Tuesday 20 November 2012


Meet Barnacle, the Lifeboat bear. He usually sits on my car dashboard, but yesterday, during my son's guitar lesson, I let him sit on the steering wheel.

Derwent Drawing, cropped from A4

Sunday 18 November 2012

Copyright Issues: Who owns the copyright to a painting?

Let's leave aside the copyright issues that might be involved in making a painting (I touched upon those in a previous post concerning map data); what about the painting itself? (And let's simplify matters even further by only considering the UK.)

If an artist sells a painting, who owns the copyright?

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Cornet in oil pastel

My son has recently started learning to play the cornet. It's a beautiful instrument - and it's rented, so, just in case it turns out to be a flash in the pan, I felt the need to make a picture of it. Oil pastels seemed like a good compromise between painterliness and time, so they got used first.

Sennelier oil pastel on Daler-Rowney oil pastel paper (A4)

Monday 12 November 2012


"Skyline" - new photograph, taken in daylight
There's a lovely ridge very near here where the field sweeps up to a horizon that plays host to a number of trees. It's a subject I keep eyeing up from the footpath, and I have a large collection of photographs of it in all seasons. This painting is based on a photograph taken one evening in July, with the wheat almost ripe and the sky ominously laden with cloud.

Sunday 11 November 2012

Bromley Tetraptych Edges

It occurred to me that, while I took the
photographs a while back, I haven't
shown you the edges of the Bromley 
Four (that's the East Street Tetraptych).

So here they are.

Clockwise from top: tops, rights,
bottoms and lefts.

Saturday 10 November 2012

Minifigures on Canvas: Updated edition

There were a few typographic errors in the first edition (which is now a collector's piece, naturally), so I have corrected them and uploaded a revised version of my LEGO book to Blurb.

You can look at it on Blurb's web site, and I also have a number of copies on order.

The Railway Hotel - Better Photographs

A slightly better photograph of the whole painting, taken in subdued daylight, and - below - a couple of close-up shots that worked out quite well.


This is the concourse at Bromley North railway station. It was shut the day that I was there, so I took photographs through the metal grille, and it is those photographs that I used to work this image up.

Thursday 8 November 2012

New Page: A Day in Bromley

I've collected all of The Bromley Project paintings that I've made so far together on one page. It's called "A Day in Bromley," because that's the origin of the images - a single glorious day in August.

Tuesday 6 November 2012

The Railway Hotel, Bromley

This is a pub with a history, with famous clientele (I am told that Ernest Hemmingway, H.G.Wells and David Bowie have all drunk here, although not, one imagines, all at the same time) and a reputation as a live venue (as can be seen in the small acrylic I made in September, reproduced below.)

Friday 2 November 2012

Return to Helston Rails

My painting of the railway track near Trevano has found a virtual home on the Helston Railway's own Web site. A very warm welcome to you if you arrived by train, and here, for your convenience, is that very painting:
(Click on the painting to read the original post.)

A Selection of Self Portraits

Why make a self portrait? Is it vanity? Or just a matter of convenience?