Eilean Donan Castle-sunset

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Acrylic on canvas 2017

This is a fairly faithful copy of a striking photo of this iconic and romantic Scottish castle illuminated by artificial light as the sun sets over the loch- nothing more to it than that.

 

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Abbey Ruins

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Acrylic 2017

This is another ‘alternative’ landscape based on  a moody black and white photo of an unnamed ruined abbey which I have rendered in vibrant  base colours to give it an hallucinogenic effect. It could be seen I suppose as a monastic building subsumed by fire- you decide!

Nepalese mother and child

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Acrylic,2017

This is based on a photo taken during our visit to a  village near the Chitwan national park in Nepal in 2014. The villagers were very poor but welcoming and seemed very happy and the children were delightful and cheeky. The child was a little girl I think despite the blue babygrow. (I sold this painting at the Sutton Art group annual exhibition  in November 2017)

Dunstanburgh (fantasy)

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Acrylic, 2017

I had painted a picture of the romantic ruins of Dunstanburgh castle in Northumberland but the grey stones walls and green grass verges made it uninspiring so I started afresh using vibrant unrealistic colours and created this striking image which I rather like- a kind of Dunstanburgh on acid!

Happy Valley

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Oil on canvas, 2017.

I painted this from a publicity still of the award winning  TV crime drama, Happy Valley, featuring actress Sarah Lancashire as the gritty police sergeant, with the grimy northern town in which it is set as a backdrop. The subject proved easier to paint than her uniform with its high viz vest and police writing.

Still life: fruit and table

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Acrylic 2017

I painted this during a workshop at the Sutton Art Group in which we were encouraged to paint like Cezanne (another of my favourite painters). I supplied the dish ans the fruit, the tutor supplied the jug  and the colourful throw(which were tricky to paint as can be seen!).