How to make like a lemon and just roll with it : Painting from imagination.

Recently I wondered how I’d fare painting a still-life – without an actual still-life set up in front of me. I wasn’t going to do it completely blind; I’d paint from reference drawings I’d done of the key objects, but the composition would be plucked from my head.  >> Read the full post on my … More How to make like a lemon and just roll with it : Painting from imagination.

Why I Stopped Painting and Started Drawing : The Art of Flexibility.

During July, my sons have a three week break from school. It’s mid-winter, and the risk of cabin-fever is high. Adjustments to the usual schedule must be made for everyone’s sanity, and – let’s be honest – to prevent scenes that end with someone shouting, “I will throw you through the nearest window if you … More Why I Stopped Painting and Started Drawing : The Art of Flexibility.

Painting Small v. Painting Large – A beginners tip, Part 1

This is a post my teachers would probably disagree with. My painting teacher always told me to work large. The theory behind this is simple: Working at a larger scale with larger brushes helps a beginner to paint a little more loosely, and hopefully not get too bogged down with the details. It can also … More Painting Small v. Painting Large – A beginners tip, Part 1