Price, Sergeant, Lilley

All ready to go now with the work in place, cakes baked, teabags waiting, signs up. Hope to see you here.

Lovely work by Richard and Karen who are exhibiting with me is shown below along with the venue details again.

Details including opening times in the brochure as below.

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I’ve been selected for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London. Opens tomorrow.

It’s at the Mall Galleries, i.e. on the pink street the Queen lives on, not the Bristol out-of-town shopping complex. Yes I know, it seems unlikely to me too.

The ING Discerning Eye is a show of small works selected by prominent figures from the art world. Each selector is responsible for their own section giving the impression of six exhibitions in one. I’m expecting mine to be in a dark and moody corner.

The exhibition opens tomorrow (Thursday the 13th of November) and runs until the 23rd. I’m really looking forward to attending the private view tomorrow and meeting up with some exhibiting artists I know and meeting others for the first time. I’m sure I’ll come back inspired.

The painting selected is “Have We Enjoyed Ourselves Enough Yet?”.

Have We Enjoyed Ourselves Enough Yet, 10 x 12 inches (ING Discerning Eye and RWA Open selected, Clevedon Selector's choice).

Have We Enjoyed Ourselves Enough Yet, 10 x 12 inches (ING Discerning Eye and RWA Open selected, Clevedon Selector’s choice).

The title is a saying of someone my wife used to ride horses with, while getting soaked to the skin and freezing on a hack she’d ask “Have we enjoyed ourselves enough yet?”. I thought the same applied to the trudging dog walker.

It was painted using the left over paint on the palette after finishing a much tighter plein air painting. I painted the memory of the dog walker I had just seen walking back to his car, he was gone by the time I started to paint him; I was sat in the warmth of my car with the wipers on intermittent. Those that know Portishead will know the backdrop of Battery Point.

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Holiday Snaps from Brittany #pleinair

I took my watercolours on hols to an excellent campsite in Brittany, Camping Milin Kerhe. I decided that oil paints would be too problematic to take (and especially bring back) on a camping trip in a packed car.

I’ve barely touched watercolours for five years so don’t judge too harshly, they don’t react well to a spot of drizzle so it won’t be a permanent change for plain air painting from oils.

The campsite are considering running a painting course from there later in the year too so look them up if you like the thought of it, it’ll be great. Good luck to Jonathan in his venture, he’s a very talented painter himself who shared an art teacher with Banksy.

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A first sketch of some reading and a wine after getting set pitched.

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The mill at the campsite, you can borrow kayaks, for free, or punt upstream.

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A boy fishing at the weir.

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On the way home passing Sark.

Resting racing pigeon
Resting racing pigeon on the rails of the ferry.

A random passenger reading on deck
A random passenger reading on deck.

I’ll be exhibiting at the Tinca Gallery in Portishead for the rest of April.

I’ll be exhibiting upstairs at the Tinca gallery in Portishead for the remainder of April.

There are a few new local scenes, I painted this plein air on a rainy Friday a few weeks ago. I called it “Winter Lido”, only few weeks too late for the title.
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Here’s a foggy view of Black Nore cottage in Portishead that’ll be there. I’m pleased with the look of this one, it was the first I’d painted on primed canvas glued onto MDF.
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More fog, let me know if you come up with a better title than “Black Nore Foghorn”…
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They are also showing the larger Steep Holm which was exhibited at the Victoria Gallery in Bath and a portrait, Vernon. Neither of these feature fog.

Take a look if you get a chance. I’ll be exhibiting with many local painters.

Last paintings from the #lifeclass for this term #painting #zorn

Quite pleased with the tonal and temperature contrasts in the skin tones.

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I tried to capture the reflection on the shiny gymnasium floor in the final one.

Both on Arches oil paper in 45 minutes using the zorn palette (red, yell ochre, red and BLACK).

There are still spaces on the Bristol Drawing School Anatomy Course at the RWA which starts on Thurs 3rd April. See you there, for flayed body fun.