In the studio

Working in the studio in isolation these last few weeks has helped me to immerse myself in my Alaska inspired works. In series oil & pigment paintings on plywood & canvas and line drawings in charcoal pencil on Fabriano paper. These are all works in progress using colour & drawing into painting.


Work in progress

In the studio I have been experimenting with the placement of my work to see how they work together by
rearranging the composition, thinking about size, format and the combination of materials.





I think this is an interesting format and they work well together, as one piece is flat colour and the other has textures added to the surface in the form of paint and materials.IMG_1626


I left this painting on paper to rest for a number of weeks until I knew what to add. I have added modelling paste mixed with paint, fragments of a drawing and a grey wash to enhance certain areas.imageIMG_1621

In the studio

I have been experimenting with modelling paste on different surfaces today with some interesting results. I have begun to overlap the burlap to give a sense of layering.IMG_1568


As you can see the modelling pastes dry very differently to when applied.IMG_1579

Natural Modelling paste B & C. Lascaux structura.



In the studio

Today I have been experimenting with different modelling pastes on their own and mixed with an acrylic colour one way of adding a texture to my paintings. I am colouring the paste to give a ground colour to then paint over with oil paint.

I have made a few sample canvases.




I applied Lascaux Structura and acrylic yellow ochre at the top and Natural Lascaux modelling paste C and acrylic yellow ochre on the bottom with a palette knife. Leave to dry overnight and I will apply another coat tomorrow. The structura is less coarse than the natural modelling paste. It was easy to apply over the burlap. Leaving part of the burlap is interesting.

Galeria heavy structure gel-very smooth easy to apply and dries clear.

Lascaux Structura-light-creamy-easy to colour-dries white and when coloured dries dark.

Natural Lascaux modelling paste A-very thick-added with acrylic medium becomes a creamy consistency.

Natural Lascaux modelling paste B-coarse gritty and easy to apply.

Natural Lascaux modelling paste C-very coarse and gritty.

In the studio

Today I rearranged my work to take a step back to allow reflection. IMG_1515



Oil paint glazes on aluminium.

I added beeswax to Purple Lake to make a buttery consistency and these denser areas of paint really stand away from the glaze.


Oil paint on aluminium & oil paint on burlap


Oil paint on canvas & oil paint and burlap on plywood.