A charcoal drawing of a childhood memory. An evening of great excitement and suspense because the moonflowers open with visible drama only at night. A painting of the same scene followed. Image size 13×15 inches.
A charcoal drawing of a summer picnic, from imagination. Image size 14×11 inches.
A large charcoal drawing from imagination, developed from initial random lines. This first drawing has been used as the starting point of smaller paintings. Image size 16×23 inches.
A charcoal drawing of moated castle ruins where, on a summer evening, hot air balloons can be watched as they set off. Image size 10×9.5 inches.
An imagined subject drawn in charcoal. The cut off elements add to the overall feeling of movement. There is a theme of echoes and a struggle to balance the elements in the picture. As often happens, a painting was done based on the drawing but it didn’t have the same satisfaction for me. Image size 15×11 inches.
A charcoal drawing bringing together different scenes (with some liberty): a nice church with a bell ringing the Angelus but no services (and showing a fantastic art exhibition), a bent old lady feeding her chickens, neat crops and rolling fields. Image size 19×15 inches.
Charcoal drawing developed from a mini sketch done on site. There is our ‘leader’ Gordon a bit peeved everyone is late. There was no way to see the reportedly lovely garden and chateau behind the wall but the village had lots of delights and far-reaching views. Image size 17.5×12.5 inches.
A charcoal drawing based loosely on a glimpse into a below street level window in a small French town. How fascinating are these momentary views of other people and their lives! Image size 14×11.5 inches.
A charcoal drawing. Entirely imaginary. Image size 12×11.5 inches.
A fun charcoal drawing done in response to the challenge in a group activity on the subject of ‘flood’. It is an imagined portrayal of an actual event when a swollen stream washed away a camping holiday. Image size 13×14.5 inches.
A charcoal drawing made from imagination but the theme is based on a childhood memory. Where are you now, Peter Barrow? Thank you for collecting the glow-worms. Image size 15×11.5 inches.
A charcoal drawing made from imagination but based on real events. Discussion groups of any kind attract a variety of personalities! Image size 15×14 inches.
A charcoal drawing completed on the spot. Image size 12×17.5 inches.
I love yellow! Especially set off by blue. This water media painting on absorbent paper has layers of watercolour both transparent and opaque. Image size 7.5 inches square approximately.
A painting I’m fond of and have on the screen of one of my ancient laptops. Various children have asked if I painted it and how I did it. Well, you just get some very absorbent paper, drop colours on it, wait for it to dry, drop more colour and repeat! Then, if you haven’t made a hole or got it a horrible colour, you think of a name. Image size 7.5 inches square approximately.
This abstract collage was made with papers decorated with monotype. It would be impossible to reproduce any of the patterned papers exactly. The lightweight papers take the colour in unpredictable ways. The scraps have been stuck to heavy watercolour paper with acid-free adhesive. The title reminds me of a book my father owned called The Golden Road to Samarkand by James Elroy Flecker – the name always fascinated me as a child. Image size approximately 10×9 inches.
This is one of the paintings in my print on demand shop.